2018 CBFF Official Selections 

 Friday, April 6, 2018, Charlotte Convention Center

 Official Selections      
noHERO2018Documentary_film Documentary Film: No Heroes Welcome     Director: Jean Baptiste    Runtime: 30 mins

No Heroes Welcome looks into the issues of homeless veterans in America as they adapt into civilian life

Showtime: Friday, April 6,  2018, 10:00am - Theater II

PDPoster            Documentary  Film: Purple Dreams    Director: Joann Hawk Runtime: 72 mins

Purple Dreams reveals an extraordinary ARTS in Education success story. This inspirational documentary shadows six at-risk black high school students on an emotionally powerful three-year journey of transformation in a racially biased City. With access to the Arts and academic mentors, our at-risk youth have the potential to break the cycle of poverty in a single generation. These students struggle with homelessness, low-income neighborhoods, gang-related violence and single-parent households as they further their education with a triumphant musical production that propels them into a world of opportunity they never expected..

Showtime Friday April 6 , 10:45 am -  Theater II




Documentary Film: Little Red Pocketbook     Director: Holly Holder  Runtime: 14 mins

“Little Red Pocketbook” tells the story of the brave students attending the all-black Adkin High School in Kinston, NC, in 1952. Under a segregated educational system, many disparities existed between Adkin and the all-white high school, Grainger. Adkin students were forced to learn from hand-me-down textbooks, share one microscope in science class, and attend school for an entire decade without a gymnasium. Even with all these hardships, the Adkin Pirates loved and respected their school. In order to fight for the learning tools they knew they deserved, the student body staged one of the first walkouts at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Their legacy has helped shaped the course of history in Kinston, and now it is finally time for the world to know.

Showtime Friday April 6 , 12:00 pm - Theater II



Student Film:  Force B1 (Beyond the Outer Rim)    Director: Thomas Parrish   Runtime: 4 mins

Force B1, a short film and story written and directed by 12-year-old Thomas Parrish V.   Shot entirely with drone cameras, the film tells a brief story of a young boy, GewDaan B1 who discovers a power that has not been seen among his people in over a 1000 years. He takes a journey to his planet's Great Lands to further discover and hone his power and abilities.

Showtime Friday April 6, 12:20 pm - Theater II



Student Film:  Casey    Director: Shanrica Evans    Runtime: 6 mins

A teenager with gender dysphoria witnesses the physical assault of a transgender woman.

Showtime Friday April 6, 12:30 pm - Theater II

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Documentary Film:  "A Polished soul"  Director: Mike Anderson  Runtime:  15 mins

A non-social author and his wife invites his successful best friend & former ex-girlfriend to stay with them to save their home from foreclosure. 

Showtime Friday April 6, 12:45 pm - Theater II



Documentary Film:  "The Possibility of Her"  Director: William Feagins, Jr.   Runtime:  86 mins

"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.

Showtime Friday April 6, 1:30 pm - Theater II



Student Film:  " Separate "  Director:  William Feagins, Jr.  Runtime:  11 mins

"A troubled teen seeks redemption after taking revenge on her abusive parents.

Showtime Friday April 6, 3:15 pm - Theater II

DunbarPoster v7-small (1) Documentary:  "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask" Director:

Frederick Lewis  Runtime:  118 mins

Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, where he was boyhood friends with the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) is best remembered for his poem “We Wear The Mask” and for lines from “Sympathy” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”  A clip of Angelou reciting Dunbar’s poem is featured in the film.

Dunbar’s story is also the story of the African American experience around the turn of the century. The man abolitionist Frederick Douglass called “the most promising young colored man in America” wrote widely published essays critical of Jim Crow laws, lynching and what was commonly called “The Negro Problem.”

Showtime Friday April 6, 3:30 pm - Theater



Documentary Film:  "Running for Film "  Director: Adrian Jackson    Runtime:  51 mins

"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.

Showtime Friday April 6, 5:45 pm - Theater II


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Short Film: Rolling In The Deep   Director:  Marcellus Cox      Runtime: 12 Mins


A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at a locally famous Whites Only Diner.

Showtime Friday April 6 10:00 Am - Theater I





Short Film:  Seeds Of Doubt   Director: Yasmin Shiraz  Runtime: 9 Mins

When a young man meets his birth mother for the first time on his 21st birthday, he has to confront issues of abandonment and resentment. Having been placed in adoption as a baby, Robert Cann, Jr. has a lot of ideas about his birth mom. And perhaps he didn't get the ideas all on his own. But when he meets her for the first time, she's nothing like what he dreamed.

Showtime Friday April 6 10:20 am - Theater I

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Short Film:  Romans 12:19   Director:  Harrell D. Williams, Sr. Runtime: 30 Mins

A daughter takes matters into her own hands to avenge her father's death.

Showtime Friday April 6 10:30 am - Theater I




Short Film:  Knockout Game   Director: Jamal Hodge Runtime: 21 Mins

The Knockout Game: A disturbing and Brutal game amongst teens, targeting whites and immigrants in Inner-city communities. Gregory wants to play. He wants to get in good with G-Life’s gang. He wants to be accepted and prove that he has heart. But G-Life demands he take the game to its sickest levels, attacking the elderly.  His actions opens up a Pandora’s box of violence that will touch every innocent in his life. Knockout Game is a cautionary tale that explores the price of violence with an unflinching eye.

Showtime Friday April 6 11:05 pm - Theater I




Feature Film:  Before I go   Director: Victor Jones  Runtime: 97 Mins

An original screenplay, Before I Go tells the story of Xavier and Lisa, a happily married couple that learned early in their marriage that they would not be able to have children. As heartbreaking as the news was, the couple moved on, and they were an ideal couple. But 29 years ago, just before Xavier left his hometown to attend college, he had an encounter with the girl of his dreams. But today, that girl of his dreams is a terminally ill, widowed woman, who knows that the man that she married when she found out she was pregnant may not have been the baby’s father. In fact, she has a strong suspicion that Xavier is the father.     The truth of who her baby’s father may be, the truth that Xavier may be a father, the truth that someone else may have done for Xavier the one thing that Lisa couldn’t do, has the lives of four people spinning out of control, and they are all now on a journey to discover the truth.

Showtime Friday April 6 11:30 am  Theater I

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Short Film: BROOKLYN IN JULY Director: Bob Celli    Runtime: 21 mins

BROOKLYN IN JULY is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of a better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. _He is a man scarred by a past that is lurking skin deep.

Showtime Friday April 6, 1:15pm Theater I




Film: Without Him    Director: Cheickna Kebe    Runtime: 21 mins

Sylvia, a wife, and mother comes to terms with fact that she is torn between two loves. She must make a decision to choose...Her life depends on it,

Showtime Friday April 6, 1:45pm Theater I




Film: The Hopeless Journey    Director: Dontell Antonio    Runtime: 30 mins

The Hopeless Journey follows fifteen-year-old Olivia as she is faced with the obstacles and barriers passed down from her drug abusive mother. When looking for her next fix with no money to spend, Olivia’s mother sells her to the local drug dealer for just a small amount of cocaine. Olivia is then forced to live a life she knows nothing about. This film will aid in knocking down the social taboos on subjects such as drugs, prostitution, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, and sex trafficking.

Showtime Friday April 6, 2:00 pm - Theater I



Film: Traits   Director: Krystal Foster    Runtime: 19 mins

A housewife suffering from the deadly Sickle Cell Disease makes a last attempt to reconnect with her estranged sister.

Showtime Friday April 6, 2:30 pm - Theater I

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Web Series:  Shock Nation   Director: Tracey Anarella   Runtime: 10 mins

Shock Nation is about a girl growing up in the streets of Baltimore City looking to find her way. She lost her inspiration for dance, as well as her hope for surviving and getting out of her neighborhood when issues and conflict transpired within her family. Through inspiration from her school dance team Shock Nation, and a love for dance she cannot deny or let go, she regains hope and inspiration.

Showtime Friday April 6, 3:00 pm - Theater I




Web Series: #Reality 2.0   Director: Theresa Varga  Runtime: 6 Mins

#Reality is an award winning 8-Part social commentary anthology web-series about being young black and British, written by Actor / Writer Nathan Bryon (Benidorm / Some Girls). The series is made up of various themes that effect or are being discussed in the black diaspora such as Cat Calling, Black Jesus, and Reparations. This 8 part series has been directed by 4 different directors who have each brought their unique vision to the #Reality world.

Showtime Friday April 6, 3:15 pm - Theater I





 Short Film: Print Shop  Director: Christian Nolan Jones  Runtime: 30 mins

The practice of putting family and friends on a t-shirt is so deeply rooted in black culture, but it is something that hasn’t crossed over into mainstream America’s lens. In a time period where police brutality is rampant and mass incarceration is the topic of discussion, the practice of making these t-shirts represents that black and brown communities all along recognized those issues. !
Showtime Friday April 6:30 pm - Theater I



Web Series: Spoiler Alert  Director: Rodney Sutton  Runtime: 6 mins

Surrounded by a world of social media and gossip, a young woman has one simple request. No Spoilers!

Showtime  Friday April 6  4:00pm - Theater I





Short Film: The Best of Two Evils t  Director: Ebb Friday  Runtime: 25 mins

Joseph Dukes; husband, father and a retired veteran. After returning home from the war to his family he had high hopes to rekindle that time lost due to him serving his country. Yet, the plan on the universe's clock has stopped in one mans tracks and has opened the tracks to another.s!

Showtime  Friday April 6  4:15 pm - Theater I


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Feature Film:  53206: Milwaukee    Director: Kimberley T. Zulkowski     Runtime: 90 Mins

A young, and talented aspiring singer must decide whether to escape the crime-ravaged city where she grew up and go to Julliard, or stay on her quest to end the violence and rebuild her community.

Showtime: Friday April 6, 2018 , 5:30 pm Theater II



ProclamationPunctuation_POSTER5_HORZ_viaSGK                   Short Film: Proclamation Punctuation  Director:  Sewra G Kidane  Runtime: 5 mins

 “Proclamation Punctuation” is an enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives. Periods are so period, whereas an exclamation point livens up a sentence! There is simply nothing worse than a long dragged out sentence ending in an uninspiring dull dot! So when exclamation points are your philosophy on life, one must always keep it on the upbeat!!

Showtime: Friday, April 6, 2018,  7:30 pm


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Documentary Film: Father's Kingdom  Director: Lenny Feinberg    Runtime: 94 Mins

In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine began a religious movement that would reach over a million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic equality. Despite his influence and achievements, Father Divine is little remembered today, dismissed by detractors as a con man and a fraud. The reason: Father Divine claimed to be God. Lenny Feinberg reveals his fascinating story, and that of his last few remaining followers, who are on a mission to keep Father Divine’s legacy alive.

Showtime Saturday April 7,   10:00 am Theater I



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International Film:  The Good Son Director: Tomisin Adepeju    Runtime: 14 Mins

A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harbored from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.

Showtime Saturday  April 7, 2018  11:45 am Theater I



Student Film: When the Wind Blows  Director: Kendall Adams    Runtime: 9 Mins

A young man's faith is tested when his best friend falls ill.

Showtime Saturday April 7,  12:10 pm Theater I

7thelement Documentary Film: The Killing of the 5th Element   Director: Moe N. Reed    Runtime:65 Mins

Is music just entertainment or a movement?   The Golden Age of hip-hop is regarded as the best era in hip-hop.   The Killing of the 5th Element examines the lost element of “consciousness”/knowledge in music.  The Killing of the 5th Element covers diverse opinions from artist who answer the question, is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change?     Starring Speech (Arrested Development) M1 (Dead Prez) Jasiri X (1 Hood) Cold Hard (Crucial Conflict) Scoop Jackson (XXL) And More

Showtime Saturday April 7,  12:20 pm Theater I



Documentary Film: Dirty Money  Director: Ciara Boniface    Runtime: 12 Mins

As addictions and murky loyalties swirl around them, three women desperate to escape their surroundings rob a group of drug dealers and find themselves fighting through a night that will change their lives forever.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  1:30 pm Theater I

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Documentary Film: Black Hair Magic  Director: Alaysja Clark   Runtime: 7 Mins

After being ousted from a small town police force, a former sergeant 'Sarge' protects his sons 'Wesley' and 'Brooke' from becoming caught up in the scandal that cost him his job by sending them away to get breakfast. They would like to follow in their father's footsteps and become police officers but can't because of the scandal. Sarge leaves behind his ticket book which contains clues about what whether he is truly guilty or innocent.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018 2:00 pm



Film: Black Beach/White Beach- A Tale of Two Beaches  Director: Ricky Kelly    Runtime: 90 mins

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two national motorcycle festivals are held over the weeks around the MemorialDay Holiday. One festival is primarily white, the other is predominately black. While bikers of both colors enjoy both festivals; the city, community and state view these two festivals vastly different creating a divide among the participants, business owners and residents. Against the backdrop of the historical relevance of the areas segregated past, this documentary explores the opposing viewpoints on segregation and integration, a mutual love of motorcycle culture and racial tensions that reach a boiling point every spring in this southern beach mecca.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  2:15 pm





Film: All But Perfect    Director: Reuben Johnson  Runtime: 23 mins

Ava tries to come to terms with her dilemma of her cancer returning and the infidelities of her husband Micah.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2017, 10:00 am Theater II


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Film: The Final Interrogation   Director: Ken Lewis    Runtime: 20 mins

'The Final Interrogation' is an innovative film that centers around the consequences of sacrificing your own well-being for other people that may be undeserving. What are the consequences you may ask? Well, let's just say that it results in an unprecedented twist towards the end of the film.     It starts at a crime scene, although it's not revealed who's the culprit or the victim. The film then transitions into a highly stressful interrogation scene that reflects on the events that happened up until that point. As the film progresses, the viewer notices an odd turn of events and then eventually the shocking truth is revealed.     'The Final Interrogation' is gritty, sensational, intelligent, emotional, and endearing. This is an interrogation that you don't want to miss!

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2017, 10:30 am Theater II

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spolieralert short Film: Spoiler Alert Director: Asha Chai-Chang Runtime: 6 mins

 Surrounded by a world of social media and gossip, a young woman has one simple request. No Spoilers!

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2017, 10:55 am Theater II



Film: Wanted: Dead or Abducted Director: Ramiro Hernandez  Runtime: 8 mins

After robbing a small bank in Dodge, two cowboy bandits lose a posse and encounter very weird events in their new hideout.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2017  11:10 am Theater  II

keepyourmoney                           Film: Keep Your Money  Director:  Hi Def Jones  Runtime: 3 mins

A homeowner stands her ground as a developer attempts to obtain her property.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  11:25 am Theater II

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Film: Wasted Talent   Director: Larry Boyce, Andrew Arehart, Jack Arehart, Matthew Arehart  Runtime: 17 mins 

A homeless fifteen year old struggles to balance school and finding a place to sleep.     Based on the life story of one of the film's directors, Larry Boyce.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  11:30 pm Theather II



Film: Brannan & the Monosexuals: Double Booked Director: Ramiro Hernandez  Runtime: 18 mins

Brannan brings a whole new meaning to "double dating" when she inadvertently makes a date with two people for the same night.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2017  11:50 am Theater II

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willardworldsCBFFwebseries2018CBFF2018 Web Series : Willard's World Director: James "JR" Rhaburn   Runtime: 7 mins

Welcome to James "JR" Rhaburn !   A mockumentary-style show that follows Willard Dillard, a sheltered genius from Des Moines, Iowa who travels to Los Angeles on a quest to live life to the fullest! Not your ordinary nerd, Willard is not defined by what he looks like, but by his acceptance of who he is and the crap he takes from no one! This is one sophisticated nerd you don't want to annoy!

Showtime Saturday, April 1, 2018  12:15 pm Theater II



Film: INSTANCE E Director Nicholas Casucci   Runtime: 30 mins

When neophyte teacher Sonya Roberts is hired at Bessemer Hills High, an inner-city school, she has one goal; to inspire and cultivate the students through art. Despite an icy reception, she is undeterred especially when she stumbles across Alpha Martin, an incredibly talented but troubled boy. She befriends him, blurring the line of teacher-student boundaries and finds herself engulfed by an instance that changes her life forever.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  12:24 pm Theater II

questions                      Film: Question Director Avery Kidd Waddell  Runtime: 120 mins

Questions is a Woody Allenesque romantic comedy about Omar Baker, who is a struggling writer who isn’t making ends meet with his blog and is down to his last penny. He’s hoping to get a permanent position at a major publication. Omar is not quite making ends meet in his relationship with Diane, either, his girlfriend of three years. Their relationship has been shaky of late, and most recently, Diane is mad at Omar because he didn’t get her a Valentine’s Day gift even though she had asked him not to. As if things can’t get any worse for Omar, he finally gets the opportunity he’s been working so hard for these last few years. All he has to do is what no man has been able to In order to do this, Omar calls his three best friends together: Brian, a guy who has absolutely no impulse control and who is in an inconceivably happy relationship; Justin, a struggling actor who’s being taken advantage of by his agent and his girlfriend; and C-Illa, a guy who has a thuggish appearance and who hasn’t had a girlfriend in years. Together, they set out to do, in one week, what man has been trying to do since the beginning of time…figure out women.

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  1:00 pm Theater II

GReenwood Film: Greenwood  Director Chyna Robinson  Runtime: 20 mins

A WWI vet and his teenage son risk everything to defend their home, while desperately trying to stay alive during the 1921 deadly onslaught on 'Black Wall Street.'

Showtime Saturday April 1, 2018  3:25 pm Theater II


Film:  These Beats Ain't Free   Director  Justin Rhodes Runtime: 20 mins

These Beats Ain't Free Depicts the Real Life of a music producer... follow J.Rhodes and the crew as they go on their journey through the music industry! We plan on debuting this episode at the Film Festival in Toronto!

Showtime Saturday April 7, 2018  4:00 pm Theater II


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759c25ea80-poster2018CBFFInternational Film: Through It All  Director: D'Anthony Ward Runtime: 10 mins

Nikki is in a new town that seems to offer a nice hiding place for her as she evaluates her life. Just when she thinks that she is a nice wholesome person, old habits start to kick back in. But this time, her charismatic personality may not be able to get her out of this bed that she has made for herself. She learns that someone always knows someone that knows someone.irreversibly. Showtime Saturday,

Showtime April 7, 2018, 4:40 pm



Film: "The Fearless One Director: Jamal Hall Runtime: 109 mins


Showtime Saturday, April 7, 2017,  5:15 pm 



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Poster2018CBFFInternational Film: KAFOU  Director: Bruno Mourral  Runtime: 50 mins

Port-au-Prince by night. Doc and Zoe are just hired to deliver an unknown package. Their job comes with three essential rules: never stop the car, never roll down the windows, never open the trunk. At a crossroad, they stumble upon a dog. Each crossroad requires a sacrifice. Their decision will change their path irreversibly. Showtime Saturday,

Showtime April 6, 2018, 4:30 pm  Room 15A



Film: "Tourment of Love" Director: Caroline JULE  Runtime: 54 mins

Don't Judge MeAfter 18 years of marriage Izzie finds herself back in the rat race trying to figure things out.     Each attempt brings a series of unfortunate mishaps that land her right back to the drawing board.   But she is not a quitter.   She has a plan…and this time she is going to do it her way.

Showtime Saturday, April 7, 2017,  3:45 pm Room 15A

                   Cest MOI Film: C'EST MOI  Director:  Shanice Williamson  Runtime: 9 mins

Set in modern-day Montréal "C'est Moi" explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France.  How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?

Showtime Saturday, April 6, 2018, 4:45 pm Room 15a

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