Films From A to Z

BIBFF 2016 Schedule

22 Years

22 YearsAfter twenty-two years, Avi receives a call she never expected. Independent, well-loved by her friends, and making her way through a man’s world, Avi must now face the choice – rekindle the relationship with her father or close the door and move on forever. Director: Fred Thomas Jr. (2015) 

October 6, 2016  – 7:15 PM   Watch Trailer    BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (precedes: Stories of Our Lives)

 

A Cut Above

 A Cut Above is a story about a father and son mending their relationship through barbering. Director: Kalisha Whitman (2016) 

October 7, 2016  – 4:05 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Precedes:Journey to the Bottom of the n-Word)

A Ferguson Story

A Ferguson Story gives a unique perspective on police aggression and the events following the tragic death of Mike Brown. A meticulously orchestrated culmination of amalgamated footage and sound bites from various amateur photographers, videographers and media outlets narrates this unique documentation of a nation divided. Director: Lonnie Edwards (2015) 

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

 

A Road to Home

“A Road to Home” tracks the interwoven stories of 6 LGBT homeless youth over 18 months, as they wander the streets and shelters of New York City, seeking a sense of home.Like the 200,000 homeless LGBT youth now wandering America’s streets each night, the 6 young people at the heart of A Road to Home have suffered family rejection, hunger, cold, dangers of all kinds, and the utter loneliness of being young and homeless. Director: Cal Skaggs (2015)        

October 7, 2016  – 5:30 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded  by: Dream)

 

After Freddie Gray: What Now

after-freddie-gray-what-nowIn spring 2016, high school students at Wide Angle Youth Media decided to explore how the Baltimore Uprising in response to Freddie Gray’s death has impacted different youth-serving organizations. Hear from different voices about what is being done in Baltimore in the aftermath to shape supports for youth in the city. Youth Producers: Victor Able, Tayvon Cole, Katia Crawford, Kailah Hall, William Mitchell and Niajea Randolph (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM       GET FREE TICKETS      The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

 

All My Friends Are Married

all_my_friends_are_married“All My Friends Are Married” is a quirky comedic web-series with a blend of dry and physical humor. It highlights the joys, mistakes, hopes and pitfalls of being single & living in New York City.Director: Ekwa Msangi (2016)

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

B-More Creative

An aspiring filmmaker looks for inspiration on creating positive stories about his troubled hometown. Director: Brandon Breon (2015)

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Sanchez’s life unfolds in a documentary rich with readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. With appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, the documentary examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.Directors: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater & Sabrina Schmidt-Gordon (2015) 

October 5, 2016  – 7:00 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Opening Night Film)

 

Baltimore Through Our Eyes

baltimore-through-our-eyesIn spring 2016, high school students from Wide Angle Youth Media decided to make a video highlighting the positive side of Baltimore and breaking negative stereotypes of their city. Youth Producers: Marc Cruise, Tahir Juba, Natasha Martin, Joshua Moore, Sama Muhammad and Kaman Rogers (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:30 PM       GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

Ben and Ara

Ben, a passionately agnostic PhD student, falls behind in his dissertation and is surprised to find a muse in Ara, a devout Muslim. Ben and Ara soon fall in love but grapple with differences in their core beliefs and lifestyle choices. They discover that when two cultures touch each other, the consequences can be magical and tragic. Director: Nnegest Likke (2105)  

October 9, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded  by: Joy)

Black Cop
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Following the death of an unarmed teen, a black police officer takes the privileged community on a spontaneous day filled with abuse, assault, and terror. Racial tension, law enforcement, and social media are the focus in this satire.  Director: Cory Bowles (2016)  

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM       BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

Bluey

Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. Bluey is a story of courage, heart and the fight for survival.  Director: heather oxenham (2015)  

October 6, 2016  – 3:15 PM     BUY TICKETS    

Charles Theatre  (precedes:  Generation Revolution)

 

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the one between African Americans and American Jews. This documentary teases out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the standard, “Body and Soul,” one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire. Director: Robert Philipson (2106)   

October 8, 2016  – 5:30 PM     Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded  by: Wren)                                  

Bullied

A meek high school janitor struggles to Bulliedmaintain both his dignity and moral compass when a bullying incident spirals out of control. Director: Khaled Ridgeway (2015)                      

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM      BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

Charm City Blues

charm-city-bluesRoland Jackson, grew up in Baltimore,MD in the late 70’s, loses his family, becomes a successful lawyer and struggles to keep the life he built. Director: Cassandra Riddick and  Jimmy J Powell Jr.(2016)   

October 9, 2016  – 10:05 PM   BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Preceded by: Baltimore Through Our Eyes)

 

Check It

CHECK IT is a feature-length documentary Check Itabout a gay African-American gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods. It is an intimate portrait of four childhood friends as they claw their way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.  Director: Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 2:00 PM     Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Reginald F Lewis Museum  (preceded  by: Forgiving Chris Brown)   

 

Chosen People
Chosen People

Through Cinéma vérité on the daily activity of a Hebrew Israelite church in the south side of Chicago, the film Chosen People provides a poignant and subtle mediation on relations among history, memory and identity. Director: Qihui Wu (2016)   

October 7, 2016  – 10:00 AM      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Waiting For Chosen Saints)

 

Color Blues

Color Blues1955. A writer meets his most famous creation for some unexpected news: change her from Black to White. Director: David Hebrero (2016)

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

 

 

Cope

CopeCope is a short narrative music video about a girl learning how to deal with her mental illnesses. Directors: Alisa Posey (2016)

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS   Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

Dream

A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her Dreamparent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns hard lessons about love in the process. Director: Nijla Mu’min (2015)          

October 7, 2016  – 5:30 PM       BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: A Road to Home)

 

El Acompañante (The Companion)

El AcompañanteEL ACOMPAÑANTE is a powerful film set in Cuba during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, when the Castro regime established Los Cocos, a sanatorium in Havana’s suburbs where all HIV patients mandatorily cohabited under military watch. Each patient was assigned a “companion” who would monitor the patient’s activities at the sanatorium and accompany her or him on rare incursions to the city. Director: Pavel Giroud  (2015) 

October 8, 2016  – 11:30  AM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Preceded by: The Commute)

 

Escapement

EscapementEscapement is a short film that weaves jazz themes into a heart felt generational story of African American men that will keep jazz alive. This is not a documentary about jazz, instead it is a way to provoke conversations about jazz music and the importance that jazz has played, not only in the African American culture, but the influence it has had on all genres of music.  Director: Jae Williams (2015)        

October 6, 2016  – 12:00 PM   Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Shorts: Talking All That Jazz)

 

Fanny Fun Facts – Let’s Move
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Self-esteem, team building, friendship, charity, and the love of learning are the core elements of the Fanny Fun Facts TV Series. The key demographic are pre-tweens (6-10)  Director: Debra Azemar  (2016)         

October 7, 2016  – 11:30 AM       Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: The Sand Box)

 

Father Joseph

Father Joseph Philippe comes from one father-josephof the poorest parts of the planet, but he created the largest micro-finance bank in Haiti, a 600-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, a radio station, and the first rural college in the country. Almost everything Father Joseph built over 25 years was destroyed, but he keeps moving forward with humor, courage determination, and a deep yet inclusive faith.  Director: Jeff Kaufman (2016)  

October 8, 2016  – 3:30 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded by: The Market King)

 

FIGHTLADY

fightladyFIGHTLADY takes a look at the world of amateur women boxers who fight not just for themselves but also to gain recognition for their sport.

FIGHTLADY features a world class boxer, Franchon Crews, from Baltimore, MD. Crews is a USA National and Pan American Games Champion. Franchon, “The Heavy Hitting Diva”, works two jobs and volunteers for the MD chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. She struggles to find the time and energy to train.

Director: Tracy Mazza (2015)

October 7, 2016  – 7:45 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded by: Sista in the Brotherhood)

  

Forever, Ally

forever-allyForever, Ally follows exchanges between Ronaldo, a gay black man, and a neighborhood cat named Ally. When Ally dies suddenly, it occurs to him that she was his best friend. In contemplating solitude, he ruminates on the body, sex, nature, and how Ally knew    him better than anyone.  Director: Iyabo Boyd (2015)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM     Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Forgiving Chris Brown
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Forgiving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of “Rihanna”, “Halle” and “Tina”. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun.  Director: Marquette Jones (2015)    

October 9, 2016  – 2:00 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Reginald F Lewis Museum  (precedes: Check It) 

 

Free Ce Ce!

CeCe McDofree-cecenald survived a brutal attack, only to be incarcerated for defending her life. After an international movement to free her, Ce Ce emerged as a leader to interrogate the prison industrial complex and inspire women to fight back when attacked.  Director: Jacqueline Gares (2016) 

October 7, 2016  – 9:45 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (preceded by: This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer)

BIBFF 2016 Schedule

 

Generation Revolution
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Introducing the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, Generation Revolution explores the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face. Motivated by the desire for a more equal future, they embark on the rewarding but difficult path that must be trodden in their struggle for liberation.  Director: Cassie Quarless &  Usayd Younis (2016)

October 6, 2016  – 3:15 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS       Charles Theatre   (preceded by: Bluey)

 

Ghost In Time

Eve risks her life to travel back in time in order ghost_in_timeto change the events that caused the death of her parents.   Director: Paul Sapiano    

October 6, 2016  – 1:45 PM     BUY TICKETS

Charles Theatre  (precedes: Southeast 67)

 

Gingerbread House

gingerbread-houseAn undocumented woman grows desperate when she fears her daughter’s estranged father is plotting to have her deported and keep their child for himself and his boyfriend..   Director: Han Chang (2015)  

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM     BUY TICKETS       Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

Hagereseb

hageresebIt’s 1997 in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace, and 10-year-old Abai is on a quest to find fresh batteries for his Casio keyboard for one last music lesson with his older brother Sam before seeing him sent back to their native Eritrea, indefinitely.   Director: Zia Mohajerjasbi (2015)

October 6, 2016  – 11:00 AM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (preceded by: Milan’s First Day)

 

Heroes of Color

An award wiheroes-of-colornning, educational whiteboard video series celebrating the outstanding achievements of people of color from different ethnic backgrounds. Director: David Heredia (2015)

October 8, 2016  – 9:45 PM     BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: Maya Angelou: Still I Rise)

 

Hi, Miss!

hi-missSparks fly between shutter clicks when quarreling teenage photography students, Kleo and Femi, are told to take each other’s portrait. Open enmity soon turns to tentative flirting and as the camera snaps and they discover there’s a thin line between love and hate.   Director: Dionne Edwards  (2014)

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

How To Tell You’re A Douchebag

how-to-tell-douchebagRay Livingston is a relationship-blogging hack (“freelance writer, actually”) responsible for Brooklyn’s infamous blog, “Occasionally Dating Black Women.” The controversial, blog has generated some notoriety, but Ray is chafing from an overextended stay in New York, romantic ennui, and a stagnating writing career.  Director: Tahir Jetter (2016)  

October 9, 2016  – 8:30 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (CLOSING NIGHT FILM)

 

In This World

15-year-old Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox is a triple thrin_this_worldeat: an actor, singer and comedian, destined to perform sold-out shows in LA. He is planning the talent show he is sure will launch his career in front of hordes of adoring fans.  Director: Kelly Creedon (2015)  

October 6, 2016  – 12:00 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Shorts: Talking All That Jazz)

 

Introvert

introvertTo win a bet, a quiet girl must make a friend at a crowded party. Director: Chaz Bottoms (2016)

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM     BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

Journey to the Bottom of the n-Word

journey-to-bottom-of-the-n_wordJourney to the Bottom of the n-Word captures the birth and evolution of the n-word in America. Combining interviews with diverse Americans, research through hundreds of newspaper archives, along with surveys of today’s news media –this film takes the viewer on an engaging, informative, provocative, unforgettable journey that fosters discussion about the word that persistently rattles the chain from our past to our present.  Director: Frank Harris III (2016)  

October 7, 2016  – 4:05 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded by: A Cut Above)

 

JOY

joyA Nigerian woman living in America, struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter. Directors: Solomon Onita Jr. (2015)                        

October 9, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: Ben and Ara)

 

Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel

leo-twiggsLeo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel is a short tribute commentary video on the artist’s series of paintings on the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. The film describes the art of Twiggs, but most importantly the grace shown by the church in the aftermath of the attack.  Director: Joe Clark (2016)    

October 6, 2016  – 5:05 PM     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Precedes: Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith)

 

Lost Boy

lost-boyA 12 year old Jamaican runaway sneaks back into to his home town for what he assumes will be a routine visit with his best friend. Things don’t quite go according to plan….  Director: Aisha Porter-Christie (2015)

October 6, 2016  – 12:00 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Shorts: Talking All That Jazz)     

 

LOVE

loveBased on A True Story About Raymond Porter from Van Nuys, California. A Young Man who captures and seeks his revenge on the murderer of his Mother.  Director: Marcellus Cox (2016)

October 7, 2016  – 1:00 PM     Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (precedes: Searching For Shaniqua)

 

MAJOR!

majorMAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.  Director: Annalise Ophelian (2015)

October 8, 2016  – 7:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (preceded by: Me Too, You)

 

Maya Angelou: Still I Rise

maya-angelou-still-i-riseMaya Angelou: And Still I Rise’ is the first documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou. As friends from Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, we have been granted remarkable and unmatched access to Dr. Angelou’s life. After years of working on this film, we are honored to present her incredible journey to the rest of the world.  Directors: Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack (2015)

October 8, 2016  – 9:45 PM     Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center   (preceded by: Heroes of Color)

 

Me Too, You

me-too-youAs a woman searches for her estranged and homeless sister, she comes across a vagrant woman trapped in a tortured mind..  Director: Travis Williams  (2016)

October 8, 2016  – 7:30 PM     BUY TICKETS 

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (precedes:  MAJOR!)

 

Milan’s First Day

milans-first-dayAs she prepares, Milan is very nervous. In spite of her mother’s impatience, she does everything she can to avoid going to school. Once arrived in her new class, she meets rambunctious Adelaide, whom she initially perceives as an adversary. After a few altercations and mishaps, however, Milan finds out that she has something in common with Adelaide.  Director: Laura Fielder (2014)

October 6, 2016  – 11:00 AM      BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (precedes: Hagereseb)

 

OF SLAVES AND SAINTS

journey-to-bottom-of-the-n_wordIn the confines of the outback of Bahia, every 12th of October, men and women gather to celebrate the Langa of Our Lady Aparecida. To the fervent sounds of prayers and traditional music, they dance and sing throughout the night, expressing their devotion to the Black saint. But this mystical scenario conceals sad stories. These are stories of pain and suffering. Stories of enslaved men and women, told by the Black people of the region, the way they heard from their grandparents and great-grandparents.  Director: Márcio de Abreu (2015) 

October 7, 2016  – 10:00 AM      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Waiting For Chosen Saints)

 

On Time

on-timeRenee Johnson, a mother living in South Central LA, must make a difficult decision when she’s late for her job interview.  Director: Xavier Burgin (2016) 

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

 

Out To Win

out-to-winOut to Win’ is a documentary film that serves as an overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world. Chronicling the present, the film features compelling interviews with trailblazers including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Billy Bean, Michael Sam, Wade Davis, John Amaechi and many more.  Director: Malcolm Ingram  (2015) 

October 9, 2016  – 6:15 PM             Watch Trailer           BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (preceded by: The Age of Rebellion)

 

Racing To 500

racing-to-500Greg, a mildly autistic kid with a good soul, triumphs over his protective father and a classless bully to become apart of his high school varsity swim team.  Director: Rob Smith (2015)

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM           Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

Relevé

releveAcée Francis started life in one of the country’s worst projects. He spent his childhood in 14 different foster homes. But then Acée met a teacher who would change his life, and lead him to discover what would become his life’s passion – ballet..  Director: Soraya Auer (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Reluctantly Queer

reluctantly-queerThis epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. . Director: Akosua Adoma Owusu (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM      Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Robot Thief

robot-thiefA thief has taken the creator’s robot!. Youth Producers: Dominick Alston, Taijhae Brown, Jahahn Harvey and Olivia Koulish (2015)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM     GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

 

Same Fruit, Different Tree

same-fruit-differnt-treeThis story follows that of an innocent sheltered youth by the name of Trey. He has a simple life and a great relationship with his mother. Yet, his entire world is rocked when his best friend Macey shows him a video of Eric Garner getting choked to death. Shocked by this new found discovery, Trey will never be the same.  Director: Mansur K. Rashid (2016) 

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM     BUY TICKETS            Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

 

Searching For Shaniqua

searching-for-shaniquaSearching for Shaniqua is a documentary that examines the impact that unique, Afrocentric, Islamic and so-called “ghetto” names have on people’s lives. Director: Phill Branch (2016)   

October 7, 2016  – 1:00 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded by: Love)

 

Self Worth

self-worthA young girl is bullied and another young girl understands the importance of kindness.  Director: William Mitchell (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM     GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

BIBFF 2016 Schedule

Sista in the Brotherhood

sista-in-the-brotherhoodA black tradeswoman faces discrimination on a new jobsite and must choose between making a stand or keeping her job. Director: Dawn Jones Redstone (2015)   

October 7, 2016  – 7:45 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (precedes: FIGHTLADY)

 

Southeast 67

southeast-67Devastated by the arrival of crack cocaine in the 1980’s, Washington, DC became known as the “murder capital” of the country. Growing up at the epicenter of this violence – in Southeast, DC – 67 rising seventh graders were promised college scholarships by a wealthy area businessman. ‘Southeast 67’ focuses on these students’ struggles to reconcile the dream of college with daily survival in a community rife with violence, poverty and addiction.  Director: Betsy Cox (2014) 

October 6, 2016  – 1:45 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (preceded by: Ghost In Time)

 

Standing8

standing8As a storyteller, fear is a litmus test. If I am not afraid then I know I am not confronting an issue that resonates with society and me.  Director: Michael Molina Minard

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

Stories of Our Lives

stories-of-our-livesA collection of five vignettes about Kenya’s LGBT community, ‘Stories of Our Lives’ is based on true stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya.  Director: Jim Chuchu (2014)

October 6, 2016  – 7:15 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Charles Theatre  (preceded by: 22 Years)

 

Talking Piece


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Talking Piece explores our propensity to stereotype others, our simplistic ideas around identity, and how we are all more complex than we seem.  Director: KPage Stuart Valdes (2016)

October 6, 2016  – 12:00 PM     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Shorts: Talking All That Jazz)

 

The Age of Rebellion

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A father tries keeping his rebellious teenage son on the straight and narrow. Will it work; especially given he’s unaware that it’s the day of his son’s gang initiation. Director: D.Gilliam  (2016) 

October 9, 2016  – 6:15 PM          BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (precedes: Out to Win)

 

The Commute
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‘The Commute’ follows the story of a young Atlanta man named Dwayne, who travels to New York City to be with his lover, but soon discovers a dark secret. While other New Yorkers deals with life…. Director: Lester Matthews  (2016) 

October 8, 2016  – 11:30 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Precedes: El Acompañante (The Companion) )

 

The Jump

the-jumpAs a child, Eric believed that the water was magical. In the water, there was nothing he couldn’t do. But a life-changing encounter with bullies at a pool plants seeds of self-doubt. Still haunted by the experience as an adult, Eric decides that the only way to take back control over his life is to get back into the water. If he can face his fears 30-feet above the water, then he’ll rediscover the magic-and realize he has had the power to conquer his fears all along.  Director: Jamal Hodge (2016)

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM       Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS       Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

The Market King
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When his wife falls sick, a well‐intended dad braves the fires and goes where no man has gone before – the hairmarket – to get his daughter’s hair braided before school begins.   Director: Ekwa Msangi (2014)  

October 8, 2016  – 3:30 PM     Watch Trailer    BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: Father Joseph)

 

The Real Artist of Get Your Life

the-real-artist-of-get-your-lifeGet Your Life! Productions (GYL!) is a Baltimore-based, youth-run video production company that creates multi-year, collaborative relationships between middle school students, practicing artists, and institutions. In this episode: The artists meet at Crystal’s House of Hot Wings for dinner; Things get weird when, during preparations for the Halloween party; and AJ disappears.  Contributors: Renee Anderson, Darnell Feldman Jr., Derrick Johnson, Maggie Fitz, Lee Heinemann, Anais Perez, Luz Orozco, Stephanie Wallace (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM     GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

 

The Sandbox

the-sandboxA young boy struggles to reconnect with his dad who returns from Iraq still haunted by his tour of duty.  Director: Jennifer Kramer  (2016)      

October 7, 2016  – 11:30 AM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (preceded by: Fanny Fun Fact – Let’s Move)

 

The Surf Report

the_surf_reportWhen a surfer disappears from Rockaway, a gritty New York City beach, his grieving lover searches for him across dimensions in a session with a mysterious tarot reader. What begins as a lark turns deadly serious as the film glides toward a tragic reunion. Director: Courtney Faye Powell (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM      Watch Trailer

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

The Switch
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In Fall 2015, a student from Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS) switches minds with an adult. The adult discovers what it’s like to be a young person in Baltimore and how they are often treated by other adults. The young people at PPPCS also interviews some adults to get their thoughts on why adults have a certain perspective on the youth in Baltimore.  Director: Wide Angle Youth Mrdis (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM     GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

 

The System
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A LAPD Staff Sgt loyalty is put to the test when he is forced to interrogate a former ally.  Director: Marcellus Cox (2015) 

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

 

The Trade
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From prostitution to human trafficking to porn, ‘The Trade’ follows a day in the life of a young prostitute searching for her mother and a photojournalist searching for his missing daughter. A handful of disparate people’s lives intertwine as they all play their respective parts in this dark and dirty place where sex rules and green is the only color that matters. Director: Michael A. Pinckney (2015)

October 9, 2016  – 2:00 PM       Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Precedes: Verona)

 

The Weaveologist

the-weaveologistA Brooklyn hair stylist takes us on a close exploration of Black hair culture as he weaves a woman’s hair. Director: Sandra Itäinen (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM     BUY TICKETS

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fanny Lou Hamer

this-little-light-of-mine-the-legacy-of-fannie-lou-hamerWhen a poor Mississippi sharecropper fights, crushing abuse of the Jim Crow South, the Civil Rights Movement finds an unlikely heroine. This film follows one woman’s journey from beaten field-hand to political powerhouse.  Director: Robin Hamilton (2015)  

October 7, 2016  – 9:45 PM         Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (precedes: Free Ce Ce!)

 

Transcend

transcendAfter being estranged from his family for 3 years, Julian returns home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. His very traditional parents haven’t experienced their child as anything except a daughter. Will they let Julian have his seat at the table when their only daughter returns as a (trans)man? Director: Kai Towns (2015)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Two
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Two is a narrative short film exploring a familiar and sometimes intricate relationship between childhood friends Chester and Ella. Taking inspiration from the unique and under represented “mumble-core” film genre, Two tells a refreshing and captivating story about friendship, space, and time.  Director: Tannis Spencer (2016)

October 8, 2016  – 10:00 AM     Watch Trailer

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (Shorts: Hometown Love TKO)

 

Ugly

uglyAn urban coming-of-age story about a boy looking for love in the wrong place…his own environment.  Director: LeRon Lee (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 4:00 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS 

Murphy Fine Arts Center   (Precedes: Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey)

 

Unconditional

unconditionalThe single largest group of homeless youth is LGBT. Kicked out or run away because of who they are. This is the story of one.  Director: Kent Igleheart (2016)

October 7, 2016  – 2:30 PM           Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: No Strings Dive)

 

Under the Heavens

under-the-heavensThe American dream becomes a nightmare due to the recent killings of several unarmed black American citizens by the police for Rahkeem; a frustrated African- American adolescent from Brooklyn, New York. In his quest for justice, he becomes vulnerable to questionable spiritual guidance.  Director: Tyrik Washington (2015) 

October 8, 2016  – 1:30 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS      Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: BLACK & BLUE)

Us

us“Us” is a comedic web-series that follows the lives of Josh and Avery, a unique queer pair who live in Los Angeles. Director: Avery Archie & Joshua Walker (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM

Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Vámonos

vamonosWhen Mac, a young butch Latina dies, her girlfriend Hope must overcome both personal grief and homophobic hostilities from Mac’s family in order to respectfully send Mac off into the after-life as she would’ve wanted. Director: Marvin Lemus (2015)

October 9, 2016  – 12:00 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Forever Transcend Us)

 

Verona

veronaA young bi-racial woman in antebellum Georgia is, at birth, made a slave by her own father yet is forbidden to love anyone, slave or free.. Director: Romeo Curtis Brooks (2015)

October 9, 2016  – 2:00 PM       Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS       Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Preceded by: The Trade)

 

Waack 4 Me

waack-4-me‘Waack 4 Me’ explores the revival of the 1970’s expressive dance form which was first popularized by Soul Train, and is now being embraced by women and LGBT communities around the world.  Director: Yingqian Chen & Ony Nwaohuocha  (2015)

October 6, 2016  – 9:00 PM   Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (precedes: Wits End)

 

Waiting for the (t)rain

waiting-on-the-trainA small village lost in a dusty desert in Burkina’s bush. Two times a week passes the train. Various food items and water bottles thrown by the passengers while passing by constitute the main income of the village, and the only source of water during dry season. Different portraits follow each others. The older one s have known slavery in the service of France, the young dream of distant horizons.  Director: Simon Panay (2015) 

October 7, 2016  – 10:00 AM      BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (Shorts: Waiting For Chosen Saints)

 

WAKE UP: An Educational Dream

wake-up-an-educatinal-drream‘WAKE UP’ is a Light City Teen Scholar written and acted narrative driven advocacy video asking students and teachers to “WAKE UP” and take control of the education being offered through the school system..  Directors: William Mitchell and  Jaz Jacobs (2016)        

October 7, 2016  – 6:00 PM     GET FREE TICKETS       The Motor House   (Youth Film Festival Night Screening)

 

Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey

wall-all-night_a-drum-beat-journeyAn idealistic social worker initiates an ambitious project to take a group of street musicians to West Africa. Fascinated by the sounds of bucket drummers she meets on Chicago’s south side, Elilta aspires to connect the young men to their African heritage through music.  However, the cultural divide proves wide and problems surface along the way challenging the project leaders and bucket drummers to unexpected limits and discoveries about themselves.  Director: Mallory Sohmer & Kate Benzschawel (2016)

October 9, 2016  – 4:00 PM     Watch Trailer       BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center   (Preceded by: Ugly)

 

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith

wall-with-me_the-trials-of-damon-j-keithWalk With Me: The Trials of Judge Damon J. Keith tells the story of ten extraordinary years, four groundbreaking cases, and one unconventional federal judge, whose rulings forever changed the face of civil rights in the United States. Now 93, Judge Keith still serves on the US Circuit Court of Appeals; a living embodiment of nearly a century of US history. He was once an ordinary “colored” man; a janitor whose personal struggles reflected those of a nation first coming to terms with civil rights. He became a fearless and extraordinary judge whose rulings resonate with surprising relevance in a nation still arguing about ‘”which lives matter” almost 50 years later.  Director: Jesse Nesser (2016)    

October 6, 2016  – 5:05 PM    Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (Preceded by: Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel)

 

Wits End
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“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Familiar words for any comic, but for Jason Barnes, comedy provides a brief oasis in a world of confusion, uncertainty and personal turmoil. Wits End follows Jason as he works rooms large and small throughout the country, building a reputation as an up-and-comer in the world of standup. All the while, his off stage struggles to make sense of the world around him threaten to send him over the edge of both a personal and professional breakdown.  Director: Mike Finazzo (2016)

October 6, 2016  – 9:00 PM   Watch Trailer      BUY TICKETS     Charles Theatre  (preceded by: Waak 4 Me)

 

Wren

wrenTeenage Wren is unsure what to do when her mother, gone for months in a drug-related absence, suddenly shows up at their home. Director: Aisha Ford (2105)   

October 8, 2016  – 5:30 PM     Watch Trailer     BUY TICKETS     Murphy Fine Arts Center  (precedes: Body and Soul: An American Bridge ) 

BIBFF 2016 Schedule