28th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S. E. Manly Short Film Showcas …

This year’s  S. E. Manly Short Film Showcase features films from across the globe, listed in alphabetical order below.

All films are shorts in length of 60 minutes or less and present a combination of documentaries and short films, from emerging filmmakers and representing diverse voices and storytelling.

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Dates & Tickets

August 19th-August 28th

This year’s S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase begins Friday, August 19th at 12:00pm PDT and ends August 28th at 11:59pm PDT and will be presented in a hybrid format. Films will be available virtually on this page 24/7 from August 19th-29th  and in-person at the Cinemark 18 & XD theater at Howard Hughes Los Angeles on August 20-21 and August 26-28.

We invite you to enjoy the festival by purchasing your tickets today.

Virtual Tickets:  (This Page)

Virtual Mental & Brain Health Access Tickets (CEU Credits): Click Here

In-Person Tickets: Click Here

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Schedule and Special Events

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Location: Cinemark 18 & XD (Howard Hughes Center- Los Angeles) 

10:30am-12:30pm- Theater 8 Films- Block 1: The Truth About Santa Claus, JaqewshaGramps’ Moving On, Sellout, Wasted Talent, The Funky Dinner FightMasquerade, Timothy, A Grave Confession

10:30am-12:30pm- Theater 9 Films-Block 2: Offset, The Art of Procurement, Beale Street Blues, Blood at the Root, America, The Confessional, Freshman

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 8 Films-Block 3: The Preacher and the Rabbi, Thee Who Hesitates…, Legacy, My Skin Is Not a Sin, Loxley, The Conversation, Black, Shade Diaries

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 9 Films-Block 4: Daddy Issues, The Return to Me, Consequences, Pardoned Souls, The Right Decision, The Strong Box

3:30pm-5:30pm- Theater 8 Films- Block 5: Transcend, Coping, All Power, Man Down, Love Conquers…, Fishnets

3:30pm-5:30pm- Theater 9 Films-Block 6: Lorikeet, The Only Me, Pastor G. The Exorcism, Token, Brothers First, 1 Chance, Oxtail, Wrong 

6:00pm- Film Special Premiere- “Salt

7:30pm- Special Premiere Presentation of BHERC Shorty Short Films- “Growing Down” & “Virtual Marriage”

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Location: Cinemark 18 & XD (Howard Hughes Center- Los Angeles) 

10:30am-12:30pm- Theater 8 Films- Block 7: Molly’s Diary, Divide-Time to Breathe, Shadow Bay Park, Seasons, Our First Time, Feed, Eye for An Eye 

10:30am-12:30pm- Theater 9 Films-Block 8: Sip, EXTRA-Ordinary, Super Dad, Blast From the Past, Chip, The Magical Root, Cookies n’ Cream, A Cup Of, Peanut Headz- Lorraine Hansberry, Jesse Owens, Guns and Stuff, Gaming & Life 

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 8 Films-Block 9: Color Correction, Lose to Win, Surroundings, TNC, The Ride, Turfin, Family Tithes, For Evan’s Sake (Episode 3)

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 9 Films-Block 10: Jared Was Here, If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Bus Stop, Son of Sheba, Diabolical, I Was A 90s Dancer: The Original BBD Dancers, Under The Freeway 

3:30pm- Film Special- “The Last Slave Cabin

4:30pm- Film Special

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Location: Cinemark 18 & XD (Howard Hughes Center- Los Angeles) 

 7:00pm- Special Premiere Film- “Schooldemic

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Location: Cinemark 18 & XD (Howard Hughes Center- Los Angeles) 

8:30am-1:30pm- BHERC Presents “Health Matters: Exploring Mental Illness Across the Globe Through the Lens of Film and the Sound of Music” (Continuing Education Credits Offered)

12:30pm-2:30pm- Theater 8- Block 11: Offset, The Art of Procurement, Beale Street Blues, Blood at the Root, America, The Confessional, Freshman

12:30pm-2:30pm- Theater 9- Block 12: The Preacher and the Rabbi, Thee Who Hesitates…, Legacy, My Skin Is Not a Sin, Loxley, The Conversation, Black, Shade Diaries

3:00pm-5:00pm- Theater 8- Block 13: The Truth About Santa Claus, JaqewshaGramps’ Moving On, Sellout, Wasted Talent, The Funky Dinner FightMasquerade, Timothy, A Grave Confession

3:00pm-5:00pm- Theater 9- Block 14: Daddy Issues, The Return to Me, Consequences, Pardoned Souls, The Right Decision, The Strong Box

5:30pm- Theater 8- Africa Special Block: Not At My Funeral, Cross Line, Date Night, Mawbe

7:30- Film Special

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Location: Cinemark 18 & XD (Howard Hughes Center- Los Angeles) 

10:30am-12:30pm- Theater 10: Special Youth Presentation- “Screenwriting”

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 8-Block 15: Sip, EXTRA-Ordinary, Super Dad, Blast From the Past, Chip, The Magical Root, Cookies n’ Cream, A Cup Of, Peanut Headz- Lorraine Hansberry, Jesse Owens, Guns and Stuff, Gaming & Life 

1:00pm-3:00pm- Theater 9-Block 16:  Lorikeet, The Only Me, Pastor G. The Exorcism, Token, Brothers First, 1 Chance, Salt, Growing Down, Virtual Marriage

3:30pm-5:30pm- Theater 8- Block 17: Transcend, Coping, All Power, Man Down, Love Conquers…, Fishnets

3:30pm-5:30pm- Theater 9- Block 18: Color Correction, Lose to Win, Surroundings, TNC, The Ride, Turfin, Family Tithes, For Evan’s Sake (Episode 3)

6:00pm-8:00pm- Theater 8- Block 19: Molly’s Diary, Divide-Time to Breathe, Shadow Bay Park, Seasons, Our First Time, Feed, Eye for An Eye 

6:00pm-8:00pm- Theater 9- Block 20: Jared Was Here, If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Bus Stop, Son of Sheba, Diabolical, I Was A 90s Dancer: The Original BBD Dancers, Under The Freeway 

8:30pm- “Soul Food & Film” Closing Reception

 

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1 Chance

A professional boxer is forced to choose between his family and promising career after he's diagnosed with type one diabetes.

RatingR
Duration21m33s
DirectorJoseph Austin II
WriterJoseph Austin II
ProducerJoseph Austin II, Jo D. Jonz, Steve Williams, Jeremy Harris

A CUP OF

A below average child sets out to survive like every other day but encounters an unexpected outcome.

RatingPG-13
Duration7m39s
DirectorEtimbuk Udofia
WriterMiracle Blaise
ProducerEtimbuk Udofia, EtyArts Media
Starring Ifure Azorbo, Emaediong Udofia

All Power

After the 2020 death of George Floyd, a biracial black man is faced with the decision to stay silent or fight for what he believes in against the conflicting views of his white fiancé.

RatingPG-13
Duration23m27s
DirectorBrit Campbell, Kaleb Knight
WriterBrit Campbell
ProducerBen Krueger, Hannah Wacholtz
Starring Brit Campbell, Kylie Renwick, Jakholbi Murray, Robert Way

ALOSSMANN

An unemployed young man returns to his hometown to start a teaching job, so he can pay the bride price and marry his childhood lover. But he is confronted with unexpected challenges.

RatingR
Duration28m01s
DirectorKobby Ankomah Boateng
WriterKobby Ankomah Boateng
ProducerKwasi Owusu Boadi
Starring Stephen Ajewenji Adaako

A Different Lens

Peter, a white, middle-aged man, lives his life with the belief that racism as a topic is being blown out of proportion. He assumes that people leave their various countries to constitute a nuisance and turn every confrontation into racist accusations. On a fateful day that he has an encounter with a little black girl and her mom, he sleeps and lives a day as a black man in his own country. When he wakes up, he knows that his thoughts and perspectives will forever change. He has no choice but to make amends with the little girl he had an encounter with the previous day. He sees racism from A DIFFERENT LENS.

RatingR
Duration9m41s
DirectorOlatunbosun Amao
WriterOlatunbosun Amao
ProducerOlatunbosun Amao
Starring Dan Boileau, Olatunbosun Amao, Toni Amao, Tomi Amao, Temitayo Agbi

A Grave Confession

A little girl is found dead with a gun and telephone nearby. The quest to unravel the mystery of her death turns spouses against each other. Tensions grow until they find themselves in a grave site, about to kill and be killed

RatingR18
Duration15m45s
DirectorDavid Mzomba
WriterDavid Mzomba
ProducerJordan Harland
Starring Jovan Muthray, Khanyi Mbau, Olis Mavuso

A Path to Somehere

A heist turns sour when an unexpected witness arrives. The bandits must decide if getting rid of the "evidence" is worth it. The decision tests the limits of their trust in the midst of brewing deception.

RatingPG-13
Duration10m37s
DirectorGerrick Winston
WriterGerrick Winston
ProducerGerrick Winston, Omatta Udalor
Starring Omatta Udalor, Chris Casson, Stepahnie Orr, Brieanna McCutcheon, Filsan Dualeh, Brent Kuhn

Ambience

The abrupt story of a dancer who instigates the attempts of a depressed young girl to find solace in dancing'

RatingPG-13
Duration25m30s
DirectorJames Alabaster
WriterJames Alabaster
ProducerJames Alabaster
Starring Diton Warde, Emeka Salsa

America

An African American cop is challenged when he is involved in an all too familiar tragic shooting of an unarmed teen. The following events challenge both his livelihood as well as him as an individual.

Rating18
Duration16m37s
DirectorCOYO ALEXANDER
WriterDAKARAI AKIL
ProducerDAKARAI AKIL, AJMAL SALEEM, NEIL SUKU
Starring DAKARAI AKIL, TJ WERNER, MARVIN YOUNG, TYLER SMITH

Beale Street Blues

A rogue police officer and his impressionable cousin set up a faux drug deal in the midst of an FBI investigation.

RatingR18
Duration14m27s
DirectorDaniel R Ferrell
WriterDaniel R Ferrell
ProducerDaniel R Ferrell, Augusta Riveria Campbell
Starring Keith Johnson, Edward Fields, Pat Prentiss, Princton James, Essex Berry

Blast From The Past (Animation)

A college student struggles to find influential African American historical figures to write about for their essay, receiving help from multiple historical figures... but in an unconventionally entertaining way.

RatingG
Duration6m47s
DirectorAria Analise Dines

BLACK

Filmmakers make the long trip from Brooklyn, New York to Seoul, South Korea, exploring the various trends of Black-American culture hop hip hop music there. Gaining a deeper understanding of the appeal of hip hop music and style in Korea, they follow two underground Korean rappers as well as speak to various other individuals.

RatingPG-13
Duration5m30s
DirectorNadia Burgess

Blood at the Root

Blood at the Root is a short film centered around the magical experiences of a young Black man named Malik Baron (Oliver Smith-Perrin) set in the bayou of New Orleans and the magical HBCU Caiman University he attends.

RatingPG-13
Duration25m01s
DirectorAJ LOVELACE
WriterLaDarrion Williams
ProducerLaDarrion Williams, AJ LOVELACE
Starring Oliver Smith-Perrin, Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield, Dejean Deterville, DeJuan Christopher, Armie Hicks Jr., Jon Chaffin, Jemar Michael, Shandra Graham

BROTHERS FIRST

Brothers by blood, best friends by choice. Brian and Brice show what it really means to be your brother’s keeper.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m23s
DirectorDamari Butler
WriterBilli Sarafina
ProducerBes Goo Productions
Starring Sean Grant, Cristian Lipps

Chip

An 8-year-old girl takes matters into her own hands when her mom denies her information about her dad.

RatingPG
Duration10m16s
DirectorDaLaura Patton
WriterDaLaura Patton
ProducerDaLaura Patton, Patrick Rodgers
Starring Kamora Wilder, Kaniesha Knight, Shaun Nichols

Color Correction

A young woman is badgered by a hostile neighbor until a deadly virus raises the stakes.

RatingPG-13
Duration18m08s
DirectorTeresita Brown
WriterPeter Simms
ProducerTeresita Brown
Starring Teresita Brown, Jasmine Williams, Peter Simms

COPING

After having chronic writer’s block, a grieving sister finds solace in virtual reality.

RatingPG-13
Duration15m28s
DirectorDaLaura Patton
WriterDaLaura Patton
ProducerDaLaura Patton
Starring Reece Raechelle, Reece Ford, CharlesCurtis-Sanders

Consequences

Mason Connor Jr. has found trouble in his new neighborhood. He has become the target of Malik and Frankie's vicious attacks. When he reports the incidents and the issues remain, he decides to take matters into his own hands

RatingPG-13
Duration22m23s
DirectorLaRita S. Smith
WriterLaRita S. Smith
ProducerLaRita S. Smith
Starring Mesiyah Oduro-Kwarten, Quinniya Hearn, David Woodard

Cookies n’ Cream

When called out for being an "Oreo," Joaquin is thrown into a downward spiral trying to figure out his identity and prove to everyone he is "black enough.” But what does that really mean?

RatingPG-13
Duration10m25s
DirectorRyan-Joseph Agboola
WriterRyan-Joseph Agboola
ProducerRyan-Joseph Agboola, Quincy Bell, Dave Mathew Macias
Starring Marcus Phillips, Zachary Mitzel, Brook Thornton, Keith J Bradfor, Carl Walton, Javion Allen

CROSS LINE

Amidst the unrest of a state due to insurgency rising from the uproar of citizens to end police brutality and a curfew imposed by the government, NNAMDI must choose between the risk of becoming a midwife for the first time for his wife, IVIE, or the danger of taking her to the hospital for proper professional attention.

Rating18
Duration19m58s
DirectorOdira Ezejiugo
WriterElla Chikezie, Fortune Animiokhali, Odira Ezejiugo, Chibuzor Aladum
ProducerChris Odeh, Sam Uche Anyamele, Osinachi Okoli-Okpagu, Uyoyou Adia, Stan Nze, Osas Ighodaro, Ella Chikezie
Starring Tonia Chukwurah

Daddy Issues

When a young woman's mother passes, she has to find a way to create a balance between her needy father and husband who adore her

RatingPG-13
Duration32m49s
DirectorTrenton Lumpkin
WriterZoie Syke, Cornell Patricks
ProducerTJ Jones
Starring Nirne Brown, Jarrett Michael Collins, John Johnson

Date Night

Set in the city of Lagos, Date Night tells the story of Foyeke, an erotic dancer who meets a seemingly cool guy on social media and decides to go on a date with him. The night starts off right until things get ugly.

RatingPG
Duration8m57s
DirectorFidelia Unifoh
WriterFidelia Unifoh
ProducerElla Chikezie
Starring Jide J Blaze Oyegbile, Caroline Igben

Divide – Time to Breathe

Gerald, an African American teenager who believes in taking a stance against the injustice to his people, rebels against his father Jerome, a retired police officer who does not agree with the methods implemented by the BLM supporters in 2020. Feeling suffocated and unable to breathe, Gerald lashes out against his father’s opposing beliefs resulting in the imminent divide between them. Tensions rise and Gerald’s mother, Trisha, is caught in the fallout of this modern New York City family as they crumble under the pressures of different ideologies, racial injustice, and being Black in America.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m58s
DirectorAnthony Paulino
WriterAnthony Paulino, Laval Alsbrook
ProducerVijaykumar Mirchandani, Jorge Alvarez
Starring Jamel Lewis, Greg Mays, April Armstrong, Brian Post

EXTRA-Ordinary

Brought together to celebrate the holidays, a quiet, peculiar little girl puts a stop to her family’s squabbling and in doing so, finds power within herself.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m00s
DirectorMichael Chris
WriterMichael Chris
ProducerMichael Chris
Starring Jamaal Scott, Avary Dawn McCoy, Judith Fluellen, Jerrold Edwards

Eye For An Eye

After a tragic incident, Bernard, a retired police officer, is haunted by the events of that infamous night. Bernard experiences revenge staring back at him in the struggle between relations between civilians and police.

Rating18
Duration14m55s
DirectorEverett Hall-McNeill
WriterEverett Hall-McNeill
ProducerEverett Hall-McNeill
Starring Michael Everett Johnson, Martin Lopez, Charlie Dreizen, Eric Cover, Marissa Davies, Todd Shaffer

FAMILY TITHES

This mob drama focuses on the powerful African-American crime family, the Kings. When the Don aka "Pops", (the father of the Kings) dies, the King brothers take matters into their own hands, taking out whoever gets in their way on their search in finding out who took out the Don.

Rating18
Duration15m42s
DirectorRICHARD MICKLES, DAKARAI HENDERSON
WriterDAKARAI HENDERSON,
ProducerDAKARAI HENDERSON
Starring Dakarai Henderson, MARVIN YOUNG, XAVIER LEFLORE, KALU DIOGU, RICHARD SCOTT, REGINALD PERRY, SHAHROZE KHAN, DONALE ROSE, CORRIGAN COLEMAN

Fear of Darkness

A middle aged, coloured skin man struggles through his life with Agoraphobia as he witnesses the news of Police brutality against the Black.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m21s
DirectorShubham Gosalia
WriterShubham Gosalia
ProducerShubham Gosalia
Starring Thato Mothobi, Ashley Waweru

FEED

A woman is influenced by the cynical exploits of a media outlet.

Rating18
Duration8m28s
DirectorDamon Clindinin, Jennifer Dominguez
WriterElie J. Charles, Kahlil Simmons
ProducerDamon Clindinin, Elie J. Charles
Starring Madelyn Badillo, Matthew Cordero, Patrick Crooker, Andre Townsend jr., David Taylor Sr.

Feisty Fighter – The Marnesba Tackett Story

Marnesba Tackett is an unsung hero in the Civil Rights Movement and an NAACP member for over 90 years. Her challenges were not only being a light-skinned person who refused to pass as "white," but also as a woman trying to burst through barriers in a male-dominated world. Thus, she fought against both racial and gender inequality in all she did. Responsible for bringing Martin Luther King to Los Angeles to share his message "we want to be free" with 30,000 people, this close friend of Rosa Parks fought for equality in the insurance industry, for equal housing practices, and was instrumental in desegregating and integrating schools for all children. Referred to as a relentless "feisty fighter," her lifelong activism combined with her strong self-esteem in being a proud Black woman helped pave the way towards equal rights

RatingPG-13
Duration42m33s
DirectorLillian Glass
WriterLillian Glass, George Artope
ProducerLillian Glass, George Artope

Fishnets

Charisma Harper, a vulnerable teenager, finds romance and comfort in a charming online boyfriend, Eli. Disturbances in her home life push her into the arms of her newfound love until Eli deceives Charisma. Then she is forced to leave her suburban life.

RatingPG-13
Duration39m58s
DirectorBrian Nesbit
WriterBrian Nesbit, Darnice Wright
ProducerDarnice Wright, Tiana Harris
Starring LaMyah, Alonda Brown, Eddie Wright

For Evan’s Sake (Episode 3)

Following the advice of his therapist, Evan tries to find his passion while stuck in quarantine.

RatingPG-13
Duration31m53s
DirectorRyan James Hull, E.V. Washington
WriterKiana Garner, Kirstin Lorin, Ryan James, E.V. Washington
ProducerRyan James Hull, Oduduwa Olatunji, E.V. Washington
Starring E.V. Washington, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lyric Michelle, Eric Aldama, Oduduwa Olatunji, Otesha Bremond, Christina "Poofy" Moffintino

Fresh-M^N

Fresh-M^N is a story of how quickly life can take a turn that you never expected. Faced with choices to do the right thing without questioning the consequences, a group of young men pledging a fraternity find themselves in a position that will alter their life’s journey and make them choose between fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a member of the illustrious fraternity or helping a college freshman who they have never met.

RatingR
Duration21m49s
DirectorLetitia McIntosh
WriterLetitia McIntosh
ProducerMatthew Jarjosa
Starring Cherish Jackson, Cedric Coleman, Dhinesh Raja Kannan, Giuseppe LoDuca, Ashley Douglas, Da'Carla Strong

GAMING & LIFE

A young boy from Charlotte, NC discovers the difference between playing video games and dealing with Real Life turmoil when a family member becomes ill.

RatingPG
Duration12m14s
DirectorStephanie Soto
WriterYolanda English
ProducerStephanie Soto, Yolanda English
Starring Yolanda English, Khalid Greenaway, Chynah Munroe, Tristan Thomas

Gramps’ Moving On

When Robert, a grieving widower, is convinced by his millennial grandson to try online dating, he encounters the unexpected and wonders if he could ever again find love and in this new way.

RatingPG-13
Duration6m59s
DirectorTanya Huston
WriterTanya Huston
ProducerTanya Huston
Starring Mark Anthony, Takeis Boston

Guns and Stuff

What would you do if you found out the plans of an undercover detective? What if that detective was from Wakanda? Alexander, a 14-year-old African American foster teen, runs away in search of a new life. What seemed like a good start at first quickly unfolds into a series of unexpected events. Events that you would’ve never guessed would happen. Tangzi, an undercover Wakanda detective, is sent to retrieve stolen vibranium from a hardcore gang. As prepared as he was for his mission, he would’ve never guessed a foster teen would be interfering with his plans of success. But, stressed out and not knowing what to do, Tangzi needs to find out how to resolve the situation. Or it will cost him his job. Maybe even his life. Filmmaker age: 14

RatingPG-13
Duration10m37s
DirectorAlexander McDaniel
WriterAlexander McDaniel
ProducerLindsay Hopper, Kelly Tighe
Executive ProducerAlexander McDaniel, Sharon McDaniel
Starring Alexander McDaniel, Johnny Crown, Ed Nathan Mecate, Gian Pettus

H2O

For Donatus to keep his mother alive, he needs to do all it takes to get clean drinking water.

RatingPG-13
Duration13m00s
DirectorDeilvis Mezor
WriterAla Leo
ProducerAla Leo
Starring Ala Leonard, Lina Ikechuju, Ala Nadyne

If It Aint Got That Swing

Trip is an aspiring musician who has one foot in the streets and the other in his music. A lifetime of poor decisions has placed him between the police and the mysterious figure, Mississippi Black, in 1945. He soon finds things are not always what they seem.

RatingPG-13
Duration24m59s
DirectorMike A. Pender
WriterMike A. Pender, Atif Lanier
ProducerMike A. Pender, Atif Lanier, Nakia Dillard, Keith Bullard
Starring Atif Lanier, Keith Bullard, Nakia Dillard, Jacinth Sutphin

I Was a 90’s Dancer The Original BBD Dancers

I was a 90's dancer is a digital documentary series highlighting some of the most memorable backup dancers of the 1990s. The pilot episode in this series features the iconic dance group Str8 Ahead better known as The Original BBD Dancers.

RatingPG-13
Duration24m37s
DirectorTimiza Sanyika
WriterTimiza Sanyika
ProducerTimiza Sanyika

Jaqewshia

After a traumatic experience orchestrated by her mother to “cure her,” a teen runs away from home and discovers there is nothing wrong with who she wants to love.

RatingPG-13
Duration9m27s
DirectorTrenton Lumpkin
WriterAndrea McGee
ProducerTrenton Lumpkin
Starring Ardale Shephard, Shante Outlaw

JARED WAS HERE

Shana LeGrand is a self-centered businesswoman whose narcissism results in a hit-and-run crime. When she leaves the victim for dead, strange occurrences and faces haunt her. She shakes it off until her demons drive her to madness and leave her in a mental prison beyond her wildest fears.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m55s
DirectorSatie Gossett
WriterKamala Lane
ProducerKamala Lane, Keturah
Starring Kiziana Jean--Louis, Louislian Colo`n, Joanna DeLane, Oumie Garba

Legacy

Legacy is a short documentary that provides an intimate look into the life of an artist whose work has had a significant impact on society. Photographer Mark C. explores his process while reflecting on his viral photo of the Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower.

RatingPG-13
Duration5m03s
DirectorBrandon Haynes, Parker Foster
ProducerBrandon Haynes, Parker Foster

Lose to Win

A singer, who lost her mind and her voice, must find a way to rediscover both while overcoming the circumstances of her past and present.

RatingPG-13
Duration17m16s
DirectorAntonia Roman
WriterRobert Lee Davis, III
ProducerAntonia Roman, Robert Lee Davis, III
Starring Lana Baugus, Cammie Middleton, Kieona Taliaferro, Michael Calacino, Vanessa Dale Wood

LORIKEET

In the modern future, a couple attempts to reconcile their relationship by means of hypothetical environmental reconstruction of their circumstances.

RatingPG-13
Duration10m50s
DirectorElisee Junior St Preux
WriterElisee Junior St Preux
ProducerMahalia Latortue
Executive ProducerMark Evans
Starring Jenn McKay, Hotty Mathias

Loxley

A story about food sovereignty in the black Deep South during a global pandemic and how food and community tie everything and everyone together.

RatingPG-13
Duration22m01s
DirectorTom Gorelik, Lani Halliday
ProducerLani Halliday

Love Conquers…

A conflicted young man contemplates coming out to his super religious mother, but what happens next is nothing like either of them expects. Preston suddenly finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he decides to share his authentic self with his pious mother, Sister. Will Preston regret making his mother privy to his sexual orientation? Or will Sister Lee forever rue the day that she chose between the love of her God and that of her son?

Rating18
Duration6m33s
DirectorEric Bendross
WriterEric Bendross
ProducerEric Bendross
Executive ProducerEric Bendross, Nikkie Bendross
Starring Nikkie Bendross, Xavier D. Elliton

Man Down

After the racially charged shooting of an unarmed teenager, an officer of color must decide whether to stand on the side of the law or seek justice for his community.

Duration15m05s
DirectorJonathan Rowan
WriterJonathan Rowan
ProducerJonathan Rowan, Myava Mitchell, Mary Minor, Kirk D. Marshall
Starring Jason Mimms, Joey Coverson, Auriel Branson, Saffran Harris, Lauren McGrath, Rachel Burke

Masquerade

Miguel has always dreamed about Carnival in Rio and decided to visit the city of Rio de Janeiro in the year that the covid-19 pandemic prevented the revelry. Miguel meets Malu and Zé do Cavaco and reveals the unusual reason that brought him to the wonderful city, embarking with his new friends on an atypical and unforgettable carnival.

RatingPG-13
Duration29m07s
DirectorIury Pinto, Lucas Carvalho
WriterIury Pinto, Katharine Albuquerque
ProducerIury Pinto, Katharine Albuquerque, Lucas Carvalho
Starring Bernardo Dugin, Katharine Albuquerque, Alan Rocha

MAWBE

In Dakar West Africa, four young apprentice mechanics headed by Mawbé, a disabled person, forge a very strong friendship between them. Despite the difficulties, Mawbé keeps his feet on the ground thanks to the solidarity and sharing spirit of his gang. On a daily basis, he teaches the trade to his loyal gang. One day, Mawbé has a car accident. The children decide to design a memorable keepsake gift for her. For this, they will have to show solidarity, stay motivated and redouble their creativity despite their lack of financial means

RatingPG-13
Duration9m40s
DirectorMame Selemane Dieye
WriterMame Selemane Dieye, Laurent Yannick Dorego
ProducerMame Selemane Dieye, Laurent Yannick Dorego
Starring Mamadou BARRY, Boubacar Sidy BA, Lamarane Ba, Souleymane DIALLO

Molly’s Diary

A man searches for clues detailing the disappearance of his wife through a hidden diary he finds that was written by her, finding out she lived a life he had no idea about. Will he find her, or is this all just a big cover up?

RatingPG-13
Duration15m51s
DirectorDakarai Akil
WriterDakarai Akil
ProducerDakarai Akil
Starring Keelen Lewis, Reyna Janelle, Corrigan Coleman, Donald Rose, Kimberly New, Marla Joi, Marie France Louie, Detrah Brown

My Skin Is Not A Sin

My Skin Is Not A Sin is a powerful docushort that takes a provocative look at the disparity between the lived experience of Black moms versus White moms. Moreover, plus size model and inspirational speaker Nikkie Bendross and her two sons deliver striking personal accounts with painstaking detail.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m00s
DirectorEric Bendross
WriterEric Bendross
ProducerEric Bendross

OFFSET

A young woman's courage hides her abuse only to find she needs the people she's been hiding from to clean up the mess of her retaliation.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m00s
DirectorHydeia Muhammad
WriterHydeia Muhammad
ProducerHydeia Muhammad, Lilit Manukyan
Starring Hydeia Muhammad, Logan Slater, Jamall Johnson, Carson Williams

Our First Time

A recently young married couple arrive at their honeymoon suite where they will finally consummate their marriage. But when the revelation of one’s infidelity becomes known, it sends the relationship on a treacherous spin on their most special night.

Rating18
Duration28m48s
DirectorEzra Fikru
WriterEzra Fikru
ProducerEzra Fikru
Starring D'andre Noire, Alexis Calderon

OXTAIL

Oxtail explores cultural differences and dialect in a light-hearted comical way: embracing Caribbean culture and vibes.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m10s
DirectorJoshua Reeves
WriterJoshua Reeves
ProducerTyrone Wright
Starring Paulette Lemard, Luke Chambers, Kane D Allen, Ella Heywood, Pete Gibson

Pastor G. The Exorcism

An out of work Calgarian oil worker turns to religion as the next source of his daily bread. When he encounters spiritual powers, he is forced to face the truth: is he truly called to serve or just serving a call?

RatingPG-13
Duration19m03s
DirectorEd Ogum
WriterKimberly Ihekweoba
ProducerOmatta Udalor, Mariah Udalor
Starring Omatta Udalor, Chengis Javeri, Tosin Ogum, Kayla Udalor, Mary Armstrong

Peanut Headz – Black History Toonz (Jesse Owens)

History is always happening! And the Treal Toonz's "Peanut Headz" have got you covered when it comes to sharing quick bits of Black History on people, places and things! In fun and exciting ways! Our subject: Jesse Owens.

RatingG
Duration3m28s
DirectorJason Fleurant
WriterJason Fleurant
ProducerJason Fleurant
Starring Nefertiti Danastor, KeAsia Jackson, Quintinna Hill

Peanut Headz – Black History Toonz (Lorraine Hansberry)

History is always happening! And the Treal Toonz's "Peanut Headz" have got you covered when it comes to sharing quick bits of Black History on people, places and things! In fun and exciting ways! Our subject: Peanut Headz - Lorraine Hansberry.

RatingG
Duration5m32s
DirectorJason Fleurant
WriterJason Fleurant
ProducerJason Fleurant
Starring Nefertiti Danastor, KeAsia Jackson, Quintina Hill

Pardoned Souls

Pardoned Souls reminds us that looks can be deceiving and takes us through the childhood conflict in two young girls’ lives. One is an obvious ill-tempered bully. One a seemingly meek and docile pushover. It makes us look closer and listen harder. Its infectious sense of inner strength makes us find our own inner strength regardless of circumstances. We see a woman take a childhood lesson and grow into a person who stands for what is right and just, regardless of past mistakes. We see forgiveness, one of the hardest emotions there is to give and bestow upon ourselves. We see it bloom because of one little girl.

RatingPG-13
Duration10m10s
DirectorCalvin Standifer
WriterLisa Hargrove, Calvin Standifer
ProducerLisa Hargrove, Calvin Standifer
Starring Lisa Hargrove, Heavenlee Wilson, Jayla Thomas, Riley Standifer, Albert Gay, Linda Barnes-Caldwell

Run George

Run George is the story of a young man named George who is in dire straits and is about to reach a boiling point in his life. We meet him on a day in which he is in desperate need of a lot of money in order to pay his rent and continue to lead his ordinary life. He goes to his local bar and enters a pool competition in which he can make money by playing and winning against previous pool champions. Luckily George happens to be the best pool player around, but unfortunately he also happens to be an alcoholic. The irony is that the more he drinks, the better he gets. After getting paralytic, he manages to win the entire competition and acquire the money needed to pay his debts and live his best life. George wakes up the next day without any idea of whether or not he won and if he did, where the money is. His journey becomes a mission to recover the details of his night and while doing this, he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant and there are very dangerous men looking for him.

Rating18
Duration51m05s
DirectorVuyani Makausu
WriterBongani Dube, Shanray Van Wyk
ProducerVuyani Makausu
Starring Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

SELLOUT

Michael is a straight-A black student at West-Berry High School. His parents believe that this is beneficial to him in order to experience different people from all walks of life. Michael goes to class, does his work, and participates to the best of his ability. Unfortunately, this makes Michael an “Oreo.” Whenever he answers or does something good or profound, he is undermined by his black peers. These experiences make Michael have a severe identity crisis in which he begins to question his “blackness.” Michael often excludes himself from white and black students or activities associated with the two. He continues to go to class but he’s simply going through the motion. All of this comes to an abrupt halt when a traumatic experience solidifies his identity. He then must make a choice of how he’s going to continue to live his life after this experience.

RatingPG-13
Duration16m16s
DirectorTrevorM. Edwards
WriterTrevorM. Edwards
ProducerCourtland Sutton, Mirrah Barksdale
Starring Norlian Lambe, Roxie Johnson, Emmanuel Kerry, Liam Harrington

Shade Diaries

A short documentary film focusing and exploring the taboo topic of Colourism/Shadeism. This film questions discrimination whilst exploring several different personal experiences. My aims are to bring the topic of colourism to life and raise awareness to all through interviews with ethnic women with stories to tell.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m52s
DirectorAshleigh Archer
WriterAshleigh Archer
ProducerAshleigh Archer

Shadow Bay Park

A group of five friends find themselves deep in the woods of Shadow Bay Park in search of a party. After discovering two dead bodies in the woods, the friends start to question whether they are next and who among them might be helping the enemy.

RatingPG-13
Duration5m58s
DirectorDJ Cameron
WriterDJ Cameron
ProducerDJ Cameron
Starring Saylor Lake, Rhe'a Hughes, Hunter Booth, Derek Rojan, DJ Cameron, Jonathan Tirado

SIP

Sip is a 3D animated short that explores the inner world of our soul. It is a deeply conscious and spiritual work that takes a deep dive into the internal battles of the mind, which is all too familiar with many people. It is a stark reminder that all humans are fighting a battle to become better people.

RatingPG
Duration11m10s
DirectorDuru Azubuike
WriterChimezie Nwagbo
ProducerFerdinand Ladi Adimefe

Son of Sheba

In 950 BC, the relationship between the Queen of Sheba and her son is strained when he learns a life-changing secret about his father that the queen has hidden for his entire life.

RatingPG-13
Duration11m33s
DirectorGino R. Payne
WriterGino R. Payne
ProducerMario Payne, Devin Teer
Starring Maxie McClintock, Marcus Hopkins Turner

Still We Thrive

Archived footage of Black history from the Caribbean, United Kingdom, United States and the African continent is interwoven with Black actors speaking directly to camera. Included are poems “A Negro Dreams of Rivers” by Langston Hughes and “Yemoja” by Olive Senior. The film is a balm to Black people's mental health now being assailed by images of violence and trauma.

RatingPG-13
Duration6m20s
DirectorCampbell X
WriterCampbell X
ProducerAshitey Akomfrah

Super Dad

A first-time Dad gets the wildest turn of events on what was meant to be just a peaceful day off work when he wakes into a tedious task he was clearly unprepared for: babysitting.

RatingG
Duration4m30s
DirectorJudah Danjuma Ndanusa
WriterMakouchi Okafor
ProducerMakouchi Okafor

SURROUNDINGS

A message to women to stay alert and be mindful of their surroundings.

RatingPG-13
Duration3m36s
DirectorParis Nicole
WriterParis Nicole
ProducerParis Nicole
Starring Paris Nicole, Dean Stewart

The Art of Procurement

Destiny, an entitled fashionista, purchases a dress form from a local consignment shop, but when strange things start to happen, she must humble herself before it's too late.

RatingPG-13
Duration9m16s
DirectorTrenton Lumpkin
WriterAnita Williams
ProducerCornell Patrick, Tj Jones
Starring Shavonia Jones, Danielle Maner, Kiana Washington

The Confessional

When a conflicted seminary student struggles with his desires that call his moral integrity into question he enlists the help of a new AI, Reba.

RatingNC-17
Duration8m04s
DirectorDeZell Lathon
WriterDeZell Lathon
ProducerDeZell Lathon
Starring DeZell Lathon, Ashford Thomas, Sierra Mckie

The Conversation

After the killing of George Floyd, protests spread like wildfire throughout the US. On the eve of the 2020 presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement demands to have a conversation with America. This short documentary offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement in the capital of Texas, through the unique lens of a European black woman who has just moved to the US.

RatingPG-13
Duration27m10s
DirectorLouise Van Assche
WriterLouise Van Assche
ProducerLouise Van Assche

Thee Who Hesitates…

On April 24th, 2021, I got my 2nd vaccination shot. It came with a tinge of hope as I'd been locked down like the rest of the world for over a year. Now mere months later, with the Delta variant running rampant, the vaccination rates of African-Americans have slowed and we're on the brink of another shutdown and outbreak. Why? In “Thee Who Hesitates,” I explore my own journey to getting vaccinated and ponder the question of why African-Americans and people of color are still hesitant to get theirs even as the disease continues to spread.

RatingPG-13
Duration7m32s
DirectorKelly Perine
WriterKelly Perine
ProducerAliya Colvard
Starring Kelly Perine

The Funky Dinner Fight

1970's "black cinema exploitation" style action film. Introducing "Black Belt Jim,” a soul brotha living in the wrong era, messing suckas up from left to right.

RatingPG-13
Duration7m59s
DirectorKen Adé
WriterKen Adé
ProducerKen Adé

The Magical Root

The Magical Root is a true story about a transformational time in the life of Frederick Douglass. It was the day he decided he was no longer a slave -- but a free man in a slave's body.

Duration2m44s
DirectorBrandon Miree
ProducerRaymundo Archila, Brandon Miree, Raymundo Archila
Executive ProducerKrista Stiefel, Michelle R. Jones
WriterBrandon Miree
Starring Brandon Miree

The Only Me

Duration7m59s

The Preacher & The Rabbi

The moral and spiritual partnership of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired their own cultural and racial communities and others to advocate for access, equity, and social justice in America. Many view the serendipity of their collaboration as providential. Their story offers a powerful and meaningful road sign as America travels a divided highway regarding issues of race.

RatingPG
Duration13m26s
WriterWilliam H. Smith, Ed.D.
ProducerWilliam H. Smith, Ed.D.
Executive ProducerWilliam H. Smith, Ed.D., Craig Rothman,
Starring Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Return To Me

Natalie decides after getting a divorce that she needs to find what makes her happy instead of living a life that everyone approves of. She chooses to leave her church and chooses shamanism. Her family being African American and Christian struggles with her choice and she must stand her ground. She dates a Haitian after her divorce and he helps her realize her spiritual gifts. This relationship also fails, but Natalie works on herself and is being guided by spirit guides into her next relationship

RatingPG-13
Duration31m21s
DirectorEthan X Evans
WriterKathryn T Thompson
ProducerKathryn T Thompson
Starring Phillip Rooks II, Kathryn T Thompson, Royal Michelle Coakley, Tyrone Harper, Shaia Scott, Rachell Mann

The Ride

A group of friends go on the road trip of their lives.

RatingPG-13
Duration15m17s
DirectorParis Nicole
ProducerParis Nicole

The Right Decision

The story of Frida, a young lady who has a tough decision to make: Leave her job or stay back and face harassment.

RatingPG
Duration3m34s
DirectorJudah Danjuma Ndanusa
WriterTheodora Onoapoi
ProducerUgochukwu Eluchie, Joyce Nwankwo

The Strong Box

Randall, flat broke and in debt, discovers golden treasure in an ancient strong box. The treasure can be his...if he grants one small request.

RatingPG-13
Duration10m20s
DirectorHassan El-Amin
WriterHassan El-Amin
ProducerHassan El-Amin
Starring Joseph Fox, Time Winters

The Trial of Miss Mudimbe

Sarah, an immigrant and student, flees the Congo to build a new life in Canada, only to discover that the man who raped her, a professor at her former university, has found refuge in Canada as well. Tragically, he has no intention of ceasing his abuse of Sarah who takes desperate measures to stop him and protect her fragile freedom in her country of choice.

RatingPG-13
Duration15m32s
DirectorMelanee Murray-Hunt
WriterMelanee Murray-Hunt, Omatta Udalor
ProducerOmatta Udalor
Starring Boma Cookey-Gam, Simon Thompson, Katherine McKitrick, Denise Vaille

The Truth About Santa Claus

Soon after an ambitious young teacher accepts a new assignment at a Christian school, she is morally challenged by a traditional Christmas belief held by her students. What will her conscious and conviction lead her to do? Will she be able to face the consequences either way?

RatingPG-13
Duration9m24s
DirectorTanya Huston
WriterTanya Huston
ProducerTanya Huston
Starring Naomi Lambert, Lisa Monet Lambert, Kendrick Benson

Timothy

Pastor Lamont Taylor, his wife Treva, and their son, Timothy have worked diligently to create a place for all people to belong at Liberty in God Church. Their ministry has become the beckon of life and love in the small town of Millington, TN. One snowy, Sunday afternoon all of that changes.

RatingPG-13
Duration12m36s
DirectorTymika Chambliss
WriterTymika Chambliss
ProducerTymika Chambliss, Ketrick "Jazz" Copeland, Elgin Cahill
Starring ARTavius Veasey, Ketrick "Jazz" Copeland, LaDeia Joyce

TNC

A young man in a bar finds out that he has more in common with the patrons than he bargained for.

RatingR
Duration21m39s
DirectorBobby Huntley
WriterBobby Huntley
ProducerEric Rai` Vaun
Starring THIREE PINNOCK, CECIL M HENRY, KIMBERLY LATRICE JONES, DANIELE MANER

Token

Darnell gives his co-workers a special going away present!

RatingPG-13
Duration5m00s
DirectorKevin Onyeaka
WriterBilli Sarafina
ProducerBilli Sarafina
Starring Rick Kelly

Transcend

As a scientist convinces millions his therapy will heal the world crisis, a woman desires to experience a romance she will never remember.

RatingPG-13
Duration15m37s
DirectorTj Davidson
WriterTj Davidson, Sade Norwood
ProducerTj Davidson
Starring Colby Muhammad, Chadwick Davilsaint

Turfin

Turfin is a short documentary giving a brief glimpse into the world of the Bay Area street dance called Turf Dancing

RatingPG
Duration7m55s
DirectorLatiece Brown
ProducerLatiece Brown

Under The Freeway

Under the Freeway is a powerful musical stage play turned into a short film depicting the authenticity of the consequences of life's decisions. You will be exposed to poverty, pain and truth that is in this community of people. Like the "Son of man had nowhere to lay his head", many people who are homeless have nowhere to lay theirs. The short film Under the Freeway, is the reality of day to day life in an encampment.

RatingPG-13
Duration17m53s
DirectorBrandi Burks Kesselman, Dale A, Stelly
WriterBrandi Burks Kesselman
ProducerBrandi Burks Kesselman, Dale A, Stelly
Executive ProducerBrandi Burks Kesselman, Dale A, Stelly
Starring Marcus Paulk, Gil Nelson, Janette Auguar, Donisha Brumfield, Dion Vine, Danny DeLloyd

Wake

It’s hot, its Summer and its Sadie’s birthday but she doesn’t really feel like celebrating, Black Lives Matter is exploding on the streets of London, there is tension and change in the air. Social media is forcing people to outsource their memories, what does it all mean, where does Sadie fit in? As her party celebrations start to unravel Sadie comes to the realization that she needs to trust her power and face the truth, her own truth as Black woman, what is her place in this world maybe she has been looking in the wrong place and it’s time to visualise a new space?

RatingPG-13
Duration14m15s
DirectorAnne Musisi
WriterGeorge Morgan
ProducerPamela Jikiemi
Starring Lara Grace Ilori, Jordan Kouame, Lucia Bonbright, Tom Mackean, Benjamin Westerby, Adam Woolley

Wasted Talent

“Wasted Talent” follows four high school teens who are thrown into detention after a fight. These boys from different worlds come together through their love for music and songwriting. However, their newfound bond is brought to a halt by the harsh reality of the world they come from.

RatingPG-13
Duration14m09s
DirectorDerrick Benton
WriterDerrick Benton
ProducerDerrick Benton, Sonia Conlin, Alexis Lisa Rivera
Starring Chetan Cutting, Amber Janea, Ahmad DeChalus, Dexter Phillip, Omari Johnson

WRONG

Bessong is a village rapist who terrorized an entire village of girls. When he comes into contact with the village goddess who has transfigured into a human just to trap him, he is never the same.

Rating18
Duration25m17s
DirectorAGBOR LEONARD AGBOR
WriterAGBOR LEONARD AGBOR
ProducerAGBOR LEONARD AGBOR
Starring AGBOR LEONARD AGBOR, ENOW DELISSE NCHA, ACHALLE AYANG, KEJU ANDREAS

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