A woman discovers her family’s magical, cathartic process of coping with death, all through her mother’s sacred china.
Daughters of a Different Path is a story about a young woman, Leanna, who seeks her mother’s acceptance. After her mother rejects her decision of becoming Muslim, Leanna begins to deal with inner obstacles of doubt. The story is not only about Leanna’s conversion and the repercussions of her decision, but also a story about transforming her mother’s rejection to love.
Set in the 90s in South LA, a family grieving the loss of their beloved family member packs up their home in hopes of putting the past behind them. Tanisha, a young, artistic rap fan, tries to hold onto a beloved camera to feel closer to her mom. Meanwhile, Nate, unable to navigate his grief, buries them in work in hopes of numbing the pain. When the news of the death of a musical icon breaks, Tanisha plans to attend a vigil. When she’s met with resistance from Nate, they’re both forced to confront the emotional aftermath of their own tragedy before taking the first steps to heal.
After recently being released from prison, Daniella learns that her little sister has been abused at the hands of her stepfather and has to decide if her duty to protect her sister is more important than freedom.
The redefining declaration of inheritance made by African American artist.
Stefie Gan moved to the United States from Malaysia as a child. In this animated documentary, she recounts her experiences with culture shock, racism, and ultimately activism. Directed and animated by 16 students in the Documentary Animation Production class at USC.
When a tween mermaid enthusiast discovers an ailing water creature, she uses a magical wish to change the fate of their existence...and her own. JORDAN engages the genre of fantasy and cli-fi (climate fiction) to shape a fairytale where everyone has agency and representation.
One Magenta Afternoon is a picture about a young African American boy, Les, and his Pop Pop, who use jazz music as a bridge into the world of the dead. Les tumbles through the visions and memories of 5 queer spirits from different times.
This film is for African American magic: for Hoodoo, Rootwork. This film is about the love between a Black grandson and a Black grandfather — for my own grandfather, a jazz musician and artist — this film is about a black youth’s connection to analog technology, the love for ingenuity & practical divinity. This work is for the child I never got to fully be and yet the child i was unashamed to be in the presence of my Pop Pop: the soft boy, the lavender boy.
One Magenta Afternoon is a short narrative afroqueer jazz fashion film, and proof of concept film for my original feature film script Lavender Boy.
A short narrative film that takes place in war-torn Yemen and follows a young deaf girl, Saleemah who has one major love in this world; her camera which her brother Aqeel introduced her to. Aqeel works as a news reporter and is unable to take her out to film because he is preoccupied covering the war. Frustrated, Saleemah wanders out of the house during an impending air strike. To make matters worse, she loses her hearing aids.
A teen influencer rebrands her social identity as she struggles to contact her incarcerated mother.
In El Paso, Son stands in the shower, his cinnamon skin glistening, as he prepares for his father’s funeral. Memories flood into his head of the contentious relationship between a gay Latinx man and his religious Dad, as he journeys to a funeral in the times of COVID.
This is the inspirational story of Nathan Seely, a black carpenter who, against all odds, built an extraordinary ten-foot-wide skinny home in the Village of Mamaroneck, New York, during the Great Depression.
Kaden and Damon find their childhood wearied amidst the pandemic. As quarantine fatigue sets in, Kaden becomes increasingly aware that the new normal is capricious. With the desperate need to escape, Kaden and Damon go on an adventure filled with exploration and discovery that holds the answer to what they desire most.
Kenny and Pete have been best friends since forever. Neither had a sibling so they were more like brothers. Kenny was always quick to defend and help Pete. But after the unexpected death of Kenny's father, their roles switch dramatically
Janine forces her teenage daughter and her two besties to have an actual conversation by confiscating their cellphones for one hour. Meanwhile she texts her husband she wants a divorce.
Hindered by the severe weakness caused by ALS, activist/author Jim Clingman struggles to continue his fight for Black rights. Miles away at school, his daughter Kiah, isolates herself from the pains of his disease and unconsciously flees from her father’s prolific legacy. With a major paper due sooner than anticipated and a need to go home to take care of her dad, she’s backed
A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84, as 14-year-old Vanessa starts teaching herself on the sly how to scratch on her older brother’s turntables.
Foreign Puzzle is an intimate documentary that captures the journey of an inspiring Mexican American dancer as she communicates the impermanence of life through dance while juggling the roles of a recently divorced parent of a 6-year-old, a choreographer and a primary school teacher amidst intensive treatments for breast cancer.
When well-minded young father, Paul, takes his two children to the park, he impulsively confronts another young father after the two men’s children get into a physical altercation.
During the darkest day of his life thus far, Mike Cole, must face his most challenging insecurity.
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