.. Start time 3:05pm Runtime 132
778 Bullets (18m, U S A)
dir. by Angela Aguayo
In November 1970, university, state and local police shot 778 Bullets into an off campus rental house in Carbondale, IL. The residence was rented to a handful of university students, some were assumed to be associated with the local Black Panther Party. Unlike other police raids of known Black Panther residences across the country, the Carbondale Panthers shot back. Using archive material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field, 778 Bullets recovers a little known history of resistance and resilience of the human struggle for self-determination. The dominant memory of the Black Panther Party would have us believe that the Panthers existed only in major urban cities; this story documents a more rural presence of radical politics and the struggle for civil rights.
Keeper of the Flame (30m, U S A)
dir. by Brian Nelson
When hurricane-ravished New Orleans, the enigmatic Mardi Gras Indian culture serves as a pillar in the community and a symbol of strength in the midst of adversity. When the Big Chief of a prominent Indian tribe dies unexpectedly, he passes the leadership of the tribe on to an unlikely candidate: his young grandson Michael, who has the heart of a warrior but the appearance of a sheep. Unhappy with his fathers decision to pass him up for the younger Michael, Michaels uncle Trι forms his own tribe and challenges Michaels position as a Chief and his role as a man in general. In this coming-of-age story, a young boy must decide how important it is to keep the flame of his ancestors burning and whether he is willing to do what it takes to show that he is worthy of his calling.
In the Land of the Free... (84m, United Kingdom, U S A)
dir. by Vadim Jean
The Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox
and Robert King, have spent almost a century between them in solitary
confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Herman and Albert are
still held in solitary confinement TODAY after thirty seven years. How could
this be? In America
In Obamas America
In the Land of the Free... is a documentary feature narrated by Samuel L Jackson that examines the story of these 3 extraordinary men who claim to have been targeted by the prison authorities for being members of the Black Panther party because they fought against the terrible conditions and systematic sexual slavery that was rife in the prison. Herman and Albert were subsequently convicted for the murder of a prison guard, Brent Miller.
There was no physical evidence against them. The main eye witness was bribed and promised his freedom by the warden in exchange for testifying and another key witness was a legally blind, mentally retarded sociopath. A bloody fingerprint from the scene was shown not to belong to Herman or Albert and yet never tested against the rest of the prison population.
This Ain't Yo Movie (6m, U S A)
dir. by Derek Pretty Boy Dow
This Ain't Yo Movie, a short written and directed by Derek Pretty Boy Dow, fast forwards right past all the foo-foo cerebral crap about the glory of being a film director, and cuts straight to the chase - being in the director's seat is sometimes like being in a pressure cooker. And when the whistle blows, some-body's goose is gonna' be fried. The pretty-sexy-gritty life of a film director is a complicated tango. It's a delicate balance of sanity, satisfaction, control-freak ism, and sheer madness. Having to deal with arrogant actors, crazy writers, demanding studio executives and everything in-between, film directors have to juggle all the latter while working to communicate a unique vision that well represents the beautiful cacophony of collaborative efforts that finally produce a film. Aint the end of the day, if youre not the director This Aint Yo Movie.
The Donut Shop (27m, U S A)
dir. by Brad Mays
Supreme Donuts is in trouble, which means Roy is in trouble. With a fiancee and two infant twins to support, he needs to turn his business around. Unfortunately, the bank isn't impressed with Roy's plans for organic donuts. With his back against the wall, Roy decides to risk everything on a totally new concept - wholesome choco-nut donuts with a definite kick. Before long, his buzz-inducing concoctions are a huge hit, and Roy's troubles are just beginning.
The Contradictions of Fair Hope (68m, U S A)
sub. by S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockwell Metcalf
July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been
freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, and ill prepared to cope with
the realities of their new found freedom, the freed slaves formed 'benevolent
societies' throughout the South to respond to the abject hunger, illness and
the fear of a pauper's grave.
Set in rural Alabama, the film traces the development, struggles and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining benevolent societies in America, known as 'The Fair Hope Benevolent Society,' and provides an unprecedented look at its complex and morally ambiguous world.
Thugs, The Musical! (26m, U S A)
dir. by Liam Sullivan
'Thugs, The Musical' is a faux documentary about Michael Gardner, a mediocre, slightly delusional, 'non-urban' black actor in Hollywood. After years of auditioning but not being considered 'black enough' to be cast in any of the stereotypical roles that his fellow black actors have been getting (the Gangsta, the fast-talking Sidekick, the doomed Black Guy at the party in the horror movie), Michael decides to write, direct and star in his own theater production - an epically bad play called 'Thugs, The Musical!' - to show Hollywood (and the world) that he, too, can 'act black.'
African American Arts and Cultural Complex
Buriel Clay Theater
762 Fulton Street
.. Start time 12pm Runtime 136
20 Years Later (11m, U S A)
dir. by Ulrich Que
20 years later is the story of a young combative, immature thirteen year old who has to overcome his biggest obstacle; his attitude. As he lay to sleep, he sees himself 20 years later as a manic-depressant, unhappy, and miserable actor who later commits suicide. As he awakens, he realizes that having a positive attitude will not only get him ahead, but save his life.
Mikel's Faith (22m, U S A)
dir. by Alexander Etseyatse
Golden glove boxing champ Mikel Hill was sentenced to prison for 25 years for murder. Served 4 years, won an appeal on the decision and is immediately release. The day he gets out of prison, Mikel tries to adjust back to life out of prison with his wife & daughter who thought he was doing a quarter century. Mikel tries to restore his former life and confronts his past friends, enemies and makes a revelation within 24 hours of his release.
The Trial of Ben Barry (33m, U S A)
dir. by Shea E. Butler
An estranged son, in and out of prison for twenty years but now a changed man, returns home to help his elderly father confront and face up to the mistakes of his past -- including the killing of a voter's rights organizer 35 years earlier -- leading to both men's reconciliation, redemption and salvation.
Dar He (70m, U S A)
dir. Rob Underhill
Zane (21m, U S A)
dir. by ien chi
Zane, a young man who's grown up in a ghetto neighborhood as the only white kid his entire life, comes to a moment in his life in which a crucial decision may determine the rest of his life's path. Whether or not to follow the common path of crime, or suffer the consequences of doing the right thing - he must choose for himself despite the intense pressures around him. While Des pressures Zane to join the city gang with him, another friend Henry urges Zane to break the pattern and pursue a life more worth living. In the end, the most important decisions lie in Zane's own hands - but if he chooses to turn around and do good, will it be too late?
The Sealed Letter (9m, U S A)
dir. By Sandra Zondre Smith
Fight Night Legacy (23m, U S A)
sub. by Hisonni Johnson
When former boxer and ex-con Andre Johnson discovers that his health is failing, he goes home to rebuild the life he left behind five years earlier. After a failed attempt to make amends with former fiancee, Andre reluctantly decides to visit his father's boxing club to find that his records have been overtaken by his older cousin Mickey. Surprisingly enough, Andre is welcomed home with open arms by his father and former trainer and even offered work as sparring partner for his top ten ranked cousin Mickey. During a routine sparring session the rivalry between Andre and Mickey explodes into an all out brawl and at the end of the fight Andre is faced with a multitude of decisions could change his life forever.
Doin' It In The Park : Pick-Up Basketball, NYC (75m, France, U S A)
dir. by Kevin Couliau, Robert Garcia
DOIN' IT IN THE PARK : PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the definition, history, culture, social impact and global influence of New York's outdoor summer basketball scene, the worldwide 'Mecca' of the sport.
.. Start time 5:30pm Runtime 144
Junior (11m, U S A)
dir. by Jeffrey Elmont
sub. by Marcus Dϊpree
Seven years after a police raid gone wrong, Detective Daniel Abrams Sr. and son Daniel Abrams Jr. (Junior) are confronted with the consequence of a mistake that proved fatal for the son of Marvin Williams Sr. Recently released from prison after a term of wrongful imprisonment, revenge-seeking Williams re-enters Abrams life with a sinister and unexpected plan to exact justice on his own terms.
Corre (Run) (29m, U S A)
dir. by Erick Smith-Gunn
This story revolves around a young ad exec, who, on the day of his big promotion, is challenged with a problem that could change the course of his life forever.
GhettA Life (104m, Jamaica)
Dir by Chris Browne
GHETTA LIFE is an against the odds action drama set in a politically turbulent inner city community of Kingston. Derrick, a determined inner city teenager realizes his dream of becoming a champion boxer despite a country, community and family conflicted by divisive political system.
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