ACT Roxbury and the Color of Film Collaborative are pleased to announce the 7th annual Roxbury Film Festival(RFF): Celebrating the Vision and the Voice of Filmmakers of Color, which will take place August 17-21, 2005. Special support for RFF 2005 is provided by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Roxbury Film Festival is the largest film festival for filmmakers and film industry professionals of color in the New England area. Our mission is to support these filmmakers and provide an opportunity for audiences to view their works and experience stories often overlooked in mainstream media and at other festivals. It has become national in scope because of the special guests we feature and New England premieres that we’ve screened. More than half of the filmmakers whose films we show are present to do Q&A after their films.
This year promises to be a very exciting year for the festival. We plan to screen 50 films, including features, documentaries, animation, experimental, and short films. Several of the feature length films we will screen have won top honors and awards at film festivals in the United States and around the world. Films like Beat the Drum, Favela Rising, The Healing Passage, and Runt.
Among our Special Guests are actors Billy Dee Williams (Mahogany, Star Wars), Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire) and Mel Jackson (Soul Food, Deliver Us from Eva); director, Jordan Walker-Pearlman (The Visit, Constellation); and celebrity acting coach Tracy Moore Marable (author, The Spirited Actor). Please check our website periodically for changes to our special guest line-up and schedule.
Additional highlights of the RFF-7 include:
- A Conversation with Billy Dee Williams – Thursday, August 18, 2005 in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art. Moderated by Liz Walker (Host, Sundays with Liz Walker on CBS4)
- Opening Night Feature – Constellation. Screening Thursday, August 18, 2005 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Followed by Q&A with director Jordan Walker-Pearlman.
- A Special Screening of the new romantic comedy, Flip the Script, starring Miguel A NÃºÃ±ez, Jr. and Robin Givens. Showtime is Saturday, August 20 at 8:30pm in the Blackman Auditorium. Q&A writer/producer Tiayoka McMillan will follow.
- Meaningful Panels for filmmakers and film enthusiasts including: Realizing Your Dream: Bringing Your Film to the Silver Screen, and Get Up / Stand Up a discussion about the entertainment industry from the audience’s perspective.
- Actor’s Workshops with Special Guests Jamie Hector (Preparation is Key), and Tracy Moore Marable (The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Audition)
- Q & A with filmmakers after most screenings.
- Private and public receptions with special guests and filmmakers that are among the most diverse in Boston.
- Closing awards ceremony. Awards include the Audience Favorite Award, the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, the Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker, the Award for Most Original Voice (New England Filmmaker), the Award for Technical Excellence in Filmmaking, the Award for Best Short Film, and the Best of Festival Award.
All festival screening venues are located within a three block section of Huntington Avenue. On street parking in the area is limited. Public Transportation is recommended.
- Northeastern University – Blackman Auditorium in Ell Hall (346 Huntington Avenue) and Raytheon Amphitheater in the Egan Center (120 Forsyth Street, off Huntington Ave and behind Ruggles Station). For directions to Northeastern University, visit their website (Map,Driving Directions)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium. 465 Huntington Avenue. For directions, visit their website
- Massachusetts College of Art – Tower Auditorium (621 Huntington Ave). For directions, visit their website
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The Audience Favorite Award
$500, presented by the Boston Chapter of Links, Inc.
The Award for Best of Festival
$500 in film stock, presented by Eastman Kodak
The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking
The Healing Passage / Voices from the Water
$300, presented by The Color of Film Collaborative
The Award for Technical Excellence in Filmmaking
$2500 in services, presented by FilmShack and Video Transfer
The Award for Best Short Film
$300, presented by Andrea C. Spence
The Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker
Thato Rantao Mwosa for Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
$500, presented by Kay Bourne, Arts Editor of the Bay State Banner
The Award for Most Original Voice (New England filmmaker)
Nisha Murickan for Maria
$500, presented by the LEF Foundation
Panels and Workshops
A Conversation with Billy Dee Williams
Come hear Billy Dee Williams talk about his career in film, television and his art. Find out how he has maintained a long and successful career in film from Mahogony to Star Wars and how he has worked both inside and outside of the Hollywood system. You are invited to participate in the conversation during Q & A. Learn about what opportunities there are out there for actors of color.
Moderator: Liz Walker, award-winning reporter and host of Sundays with Liz Walker on CBS4 Boston.
$10. Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Tower Auditorium (Massachusetts College of Art)
Thursday, August 18 at 5:30PM
Preparation Is Key (Actorâ€™s Workshop)
The art of acting can be described as a creative sport. Like many sports, natural ability is definite plus. However, natural ability will get you but so far in any arena. To be successful, preparation is key.
Jamie Hector (actor, currently appearing in HBO’s The Wire), will share his years of study and experience to demonstrate how preparation is one of the most important tools that an actor will need to begin to build a successful career in the entertainment industry. No audition, submission, interview or actual work should take place without proper preparation. Jamie will touch on strategies for phenomenal work, memorable auditions, character development, acting exercises and technique.
Ally Roberson (talent manager), will further demonstrate how to prepare for the business of acting by discussing: actorâ€™s tools, building a team, branding, and the importance of follow thru.
Sponsored by StageSource: The Alliance of Theatre Artists & Producers and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science
Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University
Friday, August 19 at 6:00PM
Realizing Your Dream: Bringing Your Film to the Silver Screen
Making a film is hard enough, but getting it to premiere festivals and up on the silver screen can be just as difficult. Come learn how films like Constellation and Squeeze got over the hurdles and made this dream happen.
Panel: Directors – Jordan Walker-Pearlman and Robert Patton-Spruill, Producers – Shannon Murphy and Patricia Moreno
Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University
Saturday, August 20 at 11am
The Spirited Actor
Tracey Moore-Marable has been a casting agent (Girl 6, New Jersey Drive, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.), an entrepreneur, (The Jokeâ€™s On You, Inc.), and is an acting coach for stars like Eve (for Barbershop), Darius Rucker, Missy Elliott, and many others. Sheâ€™s written a book, The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Auditions and is a writer, scriptwriter and director. In this workshop you will learn the principles of a successful audition.
Raytheon Amphitheatre, Northeastern University
Saturday, August 20 at 3:00pm
Get Up/Stand Up
Audiences make a difference. As viewers of film, television, and theater you have a lot of control over what you see. If you donâ€™t like the images, if the content is questionable, if you are tired of seeing the same thing, or if you want to see more, come hear how you can take a more active role in changing what you see. Hear from filmmakers who have used the medium of film to get their messages across and come away with some tools to help you let your voice be heard.
Panel: Byron Hurt , Nina LaNegra, other panelists TBA
Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art
Saturday, August 20 at 4:30PM
62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between directed and produced by Anita Wen-Shin Chang and Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation.
62 Years and 6,500 Miles Between is an exhilarating momentum of Taiwanese self-determination and the increasing instability of American democracy. The filmmaker navigates cultural, geographical and linguistic distances in search of wisdom and hope from her 100 year-old Taiwanese activist grandmother (Ama).
500 Years Later directed by Owen Alik Shahadah and produced by M. K. Asante, Jr.
500 Years Later, through beautiful cinematography and intimate discussions, is a retrospective narrative about the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland, and scattered them into the winds of the New World. 500 Years Later chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for their freedom. Best Documentary, Pan African Film Festival
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Abiku, directed and produced by John Oluwole Adekoje
Abiku, a daughter from an African past returns to aid a corrupted political system by turning the tides of injustice in a post colonial era where religion is used as an instrument for domestic abuse and world domination. What happens when African mythology imposes itâ€™s will over a Eurocentric style of filmmaking to balance the scales of justice? You decide.
The Aggressives, directed and produced by Daniel Peddle
75 minutes, explicit language
The Aggressives is a dynamic film shot in vibrant NYC on digital video, featuring intimate interviews with six lesbians who define themselves as â€œAggressivesâ€. We show their daily lives and also highlight their participation in the underground lesbian â€œballâ€ scene. (This film is the female counterpart to â€œParis is Burningâ€).
Beat the Drum, directed by David Hickson and produced by d. David McBrayer, Karen Shapiro, Richard Shaw
Young Musa is orphaned after a mysterious illness strikes his village in KwaZulu Natal. To help his grandmother, Musa sets out for Johnnesburg with his fatherâ€™s last gift, a tribal drum, in search of work and his uncle. The journey confronts him with the stark realities of urban life, but his indomitable spirit never wavers; he returns with a truth and understanding his elders have failed to grasp. Best International Feature, ReelWorld Film Festival
Blacks Cropped*Crop Blacks produced and directed by Millery Polyne
Blacks Cropped*Crop Blacks is a poetical journey exploring the hardships and highlighting the resilient spirit of African American tobacco farmers in the U.S. South. Using poems, personal interviews, and historical documents, this film provokes questions on black labor and independence, and expands our understanding of black agricultural workers beyond slavery.
The Black Hole in Media, directed by Dominique Bonner and Jake Weisner and produced by Jake Weisner.
30 minutes (Youth Film/CAC Teen Media Program), graphic violence
The Black Hole in Media looks at the portrayal of black people in the media and its effects. This program also shows different methods that are used in media to effect the viewer: tools such as color, text symbols, music, etc. It features interviews with local media professionals and consumers.
Body Single, directed Etido Upkong
16 minutes (Youth film/ICA Fast Forward Program), explicit language
Body Single is a story about a young guy whose heart gets broken on Valentineâ€™s Day by his girlfriend.
Constellation written and directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman and produced by Jordan Walker-Pearlman and Shannon Murphy
The story chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the Deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family patriarch, Helms Boxer (Billy Dee Williams), must confront his demons amidst the changing racial fabric of society and his own family. When the beloved Carmel Boxer (Gabrielle Union) passes away, her entire family returns to Huntsville, Alabama to celebrate her life and legacy. As the Boxer family comes together for the first time in years, revelations of Carmelâ€™s painful past begin to force each person to address their pent up emotions and true feelings for one another. Constellation explores the redemptive power of love and spotlights the importance of honesty and the bonds of family loyalty. Audience Award, Urbanworld Film Festival
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Cycles of Repetition produced and directed by Deborah Wing-Sproul.
Cycles of Repetition reveals a series of vignettes, which document the repetitive nature of fiber-based hand work in India and the people who â€œperformâ€ those repetitive gestures. The people of Gujarat and Rajasthan are informally and candidly documented in their work environments. Fabric dyeing, spinning, weaving, woodblock printing and rug making are represented in this film.
The Dead Guy produced by Susan Olupitan directed by Clayton Broomes Jr.
Johnnie and Sheila accept an invitation to a dinner at his cousinâ€™s house. No harm in thatâ€¦or is there?
Donâ€™t Tell Me You Love Me, directed by Thato R. Mwosa and Njoronge Thiongo, produced by Thato R. Mwosa.
40 minutes, Nudity, graphic violence, explicit language
Masedi confronts her reality through poetry. When Thabo, her husband, discovers her writings, life imitates art imitating life. Can Masedi reconcile the contradictions between her consciousness as a writer, a woman, and a wife?
Dwaineâ€™s Big Game, directed by Justin Fielding and produced by Kelly Hardebeck and Justin Fielding
Dwaine’s Big Game is a short documentary about a bowler’s quest for perfection. Dwaine Daye, a Boston firefighter, joined the B.I.B. (Black is Beautiful) bowling league to answer a colleague’s challenge – Could he bowl a perfect game?
Eracesure, directed and produced by Justin Leroy
Whether itâ€™s on TV, in magazines, or on the runway, racially ambiguous fashion models have become all the rage. Why are we so fascinated by these so-called â€œunusual-lookingâ€ models, and what do we really mean when we say their beauty is â€œexoticâ€? Eracesure is a short documentary that explores the rising popularity of racially ambiguous models and how they fit into the American cultural imagination.
Far From Home, directed and produced by Rachel Tsutsumi
Meet Kandice Sumner, a precocious, insightful African-American teenager who participates in METCO, a voluntary school integration program in Boston. Since kindergarten, Kandice has risen before dawn each day to catch a bus out to the public schools of an affluent, predominately white suburb of Boston. In Far From Home Kandice shares her conflicted feelings and keen observations about traversing these two worlds. Now in her last two years of high school, she takes us inside her personal triumphs, struggles, and daily negotiations: serving as the first black class president at her high school; playing the college admissions game; defying the stereotypes that she feels from white society; living up to her familyâ€™s tradition of activism. Kandiceâ€™s grandfather, a civil rights activist who was murdered in 1968, helped found the busing program, and her mother was among the first classes of black students bused to the suburbs in the late 1960s. Through cinema verite and interviews, Far From Home weaves together Kandiceâ€™s current school life with a family history that has been profoundly shaped by racially integrated educational experiences.
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Favela Rising, directed and produced by Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist.
80 minutes, graphic violence
Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson SÃ¡ is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiroâ€™s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Andersonâ€™s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever. Best Documentary Filmmaker, Tribeca Film Festival
Flip the Script, directed by Terrah Bennett Smith, written and produced by Tiayoka McMillan
84 minutes, explicit language
Flip the Script tells the charming story of six college friends in their thirties brought back to Los Angeles for the untimely death of a mutual friend. Forced with having to plan a funeral together, the friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other which results in the re-surfacing of old feelings and unfinished business. The film explores the heartbreaks and joys of life through friendship and love. (Starring Miguel A. NÃºÃ±ez, Jr. and Robin Givens.)
Following Bliss, directed by Cleve Lamison and produced by Mev Lut Akkaya, Michelle Olofson and Cleve Lamison
93 minutes, graphic Violence, explicit language
Jack longs for his rock-in-roll days and contemplates deserting his suburban/corporate lifestyle to go on the road; a choice that would end the fairytale life his pregnant wife Jenny has built for their budding family. Dreams collide with escalating cruelty as each struggles to follow their bliss.
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Freebox, directed by Shandor Garrison and produced by Mike Bowes
22 minutes, graphic violence, explicit language
At a residential school for troubled kids on a desolate New England Island, an HIV+ teen from the Bronx prepares revenge against a bullying student. His unlikely mentor, a local boat mechanic, struggles to protect the boy and keep him from hurting others.
The Golden Blaze, directed by Byron E. Carson and produced by Michael Jenkinson and Nichelle Protho
The animated movie, The Golden Blaze, is a story of two African American boys, Jason Fletcher and Leon Tatum, whose schoolyard rivalry spirals out of control. In a freak accident their fathers develop superpowers and become puppets in their sonsâ€™ war. Jason, not the most popular in the small suburban community of Quaint Valley, spends all his time collecting and reading comic books. His favorite is â€œThe Golden Blazeâ€, an African-American superhero series. Jason is vying to complete his Golden Blaze collection before his archrival, Leon, beats him to it. Leon is the class bully and Jason is his favorite target. Jason is tired of being picked on by Leon, but mostly, heâ€™s tired of being embarrassed by his nerdy scientist dad, Gregory Fletcher, whoâ€™s constant accidents have been dubbed Fletcher Flops. Voice-overs by Blair Underwood, Neil Patrick Harris, Sanaa Lathan, and Michael Clarke Duncan.
The Healing Passage/ Voices From the Water, directed and produced by S. Pearl Sharp
For more than 300 years the Trans-Atlantic slave trade carried Africans from their homeland, across the Atlantic Ocean (â€œThe Middle Passageâ€), into chattel slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean. The residual impact of this African Holocaust, or Maafa, still reverberates in the world today. The video looks at present day behavior that connects to psychological trauma, genetic memory, and community consciousness. The artists — through rituals, dolls, altars, spoken word, music, dance, and visual art — offer paths to healing the mind, spirit, and community. Features interviews with Oscar Browne Jr., Tom Feelings, Haile Gerima, Babatune Olatunji, Katrina Browne and others. Best Feature Directed by a Woman of Color, New York African Diaspora Film Festival 2004
Hip Hop Is, directed and produced by Janine Quarles and Lemanja Wells-Wingfield (youth film/ICA Fast Forward Program)
This short video explores hip hop culture and where it went wrong.
House of Mother Nature, directed by Guillermo Vazquez and produced by the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts
The House of Mother Nature, a film by the Film III class of the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts, is a documentary about the presence of the Santeria Religion in Boston. Through Steven Quintana III, predominate Santero, we are introduced to the history, people, and music of this fascinating faith. Originating in Africa, Santeria has found its way to Boston, and has made a tremendous impact on many of the smaller communities, such as Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Additionally, we discover that many of the negative connotations that surround this religion are far from the truth. Through testimonies of believers and those of other faiths, we begin to understand where these connotations come from, and why this religion continues to grow.
Iâ€™d Rather Be Dancing, directed and produced by Yvonne Farrow
Iâ€™d Rather Be Dancing is the story of a paralyzed dance star, now wife and mother. She is confronted by her ex-lover/dance partner, who shows her that the spirit of a dancer does not die with the use of her legs, forcing her to choose between her family and an artistically fulfilling life from her wheelchair.
In Time, directed by Maurice A. Dwyer and Adetoro Makinde and produced by Adetoro Makinde
As a Nigerian-American, Bisi has lived her life balancing between the freedom of an American lifestyle and the beliefs of her Yoruba ancestors. On the eve of her wedding, tradition takes over but it could cost her the man she loves. In Time explores the beauty and betrayal of culture on African women.
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Jepardee!, directed by Christopher and produced by C. Marlon, Kenneth L. Johnston II and Cleothus Montgomery
If you like Jeopardy! and if you love Chappelle’s Show, then maybe – just maybe you’ll dig Jepardee!
What do you get when you cross self-serving game show host Alex Getback (Chris Spencer) with Tyrone (Rodney Perry), a grammatically challenged homeboy who only wants to win a few dollars so he can “turn his life around”, with Keisha (Niecy Nash) a sister who’s on the show by very questionable means, with John (Gary Anthony Williams) a George W. Bush loving, French conservative on a very urban and contemporary knock-off of America’s second favorite game show – Jeopardy! Ummm, it’s called Jepardee! Sit back, answer a question or two and laugh as these three contestants go at it head to head guessing your favorite questions about celebrities, hot sauce and old household appliances.
Keep on Walking , directed by Tana Ross, Jespern Sorensen, Freke Vuijst and Vibeke Winding
Keep on Walking is a rousing musical celebration with Joshua Nelson and his Jubilee Chorus. Nelson is a Jewish African American with a voice like Mahalia Jackson, to whom he annually pays musical tribute. Drawing on his cultural and religious background as well as his travels throughout Israel Nelson has created a new kind of music that blends Jewish liturgical and African-American spiritual styles. Featured at the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Left, written, produced, and directed by Mildred Lewis
Left is the story of Lupe, a young Latina whose parents have begun a free fall into drugs and despair. Lupeâ€™s father dumps her on Phyllis, her racist maternal grandmother. Lupe is caught in the whirlwind of adolescence. Both arrogant and insecure, she is discovering her sexual power and at the same time fearing its consequences. She reaches out to two â€œbadâ€ girls who reject her. The film ends as Lupe decides to try to be a family with her complicated but loyal grandmother.
Letter to the President, directed by Thomas Gibson, produced by Trinh Banh and Quincy Jones III
90 minutes, explicit language
Narrated by Snoop Dogg â€“ Letter to the President is a feature documentary that showcases the close-knit ties between the hip-hop music community and Americaâ€™s social and political policy in the last 30 years. The film will depict how black musical artists of the past have been at the forefront of the civil rights and black power movements of the 60â€™s and 70â€™s. The film explores rap musicâ€™s birth from those movements and its own progression, from music being heard at weekend block parties, to its lyrics being debated in the halls of Congress.
Love Trap, directed and produced by Frank B. Goodin III
105 minutes, explicit language
In Love Trap we meet Richard, a smooth talking law student, hanging out with the guys at a local sports bar. When Angel, a seductive vixen in a red dress, appears from nowhere and smothers him with attention. He’s embarrassed to be in a situation most guys wish for. Faced with temptation, Richard makes an innocent suggestion that, in incredible fashion, wrecks his life. When the dust settles, we witness Richard’s small but profound epiphany about the true nature of love.
The Male Groupie, directed by Christpher Cherot and produced by Morocco Omari, Sheeri James, Carol Ann Shine and Jerome Butler
The Male Groupie tells the tale of two childhood friends who, seemingly on the same path towards success, are steadily drifting apart. â€œBlasÃ© Skippyâ€ is a multi-platinum rapper, actor, and entrepreneur. By contrast, his friend, â€œTonâ€ who has creative potential, lives vicariously through BlasÃ©. Their relationship takes a turn on a not-so-typical night out when their journey meets a bittersweet fork in the road.
Maria, directed and produced by Nisha Murickan
A compelling visual exploration of post-traumatic consciousness. Join Maria as her painful past continues to intrude upon her fragmented mind without warning. What happens when barriers that seemed to protect her inside from without, the sacred from the profane, and herself from her past finally breakdown.
MC Selloutâ€™s Scandal directed by Domingo Martin and produced by David Smith
MC Sellout is hip-hopâ€™s latest sensation with a new highly anticipated album set to be released with a high-profile media blitz. But, word on the street is that MC Sellout is getting soft. Now, MC Sellout, with his sidekick, Entourage, meet with his Publicist and Manager to think of new ideasâ€™ for MC Sellout to regain his street credibility and sellout his upcoming album.
The Missing Peace, produced and directed by Rachel Benjamin
25 minutes, graphic violence
It is 1991, Port Au Prince Haiti, a military coup has just occurred and many people have been killed. In the midst of this chaos is an inquisitive 14 year-old young girl, Lamort and her mourning grandmother, Madame Rose. They rent a house to an American journalist, Emelie, who helps the girl find her true identity and become her own person. Based on a short story by Edwidge Dandicat.
Moving Heaven and Earth, directed and produced by Debra Gonsher Vinik
In February of 2002, a Jewish court made up of three rabbis from the United States and one from Israel flew to a remote area five hours from Kampala in Uganda to conduct a formal conversion. There, over a period of six days, they converted over 300 Abayudaya, (the Lugandan term for “Jews”) welcoming them into the world Jewish community. Moving Heaven and Earth records this momentous event as well as examines the difficult question: “Who is a Jew?” Featured at the Boston Jewish Film Festival
Next Tuesday, directed by Michael Dennis and produced by Rob Nates.
Next Tuesday, told over the course of one afternoon, is the story of Mack, 30, who decides to visit his son Andre for the first time since his birth 13 years before. When things donâ€™t go as planned, both are forced to accept one another on more human terms and come to respect one another as men.
Orange Bow, directed by Dee Rees and produced by Dee Rees and Nekisa Cooper
A Brooklyn teen navigates through seemingly mundane obstacles as he makes his way to a neighborhood birthday party. Inspired by a true story.
Oxtails, directed Antonia F. March & Jacqueline R. McKinley and produced Garnett L. March
Oxtails is a comedy about the power of â€œRoots/Santeriaâ€ when added to food. â€œRootsâ€ is a spell put on a man to either trap them into commitment or as a form of punishment. Xavier wants to avoid eating his girlfriendâ€™s food due to fear that she will put â€œrootsâ€ on him. While hanging out at the local bar, his friends both lend support to his fear and give a more rational view of the myth of â€œroots.â€ This is a comedy for anyone who believes in love with a little added help. Oxtails redefines the old adage, the way to a manâ€™s heart is through his stomach.
Phase One, directed by Isnard Dupoux
7 minutes (Youth film/ICA Fast Forward Program), explicit language
Things start out normalâ€¦.you go to sleep, you dream, you wake up, you continue on. But sometimes one event, one detrimental event, can hinder all of this. Sometimes you canâ€™t help but remember. This is phase one.
The Plague, directed by Nicole Parker and produced by Jibril Haynes.
76 minutes, explicit language
Based on an original screenplay, The Plague tells the story of Rogi Palaxo, a disabled man in search of employment, battling visions of his abusive childhood. A drug addicted mother contributes to the cycle of the plague by passing down the seeds of hate. This film spans the 1960â€™s to present day to chronicle the cycle of destruction within the Plaxo family. Furthermore, the poignant film touches on the treatment of the disabled and its crippling effect on children.
Portrait of a Black Girl, directed by Janine Quarles
6 Minutes (Youth film/ICA Fast Forward Program)
Portrait of a Black Girl illustrates the variety and beauty of young black women. Hopefully the piece will break down stereotypes and inform people that the â€œblack woman/girlâ€ has no definition.
Remembering, directed and produced by Moonsik Chung
Mark Hunt wants to escape painful memories of the past. Hoping to find consolation in the potent Korean drug, Manggak, he enters an even more sinister cycle.
Rubber Soles, produced by Christine Turner and Matt Wolf
Francis Haynes, III is a shy 11-year-old from Harlem whose greatest love in life is collecting used soul records. The second love of his life is a 13-year-old neighborhood basketball star named Regina. But unlike the rest of the kids on the block, Francis is a wreck when it comes to dribbling a basketball. While he dreams of playing on the court, on Reginaâ€™s team of course, he never works up the nerve to join the game. Instead he slinks home where he morphs into a crooning James Brown wannabe, capable of imitating the Godfather of Soulâ€™s slick footwork.
Runt, written and directed by Michael Phillip Edwards produced by Dale Obert
90 minutes, nudity, explicit language
Runt is a strikingly passionate story of a Jamaican-American man who is forced to confront the ancestral demons of his past in order to be the man he wants to be for his son. Christopher Davis, a writer, returns home to Jamaica when he feels his â€œsnapâ€ coming on. A â€œsnapâ€ is what his family describes as the moment the nice gentle Jamaican man everyone knew, all but disappears to reveal the headstrong, sexually deviant, macho prideful male that lives within. Through flashbacks, we study a character that is complex and passionately layered.
Seasons, directed and produced by Dwayne Douglas
Episode one from the series made for television. In Seasons, the Austin family has risen from the depths of poverty to become one of the most powerful families in the country. Austin Constructionâ€™s rise has been matched only by the ascent of Mann Publishing. Royal Mann (CEO of Mann Publishing) and Vaughn Austin (CEO of Austin Constructing) were friends and business allies until a joint venture turned sour. Evidence brought against Vaughn alleged that he swindled millions of dollars from his business partner. Vaughn never faced his punishment because of his untimely death. The Manns, not satisfied, have made it their life goal to destroy the Austin Empire no matter the consequences. If only the Manns were aware of how close they are to the thief of their millionsâ€¦
Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters, directed and co-produced by Judy Richardson
90 minutes, graphic violence
Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters, depicts the system of slave policing â€“ enforced by militia, armed community slave patrols, paid slave catchers and federal law. The stories are set in both the South and North, from the mid-1700â€™s colonial era through the end of the Civil War and its aftermath. While the stories show the brutality of the slave system, they also reveal the strength an ingenuity of the enslaved. In the South, we portray slave hunters and their bloodhounds, who sometimes lost against the intelligence and the fight-to-death courage of the enslaved. In the North, slave catchers were sometimes blocked by an organized â€“ and armed â€“ black community, particularly in Boston.
Train Ride, produced Sony/Ruffnation Films directed by Rel Dowdell
93 minutes, explicit language
Train Ride is a riveting thriller that takes place on an all-Black college campus. Will is an upperclassman who, after a night of partying, convinces freshman Katrina to stick around and have a drink. What Katrina doesn’t realize is the drink has been spiked with Rohypnol, a drug that renders her unconscious. Will invites his two best friends to unknowingly take part in a gang rape–a “Train Ride,” that he captures on videotape. These actions, combined with the guilt, shame, anger and fear that follow take everyone involved on a different journey destined to spiral out of control.
(Starring M.C. Lyte)
Vickyâ€™s Dad, directed and produced by K.V. Tudor
Dr. Michael Carson is a bright, up and coming young surgeon. When his wife leaves him for another man, he struggles with the task of maintaining a busy surgical practice and raising his six year old daughter.
The Visit, directed and produced by Jordan Walker-Pearlman
107 minutes, graphic violence, explicit language
With The Visit, director Jordan Walker Pearlman made his feature film debut, adapting a story from a book of the same title written by Kosmond Russell. The movie stars Hill Harper as a young man dying in prison who beckons his family to him for one final visit, hoping that their meeting will heal old family wounds. Billy Dee Williams also stars in this film.
Wo Shi Mei Guo Ren, directed by Jessica Lin and Connie Yip
5 minutes (Youth film / ICA Fast Forward Program)
Wo Shi Mei Guo Ren is based on the theme â€œLiving in America.â€ A mother and daughter canâ€™t relate to one another until they clash into each otherâ€™s culture. Inspired by Bons Mikhalovâ€™s â€œRed Seriesâ€.