Friday, April 24th, Theater I

Friday, April 24, Theater II

Black Mirror - Student Film 10:00AM

Director: Kia Pooler - Runtime: 5 mins- Auditorium
This film documents the struggle that young black males face in America. Featuring sound bites from James Baldwin, Ice Cube and Common, the film follows two young black boys as they wrestle with the labels placed on them..(Student Film)

No Lye: An American Beauty Story 10:00AM

Director:Bayer Mack - Runtime 55 mins- Lecture Hall
No Lye: An American Beauty Story chronicles the rise and decline of the black-owned ethnic beauty industry in America.(Documentary)

Smoke 10:15AM

Director:Mackleen Desravines - Runtime 50 mins-Auditorium
Based on the Dearborn Heights murders, two attorneys face off in trying to decide the fate of a man, who in a fit of rage commits an unthinkable crime. Natasha Marshall, prosecution attorney, believes in justice and the death penalty, while Joe Tucker, defense attorney, thinks time served in jail can change and rehabilitate a person.(Feature Film)

The Diabetic You(Panel Discussion) 10:30AM

Director:Charles Mattocks - Runtime 93 mins-PowerUp
“A music producer determined to help young talents with big dreams, crosses path with an estranged singer struggling to survive an abusive marriage.” (Documentary)

Blackbird - 11:00 AM

Directors: Nicole L. Thompson - Runtime: 20 mins- Lecture Hall
Blackbird is an aspirational tale about Sherri Jones, an African American young woman who cleans planes for a living, but dreams of being a pilot. Sherri is an imaginative, creative, and an overworked cabin cleaner who is somewhat content with life, even though she’s living paycheck to paycheck. On her 25th birthday, she is presented with an opportunity to attend aviation school. Throughout her journey, Sherri faces self-doubt and resistance; yet learns to chase her dreams, and defies the odds.
(Student film)

Guilty Until Proven Innocent(Panel)- 11:10 AM

Director:Eddie G - Runtime: 20 mins- Auditorium
A wrongfully accused man must rely on a public defender to prove his innocence.(Short Film)

Run Little Boy- 11:25 AM

Director:Dominick A.D. Bedasse - Runtime: 5 mins- Lecture Hall
Ambitious underdog, Darnel, will go great lengths to obtain respect. But he may lose more than that when he takes on notorious battle rapper Yung Ammo. With a bit of apprehension, and a lot of courage, Darnel steps foot into the gangster rapper's ring to claim the one thing he wants most.(Student Film)

Bloom - 11:25 AM

Director:Christopher B. Derrick, William A. Derrick III - Runtime: 8 mins- Auditorium Ambitious underdog, Darnel, will go great lengths to obtain respect. But he may lose more than that when he takes on notorious battle rapper Yung Ammo. With a bit of apprehension, and a lot of courage, Darnel steps foot into the gangster rapper's ring to claim the one thing he wants most.

Skin I'm In - 11:35 AM

Director: Chavez Caley - Runtime: 7 mins- Lecture Hall
An African American girl struggles with issues of her skin color and decides bleaching her skin is the solution to all her problems. Her mother catches her with the bleaching products and tries to prevent her from making the same mistake that she did.

Wash Day - 12:15 PM

Director: Christa Carr - Runtime: 4 mins
In a daydream, a young girl parallels her natural hair care routine to the taming of an intergalactic beast. Although the process is strenuous, tedious, and lengthy, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Pratt Institute Senior Capstone Film (2018)

Shameless Women - 12:10 PM

Director: J. Gray - Runtime: 13 mins

Dress Code - 12:45PM

Director: Olivia Rothgeb - Runtime: 4 mins
Teenage girl uses her own smartphone to make a movie to start a crowd funding campaign to sue her school over their dress code policy.

Friday, April 24, Theater I

Friday, April 12, Theater II

Quinoa - 12:35 PM

Director:Denton Adams - Runtime: 10 mins
An unhappy bachelor seeks the assistance of his state of the art technological system for a simple task, but he soon discovers its lack of support is detrimental to his relationship.

While I Breathe I Hope - 1:30PM

Director: Emily Harrold - Runtime: 75 mins
What does it mean to be young, Black, and Democrat in the Southern Republican state of South Carolina? Through experiences of politician Bakari Sellers, WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE unravels that question. Our film follows Sellers on his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston Shootings and removal of the Confederate flag in 2015, and to the present as he takes on a national role as a CNN political commentator and considers his future in Trump’s America.

CoCo Blue - 4:00PM

Director: Javier Badillo - Runtime: 10 mins
A prostitute struggles with her dreams of becoming a singer until she meets an old blues musician who inspires her to pursue them.

The Debt - 4:30PM

Director: Taryn Elyse - Runtime: 24 mins
When strait-laced Nia is caught trying to hide a dead body, Black, a well-respected crime lord, comes to her rescue. He offers to make the problem disappear in exchange for an ambiguous favor. Desperate, Nia quickly agrees to his terms, but soon discovers that making a deal with Black has disturbing consequences.

Paris Blue - 4:20PM

Director: Nadhege Ptah - Runtime: 14 mins
Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.

Po' Psi Broke - 5:00PM

Director: Akil DuPont - Runtime: 10 mins
A hilarious comedy about a rich freshman trying to get into a poor and PROUD fraternity!

SCALES - 4:45PM

Director: Shirley Norman - Runtime: 9 mins
Set in Atlanta, follow the lives of Remy, Gavin, and David as they search for balance in the adventures of Love, Family and Self.


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Saturday, April 13, Theater I​

Saturday, April 13, Theater I​I

The Wicked Imagination of Teenage Kid - 10:00AM

Directors: Tasha Neal-Harris, Candace Wright - Runtime: 39 mins This creepy comedy features J.C., a teenager who has a supernatural trait--he can't eat before he goes to sleep, or his imagination comes to life in a creepy way! But, uh oh! There is a creepy new teacher at school who has a craving for more than apples! Will his imagination come to life and make him the teacher's snack?

#JustBlack - 10:15AM

Director: Deondra J. Edwards - Runtime: 20 mins
As one journey ends, another begins. Travis Thompson has graduated high school, but must figure out what his plans for college are before the summer is over.

F.A.M. - 10:45AM

Director: Kyle Romanek - Runtime: 29 mins
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.

Color Blind - 10:30AM

Director: Max Philisaire - Runtime: 20 mins
A bi-racial black woman struggles with her journey to self discovery while trying to live up to her father's expectation.

Still Harlem - 11:20AM

Director: Lynn Dow - Runtime: 18 mins
Following gentrification, Becky moves to New York City to attend Columbia University and ends up renting a room from a man who yearns for Harlem’s past.

Bigger Than Africa - 11:00AM

Director: Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye - Runtime: 90 mins
When the Slave boats docked in America, Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean's, hundreds of cultures, traditions & religion landed with Africans, but only one survived the plantations. The Culture of the Yoruba's.

Concealed Love - 11:45AM

Directors: Gail Shields, Mark Johnson - Runtime: 8 mins
This short film is about a grandfather sharing his love story, and through his love story his granddaughter gets clarification.

MLK JR BLVD - 12:45PM

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See Her - 12:10PM

Director: Destiny Macon - Runtime: 17 mins
A fearful young doctor with deferred dreams becomes trapped in a laboratory and finds solace with female mirage.

Moving Forward - 1:00PM

Director: Santo Moss - Runtime: 28 mins
This film starts off dealing with our ancient African history. Often times the African contributions to our world history is left out of the conversation. So "Moving Forward" starts off dealing with honest world history. This is also a solution based film that deals with the social issues and concerns as it relates to our current social climate here in America.

Marching Forward - 12:15PM

Director: Oswmer Louis - Runtime: 61 mins
“Marching Forward” is the history of two dedicated high school band directors—one black, one white—inspired by music to cross color lines in the Deep South and work together for the sake of their students. This courageous cooperation resulted in the experience of a lifetime for Orlando’s black and white students at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Dreamin' in a Dream - 1:30PM

Director: Kyle Owens - Runtime: 37 mins
On a specially curated night in April of 2018, DANGERMUFFIN, a national touring band with 6 studio albums to date, played a show at the legendary STAGE ONE in Fairfield, Connecticut to record a live album. What transpired, in addition to that, was a documentary style inside-look at the on and off stage experience from the perspective of all four band members and their team.

Manhood - 12:40PM

Director: Rodney Stringfellow - Runtime: 12 mins
“Manhood,” tells the story of OLIVIA, a little girl awaiting the arrival of her father on her tenth birthday. When DADDY arrives, he gives her a princess tiara and she nervously asks if he’s going to hit her because she’s turned ten. He laughs and says he only hit her brothers to turn them into men. Hearing the benefits of manhood, Olivia asks to be punched in the nose as well.

PAWG - Day 21 -"Pretty Ass White Girl" - 2:15PM

Director: John Eddins - Runtime: 20 mins
In this dark comedy, the ending is only the beginning as lovers reunite 12 days after one of them gets a whole new lease on life and love.

The Black Revenger - 1:00PM

Director: Chris Carter - Runtime: 73 mins
Former Black Op agent Denise Iz"rial has to leave on military business. Returning home she learns her son has been killed in a drive-by shooting. Filled with rage she encounters a new friend that helps her get revenge on her son killers.

BrothAhood - 3:00PM

Director: Karlton T. Clay - Runtime: 10 mins
This story follows seven Atlanta men who are each on different walks of life in their professions and relationships, but each of their stories and paths are intertwined as each man must deal with situations in their individual lives that could disrupt their bonds with one another.

Four Points - 2:20PM

Director: R. Cadell Cook, II - Runtime: 34 mins
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?

Stuntwoman - 3:30PM

Director: Stacie Davis - Runtime: 6 mins
Introducing Tracey Howard, the uncompromising, stuntwoman and single mother of a teenaged girl. She will grapple with motherhood, working in an industry where the young and hungry wait in the wings to take her jobs and finding intimacy with what time she has left. But first she just needs to hold on to her purse.

Bewildered - 3:00PM

Director: Gregor Wilson - Runtime: 30 mins
A famous jazz vocalist falls victim to dementia. Isolated from his wife and musical partner by the condition, he is thrown into a state of depression and anxiety, until a young musician reveals to him, the power of music to recall emotion and restore dignity.

Lara & The Beat - 4:00PM

Director: Tosin Coker - Runtime: 137 mins
Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal with their late parents' Media Empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future - through music and enterprise - to salvage their family's past.

The Other Man - 3:30PM

Director: Chuck Brown, Writer: Bridgett Ladd - Runtime: 18 Mins A Beloved Daughter will learn it's not all about her feelings when it comes to her Dad and who he chooses to love.

Charlie/ "La Vie Magnifique De Charlie" 6:00PM

Director: Bobby Huntley - Runtime: 83 mins <u><b>Director: Bobby Huntley - Runtime: 83 mins</b></u> <br>After her sister Brandy’s untimely death, everyone is taken aback by Charlie’s unorthodox (and seemingly quirky) approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for a wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride – which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life.


In Her Words - 3:50PM

Director: Latoya Hunter - Runtime 7 Mins
Lela has the world as she knows it flipped on its head when she learns the lump in her breast is cancerous. Faced with the unexpected life-altering diagnosis, Lela worries how this devastating news will affect her family, friends and more importantly what does this mean for her? Anchored by faith and her family's love, she faces her toughest battle, to live or die trying.  

We Will Live - 6:00PM

Director: Pascal Pernix - Runtime: 24 mins
In the hope of starting a better life in a southern country, Elia and Ayon took a small plane that crashed during a violent tropical storm. Elia must now bury Ayon and survive alone in the unknown jungle she's stranded in. As she struggles to find her way out of the suffocating environment, remembering the cherished moments she spent with Ayon before their departure gives Elia the strength to keep going and finally reach out the sea, a place of hope and new beginnings

Life Expectancy - 4:00PM

Director: Mario Daye - Runtime 24 Mins
Life Expectancy follows the gripping story of James Lewis, a veteran undercover narcotics officer, working alongside partner Frank Ramirez. Dealing with the regret of putting his son Shaun up for adoption 18 years earlier, Lewis turns to the foster care system to seek help in locating him. As things begin to heat up, Lewis and Ramirez must soon learn to overcome the unexpected in this gripping drama

MARVELOUS - 4:30PM

Director: Khaeem Yisreal - Runtime: 113 Mins MARVELOUS is a film that follows the lives and details the struggles of 3 young men in the 1960s and 70s who try desperately to break into the R&B music business. The film reveals that the price of fame may often times be too high a cost to pay.