Solace
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Solace

Solace

5:00PM (1 hr 20 mins) drama

dir. Tchaiko Omawale

SOLE, 17, distracts herself from her father’s cancer with future college plans. But when he dies, she’s forced to move away to Los Angeles to live with her estranged grandmother IRENE. Sole secretly finds refuge in food numbing the pain of her father’s death and the discomfort of Irene’s overbearing ways. She desperately searches for an escape, finding it in a performance art grant that would take her back to New York.

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The Voicemail
Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Voicemail

The Voicemail

7:30PM (1 min) drama

dir. Kyle Solomon

A missed call. A tired heart. Another earth-shattering day of being Black in America. “THE VOICEMAIL” explores the everyday traumas experienced by Black people in America, told from the perspective of a son who takes heed of his mother’s warning. 

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Murder in Mobile
Aug
15
7:55 PM19:55

Murder in Mobile

Murder in Mobile

7:55PM (24 mins)

dir. Adam Fischer

In 1948, in Mobile, Alabama, a black man named Rayfield Davis is beaten to death by a white man who is not prosecuted. The crime is forgotten until 2012, when the investigation is revived by a Northeastern law student. Her discoveries lead to a shocking conclusion.

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Unarmed Man
Aug
15
8:19 PM20:19

Unarmed Man

Unarmed Man

8:19PM (1 hr 12 mins)

dir. Harold Jackson III

Civil unrest erupts after Police Officer Greg Yelich shoots and kills an unarmed man during a routine traffic stop.  Forced to give a statement, the Officer recounts his version of events in a scathing examination of racial profiling, fear, prejudice and violence as the case statement interviewer (Aaron Williamson) unravels the incident one murky layer at a time.  

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Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places

Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places

9:00AM (32 mins) documentary

dir. Sheila S Walker

Tens of millions of Africans were scattered throughout the world during the centuries of the notorious process of enslavement. This documentary shares African technologies that developed the Americas, visits unsuspected African Diasporan societies in the Americas and beyond, and reveals cultural commonalities uniting African Diasporan communities in distant lands.

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Dara
Aug
16
9:32 AM09:32

Dara

Dara - The first time when I went to sky

9:32AM (18 mins) drama 

dir. Renato Candido

Dara is a 10-year-old black girl from the rural area of Bahia/Brazil in the 1960s. On the eve of moving to São Paulo, Dara wants to set up a swing in a cashew tree where she lives with her grandparents and her little brother. Her parents are already in São Paulo, it's time for the girl to leave.

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Sankofa
Aug
16
9:50 AM09:50

Sankofa

Sankofa

9:50AM (28 mins) documentary

dir. Princess Garrett

This documentary is about the loss of identity and its systemic impact on black males. By exploring the complexities of mental slavery, Sankofa calls it’s audience to free themselves from the system in which they were born.

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The History of White People in America
Aug
16
10:18 AM10:18

The History of White People in America

The History of White People in America

10:18AM (9 mins) web series

dir. Jonathan Halperin, Drew Takahashi , Ed Bell , Pierce Freelon , Aaron Keane 

Episode 1: The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans known now as Bacon’s Rebellion.

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Dog Person
Aug
16
11:45 AM11:45

Dog Person

Dog Person

11:45AM (22 mins) psychological thriller

dir. Justin Fairweather

When a pet sitter goes to a house expecting to watch a dog but is instead greeted by a haunting man who believes himself to be a canine, the sitter must unravel the dark secrets surrounding the man and his owner, survive a day of oddities, and all in the name of providing for her economically vulnerable family.

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Pearl Motel
Aug
16
12:25 PM12:25

Pearl Motel

Pearl Motel

12:25PM (17 mins) drama, period piece

dir. Chris Jones

After a childhood of mistreatment, Octavia White has adopted the fast, wild, and free life of a seductive con artist. She preys on the men that walk into the local bars of 1950s Louisiana. After a run-in with the law and an obsessed Lance, Octavia is pressured to face her past head-on.

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Here
Aug
16
12:42 PM12:42

Here

Here

12:42PM (6 mins) animated/experimental

dir. Robert-Jonathan Koeyers

An experimental visual poem inviting people to step into the lived Black experience for a moment. Combining film, animation, photography, and archival footage, "Here" tries to explore what Blackness means to Robert-Jonathan, as well as what it might mean to others.

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A Night At The Table
Aug
16
1:01 PM13:01

A Night At The Table

A Night at the Table 

1:01PM (11 mins) horror, thriller

dir. Tamara S. Hall

A mother prepares food for a seemingly normal family night dinner, but as the conversation between her and her kids grow more peculiar, tension mounts between the three, unveiling a lurking threat at the table.

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Slave Cry
Aug
16
3:52 PM15:52

Slave Cry

Slave Cry

3:52PM (14 mins) comedy

dir. Jai Jamison

A young Black actress tries to navigate working in Richmond, Va, a market known for period pieces and historical tours. How does she reconcile the degrading roles she has to play, with her modern conception of what it means to be a Black woman in America?

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Respect Our Black Dollars
Aug
16
8:45 PM20:45

Respect Our Black Dollars

Respect Our Black Dollars

8:45PM (30 mins) doc

dir. Chris Windfield

Its 2017. The political climate in Mississippi is very unstable. Stanley Wesley a local activist and community organizer is the founder and president of an organization called Respect Our Black Dollars. This documentary follows Stanley Wesley as he organizes, promotes and fights opposition within modern day Jackson Mississippi.

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One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal

One Child Left Behind:  The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal

9:00AM (1 hr 29 mins) doc

dir. Jodi Gomes

In 2009, 1,176 Atlanta teachers were investigated for test cheating; 35 were indicted, 12 went to trial and 11 were found guilty on RICO charges, which are typically reserved for the mafia and drug lords. The guilty, serving 30-year sentences, finally break their silence in this tell-all, controversial film that takes a closer look at the legislation called No Child Left Behind, the politics behind it, and a race and power struggle that spawned one of the most complex scandals in American history.

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Let This Be Therapy
Aug
17
9:26 AM09:26

Let This Be Therapy

Let This Be Therapy

9:26AM (11 mins) doc

dir. Justin Leyba, Dougan Khim

Chicago artist Brandon Breaux, best known for his series of Chance the Rapper album covers, chronicles his mission to change the negative perception of South Side Chicago through his art, as the deadline for his first exhibition in Singapore looms.

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Lime
Aug
17
9:38 AM09:38

Lime

9:38AM (11 mins) drama

dir. Dontai Storey

Set in the urban jungle of Compton, CA in the early ’00s, LiME tells the story of Deshawn, a young man who discovers how hard it is to walk and live in your truth after he experiences the bitterness of the real world.

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East of The River
Aug
17
9:49 AM09:49

East of The River

East of the River

9:49AM (13 mins) drama

dir. Hannah Peterson

Teonna is unexpectedly suspended from school and is faced with figuring out what to do with a day on the streets of Washington, DC. Created in collaboration with local high schoolers, East of the River is an unflinching portrait of the education and lived experience of teenagers finding their way.

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Four Points
Aug
17
10:02 AM10:02

Four Points

Four Points

10:02AM (33 mins) drama

dir. R. Cadell Cook II 

Four average citizens have been selected by the newly elected tech-genius President of the United States to participate in a game that will determine the policy of the new administration. Will they win hundreds of thousands of dollars and guide the future of the country, or will their differences cost them everything?

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Congo Cabaret
Aug
17
11:30 AM11:30

Congo Cabaret

Congo Cabaret

11:30AM (14 mins) drama, period piece

dir. Quincy LeNear Gossfield, Deondray Gossfield

Welcome to the world of Claude McKay, a gay writer of the Harlem Renaissance whose racy 1926 novel, Home to Harlem, became the first best-seller published by a Black writer. Surrender your preconceptions of story and how it’s told; you’re at the Congo Cabaret.

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Sicko!
Aug
17
11:44 AM11:44

Sicko!

Sicko!

11:44AM (11 mins) drama

dir. Bader Alshuaib

A conservative Muslim man living in America speaks with his wife regarding gun laws one fine day. Later, he finds out his daughter fooling around with a friend of hers in the bedroom resulting in a fight of ethics between the father and mother, threatening dangerous consequences.

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F.A.M.
Aug
17
11:55 AM11:55

F.A.M.

F.A.M.

11:55AM (29 mins) drama

dir. Kyle Romanek

Inspired by a true story, F.A.M. is a half-hour drama about a black blended family trying to live a normal life in the all-white suburb of Roswell, GA. The story covers the life of Trey, who is trying to balance his relationship with three women: Traci - his ex and the mother of his child, Dara - his new wife, and Olivia - his 15-year-old daughter who is struggling with her sexuality. Trey navigates the challenges of having a child coming out in a subculture of homophobia and co-parenting with a woman hellbent on destroying his marriage.

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Owned
Aug
17
2:00 PM14:00

Owned

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas 

2:00PM (1 hr 22 mins) doc

dir. Giorgio Angelini

The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths -- one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms-and-busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach. 'Owned' is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy.

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Flight
Aug
17
4:15 PM16:15

Flight

Flight

4:15PM (13 mins) drama

dir. Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald

From Jamaica, the little island of big dreams, an inner city youth KEMAR has the biggest dream of all – to fly to the moon. At its core, this is a story that explores dreams bigger than us, what fuels them, what stands in the way of them, their ability to transport us and those around us, if they take FLIGHT.

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The Bee
Aug
17
4:28 PM16:28

The Bee

The Bee

4:28PM (11 mins) drama

dir. Alexandria Ashley

McKenzie Walker is an eight year old girl preparing for an important school spelling bee. Just days before the bee, she grows increasingly insecure about her eyebrows. When her mother won't allow her to get them threaded, McKenzie takes matters into her own hands. 

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The Right Swipe
Aug
17
4:40 PM16:40

The Right Swipe

The Right Swipe

4:40PM (15 mins) web series

dir. Justin Casselle

When best friends India and Margo team up to start the Right Swipe, a business fixing men’s dating profiles, they have only three rules: One: They must use their powers for good. Two: They charge on a sliding scale. Three: They can’t sleep with their clients. Or date them. Or flirt with them. As a series, The Right Swipe asks: Do we fall in love with people, or the versions of them that we create? 

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Together
Aug
17
5:40 PM17:40

Together

Together

5:40 PM (17 mins) 

dir. A.W. Scott

Carver and Ella have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and are trying to decide where to go on their "trip of a lifetime". But then the unexpected happens, and a decision must be made that will change their lives forever. 

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Straight Crankin: A Go Go Documentary
Aug
17
to Sep 18

Straight Crankin: A Go Go Documentary

Straight Crankin: A Go Go Documentary

7:50PM (1 hr 38 mins) doc

dir. Eugene Thorpe

Straight Crankin: A Go Go Documentary chronicles the birth, evolution and impact of the Go Go musical genre. The film charts the development and growth of Go Go, the bands that put Go Go on the map, their styles, the history of the musical art form and its global impact over the past 40 years. The film features members of Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited, Backyard Band, Junk Yard Band, Trouble Funk, Be'la Dona, TCB, historical interviews and performances of Chuck Brown and more.

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