World Showcase


CREATED EQUAL

91 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | MB CINEMATHEQUE

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Desperate to become a priest, a woman files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause.

Director: Bill Duke | Writer: Ned Bowman, Michael Ricigliano Jr., Joyce Renee Lewis | Producer: Thada Catalon | Cast: Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganem, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gregory Alan Williams, Yohance Myles

LOVE BY CHANCE

106 min US Premiere

FRI 6/16 | 10:30 AM | MB CINEMATHEQUE

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Two aspiring actors from South Africa who are independently in America trying to crack into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry, meet by chance. Between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a crazy dating scene, who has time for Love.

Director: Samad Davis | Writer: Dani Renee, Samad Davis | Producer: Samad Davis, Ty Johnston, Dumi Gumbi, Cati Weinek | Cast: Altovise Lawrence, Atandwa Kani, Terri J. Vaughn, Clifton Powell, E. Roger Mitchell, Lil Zane, Carl Anthony Payne II, Desi Banks


GOOK

94 min

FRI 6/16 | 7:00 PM | MB CINEMATHEQUE

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Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker). As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out.

Writer and Director: Justin Chon | Producer: James Yi, Alex Chi | Cast: Simone Baker, Justin Chon, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr.,Omono Okojie, Sang Chon,Ben Munoz, Cesar Garcia, Isaiah Jarel, Kirlew Vilbon

NOEM MY SKOLLIE: CALL ME THIEF

94 min

SAT 6/17 | 5:15 PM | MB CINEMATHEQUE

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The true story of a young “so-called coloured” man in 1960’s Cape Town who barters his status with the prison gangs by becoming a storyteller but soon after his release is arraigned for a murder he did not commit and faces the hangman’s noose. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter, John W. Fredericks and is set in Cape Town in the 1960’s.

Director: Daryne Joshua | Writer: John W. Fredericks | Exec Producer: David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa, Jan du Plessis | Producer: David Max Brown, Moshidi Motshegwa | Cast: Dann-Jaques Mouton, Gantane Kusch, Christian Bennett, Gershwin Mias, Austin Rose


WORLD SHOWCASE SHORTS SECTION 1

Thursday, June 15 | 10:00 AM | Loews Theater


CALIGINOSITY

20:21 min

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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After losing their only child to a drive by shooting, a devoted South Los Angeles couple must learn to cope with grief and depression while struggling to keep their floundering marriage intact.

Director: Katrelle N. Kindred | Writer: Katrelle N. Kindred | Producers: Jamari Perry, Sam Vinal, Katrelle N. Kindred | Principle Cast: Hilary Ward, Timothy Starks, D’Kristian Lamar

IBRAHIM

18:21 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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An undocumented African immigrant finds his way to the United States in search of the “American dream”.

Writer: Terron Jones | Director: Terron Jones | Producers: Terron Jones, Jenesis Scott | Principle Cast: Adesola Osakalumi


THE FIRST STONE

14:48 min

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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Reigh is released from prison in time to say goodbye to her dying mother. But she returns to find not just her mother, but her whole world unraveling.

Director: Kaisan Rei | Writer: Kaisan Rei | Producer: Kulaba Kyabanji | Principle Cast: Melissa L. Williams, Mike Gray, Kim Estes, Aliyah Royale

IMAN AND THE LIGHT WARRIORS

15:05 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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10 year-old Iman navigates through a war-ravaged City of Aya with the help of the Light Warriors to express his feelings to his school crush in order to unlock his superpower.

Writer: Osahon Tongo | Director: Jarrett Woo | Producers: Yves Beneche & Jessica Mathisen | Principle Cast: Christian Simon, Leve Ross, Jesse Boykins III, Katrina Chong, Yvonne Senat Jones, LIGHT WARRIORS- Sinorice Moss, Osahon Tongo, Winn Gaspard, Donna Glytch, Jason Sneed, Quin, Nikeva Stapleton


MIXED

10:23 min

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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What happens when a white girl, a black girl, a mixed boy and other get together?

Writer: Chad Quinn | Directors: Chad Quinn & Yolande Geralds | Executive Producers: Chad Quinn, Yolande Geralds and Renee Willett | Associate Producer: Myles Willett | Principle Cast: Renee Willett, Shaquana “Too Real” Peters, Phoenix Jakob, Myles Willett

THE BILL

9:45 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 10:00 AM | LOEWS THEATER

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Barbie’s 35th birthday celebration brings together her diverse group of friends. When the bill arrives, the best intentions dissolve into drama.

Writer: Caralene Robinson | Director: Caralene Robinson | Executive Producers: Deborah Riley Draper & Caralene Robinson | Producer: Crystal Whaley | Principle Cast: Nakima Baker, Perri Camper, Tanyika Carey, Szalene Anthony, Talisa Patterson, Angelique Chapman, Nicole Belit, Kara Green, Tiffany Jackson, Sundae Van Allen, Nicole Sutherland, Narci Regina, Perry King, Myriam Wilson, Rocky Lizardi


WORLD SHOWCASE SHORTS SECTION 2

Thursday, June 15 | 4:00 PM | Loews Theater


BENNY GOT SHOT

20:01 min

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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When Naomi, a young autopsy assistant at the LA County Coroner’s office, realizes her brother has gone missing on the night of a police shooting, she is forced to confront her worst fear, that his body may be in the morgue.

Director: Malcolm Washington | Writers: Jory Anast and Malcolm Washington | Producer: Joenique C. Rose | Principle Cast: Iantha Richardson, Jihad Reeves and Tammi Mac Brown

NIGHT SHIFT

16:04 min

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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Ollie Jeffries is an on-again, off-again actor. His long term gig as a bathroom attendant on this one night, forces Ollie to face a reality he’s not yet ready to embrace.

Writer: Marshall Tyler | Director: Marshall Tyler | Executive Producers: Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, John Evangelista, Bryan H Carroll | Producers: Moira Griffin, Efuru Flowers, (Co-) Kaylon Hunt, (Consulting) Roberta Marie Monroe | Principle Cast: Tunde Adebimpe, China Shavers, Cisco Reyes, and Cairos Heinen


CURIOSITIES OF THE QUIET BOY

11:00 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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A partially deaf 12-year-old undergoes a series of supernatural phenomena in the midst of mourning his mother.

Director: Quran Squire | Writer: Quran Squire | Producers: David Fortune, Francine Crawford | Principle Cast: Trace Price, Veronica Wade, Carol Copper

INTERSECTION

9 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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A road trip forces a young woman and her two best friends to examine their identities and place in the American South

Writers: Angela Tucker, Lauren Domino | Director: Angela Tucker | Producers: Lauren Domino and Sasha Solodukhina | Principle Cast: Alexis Clark, Immanuel Simon, Owen Dunne


HOLD ON

9 min

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning.

Writer: Christine Turner | Director: Christine Turner | Producers: Duana Butler, Christine Turner | Principle Cast: Bethann Hardison, Jimmie Jeter

SEARCH PARTY

8:48 min

THU 6/15 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS THEATER

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Donna Greene is a mother living in a New York City Housing Project, who is throwing a party for her son, while a manhunt is underway in their building. Tensions unfold when a surprise visitor shows up at their door, interrupting the event.

Writer: Tesia Joy Walker | Director: Tesia Joy Walker | Producers: Ryan Pederson. Kristin Frost, Ellie Foumbi | Principle Cast: Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Brandon Michael Hall, Benton Greene, Neil Holland, Travis Raeburn, Sharon Hope