Roxbury International Film Festival

2007 Roxbury Film Festival

The 9th Annual Roxbury Film Festival took place on August 1-5, 2007.


2007 Film Festival Awards

Thank you to everyone who made the 2007 Roxbury Film Festival a success: the filmmakers, the films, the actors, the panelists, the audience, the volunteers and of course the Roxbury Film Festival Planning Committee.

The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in
Documentary Filmmaking

“Silent Choices”
Director Faith Pennick

The Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker
Director Faith Kakulu

Best of Festival Award
“I’m Through with White Girls”
Director Jennifer Sharp

The Audience Favorite Award
“I’m Through with White Girls”
Director Jennifer Sharp

The Award for Best Short Film
Director Randi Dottin

The Award for Most Original Voice (New England Filmmaker)
“Fishers of a Second Chance”
Director Lanice Lumpkins-Bryant

The Award for Best Youth Filmmaker
“What It’s like to be Homeless”
Director Andre Woodberry

The Films

Directed & Produced by Kia Michette

1 Brick at a Time
Directed & Produced by Frederico Muchnik

7500 Miles to Redemption
Directed by Emiko Omori
Produced by Emiko Omori and Tinh Mahong

All About Us
Directed my Christine Swanson
Produced by Michael Swanson

America the Beautiful
Directed by Darryl Roberts
Produced by Darryl Roberts, Kurt Engfehr, Michael Beach, and Stela Georgieva

And Then Came Love
Directed by Richard Schenkman
Produced by Cathya Jentis, Verne Mattson, and Anthony Vorhies

August the First
Directed Lanre Olabisi
Produced by ‘Gabriel Swede’ Sedgwick

Autumn’s Turn
Directed by Faith Kakula
Produced by Kimberly Rice

Be the Man
Directed by Matthew Jones
Produced by Joshua Sikora

Directed & Produced by Brynmore Williams

A Bullet of Knowledge
Directed by Nicole Parker
Produced by Jibril Haynes

Directed & Produced by Kolton Lee

Directed by Ty Walker and Candra Magee
Produced by Ty Walker and Catina Jones

The Countdown
Directed & Produced by Rene Dongo

The Day of My Wedding
Directed & Produced by Thato Mwosa

Desarrollo Humano
Directed & Produced by David Munoz

Directed & Produced by Brandon Harrington

Directed & Produced by Brandon Harris

Fishers of a Second Chance
Directed and Produced by L.L. Lumpkins-O’Bryant
and Produced by RL O’Bryant

Flowers Don’t Last
Directed & Produced by Ilya Gorovatsky

Girls Digital

Nina Baby
Directed by Clyde Mason
Produced by Katie Mustard

Open Secrets
Directed by Faith Kakulu
Produced by Jacob Motz

Directed by Dee Rees
Produced by Nekisa Cooper

Pedestrian Gallery
Directed by Raven Jensen, Elliot Lobell, Shane Ferrer-Sheehy & Kenneth Crutchfield
Produced by Tribeca Film Institute

Pop Foul
Directed & Produced by Moon Molson

Quincy & Althea
Directed by Doug Lenox
Produced by Andrea Wilbon

Directed by Eddie Boles
Produced by Anastasia Boles & Jodi Smith

Directed & Produced by Tami Ravid

Segregating the Greatest Generation
Directed & Produced by Woodie King, Jr.
Also Produced by National Black Touring Circuit

Shot in the Hood
Directed & Produced by Bill Willis

Silent Choices
Directed & Produced by Faith Pennick

The Souls of Black Girls
Directed & Produced by Daphane Valarius

Directed by Tamika Lamison
Produced by Johnny Silver & Camille Tucker

Streets 2 Suites
Directed by Marquette Jones
Produced by Danielle Bailey

Directed by Darius Monroe
Produced by Tiffany Achane

Directed & Produced by Jorge Moran, Jr.

This Is Nollywood
Directed & Produced by Franco Sacchi

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man
Directed by Robin Shuffield
Produced by Prodolphe Dietrich

A Walk to Beautiful
Directed & Produced by Mary Olive Smith
Also Produced by Steven Engel & Allison Shigo

The Wannabe
Directed & Produced by Andrew Reuland

We Are Together
Directed & Produced by Paul Taylor
Also Produced by Teddy Leifer

What It’s Like to be Homeless
Directed & Produced by Andre Woodberry

When Spirits Dance
Directed & Produced by Susan Talibah Kennedy

When the World Runs Dry
Directed & Produced by Kameko Gregory

Directed & Produced by Ella Turenne

Workshops & Panels

Actor’s Workshop with Susan Batson
Ms. Batson will walk a selected group of actors through a series of exercises in this workshop. Each exercise contains a short text or situation defined by a simple given circumstance, this is followed by an emotional flexibility exercise, which combines a sense memory, a personalization, and a sensory condition specific to each scenario. Iin each combination actors have fifteen minutes to break down the beats of the text and prepare themselves to communicate the words, meaning and the story. Participants for the Susan Batson Acting Workshop have been chosen by lottery. Audience gallery tickets are still available.

Getting What You Need: An Inside Guide to Financing and Supporting Indie Film
Everyone and anyone can be a filmmaker these days, but it takes money and other resources to make this dream come true. Take an inside look at how some people have funded their films through individuals, foundations and corporations and get tips on how to get your project in front of people with money or other resources to make your film happen. If you have a project or want to invest in a project with money, time or in-kind support, this panel will help you figure out how to do just that.

Facebook your Film: Creating Content for New Media
Technology continues to expand and excite filmmaking by providing new opportunities and access to the field. Social Networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube provide filmmakers alternate ways for screening, promoting and developing audiences for their films. Sites like Bittorrent and Atomfilms offer distribution through downloading and streaming films or just by viewing ads, so filmmakers can make money! Blip TV, Clickstar, “” these new media resources are just the tip of the iceberg. This fascinating panel is perfect for veteran filmmakers, newbies and amateurs alike who want to utilize the amazing resources for filmmakers on the web.


Scandalize My Name: Stereotypes, Image-making, I-miss, Nappy-breaking
Have today’s black filmmakers gone awry in creating black images for the screen? Is it easier to make a film that glamorizes black males as players, hustlers, drug-lords, and pimps instead of stock-brokers, fathers, firemen, and teachers? Was JJ from Good Times a positive image when compared to Djay in Hustle and Flow? Do these stereotypes fit into the glorification of violence in media in general (i.e. the run-away hit The Sopranos), and with the negative messages and images of Black males in the media, or do they reflect reality? This engaging panel confronts these questions as we examine the state of Black Film today. This is a discussion that you cannot miss!

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