Emerging Directors Showcase 1

Friday, June 15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18


UP NORTH

USA 52 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

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When it comes to the prison system, it’s just as hard getting out as going in. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, predators and prey fight to survive on the streets of Harlem and in the prisons of New York. Up North, an independent original series for TV, explores systems of incarceration, and systems of marginalization in modern day America.

Directed by: Emil Pinnock, Damaine Radcliff | Produced by: Emil Pinnock, Damaine Radcliff, Chiké Okonkwo, Ian Robertson | Written by: Emil Pinnock, Ian Robertson | Starring: Eugene Clark, Ian Duff, Gabriel Ellis, Kris Lofton, Emil Pinnock, Damaine Radcliff

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SEARCHING FOR ISABELLE

USA 15 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

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While being held captive, Isabelle discovers a mysterious ability to project herself to the outside world. When she appears to her friends in a desperate appeal for help, they work together to try and find her – but time is running out.

Directed by: Stephanie Jeter | Produced by: Stephanie Jeter, Marianne Greco, Derek McPhatter | Written by: Stephanie Jeter | Starring: Charlee Marie Cotton, Stephanie Stockstill, Aida Delaz, Gage Wallace, Joshua J. Volkers

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LALO’S HOUSE

USA & HAITI 25 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

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Inspired by true events, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring disguised as a Catholic orphanage after being taken from their home in Haiti.

Directed by: Kelley Kali | Produced by: Victor Pourcel, Kelley Kali, Garcelle Beauvais, Lisa L. Wilson | Written by: Kelley Kali and Yasemin Yilmaz | Starring: Garcelle Beauvais, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jasmin Jean-Louis, Kyra Rose

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MOTHERS

USA 15 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

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When the teenage son of Denise Matthews is murdered, she struggles not to surrender to her grief. Despite her husbands’ concerns, Denise is determined to confront the accused killer in court. The morning of the arraignment she finds support in a chance encounter with an unlikely stranger.

Directed by: Aurora Ferlin | Produced by: Frances S. Deloach | Written by: Aurora Ferlin | Starring: Mickaëlle X. Bizet, Marta Cross, Mark Anthony Williams, Victor Rodriguez, Keena Ferguson

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THE LION’S CRUMBS

USA 18 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 1:25 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

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The Lion’s Crumbs is a comedic short film exploring the ever-debatable topic of marriage roles. Our married couple, Luke and Laura, portrayed by real life couple Terri J. Vaughn and Karon Joseph Riley, debate over gender roles, expectations and ‘man of the house’ obligations. In the end Laura realizes that accepting her family’s flaws and cleaning up their crumbs is just one way to show her love. Luke insists that he would do anything for Laura, but a little ‘puff-puff-pass-pass’ is the best way for any husband to have a peaceful marriage.

Directed by: Terri J. Vaughn | Executive Produced by: Lamar West, Terri J. Vaughn, Karon Joseph Riley, Cas Sigers-Beedles | Co-Executive Producer: Victor V. Hogan II | Produced by: Nina Holiday Entertainment | Written by: Terri J. Vaughn and Karon Joseph Riley | Starring: Terri J. Vaughn, Karon Joseph Riley, Rod Minger, Avery Sunshine, Denise Armstrong

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Emerging Directors Showcase 2

Friday, June 15 | 8:00 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17


PAS HONTEUX

USA 45 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 8:00 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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The story of a young African American slacker that wakes up one day speaking French. The film brings to light the fact that we not only judge people by their looks but also by the way they speak. So, what if a young urban African American suddenly speaks French?

Directed by: John D. Tucker | Produced by: Andrew Toscano, Letitia Guillory, Tracey Hicks, LaMonde Howard, John Tucker | Written by: Marcus J. Guillory | Starring: Travis LaBranch, Leon Lamar, Javicia Leslie, LaToya Edwards

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FRENCH FRIES

USA 14 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 8:00 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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A young, hip African-American foodie couple fights to resolve communication problems in a modern marriage of six years, four months and three and a half days. Sydney comes home to find her husband, Jason, having an impromptu guys’ night. She winds up escaping to a hotel to work in silence, though that is not how the night unfolds.

Directed by: Janine Sherman Barrois | Produced by: Khaliah Neal, Amy Emmerich, Stone Roberts, Shannon Gibson | Written by: Janine Sherman Barrois | Starring: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Carl McDowell

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TRAPEZE, U.S.A.

USA 34 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 8:00 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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Oren got the email of his dreams—an invitation to a meeting with his company’s CEO, that is if he can actually make it to the meeting. As he navigates through New York City’s decrepit public transportation, women who are out of his league, and a right-winged pedi-cab driver, he’s faced with an even bigger obstacle: political correctness.

Directed by: Mark Anthony Green | Produced by: Jordan Abrams, Adam McFarland, Warren Chancellor, Ahmed Ahmed | Written by: Mark Anthony Green | Starring: Rance Nix, Otmara Marrero, Kitty Cash, Sinead Bovell, David Deblinger

JITTERS

USA 14 MINS

FRI 6/15 | 8:00 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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Minutes before nuptials, a neurotic young man locks himself away in the back room of a church with the best man he knows.

Directed by: Otoja Abit | Produced by: Otoja Abit, Ian Phillips, Joe Scarborough, Chris Noth | Written by: Otoja Abit | Starring: Otoja Abit, Jason Patric, Walker Hare

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Emerging Directors Showcase 3

Saturday, June 16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17


A CRAFTSMAN

USA 13 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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Overcome with grief, as his late wife’s presence permeates the space they once shared, a rural woodworker builds a coffin to be his final resting place. Until a neighbor visits.

Directed by: Sanford Jenkins Jr. | Produced by: Elise Brown, Cydney Fisher | Written by: Joel David Santner | Starring: Marvin Gay, Shirley Jordan, Leonard R. Garner Jr.

A FATHER’S LOVE

USA 19 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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The telling of a teenage love story with an unusual twist.

Directed by: RonReaco Lee | Produced by: Allen Maldonado, Jessie T. Usher, Kellon Akeem | Written by: Allen Maldonado & Jessie T. Usher | Starring: Terayle Hill, Adriyan Rae, Tichina Arnold, E Roger Mitchell

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BODEGA

USA 19 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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In a community facing rapid gentrification, Bodega takes an intimate, yet comedic and dramatic, look at what can happen when people are made to feel like strangers in a city they helped build. When a middle class family moves into Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an elder in the family says something inappropriate, causing the local African American community to take extreme measures in order to receive an apology.

Directed by: Donna Augustin-Quinn and Talibah L. Newman | Produced by: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Anna Orlova, Donna Augustin-Quinn | Written by: Donna Augustin-Quinn & Talibah L. Newman | Starring: Aleksandr Krasnopolskiy, Anna Orlova, Eric Jennings, Hadiyah Robinson, Asha Winter, Eden Marryshow, Layla Silvestre, Sawandi Wilson, William Perry

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FEVAH

USA 12 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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Indira holds onto her heartbreak like a lost treasure. It’s hers and no one is going to tell her what to do with it. Her one-and-only love disappeared 18 months ago leaving her alone to take care of their son. Finally back on her feet with a new place and a new man, she’s ready for the next chapter when her child’s father shows up—making her question the very nature of the treasure she’s been holding onto for so long.

Directed by: Randall Dottin | Produced by: Nikhil Melnechuk, Kelly Wydryk, Jacques Thelemaque, Melissa Jackson | Written by: Randall Dottin | Starring: Russell Hornsby, LaRoyce Hawkins, and Melissa Jackson

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PROTOTYPE

USA 18 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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An Afrofuturist, sci-fi film about a mother and daughter living in isolation on a remote science compound who work to quickly patent the most human-like artificial intelligence on Earth. As prototype after prototype fail, Sol, who conducts empathy tests on her mother’s android creations, is pressured by her mom, Annette, to deliver a passing test or continue to be confined to the limits of the property.

Directed by: Christopher Ortega | Produced by: Mark R. Wright, Martina Lee, Christopher Ortega | Written by: Christopher Ortega | Starring: Adrian Snow, Milena Phillips, Preston Butler, III, Kali Raquel

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WHERE THE WATER RUNS

USA 24 MINS

SAT 6/16 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

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Set during the worst drought in LA history a water transporter uncovers a plot to privatize South Central’s dwindling water supply.

Directed by: DuBois Ashong | Produced by: Sam Robertson | Written by: Randy McKinnon | Starring: Darryl Dunning II, Bria Wade, Kyra Locke, Joseph Callari

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