2020 Year of the Nurse is a documentary about Black nurses and practitioners in Virginia, New York, and other cities across the country. This project provides insight into how they fought to save lives from the devastating effects of Covid-19. It also highlights how the medical professionals had to fight for their rights when faced with multiple challenges such as systemic racism, pandemic preparedness, work-life balance, and mental health issues while on the front lines.
2020 Year of the Nurse (Music Video)
Official Music Video for the documentary "2020 Year of the Nurse" performed by Tray Chaney featuring Robyn Roots.
A determined 40-year-old actress faces age discrimination and when she lands the break she's waited for, casting demands to know her "real," age before they'll hire her for the role, forcing her once again to face the reality that age dictates the rules for talent.
A young singer, Rashida, finds the magic of her voice on one wild night. Starring Eden Duncan-Smith (See You Yesterday, Roxanne Roxanne)
When a capable and hardworking young Black woman seeks advancement in her corporate career, she comes face-to-face with the gender and racial biases of her workplace. All the while, a broader climate of hate continues to grow.
Every family has one. A disgrace, a shameful dishonor, or a traumatic detail that is quietly tucked away under their grandmother's rug. 7 SHARP revolves around a very ordinary family of three generations: Gammy, Charlene and Kiki. They seem to be living a very ordinary life, facing struggles like most black families you find in Anytown, USA— until you take a closer look.
This panel conversation will provide insight into membership eligibility, the voting process, and the inner workings and operations of the most prolific organization in modern cinema.
How to become a member of The Academy
Perks of membership
How the voting process works
Increasing BIPOC representation within The Academy
Ensuring films are reflective of the world we live in
Academy Gold programs
EVP, Impact and Operations
EVP, Member Relations and Awards
Moderated by: Lawrence Foldes, Academy Member
The Adventures of Rashaad in Real Estate is a comedy set in the absurd, cutthroat, high stakes world of Los Angeles realty. It centers on Rashaad, a rookie realtor, wading through this strange profession. Becoming a realtor is a dream come true for our main character, but it’s just the beginning of his story. This is a comedy, but it has soul. In between the goofy characters and the awkward situations, Rashaad is doing the hard work of getting to know, and just be, himself.
Adversity, starring Enrico Colantoni (Just Shoot Me, Veronica Mars) follows eight TV writers in a network diversity program who compete for a staff position while being led by a racist exec who's been demoted due to multiple sexual harassment lawsuits.
A woman's worst nightmare comes to life when the man sitting next to her won't turn his phone to Airplane Mode.
A woman grapples with her sudden inability to speak which is triggered when reflecting on the former glory and fading light of her relationship.
Taylor seeks refuge after her brother's funeral and winds up at the home of her friend Alex. In light of an unforeseen adversary, Taylor demonstrates the complex strength survivors carry.
American Hero is a film about a female veteran contending with PTSD, an emotional trauma we typically associate with warfare. But as our story unfolds, we learn her trauma stems from sexual assault by a superior officer.
At Your Service is a 30 minute, character-driven, situational comedy that embraces the varying and larger-than-life personalities of 6 restaurant workers. The work environment is a chaotic one that brings love triangles, interesting customers, and insane scenarios. Naive, angry, ditsy, cynical, laid-back, and dramatic characters combine their unique qualities in an attempt to provide the best service in New York City. One worker, in particular, is having a harder time than most, while simultaneously entering a new city, school, and workforce. She must relinquish past judgments of normality and accept the eccentric and exhilarating environment that surrounds her. In hopes of one day serving their dream career, they first must serve in a nightmare, at this spectacle.
In a world of smoke and mirrors where appearance is everything, a struggling actor in his late 20's tries to hold on to his last redeeming quality - his hair.
When these five Black lawyers set out on their journeys to receive a professional legal education, they did not realize that they would have to struggle against additional battles even more challenging than the rigors of learning the law in a hypercompetitive environment. They discover the contradictions of studying in an institution that idealistically represents "justice" for all.
A young manny grapples with his conscience when he finds himself in the world of suburban drug dealing.
Sydney is doing everything she can to meet the demands of being a new mom. She feels the pressure to bounce back, care for the baby, and be the best wife. Exhausted from a lack of uninterrupted sleep, a never-ending stream of dirty laundry, and pumping until her nipples are sore, Sydney decides to return to the office as a means to feel “normal” again. However, unable to secure childcare, she remains tied to the house. Turning to her husband Derrick for comfort, whose blind to her unhappiness, a depressed and seemingly alone Sydney loses the battle within herself.
From Jayce Baron and Hailie Sahar (Pose), Beyond Ed Buck follows the tragic murders that took place by the hands of Democratic political donor, Edward Buck. The documentary expands the conversation in which Black trans and Black gay-identified men fall prey to the sexual fetishes and baiting of crystal meth that exist throughout history. These encounters often result in fatal endings for many innocent people who just so happen to live under the umbrella of being queer and Black in America.
Filled with real-life survivors, community leaders, and families who give heartfelt testimonials, Beyond Ed Buck is a call-to-action work of art meant to inspire change in the world surrounding us so that one day the value of all human life will be acknowledged as one race of people.
By a stream in the woods - a place between worlds - two women find each other ankle-deep in the water, letting go of what's past and wondering what will come.
Biz Bestie Showdown is a competition show for women entrepreneurs and their business bestie compete for a prize and the title of, The Best of The Biz Besties! Will they rise to the challenge or will the challenge get the best of them? Find out on Biz Bestie Showdown!
BLACK AS U R poses to Black America a highly confrontational and much avoided question. Why do we as a people protest against racial injustice, but disregard the injustices experienced by black queer people? After all, we are just as black as you are. In this incendiary documentary filmmaker Micheal Rice takes the audience on a journey through the homophobia that characterizes many black spaces, both contemporarily and via an autobiographic look into his own upbringing in the south.
BLACK AS U R is the first step in confronting the African American community about queerphobia, via the seering stories of queer black people.
A woman who’s haunted by the ailing health of her postpartum sister is confronted with a fight to save her sister and ultimately, herself.
In this episode, we gain insight into what life’s been like for black creative Carlton Jordan. Hailing from North Carolina, Carlton went from going to an all-black elementary, junior high, high school and college, to being thrust into Hollywood as one of the only black people on his producing teams. Tokenism on its face seems harmless, but there are many consequences of the half-hearted efforts to include a face to give the appearance of diversity.
Blue is a short film about the struggle of being different.
A woman discovers her family’s magical, cathartic process of coping with death, all through her mother’s sacred china.
An unwelcome guest, who thinks she knows best, attends a book reading.
Faith, Identity and Sexuality. Our questions go unanswered mainly because we don't ask. What if we asked what's in our head? Were you born this way? Nature vs. Nurture? What's your story?
BREAK/UP is a queer musical short film following three confidently flawed people who should definitely not be dating. Alex, torn between a toxic relationship and a fling, must come to terms with her own truth when she realizes a break-up might be exactly what everyone needs. It’s a bop-along musical story where it’s totally fine to burn bridges, especially when it comes to putting yourself first.
Following a sudden breakup with his fiancé, Arjun Singh must confront childhood trauma hidden deep inside his family's heirloom. Inspired by true events and a tragic hate
crime, Broken Drawer explores the power of love and letting go.
Austin is invited to his first ever brunch, and his world is changed forever.
#BTSD (Black Traumatic Stress Disorder) examines the psychological effects that violent acts against Black Americans, as continuously displayed in the news media, have on the average person of color.
On the Friday before Halloween, Martin, a South LA Mexican-American rocker dude, feels like celebrating. He’s getting ready to finally move out and has plans to carve pumpkins with his new love, Lynn, a Filipina rocker girl.
At the last minute, Lynn asks to change their date to his place, sending Martin into a panic. Martin is embarrassed to be living at home with his depressed alcoholic dad, Lorenzo and the evidence of their deteriorating relationship is all around him.
Martin scrambles to hide the truth about himself and Lorenzo, but when Lynn arrives, things get out of control and Martin realizes he can’t keep it all a secret anymore. He’s forced to confront his dad and his own insecurities, learning that honest, vulnerable conversations are the only way forward.
16-year-old Daniel is excited, he just graduated from the Youth Law Enforcement program for young teens who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. During his short walk home, Daniel encounters a few unsavory officers. Scared and alone, Daniel contacts his parents . When Daniel’s parents finally arrive to his location, the situation intensifies and Daniel's life will never be the same.
Cancel Court is an improv comedy courtroom show where two comedians battle head to head as attorneys and conduct a trial to determine if a celebrity or a popular debate should be “canceled”. The comedians will present their case before the judge and jury, who will give the final ruling based on the facts presented.
A college therapist who moonlights as a ride-sharing app driver meets a too turnt lesbian couple with too much tea (and other things!) to spill in the car.
A young actress's audition for a major movie takes an unexpected turn.
Music Video for SOM's new song "Center" from their latest album "The Shape of Everything" out January 21st 2022.
When second-grader Jacob begins to exhibit some troubling behaviors in school his mother must battle racism, ableism, and a global pandemic to ensure he receives services rather than a suspension.
A one-on-one, career-spotlight conversation with Sons of Anarchy and Rebel Moon Star, Charlie Hunnam
Actor, Sons of Anarchy, Rebel Moon
A self-funded spec ad for Chevrolet highlighting the career of Bill Lester, the first black NASCAR driver to win any Grand Am division race.
Chris and Ben break down in the middle of nowhere. They have two options. Wait it out for another car to come by or hike through the desert.
A girl who isn't satisfied with her relationships with her family and friends participates in a trial that simulates the seemingly perfect life through Virtual Reality.
The week before her Orthodox Jewish wedding, Elisheva escapes to a rented room in the hills outside of Los Angeles to clear her head. While dodging calls from her mother and fiancé, Elisheva begins to form a life-changing bond with Meredith, the eccentric divorcee who owns the house she’s staying in.
Nelson, a an ambitious recent graduate works on his resume in hopes of finding a job during the Covid 19 pandemic. His roommates Corey and Tyler are uninterested in his job search instead focused on more immature pursuits. One day, Nelson gets an interview at a 3D animation studio but the zoom call is interrupted by his roommates antics. Nelson starts posting rejection emails on his bedroom wall. He explains to Corey that his dad always told him "every no gets you closer to a yes," but then asserts his "father did not graduate in the middle of a pandemic with student loans." Finally, Nelson returns from his food delivery gig one night to find Corey watching the news and Tyler cleaning his bong in the sink. Tyler asks his roommates if they want shots and bong rips. Corey and Nelson agree and Tyler gives a toast to "getting through this pandemic shit together." Nelson consciousness fades while watching Andrew Cuomo on the TV. When Nelson regains consciousness he is laughing on the floor while Corey giggles in a chair and Tyler strums electric guitar chords. Nelson asks if they have been drugged and Tyler refuses to answer. Nelson tackles Tyler and a fight ensues. The fight ends when Tyler explains that his roommates have been "so pent up they have forgotten how to have a good time." Tyler jumps in the chair with Corey and gives him a kiss on the cheek. Nelson calls them both assholes before being beckoned over to join the group hug.
Crystal and Chelsea is a half-hour comedy pilot about Crystal, a psychic that scams white women into being less racist, learning how to navigate a friendship with her roommate, Chelsea, a
white woman set on having the “Pinterest perfect” life. Consider it to be “ Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 meets Miss
Cleo with sprinklings of Love Witch.
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.
When a high-class businessman and a jaded sex worker find themselves together for a night, they realize that they need each other for more reasons than one.
This panel will gain insight from distribution and acquisitions executives who can detail: best practices when seeking distribution, why securing distribution is the most important move a filmmaker can make, and what factors distributors take most into account.
Five things every filmmaker should know when seeking distribution
Common mistakes filmmakers make when seeking/securing distribution
The most important factors distributors take into account when considering projects
VP OF US DISTRIBUTION, EPIC PICTURES
Daniel de Boulay
Manager of Worldwide Acquisitions, SONY Pictures Entertainment
Jesse desperately wants to hold Derek's hand, but he soon remembers that a bus stop is not a safe space for public displays of queer affection. A suggestive glance between them becomes more than they bargained for. True love takes courage, but in LA no one is braver than a gay who eats carbs.
On the day of her daughter's seventh birthday party, a long-suffering caretaker finds herself in a dark and uninhibited situation.
Anthony West is an odd and quirky psychiatrist struggling with his own lifelong demons. He’s confronted on his own journey toward mental and emotional wholeness when he meets his new patient, Rose Angel. -
Highlights from my acting career.
When New York meets London by way of Africa. Can strangers with different backgrounds find common ground to build a future or will they return to the familiarities of their past?
have your ever been lost and found at the same time?
Taylor Armstrong is quite anxious about the impending arrival of their two twins - and tonight's gender reveal party doesn't make things any easier. Taylor has always had a rocky relationship with their father, who exudes toxic masculinity, and Taylor's male friends aren't much better, as they ruthlessly tease Taylor about Taylor's aversion to traditionally masculine activities like sports and hunting. As the pressure builds from Taylor's father and male friends during tonight's party, Taylor prepares to share the truth about their gender identity.
Masculinity can be particularly confining and confounding, and Taylor Armstrong's difficult journey in EXPECTING speaks to the traumatic experiences that many people who are born as biological men often have.
A Jared Milrad Film, starring award-winning actors Jack Settipane (LAST CALL with John Malkovich), Kiana Madani (THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA opposite Al Pacino and Evan Peters), and Mark Torres (DR. DEATH, DEXTER), with cinematography by Rafael Leyva (Disney's ULTRA VIOLET & BLUE DEMON, MARIACHI, THE OATH).
When Myles inherits a watch that gives him the power to teleport, he begins to discover the mystery behind his father’s untimely death.
An Asian American woman’s one night stand takes an unsexy turn when breakfast the morning after comes with a side of fetishism. Caught in a moment of truth, she’s forced to ponder her options for how to respond to casual racism. Dismissal? Diplomacy? Violence? It’s all on the table.
“FEVER” is a psychological thriller that follows Jay, who after a series of violent events, escapes his racist family to embark on a new life with his Black boyfriend, Andre. While taking a pit stop to celebrate Andre’s mother’s 50th birthday, Jay’s mental health unravels as he faces the realities of his interracial relationship and the dangers of his whiteness.
A couple gets caught up in looking for a little girl's dog, only to find themselves lost in a set up.
FISHBOWL follows Natalie Song (17) as she returns home with her childhood friend, Joanne Cheng (18), to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Cheng household. Navigating festivities that were once inviting but now seem tinged with a foreign animosity, Natalie finds herself trapped between the burgeoning attraction she feels for Joanne and the unnerving attention placed upon them by both their families. Behind coded pleasantries and the gifting of an innocent goldfish as unwitting accomplice, Joanne's ever-perceptive mother, Deborah, blackmails Natalie into ending her flirtation with Joanne. Natalie drives back to school the next morning, contemplating Deborah's unspoken ultimatum.
At the age of 16, Malcolm was convicted of reckless homicide. While inside he converted to Islam, and after 7 years he is released. Now 23 years old, with no diploma, no work history, and no place to go, he returns to his childhood home seeking the forgiveness of his Mother. His crime has hurt her more than you can imagine.
Muslims are committed to Salat (praying) FIVE times a day to maintain devotion to Allah. Salat is one of the FIVE pillars that form the foundation of this faith along with Shahada (profession of faith), Zakat (charity), Sawm (Fasting), and Hajj (pilgrimage). In the environment where Malcolm grew up, this will become increasingly difficult. The streets of Compton have their challenges and distractions, but Malcolm knows his faith is the only way he can be strong enough to confront his darkest mistake and heal the pain he caused his family.
Welcome to Florida, a place where a meth-addicted couple stole a motorized handicap cart from Walmart and drove it down the highway because they didn’t feel like walking to the bar; where a man beat his boyfriend nearly to death with a singing bass fish after arguing about what to have for dinner; where a cemetery groundskeeper called the police because he thought one of the corpses had climbed out of their grave; where the mall Easter Bunny beat the crap out of a kid for bullying another boy; a place where Floridaman and Floridawoman roam free.
Harrison is a man stuck between two worlds: the one he was raised to know and the reality that he is actually living. Harrison and Vanessa appear to have the perfect relationship, but Harrison is struggling with insecurities regarding his role as a man in his relationship. These insecurities lead him to wonder what does it mean to be an Alpha? At one time men were instinctively thought to be the leaders in everything and women were expected to be submissive. While this archaic way of thinking is no longer the norm in today's society, Harrison is struggling with the shift in roles and identity in relationships. How is one supposed to juggle years of upbringing versus the expectations of today? What does it mean to be a man in today's society? What are the gender roles? What's acceptable and not acceptable for men and women? Harrison struggles to find himself and he struggles with the perception of society versus how he feels internally. On their anniversary Harrison and Vanessa will have to deal with secrets that will change the foundation of their relationship forever. Will they be able to find a common ground or will the conflicting realities of expectations versus idealistic notions prove too much for their relationship?
For Sale is a short film that addresses mental health in the Black community by telling an intimate story through the lens of a young, married couple.
Eager to celebrate the 4th of July, a group of young black and Latino friends experience a police encounter that shatters the meaning of the holiday.
After a series of blackouts in the neighborhood, Joyce and Gigante, a couple of seamstresses, lose their refrigerator. They left in search of a new appliance.
The film begins with a look at the generation’s past, a snapshot of Giovanni’s father dancing with a woman back in the 1980s. This is an example of his “Fuego,” the purpose or passion in one’s life. The story that Gio tells about his Fuego is framed around his friends, Eddie and Joel in a bar on New Year’s Eve, leading up to midnight.
Gio starts off with a trip to a nightclub with his brother Francisco and his long-time girlfriend, Nadine to a salsa dancing lesson. He sees the instructor, Camila, and the spark ignites inside of him before even being asked to join. Gio takes a liking to salsa dancing and maybe even Camila herself.
The truth comes out that Francisco and Nadine were never students of Camila and Francisco was leading Gio with a lie that Camila was asking about Gio when he was too busy with work and couldn’t attend the lessons at the club that week. Gio feels betrayed and doesn’t want anything to do with Francisco, even if it means not backing up his brother when he’s about to take the biggest step of his life on New Year’s in front of the whole family.
We return back to the present as Gio’s tale ends. Gio chooses to work on New Year’s, not spending the night with Francisco or Camila, but instead with Eddie and Joel to tell this story.
Moments before midnight, Gio sneaks away to check his Instagram feed and sees that Francisco is newly engaged to Nadine, popping the question this evening. He deeply regrets not being with his brother and family tonight as he watches other happy couples and family celebrate the new year.
The festivities end with Francisco making a last-minute appearance at Gio’s bar to celebrate his engagement. The two have a heart-to-heart conversation which really shows what Gio should have been focusing on all this time while searching for his Fuego, the importance of family. Not wanting to waste any more time, he also makes amends with Camila first thing in the new year, demonstrating that moment of happiness that he sought after for the majority of the past year.
An Orlando-based artist reenacts the first two seasons of Donald Glover's award-winning series "Atlanta."
From the wardrobe to the scenery, the 'GamGino' music video is sure to send "Atlanta" fans down memory lane.
A slice of life from the Niger Delta. When two teen activists are caught on the grounds of an oil refinery, a boisterous teen must convince a trigger-happy guard to set them free.
Starring Sepideh Moafi (The L Word: Generation Q; Killing of Two Lovers) and Jamie Neumann (Lovecraft Country; Down With the King). On the night before she is set to leave New Orleans to audition for a high-budget television pilot in Los Angeles, Ashley must overcome her best friend and closest collaborator's attempts to thwart her ambitions as this sudden opportunity reveals the long-festering differences between the two of them.
Rudolpho Valentino, framed for murder, is on the run. Several people track his location to a small town, and it becomes more and more difficult to decipher who has his best interest in mind. Are any of these people really who they claim to be?
“Go” is an energetic single that gives fans a glimpse into Tiago Vega’s new EP that blends afrobeat, electro-pop, and hip hop. Although the track details Tiago’s frustrations with his relationship, the accompanying music video takes viewers on a romantic adventure through Acapulco, Mexico.
After being triggered by an old memory of a past lover, Koi uses magic mushrooms to cope with residual feelings. New to psychedelics, Koi unknowingly enters an altered reality where their ego is broken down in real time. By the end of the trip Koi has an epiphany about what actually matters. Love.
A modern pop/R&B musical dealing with some of the most relevant issues of the day. College seniors Jamal and Trevor each think they have it all planned out until they have an unexpected encounter, but is their developing love enough to overcome their different backgrounds, paths, friends, and families?
Santino an undocumented immigrant, Trapped in Los Angeles by an enterprising criminal, works as a 'handyman' at an 'Anything Goes' Massage parlor to pay off his debt, But the Decadence of the business, his unstable boss, his family left in Mexico, and an underage girl (Grace) forced into prostitution push him toward violent ends.
A 7th grader from New York is inspired by a visit to Sindyanna of Galilee in Israel - a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working together to create social change from the ground up. He spends the year during the pandemic inspired to document the new hydroponics project at Sindyanna, which strives to enhance Arab-Jewish cooperation, while creating economic opportunities for Arab women.
What would you do if you found out the plans of an undercover detective? What if that detective was from Wakanda? Alexander, a 14-year-old African American foster teen, runs away in search of a new life. What seemed like a good start at first quickly unfolded into a series of unexpected events. Events that you would’ve never guessed would happen.
Tangzi, an undercover Wakanda detective, is sent to retrieve stolen vibranium from a hardcore gang. As prepared as he was for his mission, he would’ve never guessed a foster teen would be interfering with his plans of success. But, stressed out and not knowing what to do, Tangzi needs to find out how to resolve the situation. Or it will cost him his job. Maybe even his life.
“After being stuck with the guardianship of their annoying, bookworm nephew, two brothers in Compton CA have to decide if they are willing to take on the responsibility of being caretakers."
Set in the near-future in the United States, Harmony is about a billionnaire entrepreneur named James who's launching a new tech company called Harmony. Amid rising societal tensions and violence between race, gender, and class, James wants to build a series of new communities that will, as he sees it, create more peace and harmony between communities. Tonight, to plan for next steps, James has gathered a diverse group of the brightest tech minds from his Stanford college days for an unforgettable dinner meeting.
One of those friends is Darrell and his wife, Mia. Fiercely outspoken and brilliant, Mia is a strong black woman and Ivy League-educated college professor who doesn't accept things at face value - especially ideas as audacious as Harmony. She's committed to questioning James' true intentions - and the seemingly blind eagerness of her friends - even if it causes tumult in her marriage.
A woman attempts to immortalize her dying grandfather using virtual reality technology, but her obsession with documenting drives a wedge between them.
Her, She is a visual love letter addressed to women seeking reassurance of their magic.
It’s August 1995 and Meskerem, a first generation Ethiopian American girl, is starting her first day of middle school. As she takes her seat, she quickly finds herself singled out following a polarizing exchange with her teacher that leaves her feeling isolated and ostracized. After learning what Meskerem has encountered at school, her immigrant mother reminds her to never allow her identity to be stripped away by the world. A lesson that stays with Meskerem throughout her days to come.
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.
Set at the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, a weary mother's fears and desires for her mentally distressed son’s future hang in the balance while awaiting his arrival home. HOME SOON examines a family’s collective, and unprocessed trauma, which is often eclipsed by police violence.
HOME SOON is a snapshot of time capturing all that is, and all that was hoped for immediately prior to an all too familiar tragedy faced by many in Black communities across America.
Nina has not seen or heard from her son Troy since the previous evening. His girlfriend Simone pops over for an unexpected visit in an attempt to locate her love who has uncharacteristically “ghosted” her the night before. Our drama depicts a pivotal moment where both women, in an attempt to reroute worry, hash out their differences in how they love Troy in his absence. Their exchange reveals fears, hopes and conflicting desires all left unresolved until his anticipated return home.
With the help of his diverse Brooklyn neighbors, a stubborn, argumentative, yet oddly woke tracksuit wearing Italian-American, known as Guido “Gagootz” Gaguzzi, starts a “How To” YouTube channel (purely for tax right-off purposes) that never actually teaches you “how to” do anything.
A heartbroken man, unable to stop calling his EX, reluctantly enlist a therapist to help him lift the weight of his past relationship off of his shoulders...literally.
Saif is young, angry, Muslim, American. Vulnerable after his father’s death, and enthralled by online extremist content, he drags himself and his brother into the depths of misplaced vengeance. He is forced to deal with the devastating aftermath.
The redefining declaration of inheritance made by African American artist.
This is the true story of a Los Angeles homeless man celebrating a moment of great clarity with a song he wrote and recorded in his vehicle… a vehicle that has served as both his cocoon and his shelter for the past 3 years. This stirring depiction of the innate aims to highlight the power of transformation working within each one of us, no matter the journey…no matter the path.
Categories: Experimental Short, Super Short, Music Video
This film explores the importance and connections African Americans have with dreadlocks. Everyone has a story to tell but the commonality we have is the journey of learning more about ourselves through our hair.
IF THESE LOCS COULD TALK speaks to the part of us dedicated to changing narratives that don’t honor our humanity. This is a love letter to us, from us. It captures the rich and complex simplicity of our hair, specifically our locked hair. This subsection of the community has long been overlooked or relegated to a specific part of the Black diaspora. But, Locs are versatile and so are the people that rock them.
This poetic piece speaks alongside them, illustrating the why’s and how’s of their loc journey and what it means to them. Through this we learn more of ourselves as a community and are again reminded of the vastness of our expression.
Our goal is to take you on and audio/visual journey of the beauty that "locs" have set in our culture. It's not just a "hairstyle", it's a creative expression of who we are.
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.
In July 1916, Garrett Morgan and his brother Frank risked their lives to save miners trapped in an underground inferno using an invention of Garrett's own making. But the morning newspapers left their heroic efforts out of the story entirely.
Set in Singapore, a young teacher presses for the truth from a maladjusted student, the act leads to devastating results and they suffer the ignominy of losing everything that matters to them. The story holds a mirror up to society, where a mistake can derail a life in an overly pressurized world.
Frustrated by her overprotective mother, 20-year-old Polina makes a spontaneous decision to leave a club with a group of guys and keep the party going. Upon arriving at their strange apartment, she quickly realizes that she's in danger and, even worse, there is no one to help her. This film explores how society often accuses women of being responsible for their own harassment - even when it's not their fault - and how women can internalize that accusation to blame themselves as well.
'Ivar Tunnel: Shook Ones' is a darkly comedic social thriller that glimpses into the psyche and isolation of a black woman.
Leigh Jones has moved into a new neighborhood in Hollywood, just beyond the Ivar Tunnel. Since moving, Leigh is met with icy glares and chilling shrieks from her neighbors. Simultaneously, Leigh is bombarded with notifications from the ‘Neighorlie’ app about the insidious happenings in Holly-hood.
One trending post about a homeless white woman shakes something alive in Leigh: “Please be kind to the newly unhoused woman in Ivar Tunnel with dog”. To Leigh’s chagrin, the post is flooded with comments in support of the “Unhoused Woman” from her “well-meaning” neighbors.
Leigh takes counsel from her friend Nicole, who reminds Leigh that she “is the boogeyman” and that her neighbors are “Shook Ones”. That reminder, along with liquid courage drives Leigh back to the Ivar Tunnel, where she attempts to take matters into her own hands.
Izzy is a person who struggles with the decision to reconnect with an old friend. As she gives into her jealousy for her friend’s success, she makes a decision that her subconscious does not let her get away with so easy.
Her relationship with this person is splayed in front of her and she realizes that something isn’t adding up. Memories start taking a turn for the worse and she realizes why they aren’t talking to each other.
Only when she confronts her anxieties can she be released from her subconscious.
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.
Jowanda Durham is trained actress and writer. She received her BA in Theater from The University of GA. She studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy and improv at The UCB in NY. She starred in the award winning web series, “Rhonda Mitchell, M.D.” as the titular role. She is a SAG member.
Logline / Synopsis:
24 mins, A documentary film about two legendary northeast Portland high school basketball teams and the African American community that houses them, as it struggles with gentrification.
Jesse Handsher (@bywaterfilms)
Director and Producer
Kyle Sykes (@kylesyks)
Main Editor, Sound Design, Story Direction
In a future world where memories are handled like computer files, two lovers decide to undergo a procedure and have their entire relationship wiped from their brains.
A former Priest searches for peace in a Thai Brothel.
An Afro-latino family in Brooklyn runs a local bodega in their neighborhood. A new organic store owner moves across the street with plans of expanding his empire and taking over the bodega. This Brooklynite Tribe must band together to save their business and community from being gentrified.
A woman will do whatever it takes for the last croissant.
"Last Name Unknown" is a dramatic series that examines the gripping reality of the growing youth homelessness crisis; as it follows several residents of the Beyond Hope Youth Shelter's harsh, yet hopeful lives of beating the odds, finding their place in society, and living their distant dreams.
Set on the fateful date; August 6th, 1945. Okinawa. Six weeks post-battle, a squad of U.S. Marines is assigned the unenviable and tedious job of clearing caves where fanatical Japanese soldiers hold out and forlorn Okinawan civilians seek refuge. After 3+ years of blood-soaked island-hopping, Stg. Woodson leads Cpl. Blackhat, Pfc. DuBois and newbie replacement, Pvt. Morris across terrain that, for three horrific months, was fought for at an unimaginable cost of human life; The toll of these experiences, and the anticipation of the presumed invasion of the Japanese mainland, constantly in mind. Despite their ever-uncertain mortality, each man's method for dealing with the deeply embedded fatigue of battle is as different as each of their desired post-war futures-- yet they must see the war through to the very end. Little do they know, the same morning they encounter an elderly Okinawan man and his daughter, their war would end, and the world would change forever as Hiroshima is bombed.
A powerful shadow organization offers its agents ‘eternal life’ in exchange for their brain matter, reorganizing the content of their minds to create a super intelligence that could spell an end to war and world conflicts. John is one such agent who, in a series of flashbacks, discovers his consciousness is being repeatedly uploaded every time he ‘dies,’ and is then reprogrammed, erased and ‘upgraded’ when he comes back to life. But can John decipher the insidious secrets these manipulations have on his own individuality before he's lost to the system forever?spells an end to war and conflict.
LEGACY profiles gentrification, romance and inheritance as Jada Lane faces the complex decision to give up her New York City lifestyle or lose her father’s business and the continuation of his legacy in the community.
Leo a former contract killer, tries to turn his life around after a horrible mistake. He soon finds out second chances aren’t always easy.
Across all of the United States, there are only 21 gay bars for the women, non-binary, and trans masc community... this is the story of Lesbian Miserables.
A tale as old as time itself, ‘Let Me See You Clap’ is a music video that illustrates black love and culture before the stain of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. It encompasses the sound and sensuality of African culture of past and present.
Two Nigerian weightlifters must compete against each other in order to gain US citizenship.
Inspired by the cultural awakening to dismantle assault against women and conquer their own past trauma, two best friends of over thirty years attempt to rescue a young woman they believe to be in danger in a car share ride. When things take a bad turn, the aunties take matters into their own hands in this short, thrilling adventure.
The Magic is a holiday love story about a hotshot attorney David Kane (Emmy® winner Kristos Andrews) who loses the Christmas spirit and closes his heart to love following a tragic loss fifteen years earlier. Now, with the help of his guardian angels, twin sisters Mary Lou and Misty (Bianca D'Ambrosio and Chiara D'Ambrosio), David soon finds himself falling for paralegal Carolina Castillo (International star Alejandra Espinoza) and believing in the magic of Christmas all over again.
Born in Prince George's County, Maryland, and trained in New York City, Malachi Rivers is an award-winning actor, rapper, and spoken-word artist who has performed on some of the world's most respected stages including the Kennedy Center and The Apollo Theatre and can be seen in the Oscar award-winning film Mank directed by David Fincher.
Rivers, is the recipient of the 2020 Indie Series Award for Best Soundtrack for his work as music supervisor on the award-winning digital series Poz Roz in which he stars as the lead male actor in the role of “Jabbar” and also serves as an executive producer on the show. Rivers received a 2020 Daytime pre-Emmy nomination for his work as an executive producer on Poz Roz. Poz Roz beat out hundreds of digital series to advance to the blue-ribbon round and receive the pre-nomination. The series also went on to win Outstanding Digital Series at the 2020 Micheaux Film Festival.
In 2019 Rivers was awarded Best Monologue and Best Vocal Performance in a Musical at the Mayan Industry Awards.
Rivers was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Urban Web Series awards for his role as "William Green" in the popular web series L.I.P.S.
In 2018, Rivers was the recipient of the Best
Performance in a Musical Award from the National Association of Women in the Arts for his role as “Chad Boss” in the NAACP Theatre award-winning play Ferguson.
Rivers, has appeared in several television shows and films including the hit web series Rhonda Mitchell M.D. as “Brian Donovan” on Roku and Afroland TV.
The series is now in development at a NBC.
After the racially charged shooting of an unarmed teenager, an officer of color must decide whether to stand on the side of the law or seek justice for his community.
Mark of Love is the Mighty Story of a little Adventurous Girl who have her own Mother turned into a Giant Maned Wolf during a Battle
Will the Adventurous Girl be able to reverse back this Fatal Spell Condition and manage to see again her Mother under the form of an Human again ?
The University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten is a creative safe space to try out new things, experience different concepts and challenge yourself. You can only create something truly personal and unique if you believe in yourself and your own ideas.
It’s a late summer night in South Los Angeles, and teenage brothers EARL and ANTOINE are making a rather unusual late-night drop. On the eve of their GRANDFATHER’s funeral, they’re tasked with delivering his MASON RING to the funeral home in a last-ditch effort to get it on his finger before the service the following morning.
Their beloved GRANDMOTHER has bestowed them with this mission: one that feels almost sacred. The ring was believed lost but turned up at the 11th hour, elevating the urgency of fulfilling the grandfather’s wish to be buried in it. But it also provides an opportunity for these two young men to do something truly meaningful for their forebearers and to prove themselves as the new men of the family.
Of course, the boys don’t quite see it that way. While they do want to make their grandmother happy (and know that returning without seeing the mission through is not an option) more front of mind for them is the question of who will inherit their grandfather’s sleek Cadillac. The only thing they want to prove is that grandsons who fulfill dying wishes should certainly be rewarded with V8 engines and a chrome finish. But how badly do they want this?
Upon arriving at the funeral home they learn that their point of contact MR. BRICKER has stepped out to deal with an emergency. Or so it seems. Instead, they’re met by NATHANIEL, a night security guard who doesn’t seem much moved by the boys' urgency. That is unless they can prove to him why this Mason ring is so important in the first place, testing the boys' knowledge of what was truly important to their grandfather. But the encounter also provides an opportunity to attain a greater understanding of a man whom they saw as being just as cold and stern as he was mysterious.
Mateo & Cliff is a story about a Black homeless man in LA battling with mental health issues whilst struggling to survive in a society that is structured to enable his downfall.
A mother, suffering from a terminal illness, escapes hospice care to make a perilous journey across Newark NJ to attend her son's graduation.
Meet your match is a story of a woman who cleverly lures in a persistent stalker into thinking that she will be his next victim.
But the tables swiftly turn when he realizes the trick is on him.
When confronted with a case of rape, Assistant District Attorney must struggle with her bias to determine whether she'll charge the woman. She enlisted her friends to help her make the decision.
Raised in a small racially divided town, Leslie, a white alcoholic, drug-addicted and vicious teenage mother falls for James, an African-American college student she meets at a fraternity party. Unbeknownst to James, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a biracial baby girl. Burdened and left to raise two children, Leslie spirals into a world of chaos and alcohol abuse. Years later, James learns he fathered a troubled adolescent daughter and seeks to take custody. They battle to overcome her traumatic childhood as they bridge the gap between their two different worlds.
A young woman going through the visceral ups and downs of heartbreak decides to begin recording voice memos of all the things she wants to say.
On the night of his wife’s funeral, a newly widowed father must help his teenage daughter when she gets her first period.
Logline: After an insecure folk artist seeks out skin whitening cream to cope with everyday life, she must race to reverse its terrifying supernatural side effects.
While painting a portrait of indigenous Aeta natives in the Philippines, Ciara Morena, an insecure folk artist, runs out of brown paint to complete her piece. At the art store, she hesitates to pick up the darker brown paint after thinking about her mother’s warnings about becoming too dark under the sun. To top it off, she overhears customers talking about tanning and skin whitening pills and faces a tenant who mistakes her for a facility employee due to her appearance. Fed up with the triggers and microaggressions, Ciara resorts to skin whitening cream after she sees an ad. When the cream arrives the next day, she tests it out and begins to hallucinate flashes of her ancestor, a Kalinga Warrior. As the side effects and hallucinations worsen, Ciara discovers a side effect of the product and must rush to the hospital before it erases every trace of her existence...and her.
“Muscle Memory” is a conceptual nonlinear short film that follows Tariq, who makes his living as a hoofer like his late father Yayha. On the anniversary of Yahya’s death, he dedicates a dance to him, which triggers childhood memories.
From the perspective of Emmy-Award Winning Poet and Performer, Suzen Baraka, this short shares her story of growing up Black and Korean in America, and struggling with shame, helplessness and rage before finding pride, power and courage. MY ASIAN is a poetic rallying cry, highlighting the horrific miscarriages of justice that Asian-Americans and Asians in America are, and have historically been subjected to: from day-to-day micro-aggressions to actual acts of violence and terror against members of our community.
Nkemefuna follows Nkem and Ike, a pair of Nigerian-American siblings still dealing with the death of their father, who perished in the Twin Towers. Nkem left home after his death; upon her return years later, her presence precipitates unresolved issues with her brother, leading to a public confrontation. As the siblings struggle to work through their issues, a looming threat crystallizes.
Based on a True Story. Leslie Wagner-Wilson, trapped in Jonestown, a controlling, destitute settlement run by an increasingly manic Jim Jones, has grown increasingly disillusioned. Leslie’s husband Joe however, has risen through the ranks of the People’s Temple cult and, despite knowing of his wife’s unhappiness, is determined to keep her and their son in Jonestown. As conditions at the settlement deteriorate, Leslie grows more desperate, and along with a few other People’s Temple members, take a big risk for a chance at freedom, not knowing whether or not they’ll make it out alive.
On a journey of self exploration to find himself in Los Angeles, a young man goes around visiting cornerstones of the black community: the barbershop, the farmers market, leimert park. Underneath we hear a poem about how this world has shaped his internal identity.
OFFBRAND is a Music Video/Short that speaks on people pretending to be someone they're not. In today's age there are many people pretending on the internet. However in real life more often than not, there are consequences sooner or later. In other words.. Stay true to who you are and don't pretend to be something you're not.
Devin wants nothing more than to die, but his family wants nothing more than to see him live. Over the past year, he’s attempted to take his life 5 times. Each time Devin survives, it’s a bittersweet feeling, knowing that the next attempt could be right around the corner. On the same day Lamar is prepping for one of the biggest auditions of his career, he receives a phone call that Devin is threatening to take his own life. Lamar tries to remind himself that his brother always ends up being okay and he needs to focus on his audition so he can financially support long-term treatment for Devin. As he tries to hone in on his script, the words of his monologue reflect his internal battle, making it harder and harder to compartmentalize what’s going on with his family. With both his career and family on the line, Lamar must decide what he’s willing to lose when the pressure of his career and his family are both on the line.
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.
After discovering Eric wants a divorce and her surrogate Valerie wants to keep the baby, Sarai arrives at home to deal with the aftermath. During their argument, Sarai and Eric are interrupted by an unexpected visitor.
After a veiled threat from Sarai, Eric's anxiety turns to whether he'll make it out unscathed overnight.
When coming out of the thrift store isn't all you do. A new coming-of-age queer film follows Emily, a costume-wearing 25-year-old, on her journey through change, love, and discovering one's self.
Written by Australian, Jessica Rookeward. Our director, writer, DP, composer, and two actresses are Australian.
All actors are proud members of the LGBTQ family.
All rights of this film belong to Jessica Rookeward - creator and writer.
Music Video Short Film for Hip Hop Artist KissGang Truly. KissGang Truly and Bandit have put in word that they are finally out of the "Game". But Hector and the Big Boss have other plans. Truly and Bandit must devise a plan to get Bandit's kidnapped baby back. Will they push through adversity to get Badit's baby back and leave the game for good?
The Oprah Winfrey Network broke precedent by implementing back to back unscripted blocks during their primetime weekend time slots. This break from the status quo has launched OWN as a frontrunner in the unscripted space, and provided creator and Executive Producer, Carlos King, the opportunity to reinvent and expand his brand with the successful Love & Marriage franchise.
This panel will feature cast members from the Love & Marriage franchise, Belle Collective, and creator of both shows, Carlos King.
The success of OWN’s Love & Marriage franchise
OWN’s unprecedented Friday/Saturday unscripted block
The importance of showcasing Black love and success in all of its forms
Executive Producer, Creator
Ashley & DJ Quick Silva
Love & Marriage DC Cast Members
CEO, Love & Marriage Huntsville Cast Member
CEO, Belle Collective Cast Member
Media Personality, Belle Collective Cast Member
Pagliacci is a film that follows Justine Jennings, a conservative news pundit, and asks what is the price of selling out in America, when being Black already costs.
Join Panavision’s Dan Sasaki for a behind-the-scenes analysis of the optical attributes that contributed to the storytelling of famous films. Dan will shine a light on the lenses filmmakers used to bring their visions to life while providing an overview of Panavision’s vast inventory and a firsthand account of the artistry, science, and technology involved in the field of motion-picture optics.
Senior Vice President of Optical Engineering and Lens Strategy
“Parents” is the story of Isaiah and Alanna who have both given up on the idea of love and marriage and decide, “shoot why not just have kids together since we’ll never find love”. The ironic part about it is, they found love with each other and everyone sees it but them. The idea of just being “Parents” sounds amazing until she gets pregnant and their world changes forever. We watch their relationship change from being friends to parents to lovers to possibly enemies. They realize that they may have bitten off more than they can chew with this situation.
A bride records a podcast episode during her bachelorette party.
Amid the pandemic, Alexis successfully found her true love despite quarantining alone. Today, for modern love segment, a TV reporter interviews Alexis about the new long distance romance. Our reporter soon finds this love story may not be the "real" story.
When Jay, a quirky Hollywood talent manager's number one client, Rita pays him an unexpected visit to his office to fire him, he pulls out ALL the stops to keep her from doing that.
Pieces of a Memory is a short film that explores a simple fact: our conception of the person that we love the most exists solely in our own reality. Other people have their own memories of our loved one and these scattered pieces constitute the totality of who our loved one truly was. In meeting someone else's memory of our loved one, we may meet a piece of our loved one anew.
What happens when you bring the protest to the people? A film exploring the role of art and artists in the revolution.
Stevie, a dark skinned “color obsessed” black woman, buys a “beauty cream,” which unlocks an evil ancestral spirit, whose power grows from her darkest fears.
"The Pulpit: Prelude" is about small town politics and the challenges faced by progressive leadership. The film sheds light on the violence and prejudice in a variety of faith communities and the challenges of seeking help from institutions like law enforcement.
This short film is a prelude to a feature-length Thriller of the same name. "THE PULPIT" will return.
Inspired by a True Story.
Raw. Regal & Real is is the dynamic life of a college student by day, Graffiti artist at night witnessing a glimpse of lives in her daily commute on New York City’s Transit Subway. The show centers around this female graffiti artist family history, and the collective of people she meets on her journey.
Reasons follows the life of a young and single mother, Mercy during the late 1950s in rural Georgia. Mercy lives with the difficulty of not having her daughter's father in their lives and struggles with abandoning the illusion of having “the perfect family.” In a time and place where women had very little authority over their lives, she is willing to sacrifice her own happiness to give her child the family life she has always longed for.
A poet travels through landscapes that are like poems and paintings, understanding his dreams and looking for his transcendence.
We are inspired by the traditional Chinese ink wash paintings, poems, and music to create these imageries of dreams and memories. We believed in image storytelling that is full of life and simple characters could help us get a better understanding of Chinese philosophy and aesthetics. Working through this process, we aroused our love, inner resonance, and longing for life. The core of this film is the thinking and reflections on traditional Chinese philosophy and aesthetics. The love we have that comes with our reflections brings out our attachment to the culture. It represents our attitude, our commitment, and our exploration of the possible representation of the philosophical in visual art.
The behind the scenes making of a short film made by young college students to reclaim their royal inheritance during the beginning of a divided racial and political era of American history. The film is a witness of students bonding together to create unity, creativity, and advocacy.
Rewriting Hollywood is a global podcast featuring celebrities, creators, and influencers discussing inclusion and social impact in Hollywood, hosted by Jared Milrad, who worked for President Obama and founded Movikarma, a nonprofit organization supported by Warner Bros. Discovery and Lionsgate that empowers underrepresented creative talent. With the help of special guest hosts along the way, Jared interviews directors, writers, actors, producers and other changemaking creatives who are breaking barriers and overcoming adversity to have their stories told and voices heard. Join the conversation on Rewriting Hollywood to empower inclusive, impactful storytellers and harness the power of story for good.
On a summer evening before the 4th of July in 1985, Richard Ramirez steals a Ford Bronco in the San Fernando Valley. He takes some LSD and has a psychedelic night at his room in the Cecil Hotel. He wakes up and looks at records and draws pentagrams on his skin. He finds some cocaine stashed away he’d forgotten about and becomes violent around his room. After selling some stolen speakers, he uses the money for food. While eating a gas station burrito, he spots an older woman alone and begins to stalk her for the rest of the night. As the night goes on, Richard sneaks into her house and decides which knife he's going to kill her with. He murders her and looks for food afterwards in the fridge. He heads back to the Cecil covered in blood as fireworks are ignited in the streets.
Three teen foster girls - Kid, Anna, and Jules - all have reasons for hating their group home. Kid is about to age out at 18 and has nowhere to go. Anna is having difficulties dealing with her hospitalized mother's recent overdose. And one of the male group home workers is sexually preying on Jules. Kid plots their escape to go in search of her biological mother, in hope of finding "home."
A sultry succubus steals the belongings of an unsuspecting man to quench her insatiable thirst for his soul. 😈
When recruits from an abandoned 1980s covert training program start showing up dead, the CIA rushes to find out why. With an apparent mole in the agency and suspected Russian involvement, they enlist Scout, one of the few spies they can still trust, to track down the abandoned program's most promising trainee, Roger. Seemingly a nobody who works as a professional cuddler, things get messy when Scout sees Roger associating with a Russian gangster, and eventually has to save Roger from an attempt on his own life. Scout must decide if Roger ultimately can be trusted with the truth about the CIA and about his own forgotten past.
The story is about union of a couple in love by getting assistance from a joint effort of music and nature performed in Persian miniatures from ancient land of Iran
A southern belle and a Colombian singer live a happy life together in New York City, but their lives are threatened as secrets about their relationship are revealed.
Sebari Milach is an awareness film aimed to show the dark ritualistic practices of female circumcision illegally practiced in Africa. This film touches on a true story about a young Ethiopian girl who gets tricked by her mother into getting circumcised at a ritual purification ceremony shortly after her sister passed away from the same practice.
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.
A former party girl turned mom and her bestie struggle to come to terms with her new lifestyle.
This series centers around Nicole, a New York transplant, as she finds herself in therapy after quitting her job. This is where she realizes that she has more to address than what led her there. We follow Nicole through her therapy sessions as she tries to find her way back, but does she really want that?
A young man reunites with a childhood friend during the last 37 hours of his life.
Cat Brewer directed and produced the feature-length documentary Sign the Show, which highlights the challenges and barriers faced by the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community as they fight to gain access to live entertainment specifically music, comedy, and theater.
Brewer served as an educator for the past 22 years with no background in the film industry but had a wild idea to create a documentary that advocates for an often underserved and marginalized population of 40 plus million people in the US alone. She purchased a camera and traveled across the United States interviewing people like Kelly Clarkson, D.L. Hughley, Waka Flocka Flame, DJ Whoo Kid, Camryn Manheim, André 3000, Chuck D., Ani DiFranco, Matt Maxey (DEAFinitely Dope), Julie Rems Smario (LEAD-K), Nyle DiMarco and so many more in hopes of bringing about a conversation and awareness to the things that hearing people often take for granted.
Cat Brewer hopes her film will create a cultural shift in entertainment by making open access the norm because she believes no one should have to fight to get access to things that bring them joy.
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.
Athena Barnes is interrogated by Detective Ray Sanger in a small town police precinct. Alone together, Athena uses her special abilities to reveal the real reason she is in this place with Ray and take him on a journey that will only end when she achieves her main goal: revenge for the wrongful death of Gil Landry.
It's nighttime in the suburbs and the stillness is interrupted by a strange presence, a creeping being that lurks in the dark
How do five strangers scattered across the world find solace in each other during a global pandemic? An new social media platform and the international language of song.
Photographer Isabelle Pisano becomes hearing-impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope in the muffled and scary new normal something beautifully-terrifying happens...
A 37-year-old woman with Down syndrome runs away from home and embarks on journey from Kalgoorlie to Perth.
A happy-go-lucky baker is thrown for a loop after an unexpected run-in at work.
A woman gets put in the hot seat and interrogated, only to find out that she is having a nightmare.
Seph, a perfectionist high schooler, struggles between wanting to become valedictorian to win the validation of her father and following her true dream of dancing. When GPAs are posted, Seph’s rival takes the top ranking while she is just below him as salutatorian. Seph quickly abandons her morals, learns of her family’s dark past, and must live with the guilt of her wrongdoings while under the darkness of her father’s shadow.
ROOMATES AFTER A LONG DAY OF WORK, DISCOVER MAYBE LIFE ISNT AS SIMPLE AS SHARING MOM'S LASAGNA
Based on their play "Lavender Men," playwright-performer Roger Q. Mason explores questions of identity and vicious cycles of addiction in their short film "Taffeta." As a toxic phone sex relationship spirals out of control, the titular Taffeta must confront whether they will be able to break out of the destructive habits and crippling loneliness that have haunted their life.
Tahriib uses the extraordinary power of storytelling to slip away the mask of anonymity shrouding the 1.8
million refugees who’ve entered Europe since 2014. Through their own words and in their own voice, refugees
detail their previous lives, dangerous journeys, and attempts to integrate into Western culture, their
unique narrative serving to emphasize our shared human experience.
Each interviewee tells a story that takes them from fear and initial hope, through physical, mental, and
emotional devastation along the way, ending with relief at having survived the trip, trepidation at taking on the
challenges of integration, and a renewed sense of hope for the future.
A mix of dramatic clips showing the acting skill and range of Tamara S. Hall.
The story of Amber Osbourne from Compton who used the money she won from Snoop Dogg on a game show to open a neighborhood beauty supply store right before quarantine.
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.
After the trigger of a hate crime, an undocumented Indian American convenience store clerk comes crashing into his subconscious as he grieves the passing of his father during an attempted border crossing.
A young father navigates the visceral and often disorienting experience of living with anxiety, depression, and panic while trying to maintain a connection with his family and some semblance of normalcy. What is soon discovered, however, is that he isn't entirely sure what he's dealing with or even how to help himself. Will he succumb to the demons and face the fate that many have before him, or will he find a way out of this personal horror story?
A girl struggles to redirect her life back onto her path of pursuing dream.
A girls' night becomes deadly when a woman, on the cusp of either a mental breakthrough or breakdown, finds out her friends and boyfriend have betrayed her.
The tides centers around a young Muslim woman's identity and her personal sense of belonging. Cutting a piece of thread that's been a part of her inner fabric for so long and the fears of letting go. Parting ways with her hijab was never meant to be easy.
THE TIME THEIF showcases the work of software engineer turned artist Steven Taylor who uses his photography to capture authentic moments that give credence to the beautiful legacy of blackness and black culture in Philadelphia and the world at large. Steven opened the first black-owned, singled artist fine art photography gallery in the United States to create creative conversation in his majority-black community of Germantown.
Grief has overcome once-lovers Wesley and Vaughna. The stark difference in their coping mechanisms causes them to lose everything between them.
Tosin is an actor and Kansas-transplant now based in LA who you may know from “The Chi” (Showtime), “Black Lightning” (CW), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Love Is” (OWN), or his series regular work in “Run The World” (STARZ). He’ll also be recurring on the upcoming series’ “Julia” (HBO) and ABC’s “Everything’s Trash” (Freeform).
He also stars in Amazon’s Blackbox, BET’s romantic comedy Always A Bridesmaid, the erotic thriller, Friend Request and Oscar-winner Kevin Willmott’s “The 24th”, which was nominated for a NAACP Image award. Up next, he’ll costar in 1992 with Ray Liotta and Tyrese Gibson.
You are watching the 2021 Drama Reel for NAACP-Image Award nominee, Tosin Morohunfola. Click below to see more.
A middle-aged lobbyist battles institutions of systemic oppression while her own substance use straddles the line between therapy and abuse.
Terrorism and global pandemics have made destination travel a luxury of the past. Virtual reality "Getaways" have become the only escape. Devon becomes addicted to the VR travel experience, believing she is receiving a message from within the system.
An isolated Black woman struggles mentally -- and physically -- against the news of COVID-19 and police brutality she sees online. An adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes.
When a brilliant coder, Jet (Elijah Rashad Reed), steals a device that uploads any ability to the human consciousness he gets caught in a war between revolutionaries and the authorities. Now, he must use his newfound power to bring balance to his world before he loses his life.
Virginality is an episodic series that chronicles the story of Jade Michelle Mason, a 30-ish overtly religious, single virgin who navigates adulthood with her millennial friends while finding her power in identity through her career and her untouched sexuality. While her career is being put to the test, her only logical resolution is not going to church and asking God for help, but trading in her V card for a newfound liberty and possibly great consensual sex.
Weary Blues is a short film adaptation of Langston Hughes' 1925 poem, 'The Weary Blues.' "The Weary Blues" was first published in the Urban League magazine, Opportunity. It was awarded the magazine's prize for best poem of the year. The poem was included in Hughes's first book, a collection of poems, also entitled The Weary Blues. The central theme of “The Weary Blues” concerns the resilience of the archetypal “common” person who has times of despair or despondency. Music serves as a means of relieving pain or anxiety.
A murdered Youtube influencer comes back to life to exact revenge, using her Murder Mystery platform to expose her fellow influencers, (and former BFF and boyfriend) as her murderers.
Shot in NYC; THE WELL is the story of 17-year-old Tasha Fields who is fighting for her life; caught in the middle of a deadly domestic dispute between her parents.
Told exclusively through hands, 'who are you?' shares the story of two elderly lovers who meet for the first time. It isn't long before they learn their time together is limited.
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.
Covering one year of the 2020 pandemic, a successful young Asian American struggles to navigate life during the lockdown.
In this coming of age, zombie film, pre-teens Yaya, Jared and Dre begin their day slanging water on the corner until they are forced to survive a zombie outbreak. On their journey, lives are lost, dreams are killed, and new realities are accepted. How will these kids navigate a world they aren’t meant to survive and how do they hold on to their innocence during the process?
A limited series and podcast discussing all measures and propositions on the California 2020 General Election ballot
All Boys Aren't Blue
There's the protest and the fallout from the protests BUT what about the in-between; which is the life that happened and happens in-between the headlines. An emotionally tattered father tries to raise his civic-minded teenage son in a nation of civil unrest and systemic racism.
What if Black people couldn't have been killed during the time of slavery in America? Mirabelle, an enslaved 25 yr old black woman, finds herself in a world of supernatural powers fighting the forces of evil to deliver the oppressed into a new age of peace.
Inspired by a true story. Anna is battling the beginning stages of dementia at an assisted living facility in the days following the statewide quarantine. No longer able to receive visits from her family, she is forced to spend time with them via Zoom, which proves to be difficult. Anna battles the loneliness of her everyday routine and her fading memory, as she struggles to find human connection through technology. Before she knows it, the only consistent thing in her life is her caretaker.
“An American Boy” is a realistic drama set in early 2000s Chicago. The story follows a musically talented young boy who is sent to live with his convert Muslim father after his mom discovers him dressing up as her. Inciting religious practices on the young boy, he is forbidden to sing in an upcoming school recital, which forms new trauma in his life.
On his wedding day, Eric Fuller tries to clear his conscience and break things off with his secret lover Sarah, but she's not ready to let him go.
This near-future Sci-Fi drama explores love, letting go, and how the technology of today will affect the relationships of tomorrow.
A grief stricken teenager finds an unexpected way to mourn the loss of her first love.
Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change.
Jenny is a Nice Girl with big dreams — to someday become the kind of reporter that once peopled Richard Nixon's nightmares. Her reality is a miasma of low pay, constant layoffs, and one very persistent Internet stalker. When the cops turn out to be profoundly unhelpful, Jenny and her hacker roommate, Lisa, decide to take matters into their own hands.
Autumn is a Music/Lyric Video Combination touching on Depression. Music by: Chi TheRealist
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
Backwards God tells the story of how man made God in his image. The film interweaves elements of ecology and spirituality to retell the book of Genesis through a womanist lens.
A Bay City peaceful protest turns and puts Vivian (Karrueche Tran) and her pregnancy in extreme danger, as a member of the BCPD goes rogue. Pete (Kristos Andrews) rushes to the hospital. R.J. (Najee De-Tiege) is arrested without cause. Xander (Dante Aleksander), Frankie (Bianca D’Ambrosio), and Regan (Chiara D'Ambrosio) capture critical events on video.
JoAnn Davidson (Meredith Thomas) is a very successful realtor. However, she is also estranged from her adopted son, Brandon (Albert Kong). After an interaction with a clothing store employee (Brianna Wheeler), JoAnn attempts to reconnect with Brandon during the holidays.
Javion is a dutiful and loving black father. He is the protector and provider of the family, including his wife, daughter, and grandmother. However, he is haunted by a secret that he continues to bury in silence. Not knowing how to deal with the trauma, he attempts to hide the behemoth inside him that is trying to break out. But not until tonight when he is finally overwhelmed, and he attacks his family while he ultimately comes face-to-face with his painful past. Only the prayerful hands of his grandmother can help channel his buried emotion from taking control.
A safe space where Black women reveal their struggles with mental health, including how the "Strong Black Woman" stereotype impacts their mental wellness and healing.
This candid short doc features interviews with Black women who have or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis; insight from Black therapists regarding the particular mental health challenges Black women face; resources to cultivate healing and tools to identify self.
A music video to the new single "Black Leather" by Leo*.
Is it fair for us to ask others to let down their walls while we refuse to be our most vulnerable selves?
A short Suicide Awareness PSA that explores the affects of police brutality/Coronavirus on the psyche.
The Brookland Literary and
Hunting Club (BLAHC) is a poker club and gentlemen's society founded in Washington, DC in 1942 by 9 accomplished Black men from the Brookland neighborhood in the district — doctors, lawyers, scientists, university presidents — many with Howard University affiliations. But as times change, BLAHC may be reaching it's end.
A first date for Gloria and Nick takes an unexpected turn when Nick begins to suspect that their lives might be in danger.
BLM is a visual battle cry. This video is a form of testimonial art portraying the heart, pain, and fight of African- Americans in fierce pursuit of truth, justice and equality.
Ali, a troubled yet imaginative boy, has one dream in life: to become a screenwriter. Neglected by his mother, brutalized by his stepfather, and bullied by members of the neighborhood gang; he longs for a safe space to simply write screenplays and immerse himself in the world of his imagination. As he searches for a safe haven, he discovers a magical cave. Nestled inside of the cave, he begins to write and draw prolifically. But as the violence from his stepfather and the local gang turn deadly, he must decide to either take a stand or lose his dream forever.
Crip gang members Chili, Mia, and Tracey ride their bikes down a picturesque street on the Northside of Long Beach when Chili spots Kiki, a fellow classmate. Mia reveals that Kiki has just lost her brother to police brutality Chili invites Kiki to join the gang. Kiki accepts but later reveals that she plans to go off to college setting off a series of unexpected events.
After surviving an attempt on his life, disgraced police officer Adam Hoffman seeks revenge and calls upon his partner and friend, David Carter. Carter is torn between his sense of duty to his department and his community. Together, the two confront their stained past and make decisions that will dictate the future of the force and the people they serve.
To cope with homesickness, a Filipino grandmother in Los Angeles spends her savings on annual care packages for family in the Philippines. Over a month, she scours for the best deals at stores to buy necessities and ship boxes in time for Christmas. Though she feels grateful for her time in America, she must decide if she can live much longer away from her family.
Bubbly Brown Sugar tells the story of two soulmates meeting in their dreams and their parallel journeys to finding each other upon waking up.
In Bubbly Brown Sugar, lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur Jewel Patterson has always had psychic dreams that often times came true as a child. When she accepts the proposal for marriage from her longtime sweetheart, Gabriel Hamilton, her psychic dreams come back with such intensity, it throws her life upside down.
After a night of partying with a certian someone, Ella wakes up in a random luxury home which turns out to belong to the infamous Italian mafia boss, Tony Patranelli. Things take a twisted turn when she finds herself in a morbid situation, leading her to meet some of the “goodfellas” along the way. Is she in danger? Is this all part of “the plan”? Or is this just a … prickly situation?
“Cactus” is a dark comedy that tests your judgments about who somebody is and how actions can sometimes show maybe not your stereotypical view of ones character. Things can turn out funny when you assume the worst.
A black father goes on a journey to learn more about his kid who identifies as a transgirl. While learning about the struggles of trans people, he is faced with backlash about his support and parenting style. The father goes against his own beliefs and views of the world just to learn how to effectively support his daughter during her transition.
With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year-old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.
As two friends unravel their true feelings for each other, their focus is immediately shifted to survival when their love is haunted by the spirit of a bitter hotel owner.
After a nasty breakup and fallout with her family, a young woman moves to Los Angeles and enters a cooking contest to meet a celebrity chef. There's just one problem: she doesn't have a kitchen.
Groomed by an older man with promises of love and protection, 16-year-old Savannah Jones' romantic expectations quickly fade as she finds herself trapped in the dark and devastating world of sex trafficking. Now called "Blondie," she stumbles her way through the hierarchy of girls, as she is forced to perform sexual acts for the wealthy. In the end, her efforts for rescue
Claire-ity is a satire about a wealthy ultra-conservative woman from Malibu. After her husband leaves her for a Progressive activist, Claire teams up with the most powerful lobbyist on the West Coast to create in Claire, the sort of candidate who will stop at nothing to succeed. Claire-ity satirizes the Left and the Right, wackiness ensues.
A Class Act: A Conversation with Casting Directors
A remorseful police officer struggles to cope with the fact he mistakenly killed an unarmed teenager while trying to make amends with his wife and the teens mother.
A therapist is gets the case of a lifetime. Little does she know that things start to get personal.
|CONNECT| is a compelling supernatural socio-political drama with sci-fi elements about a young black male named Vincent who is struggling with his ability to communicate with the dead. Once his ability becomes public as the sudden murder of a teenage shakes the community, he is forced to make a life altering decision.
"Content Is King" is a Short-Form Doc/Mock Series that sheds a spotlight on what it means to be a multi-hyphenate artist as well as where the industry has been to where it is now in regards to the ever evolving opportunities for creators to create content with help from the various streaming service and many platforms in this digital age.
“Content Is King” was created with the intention to inspire, motivate and give insight to the creatives around the world at all levels and to educate the audience that may not be in the industry but would like to see a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a project off the ground as well as give information to where the current landscape of where the industry is today.
When a first date takes a wrong turn it leaves a woman unhinged and forces a serial dater into a conversation that will change his life forever.
Our half hour comedy series starts with Ike feeling like his chance at the American Dream is on the verge of shriveling up like a raisin in the sun. He’s 35, stuck in the same job for the past 10 years, and saddled in student loan debt and bills from his late father’s medical expenses. To make matters worse, my dude is one year into a breakup and his “helicopter mom” of a moth
As a child Nancy Willis dreamt of joining the circus, longing for freedom and adventure. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and a prognosis not to live beyond her twenties, the now 65-year-old artist invites us into her world. Combining hard hitting memories of societal discrimination with the depth and beauty of everyday moments, she opens up about vulnerability, self-exploration, family and maternity. This is a stark reminder of the treatment of disabled people, but also a remarkable story of a woman who refused to be broken by society’s limited expectations of her. The narrative meanders seamlessly between the grounded and the dream-like. A rich tapestry of artwork, observation and archive, illustrates the challenges of physical deterioration, but also the infinite possibilities of imagination.
A haunted, sexy Las Vegas penthouse dweller explores the darker side of the city and its many addictions.
In the near future, the evolution of the internet has given way to a world in crisis; one where everyone's connected and no one is safe. Molly Solis, a cyber securities analyst, understood these dangers better than anyone and was determined to find a way to keep people protected... until she vanished without a trace. Now, friends and foes from her past are in a race against time to decipher cryptic messages she's left behind; tales that paint a grim picture of technology run amok. As the mystery deepens, they’ll discover the stories, and Molly herself, may be concealing information that could change the world, or destroy it.
During his court ordered therapy sessions, Darren recounts all the trouble he finds himself in as he struggles to move on following the breakup from Steph, the love of his life. Darren’s long suffering best friend and often ignored voice of reason, Tony, is always on hand to look out for him and more than willing to push Darren into any situation that he thinks will snap him out of his depression. One way or another, Darren will finally get over Steph… or find a way to win her back.
In Dead Talks, a judgmental preacher and an agnostic hippy are forced to coexist as audience members in Lucifer's Hellish Ted Talk.
On Dec. 21st 2020, The solar system’s largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn collide to create a bright point in the sky that gifts black people supernatural powers. Jamal's powers help him discover a new world.
Excerpts from short films, A Little Tied Up, Friends Be Like, and 1Chance.
Two Syrian refugee siblings receive official legal documents to permanently join their father in the United States. However, when the plane lands in JFK, they are taken into custody for interrogation by Custom and Border Police.
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.
In a world where physical distancing is strictly enforced during a years-long pandemic, Eric Jones (Alex Skinner) looks forward to his frequent video dates with Kat Hunley (Kiana Madani) a tech wizard who does consulting projects for the government. Eric's last girlfriend, Sarah, was killed by the virus, so he values his time with Kat. A nonprofit advocate, Eric's also intrigued by Kat's penchant for taking risks, and tonight, she has a crazy idea: meeting up "IRL," or In Real Life.
Eric really wants to see Kat in person - so he agrees to her plan. They meet at a local bar with a Clean Air Space System (CAS System). Despite initial nerves, Eric is pretty smitten by Kat, and after a few drinks, the two decide to take an even greater risk: go to Eric's place.
Once there, it turns out that Eric and Kat have dangerous secrets to share - secrets that are best kept at a safe distance.
A young police officer, on one her first nights on the job, is dispatched to disturbance call at a suburban home. Little does the officer know, that this seemingly ordinary call, will turn into something more sinister.
Zachariah suffers from abandonment after losing his father in an accident. In order to support his younger brothers, he gets involved in a drug deal that lands him in prison. Through hardships behind bars Zachariah becomes spiritually enlightened. In Divide & Conquer, he struggles to maintain his father's legacy without falling back into a violent world.
A four-part travel series that follows twin brothers Ron & Don Brodie on trips across the island of Jamaica to rediscover their heritage. With the help of local taxi and driving professionals, they navigate old routes while uncovering new adventures along the way.
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 16 year old and her 10 year old brother find themselves homeless in Harlem.
Everyone does not have to choose hope. It only takes one person to bring the light of hope to the whole universe.
Executive Spotlight Conversation w/Dee Harris-Lawrence
Executive Spotlight Conversation w/Caleeb Pinkett
A revolutionary businessman tries to conquer the world with $2,000
Three mature imperfect Black women on a quest to dismantle a ring of abusive men. They're fueled by their own darkness from their past and present dysfunctions which cower over their lives and motivate their actions. It is Irreverent, Funny, Action-oriented, and Emotional.
Follow the Ballews, a multi-generational family of Black Kentucky farmers, as they embrace the strong legacy of their land while facing the struggles of being a black farmer in America.
On May 3rd 2020, I was diagnosed with the Shingles virus. Which then developed into Bell's Palsy / Ramsay Hunt syndrome. This is a visual diary documenting my journey to recovery.
In this experimental thriller, a young man pursues the truth behind a local mystery no matter the cost.
Darlene has a date with the cute boy from Tower Records, but her best friend Nisha points out that he may expect a kiss. Darlene has never kissed a boy, and neither has Nisha. But that doesn't stop the best friends from embarking on a kissing lesson that includes cherry lip gloss, Leonardo DiCaprio and some unexpected feelings.
Macy prepares herself to be intimate with her husband for the first time since he's admitted to being unfaithful.
THE FIXER is a crime, thriller about an extorted Mafia enforcer who must partner with the femme fatale hired gun who murdered his wife in order to save his daughter and liberate himself from a sadistic Los Angeles crime boss.
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.
Thaddeus is a happy boy who lives with his mother and half-sister in a small house. Because of a brain injury, Thaddeus has a difficult time communicating with people but still sees the beauty in his surroundings.
Before the day of his mother’s birthday. He wants to give his mother a special gift by saying Happy Birthday to her. After Thaddeus falls down and hits his head in the bathroom, he can suddenly understand the human language. On the day of his mother’s birthday, his sister mocks him because she doesn’t want her boyfriend to know Thaddeus is not a normal boy. And, his mother turns a blind eye to his sister’s behaver.
The malicious words are full of Thaddeus’s head. He decides to stick the pencils into his ear, and the world is finally quiet.
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.
Through the eyes of four individuals that identify within the LGBTQIA+ community, we see their push for social justice and racial equality, advocating for ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER while also showcasing the cultural impact the BLACK LGBTQIA+community has brought to the mainstream media but underhandedly has been forgotten.
After the death of her mother, Kayla, a bitter woman who had a torn relationship with her family, comes back home to settle her mother’s will when she meets an unexpected visitor that forces her to confront her past.
In 1999, Novato, California, an 8-year-old girl named Jessie is enjoying what little time she has left with her best friend, Lucas. The two of them have difficulty conveying it, but they’re both aware as to what is about to happen. The trailer park they live in will be closed, and the whole community will be forced to evacuate, as a result of the MTBE water contamination. For Jessie, this means facing an unwanted change and learning to say goodbye to that which tethers her to her little pink trailer.
The Gaze is a hilarious and raw, heartfelt dramedy tracking the career of Jerome Price, an openly queer black actor, as he fights to rise above the labyrinth of systemic racism and inequality in the entertainment industry in hopes of being able to shine under a gaze that sees him as equal and free. In Season 1: “...No Homo” we are introduced to Jerome as he meets the play and the
White American Theatre festival that forever change the trajectory of his career and life in the arts.
A young boy tries to escape his past by isolating himself in the woods where he soon discovers the true meaning of life and his identity.
A wholesome middle-aged couple from Rhode Island have been invited over to a very successful and eccentric Hollywood record producer’s house with his much younger wife to plan the wedding of their children. As the two couples start to get to know each other, their difference seem to melt away with the help of accidentally injected edible marijuana.
Devin, a concerned neighbor finds himself in the middle of a crisis when he suspects his neighbor, Ashley may be getting abused by her boyfriend. He is faced with a decision to further investigate the suspected abuse or to take the advice and not intervene in the situation.
Maya is a cover band singer in a Las Vegas casino-hotel lounge trying to connect with her daughter who is growing up in the Philippines without her. Wrestling between her passion for songwriting and becoming a pop-culture photocopy for an un-listening audience, she realizes that music -- the one thing that keeps them distant – can also bring them closer together.
A cinematic short about the very famous comic character Harley Quinn (known from Batman). Kistune – The Master of Fire, Master of Fear confronts Harley with one of her toughest decisions. She has to choose between her new life with Poison Ivy and her old life with Joker. A journey through the dark psyche and anxieties of Harley Quinn begins.
As the world struggles to deal with a deadly disease that no one understands, a young woman is faced with a difficult decision to move forward with her life or stay in denial about what is going on around her.
Ordained "The King of Fake News" by NPR, Jestin Coler built a network of websites meant to "infiltrate the echo chambers" of the alt-right. His empire soon grew to embody the media monolith it satirized, garnering over 100 million views and potentially swaying the election (which was swung by a mere 0.06% of the voting population).
As the 2020 elections approach and Coler's techniques are adopted by armies of fake news purveyors, virality and reality intertwine in front of our eyes, leaving truth in the eye of the beholder. In the famously flubbed words of former president George W. Bush, "There's an old saying in Tennessee...Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, can't get fooled again." Or can we?
High Risk: The Unfiltered Truths of Minority Pregnancy is a documentary that explores the lives of several individuals that have experienced complications with conceiving, giving birth and postpartum depression. This project follows people of color on their journeys to parenthood through varying methods including assisted reproductive technology. The piece explores the health and emotional challenges that Black people face in the United States related to childbirth.
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The redefining declaration of inheritance made by African American artist.
Struggling in a dying town, Dean is a conflicted young man trying to navigate the complexities of caring for his cancer-ridden brother while maintaining his own dreams.
When his brother's insurance finally dries up, Dean finds himself with little choice and enlists his brother to help him rob a store, setting off a chain of events that cannot be undone.
Artist Nikki Cole reflects on the state of the world.
The Ice Cream Stop is a story of DR. Mike Harris and the strong love he and his wife share as they are about to be new parents. The love is so deep and rich, he will go through any lengths to take care of his family. During an act of love, the Harris family is shattered within 30 minutes when Harris is pulled over in the middle of the night.
A workaholic TV news editor finds out he is dying and dedicates his remaining days to making a movie about the meaning of life for his estranged wife and their soon-to-be-born son.
All seven episodes of the first season have been completed. Provided here is the pilot episode. The rest of Season 1 can be viewed on the website with the password: kg1 https://incompletenesstheseries.com/season-01
A group of hungry friends goes to a fast-food restaurant after a late-night joyride, but their emotions change when unusual action leads to a resonating effect and lost appetite.
A black faculty member takes a calculated risk to motivate an underachieving student. In this 13 minute short a black professor must cross the line of acceptable academic protocol while placing his faith in the unwritten code of silence.
A young, black couple’s anniversary takes a bittersweet turn when a police officer pulls the husband over on a questionable traffic stop. Inspired by true events.
Darkness is upon the world and light is almost fading. Two elves, the last of their kind, will fight against the doom of the world.
John, is a drama that examines the life of a man living with a physical disability as he embarks on a journey of self-acceptance, confidence and love.
Joseph cannot stand being the center of attention for his birthday. None of his friends listen to his concern, so instead of jumping on a boat with them, he abandons the fun and meets Gonzo, who gives him a mission : recover a jacket he forgot in a former lover’s hotel room. But when Joseph finally succeeds, he’s only left with a jacket, marbles and an address. Once arrived at
Meet Bill Khaemba! On today's episode, Josiah talks with Bill, the creator of The Kenyan Library, to discuss getting in touch with ourselves, art, and the world around us. Bill shares his photography journey which started right after high school in Nairobi, Kenya.
With the struggles of adulting looming over their heads, Ally, Gigi, and Yaya must also learn and accept their newfound powers while defeating an evil source after their bloodline.
In this intense drama by Haitian-Canadian director Joyce Fuerza, a reserved elementary school teacher, Rosa, finds her life upended when she comes across an abused student, Kamila. As she sees her younger self through the eyes of Kamila, Rosa’s attempt to stop the cycle forces her to make an unexpected decision; an action that brings back disturbing memories.
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.
Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.
After a traumatic experience involving law enforcement, a young man becomes obsessed with finding the woman who made the 911 call and others like her. Derrick and his friend Jesse embark on a quest that uncovers a conspiracy completely out of this world. Androids have invaded Earth and the duo must work together if they are going to save the human race.
An Assassin database has been breached, giving citizens direct access to order assassinations, and also leaving historical metadata open to the public. As death totals continue to rise, these Assassins must find out who's responsible for breaching Kill File before detectives do.
A reel of a few short films, skits, and series featuring Larry Adigun.
Wayne, a struggling method actor, inherits the city’s last porno cinema from his estranged father Al. Seeing this as an unconventional opportunity to reconcile with the father he barely knew, Wayne absorbs himself in the underworld of the adult cinema business.
Janine and Lula are having a routine granddaughter and grandmother day out when a stop at a local gas station does not go as planned.
Excerpts from 5 projects, Dark Dawn in Tokyo shortfilm , Operacion Banana shortfilm, the Formula, Baba Papa TV series, Kultus TV series and Classmates TV series
L & X (Life & Times) of a Single Angeleno chronicles the comedic struggles + mishaps of dating as an #eldermilennial in Los Angeles.
As told through the beautifully flawed lens of three best friends, Paige, Logan and Bodhi, L & X gives a raw look into the joys and pains of navigating life, love, and career in the city of dreams.
Young lovers escape to a vacation home to save their relationship.
Little Italy, Los Angeles: Viral
A Romantic comedy about 2 men finding love after a hook up. Although their connection is seamless, they can't escape the issues affecting their blossoming relationship. Spencer and Jayden walks us through the stages of their petty unconventional love story.
A woman who has been dumped twelve times in a row, discovers to her dismay that she has a loser in love gene. To break the curse, she must get back together with all 12 of her exes and, in turn, break up with them in this brilliantly deconstructed romantic comedy.
Detective Travis(Kim Estes)signs on to assist NETONE, a cyber security company unable to identify hackers targeting major corporations. They face a dangerous enemy that seems to predict every move. A client accuses NETONE of destroying evidence that would have identified the hackers. A murder occurs. News hits the local media. Travis is reprimanded. Can NETONE be trusted?
The Magical Root is a true story about a transformational time in the life of Frederick Douglass. It was the day he decided he was no longer a slave -- but a free man in a slave's body.
Queen Makeda enters her throne room full of splendor and glory. Her power equals her beauty. And has just return from her visit with King Solomon.
In this dramedy mini series, 20-something year old Sheena is ready to move on from her small city of Alexandria, LA and head to New Orleans. She has a great relationship with her cousins, Ayana and Giselle, with whom she lives with. Her parents, Darnel and Niecey, have been married since she was born and from Sheena's perspective, they are the epitome of a loving relationship. Everything is on track until a blow up between Darnel and Niecey occurs at
her little sister Ainsley's birthday dinner. Later, Niecey reveals that they're getting a divorce. This news unlocks an old memory that sends Sheena on a journey of self-discovery. Niecey and her mother, Hazel, are also forced to revisit the past as information is unveiled; sending Niecey on her own journey of self-discovery. Sheena's family isn't who she thought they were and now she's left trying to put all the pieces back together.
A Young Sketch Artist visits a well renowned psychiatrist as his life begins sprawling out of control after years of Physical and Verbal Abuse has taken a toll on him.
Adapted from the acclaimed play by Daniel Talbott, MIKE & SETH explores the long-standing relationship between two childhood best friends. When Seth, the best man, arrives to town for Mike and Emily's wedding, the boys spend one last night alone. Seth is haunted by memories of his and Mike's complicated past. The night reveals secrets, privilege, and fear of what's to come. Are we deserving of our desires if we can't face our betrayals?
Childhood best friends Nyla, Casey and Eran use a popular social media app to spark a night of adventure. The randomly generated coordinates lead them to a location where their manifestation are said to come true. It's just a harmless app right?
Navel Gazers is a dark comedy that takes place in the inevitable future where humanity has become so engrossed with their mobile devices that their spines have developed permanent and inheritable curvatures – a society that is perpetually navel gazing. One woman longs to break free of her screen and experience the world with her own eyes. But when Polly decides to make her drea
"The Next 8 Seconds" chronicles the life and career of Neil Holmes, an African American bull rider, as he talks about his journey from childhood struggles to college graduate turned professional bull rider. Facing adversity, racial discrimination as well as countless life and death experiences, Neil becomes one of the best professional Bull Riders in a sport. traditionally known for white bull riders.In the sport deemed “the most dangerous sport on dirt,” Neil rides in front of his home crowd at Rodeo Houston, where he will once again thrill the crowd for “The Next 8 Seconds”
When a recently separated couple meets up at their favorite bar, the reunion awakens feelings of bitterness, remorse, and love. This short film is based on the real-life experiences of its director and writer Michael Landry.
filmTOY Studios presents “NILE: A Visual Embodiment of a Sonic Experience.” A non-linear short film that exhibits the various memories of a son’s journey to rebuild his connection to his late father. A five-part story told through imagery, poetry, dance, and music - based on the song “Nile” by Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar.
No Church in the Wild is an 8-epsiode short docuseries (8x10mins) that chronicles Leslie Wagner-Wilson's life spanning her involvement in Jim Jones' People's Temple at age 13 (SanFrancisco), the events that led her to Jonestown, Guyana, and her harrowing escape amid the massacre of over 900 people, including Wagner-Wilson's husband, mother, sister, brother, niece, and nephew.
Lawrence Norrington, "a coke-nosed, good for nothing, trust-fund fuck," joins a video conference with his company, only to be unexpectedly shot in the face. Cock sure Detective, Harry Styles, jumps in the whodunit to crack the case wide open.
It's a normal day at the office for therapist Sarai Winters, or is it? After her first client asks for advice about harming her husband, Sarai gets a call that changes the trajectory of her day -- and maybe life. See how Sarai navigates her clients while dealing with personal misfortune.
Music Video/Film was created to shed light on social injustice, racism, and police brutality.
Husband pulls out his secret weapon to finally catch up on some well-deserved “me” time.
Two cousins, Cootie and Pinch, are recruited to retrieve a notorious criminal’s, Malloy, gun that he has hidden inside of a diner. Once the two cousins arrive they find that the gun is missing as the diner is full of patrons they must figure out who may have taken the gun and return it to Malloy or face deadly consequences.
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.
POZ ROZ is a provocative dark comedy series that explores the life of 20-something Rozzlyn "Roz" Mayweather after an HIV+ diagnosis rocks her already shaky world.
“Prepared" provides a glimpse into the world of Black female empowerment under the guise of haircare, self-love, and a fictitious self-help book titled "Hey Sis, Be Prepared."
Leon's thought and emotions are so impaired due to drug abuse that contact is lost with external reality.
In 2016, the Native youth unite the Native Nations for the first time in 150 years and rise up in spiritual solidarity to protect Mother Earth from the 3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline. These Native water protectors honor their destiny by leading a peaceful movement of resistance which awakens the world.
On the eve of the 2020 election, a posse of six progressives ride into red country armed with heart, humor, and naiveté, what they really need is heavy artillery. A frightening prescient look at the weaponization of Whiteness in America; their dreams of getting the vote out are quickly slashed—death is their final ballot entry.
During the darkest day of his life thus far, Mike Cole, must face his most challenging insecurity.
Things start to unravel for Dr. Rhonda Mitchell when a video of her chasing a patient goes viral, she decides to dump her on again, off again boyfriend and the team suggests bringing in another doctor.
Inspired by "Untitled: in response to Emergent Strategy," a poem by Tamisha A. Tyler, the film follows Ricki in their first week of moving to a new city. We see them navigate their identity as a queer child of immigrants while confronting feelings of homesickness.
After saving an injured Rebel pilot from bounty hunters in collusion with the Imperial Remnant, a young thief named Zav Kassim attempts to save the pilot's friends in the midst of a space battle between X-Wings and TIE Fighters. Kassim's efforts help the Rebel fighters get the upper hand, but now they must work together to stop the Imperials and the last bounty hunter.
Rules to Rule is an exhilarating short film that brings you into an underworld of crime through a colorful crew of thieves who operate on a strict code. When one of their own betrays the group, adherence to the rules becomes more than a guide to the perfect score - it’s a necessity for survival.
Blair and Brandon Dottin-Haley of the #BLAIRISMS sit down with #SAVAGES of the culture to talk about their journeys and how they are using their legacies to make an impact on the world. Veterans of the #SAVAGECHATSERIES include the iconic Vanessa Williams, April Ryan, Kenny Lattimore and Faith Jenkins, along with Erika Alexander, Kim Coles and T.C. Carson, the ladies of En Vogue and so many more. The #SAVAGECHATSERIES is a space for fellowship, laughter, inspiration, reflection, healing and levity, a place where people are celebrated and given their flowers while they have the opportunity to see and smell them.
Struggling to communicate, a girl finds herself in a familiar cycle. To break the cycle she makes the decision to choose herself and her own peace of mind.
Following the 2012 Oak Creek Temple massacre in Wisconsin, the next wave of Sikh activists and leaders combat rising xenophobia through their seva, creating impact on a national scale and challenging FBI statistics to accurately reflect hate crimes against Sikhs.
Love is amazing...til it's not! Shhh is a narrative short film that explores the varying ideas of ideals in a relationship. Can Becks and Marcus really come together and "hear" each other, or are they destined not to stay together?
Ronnie Maxwell, a self-conscious gay black man, catfishes his way into finding love while navigating life as a millennial. It’s a show about friendship, figuring out life along the way, and understanding the actual value of self-love.
During the height of a pandemic, Jakayla Brooks struggles to accept her big sister Taniya’s positive
test result. But as the severity of the infectious disease becomes clear, she embraces her ill sister’s
request to create a list of ways to find joy during sorrow.
So OCD is a silent film that follows a 20-something with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through a typical night out...well, typical for her. She is social and enjoys going out with her friends, but instead of being able to go home at the end of the night and go to bed, she has to spend hours finding resolution for all the triggers she encountered along the way - people touching her at the bar, sitting on restaurant benches, handing off her credit card, etc. Ashamed to share how difficult seemingly inconsequential activities end up being for her, she quietly handles them at home. Alone.
SONY Intersectional Marketing Presents: Socially Relevant vs. Socially Responsbible
A down-trodden middle-aged suburban woman hears a powerful message while washing dishes and gains power to stay the course.
Speak Truth 2 Power is a light-hearted dramedy created by N-Spired Productions' one-woman team as part of a 24-hour film challenge to encourage Covid-drained mankind to "stay the course."
An ode to George Flyod, STOP KILLING US is infused with deep reverence for our ancestors who senselessly lost their lives during slavery.Though abolished, hate for black life is reflected in their lives continuously being cut short by those sworn in to protect and serve. We set out to highlight Black love, using that love as our guiding light. OUR LIVES MATTER.
Starting a new chapter in her life, Grace moves to New York City, only to find that her apartment isn’t ready and she must find another place to stay for the weekend. The owner of this “room,” Pierre, is quite entrepreneurial, decking it out with fine Egyptian cotton sheets and bold yellow accoutrements. However, the room isn't what Grace expected.
When fiercely independent Monika moves back to New York from Los Angeles determined to make it this time completely on her own, the last thing she ever expected was to meet Trent with an open heart and open arms.
$TACK$ is a film that holds a mirror up to the audience offering them an opportunity to see the truth within themselves. Upon first view almost everyone misses the stinging social commentary and myriad of clues teasing the audience as to what’s truly unfolding on screen. Purposefully daring them to confront the judgments and assumptions in their own minds.
A young woman, Mackenzie, is a talented singer who seeks to distance herself from her past through songwriting and a twelve step support program. Meanwhile, her estranged father, Ray, an LAPD detective about to retire, tracks her down. The delicate opportunity for the two to reconnect is fraught with obstacles when Mackenzie's ex boyfriend, Fox, suddenly appears on the scene. After Ray is forced to step in to protect his daughter from Fox, he takes her back to their old home where forgiveness becomes possible.
After the death of their father, two estranged brothers must now run the family's law firm as one. In the process, they battle relationships, identity, and the costs of protecting a legacy.
Music video performed by Hip Hop/R&B artist Johnal West
International Acting Reel- Tessie Herrasti Sag-Aftra Actor and Writer
'The Ticket' series follows the story of an L.A. entrepreneur who is being stalked by power hungry meter maids. The discovery of their secret society exposes us to a world that we could never prove existed.
Tiny Laughs is the story of two people meeting at the cusp of monumental inner and outer change. Valentina Rojas and Jeff Chan are first generation dreamers who are taking their talent and determination into overdrive in their respective fields. Jeff's wanted to be an actor since he was five years old, but as the son of physicians, he was strongly encouraged to follow a path of
Upon discovering she has the dance audition of a lifetime, Cahira's internal battle with schizophrenia threatens to destroy it.
TRYING HARD follows the intimate story of Maki Bonifacio as a young gay professional from the Philippines working and living in Nashville, Tennessee. Maki attempts to navigate dating in the U.S., while trying to overcome insecurities and familial pressure amidst the challenges brought forth by his sexual orientation, race, and status as a foreign worker.
After a series of conversations with his 8 year-old daughter about the current racial climate, Emmai was inspired by watching her make BLM signs and use art to express her feelings. Being a witness, he was moved to find creative ways to augment the voices that often get overlooked. Emmai and Makayla take ASL classes together and to this day, is important to their relationship
The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance.
The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity.It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
Quincy has been finding it difficult to cope with the death of his younger brother, who was wrongfully shot and killed by a police officer. When the officer is acquitted of all charges, he loses the little hope he had left in the justice system and in himself. As Quincy is pushed to face his emotions and navigate his new reality, he is presented with an opportunity to take matters into his own hands to try and give his brother the justice he deserves.
#WASHED – EPISODE 207: Dark Reality Pt. 1
"The heart wants what the heart wants… the heart is stupid"
Determined, focused, and ready for action; Carmen makes sure Mya has a good time with Trent, but Mark has a new plan to get her back. Amber dreams receive a rude awakening. Khloe seeks help from… Eric?
Vic Barret was just 12-years-old when Hurricane Sandy hammered his native New York City. "It's easy to feel like nature can't really touch you when you're in a concrete city. But in that moment, I realized the actions that perpetuate climate change were a direct cause of how that storm affected us." Since then, Vic has spoken to the United Nations, testified before Congress, and become one of 21 plaintiffs on the landmark U.S. constitutional climate change lawsuit Juliana v United States.
His message has traveled far, but he has one important audience he still struggles to reach: his own father.
We Have Reached the Moment follows Vic’s journey as he tries to explain to his climate-denying father the impacts of the climate crisis on their own disenfranchised communities. Adding to this deeply emotional challenge is Vic’s concurrent gender transition, shifting their relationship from father-daughter to father-son, for which there is no instructional manual. Vic ultimately, like any son or daughter, desires unconditional acceptance, love, and support from his parent… but how do we connect with loved ones when their belief systems undermine our very identity and right to a healthy future?
What Do You Do?! aims to expose career opportunities while highlighting the wild and often
non-linear journeys that lead us to our passions. For some of us, we know when we’re young.
For others, it comes later. For some, it’s clear. Others experience a fog of curiosities that led,
guided, pushed, pulled but ultimately called us to our life’s work.
Based on a true story, WHITE TEARS is a surreal dark comedy and adventure-fantasy.
Our victim and hopeful hero, Cedric, has a seemingly casual romantic rendezvous with a woman he met while traveling. Shortly after their meetup, the woman’s White Tears send Cedric’s whole being and world into a state of horror! He eventually snaps out of his shock and into an epiphany that sets him on a quest he masterminds to cure and unburden his people of the White Tears Epidemic™️, otherwise known as white liberal guilt.
Cedric might not save the world, but he’ll damn well try by bending science as we know it and defying the dangers of White Tears Radiation™️. Can White Tears be eradicated? Cedric thinks he’s the man for the job, and the idea of a world full of black love, joy and uninterrupted Black excellence sees him through to the final destination.
Based on several incidents of murder in the LGBTQIA community in Jamaica, WINSTON unpacks how societal homophobia can affect the psyche and culture of the population.
Winston is a young man left without options by the society he strives to live in.
Ahmaud gets tired of the racism that controls our world, so he uses a VR headset to escape to a better reality. But he quickly realizes that it is not what he thinks and he has to try to escape.
A horror story inspired by the mythology of werewolves in Haiti. Taking place in New Orleans, a rebellious teenager desperate for a night of freedom tries to sneak out of the house until he is stopped by a threatening figure.
YOU, ME, US...
An anthology series focusing on two individuals living on the
edge of suspense, family drama, and crime, while at times
feeling like complete strangers to each other. In every
installation of this series, we see the desperation to work
through their troubling circumstances while managing their
relationship the best way possible. Leaving the audience with
the unique opportunity to learn and grow with them along their journey.
Compilation of theatrical and commercial work from actor Zach Porter.
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