Roxbury International Film Festival

2006 Roxbury Film Festival

Festival Awards

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S AWARD WINNERS

The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking
Thomas Allen Harris
for
“The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”
Presented by The Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. and The Color of Film Collaborative

The Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker
John Oluwole Adekoje
for
“Street Soldiers”

Presented by Kay Bourne, Publisher of the Kay Bourne Arts Report

Best of Festival Award
Paulo Betti
for
“Cafundo”

Presented by Eastman Kodak, Inc.

Best of Festival Honorable Mention
Joshua Alafia
for
“Cubamor”

The Audience Favorite Award
Byron Hurt
for
“Beyond Beats & Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in On Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture”

Presented by Video Transfer

The Award for Best Short Film
Adam Schlachter
for
“My Backyard Was a Mountain”

Presented by Andrea C. Spence

The Award for Most Original Voice (New England Filmmaker)
Bonita Walker
for
“After the Rape”

Presented by the LEF Foundation

The Award for Best Youth Filmmaker
Brandon Harrington for “Cause and Effect”
and
Rene Dongo for “Razurate”
Presented by Northeastern University Department of African-American Studies

Awards from Luman Eclipse
Winners receive one month of promotional support and placement on the Lumen Eclipse outdoor video art displays in Harvard Square.

For Most Original Voice (Bonita Walker)

and

For Emerging Local Filmmaker (John Oluwole Adekoje)

Films

AFTER THE RAPE Directed and Produced by Bonita Walker
Documentary Short, Adult Content
8 minutes
This film explores some of the emotional effects that women go through after being raped or molested. All the serials are based on true stories ranging from hours after a rape to years later. Rape is not only a physical violation it is also a violation to ones psyche.
Friday, July 28 at 8PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

ALL TALK, Directed and Produced by Michael Chew & Lionel Blaise
Youth Produced
3 minutes
A short narrative of a weird experience that happened to a boy.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

ALONE, Directed by Clayton Broomes, Jr. and Produced by Susan Olupitan
Narrative Short
23 minutes
Two lonely people, an older man and a young woman, meet and make an instant connection. For him, it becomes a matter of not letting her go while she tries to reconnect with her estranged family. Together, they venture on a startling journey of discovery revolving around the puzzling issue of suicide.

AMONG THIEVES, Directed and Produced by Oscar Daniels
Narrative Short, Violent Content
23 minutes
A young thief on the run from the police holds an elderly woman hostage in her home. Their relationship evolves from antagonism to respect and ends in an unexpected gesture of friendship.
Saturday, July 29 at 8PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

THE ANSWER OF HIS HEART, Directed and Produced by Marena Cruz
Youth Produced
1 minute
This video love poem, asks the question ‘How does the boy I love feel about me?’
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

ARISTIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION, Directed by Nicolas Rossier and Produced by Nicolas Rossier and Roopa Choudhury
Documentary Feature
82 minutes
Through an investigative lense ARISITIDE AND THE ENDLESS REVOLUTION explores the events that led to the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the democratically elected President of Haiti. Filmmaker, Nicolas Rossier, takes the viewer into a journey of political intrigue, armed criminals posing as freedom fighters and economic fiascos. What emerges is a young democracy being constantly tested and ultimately destroyed.
VIEW TRAILER
Saturday, July 29 at 6PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES: A HIP-HOP HEAD WEIGHS IN ON MANHOOD IN HIP-HOP CULTURE, Directed by Byron Hurt and Produced by Sabrina Gordon
Documentary Feature, Adult Content
62 minutes
Beyond Beats and Rhymes, is a riveting documentary that examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Byron Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist. Conceived as a ‘loving critique’ from a self-proclaimed ‘Hip-Hop Head,’ Hurt tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture.
VIEW TRAILER
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

BICENTENNIAL NIGGER, Directed and Produced by Matthew Jackson
Experimental Short, Explicit Language
4 minutes
Bicentennial Nigger is a haunting melange of photographs, film clips, and magazine articles that bestill the African-American experience in this country from Jamestown, through the Civil War to Hurricane Katrina and beyond.
Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

BLACK MEN CAN FLY: THE STORY OF GEORGE S. LIMA, Directed and Produced by Napoleon X
Documentary Short
16 minutes
George S. Lima’s story spans 86 years and goes from New England to Harlem, to the Deep South and back. He was an aviator when it was thought that black men couldn’t fly. He has faced poverty, prejudice, adversity and ignorance, and through it all, has maintained a love of life, an undying perseverance, and a quiet noble dignity. Along with vintage photographs, historical film, personal insights and interviews, we hope to tell an exciting and revealing story of a man, a people and a nation.
Sunday, July 30 at 2:30PM in Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

BOOTYFUL WORLD, Directed by Avital Levy and Produced by Zak Mechanic
Documentary Short, Adult Content
25 minutes
From Sir Mix-A-Lot to Brazilian butt lift surgeries, Bootyful World explores mainstream culture’s growing fixation on the butt. As the world seems to be shifting towards this more liberated standard, Bootyful World asks if this is truly liberation or merely another mold that we are forced to fit into.
Saturday, July 29 at 8PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

BOY CALLED TWIST, Directed by Tim Greene and Produced by Aurelia Driver, Clare Van Zyc
Narrative Feature, Explicit language
115 minutes
A South African version of Dickens’ classic, ”Oliver Twist”. After his mother dies in childbirth, a boy is left at an orphanage. When older, he is sent to work at a vineyard, but runs away to Cape Town. There, he falls in with a gang of thieves, before being adopted by an elderly man, who lost his own daughter.
Friday, July 28 at 11AM at Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall. Admission at the door is “pay-what-you-can”.

BURY MI FOOT CHAIN: THE WOODSIDE STORY (work in progress)
Produced and Directed by Julia John
Documentary Short
30 minutes
Woodside is a small rural village in the hills of St. Mary, Jamaica. Plagued by the loss of agricultural options, unemployment, and vanishing cultural traditions, the people of the community form a Development Action Group to address some of these issues. One of their projects is a unique Emancipation Celebration that has grown to attract visitors from far and wide. Developed under the guidance of the village historian, Erna Brodber, it’s centerpiece is a dramatic reenactment of the events of August 1, 1838 from the perspective of the formerly enslaved Africans. Bury Mi Foot Chain tells the inspirational story of how one village battles the odds, using culture and history to revitalize their struggling community.
Sunday, July 30 at 11AM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
FREE – NO TICKET REQUIRED.

BY POISON, Directed and Produced by Wendy Ward
Experimental Short
11 minutes
Phillis and Mark are two souls trapped in limbo. Two servants in 1755 Boston occupying an ominous and dynamic landscape, struggle to make sense of the memories of their past lives. Who were Phillis and Mark? What was life for them like in 1755 Boston? An experimental film exploring the nature of collective memory and local history.
Sunday, July 30 at 12:30PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

CAFUNDÓ, Directed by Paulo Betti and Produced by R. A. Gennaro
Narrative Feature
101 minutes
Cafundó is inspired by a real-life character from the Brazilian slave-houses of the 19th century: a cattle driver and former slave bewildered at the transformation of the world. The resulting shock leads him to depths of anguish and despair. Defeated, he abandons himself to the arms of inspiration, delirium and illumination, and is finally able to see God! His vision combines the magic of his African roots and the glory of the Christian civilization. His mission is to help his fellow human beings. So strong is his belief in his own healing powers that they come true! (In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Saturday, July 29 at 4PM and Sunday, July 30 at 2:30PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

CAUSE AND EFFECT, Directed and Produced by Brandon Harrington
Youth Produced
4 minutes
Where there is love, there is pain, at any cost.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

CHAVEZ, Directed by Khary Jones and Produced by Austen Rachlis
Narrative Short
13 minutes
Once famous, now aging Mexican televison actor Manuel Chavez has been living in New York for the past 15 years waiting for his breakthrough role in the U.S. market — it never came. On the day he is deciding whether to return to Mexico or stay in New York, he has an unexpected encounter that forces him to come face to face with his ego and reconsider what it means to be a star.
Saturday, July 29 at 4:15PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

CUBAMOR, Directed and Produced by Joshua Alafia
Narrative Feature, Adult Content
131 minutes
Direct from the Cuban Underground, cubamor brings us into a colorful, mystical world where love knows no borders. American student, Lazaro, makes a promise to his fiancée, Fatima, as well as the Yoruba Goddess Oshun, that he will remain faithful for the three months he will spend studying music in Havana. Meanwhile, Renato, a Cuban jinetero (gigolo) falls in love with an American tourist named Zoe.
Friday, July 28 at 8PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

DETROIT: NOT FOR WIMPS, Directed and Produced by Leigh Richert
Narrative Short, Explicit Language
17 minutes
An average day at Jimmy and Clarence’s house (during the late 70′s in Detroit) is anything but peaceful. Mrs. Curtis, a single working mom, tries her best, but the kid brothers are constantly at each other’s throats. And life at school ain’t easy for the two either. They get spitballs shot at their faces, wedgies performed on their undies, and lunchboxes smashed on their heads, and this is just the stuff that happens before recess! If the two boys don’t learn to look out for one another, life in the big city is only gonna get a lot tougher.
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University. (Also screens with Boy Called Twist at 11AM at RCAHH)

ELECTRIC PURGATORY: THE FATE OF THE BLACK ROCKER, Directed by Raymond Gayle and Produced by Marc Newsome
Documentary Feature
83 minutes
Throughout the years, black artists have played a vital role in shaping the history of rock music. In today’s musical landscape, entertainers not musicians have been thrust into the forefront of the industry. Black artists that play an eclectic mix of music whether it’s ska, funk, or thrash seem to be cast aside in favor of a more commercial friendly formula. ELECTRIC PURGATORY focuses on black musicians who have been ostracized by the music industry for playing rock music. This documentary will explore the history of black rock and its progression throughout the years as well as examine the stigma these rockers face in the Black community.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: THE DEATH OF JONNY GAMMAGE, Directed and Produced by Billy Jackson
Documentary Feature
53 minutes
On October 12, l995, Jonny Gammage was driving his cousin’s Jaguar through a Pittsburgh suburb when a police officer pulled him over. In less than ten minutes, four other officers were radioed to the scene. Moments later, Gammage lay dead and brutalized. Local and national media coverage was extensive, in part because Gammage was the cousin of former Pittsburgh Steeler Ray Seals. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! will establish the humanity of Jonny Gammage the person, as it examines Jonny Gammage the incident, the icon, and the name that has become inextricably linked with the struggle to end police brutality.
Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

FABLE, Directed and Produced by Daniel Sousa
Animation
7 minutes
An animated short film loosely based on a traditional Welsh fairy tale, “Fable” introduces us to a lyrical world of magic and transformation. A solitary hunter and a house-bound woman are cursed to forever be apart.
Saturday, July 29 at 4PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

FULL OF GRACE, Directed by Shernold Edwards and Produced by Kathleen Meek
Narrative Short
18 minutes
Sister Emelda – as she us referred to by a few — is really a poor, chaste and obedient housewife who combs the city, tracking down reports of divine miracles. But does finding a miracle help her to face her greatest fear?
Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art. (Also screens on Sunday, July 30 at 1:45PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. )

HEAD & HEART – TOM FEELINGS, Directed and Produced by Jimmie Mannas
Documentary Short
28 minutes
A close up of a truly immense and dedicated African American artist. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Tom Feelings began drawing the world that was close to him…from Brownsville, Brooklyn to Guyana, South America…from a colorful depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge to his monumental book on slavery ‘The Middle Passage,’ Tom Feelings captured the essence of the Black experience.
VIEW TRAILER
Sunday, July 30 at 12PM in Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: FLORENCIO – ART IS ME, Produced by Marty Ostrow & Dick Bartlett for WGBH/Boston, Associate Producer – Lolita Parker Jr.
Documentary Short
5 minutes
Florencio Yllana, a Filipino painter, brings you into his angsty world of tattoos, spoken word and art.
Sunday, July 30 at 2:30PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: PAULA & MARIE – HAPPY TO BE NAPPY, Produced by Marty Ostrow & Dick Bartlett for WGBH/Boston, Associate Producer – Lolita Parker Jr.
Documentary Short
5 minutes
Paula Coar and Marie Firman, two African American sisters from Roxbury, Massachusetts, tell the personal story of their cultural and political history, through the various hairstyles they’ve worn over the years.
Sunday, July 30 at 2:30PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

HOPE’S WAR,Directed and Produced by Ya’Ke Smith
Narrative Short, Violent Content
13 minutes
After returning home from Iraq, a U.S. soldier struggles to adapt back to every day life, but brutal visions of war threaten to destroy him.
Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

IQBAL, Directed by Nageesh and Produced by Kukundor
Narrative Feature
132 minutes
The story revolves around Iqbal, a deaf and mute boy who dreams of becoming a famous cricket player. Fortunately for him, fate intervenes in the form of a washed up drunk. It seems unlikely at first that this odd character can actually help Iqbal work toward his dream, but he has a secret that no one knows. The director gives plenty of special twists and turns to his wonderfully created characters so that audiences immediately feel close to them in their personal journeys. (In Hindi with English Subtitles)
Saturday, July 29 at 11:30AM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

JOEBELL AND AMERICA, Directed and Produced by Asha Lovelace
Narrative Feature
82 minutes
Based on the short story by Earl Lovelace, Joebell & America tells the tale of Joebell, a young man from Trinidad who believes his destiny is to live in America – the land of his dreams. Joebell plots and schemes to find a way into the United States.
Saturday, July 29 at 4:15PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

JUICY (REMAKE), Directed by Joseph St. Germain & Odney Andre and Produced by Charnee Green
Youth Produced Film, Explicit Language
5 minutes
This video was originally shot as a spoof of the hip-hop classic “Juicy” by infamous rapper Biggie Smalls. The teens portray their unique interpretation of the original message, without mimicing the negative lifestyle often associated with hip-hop.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

KILOMBO NOVO, Directed and Produced by Kwesi Johnson
Documentary Short
22 minutes
What can an ancient African/Brazilian Martial Art teach todays youth? KILOMBO NOVO is a youth Capoeira class that teaches kids in the Boston area not only about kicks and flips, but about life and peace.
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

THE LAST STAND, Directed by Russ Parr and Produced by Nayada Cowherd
Narrative Feature, Explicit Language. Adult Content
109 minutes
Russ Parr’s directorial debut, The Last Stand is a compelling drama about four young people struggling to become successful comedian-actors in Hollywood. The four aspiring comics, Reggie Sinclair (Guy Torry), TD ‘Tru Dogg’ Kincaid (Darrin DeWitt Henson), Dede Calvin (Tami Roman) and Bo Clark (Todd Williams), form a tenacious bond, a forged bravura maneuvering through the cut-throat world of the entertainment biz. The group regularly gathers on the roof top — adjacent to the comedy club, working out their comedy routines and the drama of their lives.
VIEW TRAILER
Opening Night Feature – Thursday, July 27 at 7PM at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. VISIT THE MFA WEBSITE FOR TICKETS.
Encore Screening on Friday, July 28 at 6PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

LATENT SORROW, Directed and Produced by Shon Kim
Experimental Short
3 minutes
An experimental animation that fuses the abstract with the real.
Saturday, July 29 at 6PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

LE GOÛT DES JEUNES FILLES (ON THE VERGE OF A FEVER), Directed by John L’Ecuyer and Produced by Andrew Noble
Narrative Feature, Adult Content
88 minutes
Haiti, 1971, against the backdrop of poverty, fear and a brutal dictatorship. Having lived a somewhat sheltered life with his protective mother, Fanfan is a 15-year-old boy who just wants to experience life for himself with his streetwise friend Gégé. Following a bizarrely terrifying incident involving a Tonton-Macoute, Fanfan decides to hide out at his beautiful neighbour’s house for the weekend, where he is trapped between his fear of being caught and the fulfilling of his deepest fantasy. (In French with English subtitles)
Saturday, July 29 at 8PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

THE LIFE, Directed by Jarayah Bolton and Produced by David Sutcliffe
Youth Produced
9 minutes
Rose is a 15 year old girl from Harlem living in a foster home with her brother Larenz. In addition to the arguments Rose has with her foster mother, she finds herself increasingly frustrated by the crime and violence in her neighborhood. Then she meets Netta and they become instant friends. However, Rose is unaware of what Netta does to support herself and her younger sister. Will Rose find out the truth about Netta’s ‘job’? Will their friendship survive?
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

LIMBO, Directed and Produced by Rene Dongo & Andrew Katz
Youth Produced
4 minutes
Andie, a student fed up with the SATs and his nagging mother, has a chance encounter with a mysterious man.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

THE MEETING, Directed by Jeremiah Jahi and Produced by Jacques Durand
Narrative Short, Explicit Language, Adult Content
20 minutes
A man goes to meet his father for the first time with the hope of building a relationship. Instead he is caught up in a tale of hurt, loss, and sexual orientation.
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

MONSIEUR ETIENNE, Directed by Yann Chayia and Produced by Jean Des Forets
Narrative Short
22 minutes
An old man who spent his life arbitrating the arguments of his two best friends finds himself on the way to their funerals. Incapable of choosing between the two processions, he undertakes a long and contemplative walk. (In French with English Subtitles)
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University. (Also screens on Sunday, July 30 at 1:45PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Visit the MFA website for tickets.)

MORE PROGRAMS, LESS LOCKUP, Directed by Mishon Browne, Carlos Morino, Donsha Cureton, Ronneshia Bolden & Amilton Pires
Youth Produced
30 minutes
Since early 2005, youth organizers from the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) have been waging a campaign for youth jobs and safe neighborhoods. In this documentary, they explore the issue of violence among young people as a top environmental justice priority.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

MOVIN’ UP, Directed by Rudy Hypolite & Jose Soares and Produced by Rudy Hypolite
Documentary Short
59 minutes
Movin’ Up is an adaptation from a play written by Irma Askew, a former social worker with the Women’s Service Club. The story chronicles the migration of young, black women from rural towns in the south to work as domestics in cities like Boston and New York, during the 1960s. The Docudrama utilizes both the narrative storyline of the Anderson family as well as archival material and interviews with the members of the Women’s Service Club, to advance this untold piece of Boston’s history.
Sunday, July 30 at 12:30PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

MY BACKYARD WAS A MOUNTAIN, Directed by Adam Schlachter and Produced by Austin Wakefield
Narrative Short
24 minutes
Ten-year-old Adan lives a carefree life in the rural town of Palmarejo, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950′s, surrounded by his friends, his caring mother, Lilliam, and his beloved pet goat, Chivo. His father, Pablo, returns home from New York City after a brief absence, bringing good news that he has found employment there and announcing he will be moving the family to the distant city immediately. Although Adan initially thinks the trip will be fun and exciting, he discovers that he cannot take Chivo along with him. With the help of his childhood friend, Denise, Adan embarks on a quest to find a new home for his goat. (In Spanish with English subtitles)
VIEW TRAILER
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University. (Also screens on Sunday, July 30 at 1:45PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Visit the MFA website for tickets.)

THE NEGRO THEATRE PROJECT (work in progress), Directed & Produced by Lisa Simmons
12 minutes
The Negro Theater Project of 1935 proved to be the beginning of a great era for Black Theater in America. The WPA Negro Theater project, virtually unknown to Bostonians is an important part of Boston’s Black history. Plays were performed in and around the Roxbury Area from the High School of Practical Arts where they performed an all black version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, to 558 Mass Ave the League of Women for Community Service, to 464 Mass Ave at the Women’s Service Club and at the Repertory Theater, now BU’s Huntington Theater. Lisa Simmons whose family was involved in the project presents This documentary as a work in progress screening.
Sunday, July 30 at 11AM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
FREE – NO TICKET REQUIRED.

NO!, Directed and Produced by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Documentary Feature, Adult Content
94 minutes
Through intimate testimonies from Black women victim/survivors, commentaries from acclaimed African-American scholars and community leaders, archival footage, spirited music, dance, and performance poetry, NO! unveils the reality of rape, sexual violence, and healing in African-American communities. Eleven years in the making, this ground-breaking documentary explores how the collective silence about acts of rape and other forms of sexual assault adversely affects African-Americans, while simultaneously encouraging dialogue to bring about healing and reconciliation between all men and women.
Friday, July 28 at 8PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

THE NUMBERS, Directed by Leigh Dana Jackson and Produced by Sarah Bynum
Narrative Short
15 minutes
On Wall Street, it’s all about the numbers. But when Brady, a hard-working financial analyst, gets involved in a game of high-stakes poker with a group of corporate high rollers, he learns that although the numbers may not lie, the same can’t be said for his co-workers. In poker, as in the boardroom, the numbers can work for you or against you. Now, as his bosses sit for their final hand, Brady has to find a legal way to beat the corporate cheater in their midst.
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

OTRA VIDA (ANOTHER LIFE), Directed and Produced by Karry Fefer
Narrative Short, Mature Themes
18 minutes
Filmed in the Caribbean and Seattle, Another Life is a bicultural, bisexual and bilingual film that explores a woman’s search for that elusive place of acceptance and belonging.
Friday, July 28 at 6PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

OVER THE RIVER, Directed and Produced by Michael Kennedy
Narrative Short
9 minutes
Over the river… to grandmother’s house we go, as a lonely woman waits for her luck to change and gets an unexpected guest.
Friday, July 28 at 4PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

THE PROMISE KEEPER, Directed and Produced by Martin Whitehead
Narrative Feature, Violent Content
70 minutes
What happens when an ancient West African nail fetish makes its way to a thoroughly modern Chicago law firm? In THE PROMISE KEEPER, a supernatural entity, threatens the lives of three attorneys through the use of their drives and compulsions.
VIEW TRAILER
Saturday, July 29 at 2PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

QUE PAYASOS! (WHAT CLOWNS!), Directed and Produced by Anna Bowers
Documentary Short
14 minutes
Que Payasos! explores the lives of five hispanic clowns in the New York Metropolitan area. Through the eyes of newcomer, Lorenzo Martinez, we see the challenges clowns face and the compassion they exhibit in their quest to bring joy to people of all ages.
Saturday, July 29 at 4PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

RAG TAG, Directed by Adaora Nwandu and Produced by Uzomaka Nwandu
Narrative Feature, Adult Content
90 minutes
Raymond and Tagbo met when they were eight. Although from radically different worlds – Raymond/Rag is from a single parent West Indian home, while Tagbo/Tag is the only son of middle class Nigerian parents – they remain inseparable until the cusp of their teens, when Social Services takes Rag from London. Ten years later, Rag returns to find Tag. They still want to be together but now their feelings have grown into something far more complex and confusing. As tensions build, the two realize they both must decide how far they’re willing to go to satisfy newfound urges they can’t explain.
Friday, July 28 at 6PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

RALPH BUNCHE: A BLACK SCHOLAR INVESTIGATES COLONIALISM, Directed by William Greaves and Produced by Louise Greaves
Documentary Short
26 minutes
The film follows Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche’s travels in 1937 throughout Africa and around the world, as he observes and records the impact of colonialism on indigenous societies and cultures.
Saturday, July 29 at 6PM in the Blackman Auditorium at Ell Hall, Northeastern University.

RAZURATE, Directed and Produced by Rene Dongo
Youth Produced
5 minutes
A loving husband seeks the perfect razor to impress his wife.
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30AM at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall (RCAHH).

RELEASE, Directed by Nadine Patterson and Produced by Nancy Harrison & Jonathan Mcdermott
Narrative Short
13 minutes
Release is about the power of dance to communicate the things that we cannot easily express in words. Along with his wife Mira, Courtland was once a contemporary dancer in a company in London. Mira received an opportunity to work in the States and left Courtland and their daughter Skye. Now raising Skye with the help of her grandmother, Courtland has misgivings about his decision not to join Mira and keep the family together.
Sunday, July 30 at 1:45PM at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
VISIT THE MFA WEBSITE FOR TICKETS.

RESTRAINING ORDER, Directed by Reggie Gaskins and Produced by Paula D. Ferguson
Narrative Feature
106 minutes
A young idealistic attorney gets involved in the marital problems of his long time friend. Plot twists and turns punctuate a tale of love and deception in this classic suspense thriller. Stars Robin Givens, Sean Blakemore, Reggie Gaskins, N’Bushe Wright & James Avery.
REGGIE GASKINS AND N’BUSHE WRIGHT WILL BE PRESENT FOR Q&A.
Saturday, July 29 at 6PM in the Tower Auditorium at the Massachusetts College of Art.

REUNION, Directed by Sheila Marie Norman and Produced by Jerry L. Norman, III & Penny Styles McLean
Narrative Feature
110 minutes
A dying woman begrudgingly attends her family reunion, which is plagued with internal family rivalries including a longstanding antagonism between her and her younger sister.
VIEW TRAILER
Saturday, July 29 at 8PM in the Annex Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Panels & Workshops

From Stand Up to Feature Film: How Comedians Cross Over
Join Russ Parr and Guy Torry for a fun filled and informative workshop on the nuts and bolts of comedy and how you too can break in to the world of Radio, Television and Film. This workshop will be hands on and give pointers and tips on how to navigate the transitions.
Sponsored by Bank of America (www.bankofamerica.com)

Actors Workshop
This scene study workshop will offer participants with prepared scenes the opportunity to perform and have the scenes critiqued and discussed by veteran actor Michael Beach (Third Watch, Waiting to Exhale, Like Mike 2). In addition, Michael Beach will briefly discuss his acting career from Roxbury to LA.
Sponsored by Stagesource (www.stagesource.org)

Beyond Theatrical: New Opportunities for Distribution
From websites to ipods to coffee companies to museums, independent films are finding their way into the market by very unconventional means. Come hear about how you can get your films seen without relying on the traditional Hollywood theatrical release model.

The Business of Screenwriting
Writing a script is an art form, getting it sold or produced is another. In this panel, we will discuss current trends in screenwriting, in and out of Hollywood. Come hear real-life strategies for producing your screenplay and becoming a screenwriter.

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