2019 Emerging Directors Showcase

The following films are the 2019 official selections in the Emerging Director Showcase. The showcase is a non-competitive category highlighting the work of emerging directors of color from around the world. This section will be divided into three groups, according to film title.

All films in this section will be screened at the Regal Cinemas 18 Theater between June 13 and June 15.


2019 Emerging Directors Showcase 1

Friday, June 14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17


BLUEBERRY

2018 USA 16 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

An Afrocentric podcast host goes on a quest to find his idol Harambe Cornell, but is stuck taking care of his 9-year-old son who wants to participate in the Mr. Rainbow’s Contest dressed as a blueberry.

Directed by: Martina Lee | Produced by: Robbin Rae / Yana Bille | Written by: Martina Lee | Cast: Stevie Johnson, Even Alex, Hilty Bowen, Rebecca King Crews, Tiwana Floyd

GUMMI BEAR

2019 USA 18 MINS World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A brother and sister learn just how difficult it can be to be kids on an average day of life.

Directed by: RJ Dawson | Produced by: Rebecca Shuhan Lou | Written by: RJ Dawson | Cast: Amari O’Neal, Darielle Dorsey, Candice Renee, Javon Terrell


HEAVENLY

2019 USA 13 MINS World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while in “the life.”

Directed by: Ya’Ke Smith | Produced by: Ya’Ke Smith, Ralph Lopez, Marcos Luis, Nina Noble, Felicia D. Henderson | Written by: Ya’Ke Smith | Cast: Ashlee Smallwood, Billie D. Merritt, Alan Trong, Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette

MANHOOD

2019 USA 11 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

On her 10th birthday, a little girl is scared that her father will make her undergo the same violent rite of passage her older brothers went through.

Directed by: Rodney Stringfellow | Produced by: Anil Dhokai | Written by: Rodney Stringfellow | Cast: Alfonso Freeman, Kennedy Johnson


THE JUNGLE IS THE ONLY WAY OUT

2019 USA 7 MINS World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

The emotions of life framed together—the jungle breaks us, but also makes us.

Directed by: Dawit N.M. | Produced by: Alexandre Pagot, Salim El Arja, Jordan Cardos, Benjamin Narich, Melanie Parisi, Theo Lemonnier | Written by: Dawit N.M., Marian Mereba | Cast: Marian Mereba, Jalan Durimel, Jibril Durimel, Zalma Bour, Jade Frank, Sam Hoffman, Mallory Leisten, Solomon S. Yenesu

NEGROLAND

2019 USA 13 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

In the near future a grieving African American father fights to save the life of his young zombie daughter.

Directed by: Jewel McPherson | Produced by: Arthur Cohen, Ryan Patrick, Ruth Ferrera, Shamier Anderson, Lisa Stepp | Written by: Jewel McPherson | Cast: Shamier Anderson, Marley Garner


2019 Emerging Directors Showcase 2

Friday, June 14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17


NO TRAVELER RETURNS

2019 USA/IVORY COAST 12 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A young African immigrant’s struggles to adjust to life in America push him towards an existential crisis.

Directed by: Ellie Foumbi | Produced by: Ellie Foumbi, Joseph Mastantuono | Written by: Ellie Foumbi | Cast: Souléymane Sy Savané, Dawuda Jabbie, Fatouma Jabbie, Maba Ba

ORIGIN

2018 USA 19 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

In 1982, Kora’s self-help conversion tapes only seem to push her closer to the truth about her feelings for her best friend.

Directed by: Simone Lyles | Produced by: Simone Lyles, Patrick Boyd | Written by: Simone Lyles | Cast: Christina Childress, Maxine Goynes, Hugo Pierre Martin


OUTDOORING

2018 USA 18 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A young man attends his new nephew’s Ghanaian baby-naming ceremony with a plan to steal the money collected to run away and keep a secret hidden.

Directed by: Maxwell Addae | Produced by: Mis Loe | Written by: Maxwell Addae | Cast: Thomas Daniel Smith, Theodore Mark Martinez

SOPHIE’S QUINCEAÑERA

2018 USA 12 MINS

FRI 6/14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A building manager dealing with his own grief must help his tenant perform a messy task at her daughter’s quinceañera.

Directed by: Keith Powell | Produced by: Jeremy O’Keefe, Graham Patrick Martin, Keith Powell, Matt Miller | Written by: Keith Powell | Cast: Bashir Salahuddin, Ana Ortiz, Wallace Langham, Vladimir Caamano


SOULS

2018 USA 15 MINS World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 1:51 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Unable to deal with her grandmother’s declining mental and physical health, a young girl uses her cardboard spaceship to escape her reality before the matriarch of her family dies.

Directed by: Malakai | Produced by: Anna Hashmi, Stephen Love, Marquita Bradley | Written by: Malakai | Cast: Tabitha Browne, Johan Beckles, Nia Chanel


2019 Emerging Directors Showcase*

Saturday, June 15 | 11:15 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

These films will screen during the ABFF SOCIAL IMPACT SHOWCASE “FATHERHOOD: THE FOUNDATION OF THE BLACK FAMILY.”


TRAINING WHEELS

2018 USA 14 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 11:15 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

An incredibly gifted little girl uses her telepathic powers to bring her wayward father home.

Directed by: Sanicole (Sandrel Young) | Produced by: Natasha Parker, Lil Rel Howery, Kevin Fredericks, Sanicole, Richard Thomas | Written by: Sanicole (Sandrel Young) | Cast: Zuri McPhearson, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Josiah Fredericks, Deron Powell, Messiah Equiano, David Leonard

WORLDS FROM HOME

2019 USA 14 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 11:15 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

After their RV breaks down in the Mojave Desert, a father and his young son experience a series of challenges while rebuilding their relationship, including an encounter with a mysterious creature.

Directed by: Delmar Washington | Produced by: Delmar Washington, Lynette Coll, Natasha Ward | Written by: Delmar Washington | Cast: Affion Crockett, Eli Rubio, Lynette Coll, Jason R. Moore


2019 Emerging Directors Showcase 3

Saturday, June 15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17


SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT

2018 USA 17 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.

Directed by: Nikiyatu | Produced by: Nikkia Moulterie | Written by: Nikyatu, Robin Shanea Williams | Cast: Natalie Paul

THE ARRIVAL

2018 USA 17 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A young Caribbean woman struggles to adapt to her new life in the revered “Mother Country” of 1960s Britain.

Directed by: Annetta Laufer | Produced by: Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor | Written by: Annetta Laufer | Cast: Naomi Ackie, Anthony Welsh, Sharlene Whyte


THE CURE

2018 USA 11 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Lisa has been blessed with a gifted child, but must grapple with the costs of utilizing this miracle to keep a roof over her family’s heads.

Directed by: Kristian King | Produced by: Chester Algernal, Ritu Bansal, Ria Tobaccowala | Written by: Kristian King | Cast: Veanna Black, Jasmyn Coleman, Michael Mario Good, Greta Glenn

VEILED WINGS

2018 ITALY 14 MINS

SAT 6/15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

How can seemingly different cultures co-exist? Nadia, a Muslim woman, and Imma, an Italian Catholic woman, meet each other and share an unexpected day.

Directed by: Nadia Kibout | Produced by: Alessandra Lo Savio, Giorgia Lo Savio (Jinga Pictures) | Written by: Nadia Kibout, Ersilia Cacace | Cast: Nadia Kibout, Paola Lavini, Matteo Carlomagno, Damian Lo Pinto


ZAHRA AND THE OIL MAN

2018 USA 20 MINS World Premiere

SAT 6/15 | 5:21 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Zahra, the daughter of a Muslim street merchant, fights to save her father’s struggling business in hopes of changing the trajectory of her family’s financial future.

Directed by: Yucef Mayes | Produced by: Yucef Mayes, Aaron Melvin | Written by: Yucef Mayes, Aaron Melvin | Cast: Megan Hackett, Brian Dives, LJ Nelson, Saladine Stafford