12:16PM (19 mins) drama
dir. Adonis Williams
A teenage, NYPD volunteer goes undercover to purchase alcohol and other items not permitted to be sold to minors. His methods are put into question when the biggest bust of his career is done illegally, jeopardizing everything he’s worked for and threatens a gentrifying, Brooklyn community.
Cross My Heart
12:02PM (14 mins) drama
dir. Sontenish A Myers
An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture of silence amongst women, the kinds of secrets we keep and who they're actually protecting.
11:20AM (14 mins) drama
"Drive Slow" follows a teenager from the South-Side of Chicago attempting to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends' disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process.
The Possibility of Her
9:15AM (1hr 26mins) doc
dir. William Feagins, Jr.
"The Possibility of Her" is a feature-length documentary which highlights 12 women of color who are actively involved in non-traditional careers or passions. The film delves into each woman's personal and professional life discussing their beginnings, challenges, their take on gender norms as well as addressing some myths and misconceptions about women in their respective fields.
Queens in Training
8:55AM (15 mins) doc
dir. Deanna Del Ciello
Two young African-American girls learn to play chess competitively and apply those skills to obstacles of race and gender as they prepare for a citywide co-educational tournament in Washington, D.C.
12:36PM (15 mins) webseries
dir. Christine Sanders
It’s 2008 in NYC, at the start of the recession, and Paige Anderson is anxious about surviving adulthood post-graduation. That is until she lands her “dream job” as an assistant to power producer Kendra Hawthorne. But what starts as a dream TV beginning, quickly devolves into a crazy nightmare.
7:30PM (1hr 31mins) doc
dir. Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
When America's last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture--one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream media for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talent.
MAKE AMERICA BLACK AGAIN
6:31PM (13 mins) comedy
dir. Leon Robinson, Joel Kipnis
Candidate Lamar Johnson played by Leon (Cool Runnings, Ali, Cliffhanger) is running for President of the United States on the campaign slogan: “Make America Black Again”
with an all white campaign staff!
6:21PM (10 mins) drama
dir. Stacey Larkins
Upon making a life altering decision, Jabari Keating is a candid first person narrative film that explores his personal reflections, life experiences and trials and tribulations as an African American in present day America.
Under The Law
6:04PM (10 mins) drama
dir. Mitsu Miyashima
Adriel, a qualified and determined individual, is looking for employment at a law firm, but a blemish on his record holds him back. However, everything changes when Karen finds out what his motive was on the night of his incident.
Frank and Lamar
5:50PM (7 mins) comedy
dir. Fred Soligan
Frank and Lamar follows two best friends who live together and work together as middle school teachers in New York City. When workplace drama, romance, and personal growth turn their world upside down, their friendship is put to the test.
4:15PM (39mins) drama
dir. Terrence Turner
A five year old girl is caught in middle of a struggle between her recently widowed father and his elderly aunt who disagree on how best to adapt to the customs and laws of their newly adopted home in the United Kingdom. The aunt’s failure to abandon ancient African tribal traditions, including the harmful practice of FGM or female genital mutilation, leads to potentially devastating consequences for the young girl. All six characters in the film are played by one remarkable female actor, Mimi Ndiweni.
2:15PM (1hr 23mins) dramedy
"Breaking up is easy. Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.