Tchaiko Omawale, USA, 13 min.
Narrative

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Sole, a socially awkward recluse, discovers through her window-watching that her pretty and popular neighbor Jasmine has a secret.

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Dir. Nuala Cabral, USA, 4 min

Experimental

Nuala Cabral entered into anti-street harassment activism in 2009 with this short film. Walking Home attempts to question and disrupt the acceptance around these normalized, everyday interactions.

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Nisa Ra, USA, 20 min
Documentary

A documentary short exploring successful and lasting relationships in the African American community.

Nisa Ra will be present for Q&A after the screening!

 


Created by Brandon Pankey
Written by Davian Peat

Synopsis

Would You Be Mine? is a half-hour comedy-drama about Terrance Wayne’s journey of love, career and friendship. It all starts with the young, successful marketing executive standing at the altar awaiting his beautiful bride. However, we don’t see this bride and the story of who Terrance chooses as his wife unfolds over a long flashback that encompasses the entire series. Terrance’s best friends during this time are Sharif, a talented but immature music producer; and Lisa, a stunning Philadelphia socialite attending law school. In the beginning; Terrance is an intern at the powerful Blake Montgomery marketing firm in Philadelphia and is in a budding relationship with Renee Covington, a centered, altruistic elementary school teacher. Terrance is smart and charming and quickly earns the respect of Barry (the firm’s President), Jason White (the firm’s most valuable executive), and Brittany Wright; a fiercely ambitious junior marketing associate new to the company. The question in Season 1 will be: Can Terrance successfully balance the often conflicting demands of friendship, career, and romance in the fast, concrete, winner-take-all city of Philadelphia?

Pilot Episode Synopsis

The episode begins with Terrance at the altar on his wedding day. As his mystery bride walks down the aisle; Terrance reflects on the path that brought him to this point in life. He begins his story with the day that his friend Lisa reluctantly agrees to meet his new girlfriend Renee only if Terrance dumps all of the other women he is dating. Terrance obliges and Lisa and his other best friend Sharif accompany him on his break up mission.

About Davian Peat

Davian Peat is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, poet, & songwriter. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, New York; the ambitious scribe aims to produce work that is lush with wit & a biting sense of humor. His debut stage play, “One Nation Under God” premiered at the Players Theatre in New York City on April 6, 2012. Davian Peat has read his poetry at the Brooklyn Book Festival and has been published in Don Diva Magazine, Urban Ink Magazine, Vibe.com, AllHipHop.com, Adafi, and Legacy Volumes One & Two. He is currently writing and producing the web sitcom, “Roomies”.

 

About Brandon Pankey

Coming soon.


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Dir. Jason Orr, USA, 134 minutes
Documentary

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Presented by Philly360°

This film is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980′s through to the early 2000′s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry as well as the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, a music and artistic renaissance movement born out of Atlanta’s diverse musical and cultural arts heritage. The film covers the decade when Atlanta’s underground music scene became established on the world stage and a new generation of soul singers and musicians emerged. FunkJazz Kafé:Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) also explores the question of how we got to live soul bands being non-existing in the commercial music landscape of the 21st century when there once was a plethora of soul and R&B bands since the creation of recorded music.

Appearances by:

CORNEL WEST, DICK GREGORY, DALLAS AUSTIN, ERYKAH BADU, CARON WHEELER, LARRY MIZELL, JOI GILLIAM, GEORGE CLINTON, CEE LO GREEN, JILL SCOTT, ROY AYERS, JAMIE FOXX, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, LIL’ JOHN ROBERTS, THE CHRONICLE, GOODIE MOB, DOUG E. FRESH, JANELLE MONAE, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO, CHUCK D, PROFESSOR GRIFF, OMAR LYE-FOOK, MC LYTE, TALIB KWELI, COMMON, JAMAL AHMAD, ANTHONY DAVID, RAY MURRAY, ANDRE 3000, N’DEA DAVENPORT, ALGEBRA, LERONDE WILLIAMS, KEVIN POWELL, LOOSE ENDS, BILAL, DIONNE FARRIS, VAN HUNT, ERIC ROBERSON, DONNIE, LADY ALMA, BONE CRUSHER, STICMAN of DEAD PREZ, DJ KEMIT and SPEECH.

Jason Orr will be present for Q&A after the screening!

 


Dir. Roni Nicole, USA, 7 min
Documentary

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

Roni Nicole will be present for Q&A after the screening!

Atlanta is the first installment of a series exploring the enigmatic brilliance of Bilal Oliver.  In Episode 1, Bilal soaks in the energy of a rainy Atlanta day, spends a cool night vibing with fans at eclectic music store, Moods Music and bears the pain of beauty at ATL’s dopest tattoo parlor, City of Ink. As fans from all over the Southeast gather to rock out at Bilal’s early March 2012 show, we close this chapter wanting to know more of what one of our time’s most unique voices has to say. Conceived and executive produced by Bilal Oliver and Hans Elder.


Dir. Steve Zegans, USA, 15 min

Documentary

NOTE: This is a 15-minute preview of the forthcoming feature documentary. Director Steve Zegans and Res will be in attendance for a Q&A.

I met Res in the fall of 2010 at a small Sunday night show in Philadelphia. Her live show was so impressive and entertaining, but I really couldn’t believe that so few people knew about Res and the great music I was able to check out live for just $7. I asked her if she would let me follow her as she recorded new music, toured the country and hustled to get her music and name back out there. This film is an honest and up close look at what being an independent artist feels like. Ever loved a recording artist and wonder whatever happened them? Or perhaps you were crazy about a song and wanted to know why it wasn’t a bigger hit? Res (Shareese Ballard) is a wildly talented soul -rock singer who released her major label debut (“How I Do”) in 2001. The album’s single “They Say Vision” went Top 40 and reached number 1 on the dance charts. Other singles like “Golden Boys” and “Ice King” all received radio play. The album was well reviewed and has gone on to be considered a cult classic. Res completed work on a second album (Black Girls Rock!) which was planned for a 2004-2005 release and began performing these songs during her live show. After some label shakeups the album would be delayed then ultimately shelved. This provoked Res to break away from her label and go independent. During this time, working on new music with Talib Kweli under the name “Idle Warship” kept Res busy. In 2008, Res officially moved back east and started creating new music in Philly and New York City. At times Res thought about giving up the dream and living a “normal life” but she stayed determined. Now an EP of Fleetwood Mac cover songs are on the horizon and in November 2011 “Habits of the Heart”, the debut release from Idle Warship, was released. Res is currently recording new music for her untitled third solo project. “The Res Documentary” follows Res between 2010 to present time. The film gives an up close look at the highs and lows of being an independent recording artist after being signed to a major label. Res opens up like never before by exposing you to her creative process and real life on and off the road.  This documentary also includes incredible live renditions of released material as well as songs that have never been heard before.

 

 


Join director, Steve Zegans, and rock-soul singer, Res, the artist at the center of his new work, The Res Documentary, for a special conversation between filmmaker and subject. This will be a rare opportunity to hear both perspectives on a critical issue in documentary film – how the filmmaker portrays their subject. Steve and Res will share their experience of working together to bring audiences this up-close story of the highs and lows of her life as an independent recording artist. What is it like to be a subject where the intimacies of your life are being captured for the world to see? How were decisions made about what and what not to shoot? How can the filmmaker stay true to their subject while making a compelling story for the audience? This conversation will be moderated by filmmaker Chakka Reeves, co-founder of the Free Film Collective.

 

About The Res Documentary

Ever loved a recording artist and wonder whatever happened them? Res (Shareese Ballard) is a wildly talented soul -rock singer who released her major label debut (“How I Do”) in 2001. Singles like “Ice King” received substantial radio play and the album has gone on to be considered a cult classic. Res completed work on a second album (Black Girls Rock!), which would be ultimately shelved. This provoked Res to break away from her label and go independent. During this time, working on new music with Talib Kweli under the name “Idle Warship” kept Res busy. In 2008, Res officially moved back east and started creating new music in Philly and New York City. Following Res from 2010 to present the “Res Documentary” gives us a performance filled, up close look at the highs and lows of being an independent recording artist after being signed to a major label.

 

About Steve Zegans

Steve Zegans has worked for DreamWorks in animation (“Shrek 2”) and features (“Norbit”, “Transformers”) Later, Steve became a creative executive for Ozla Films (“The Ring) where he’s a co producer on “Haunted Song” produced by Phoenix Pictures (“Black Swan”). Based in Manhattan, Steve started the production company Laurette Lane.  Laurette Lane is developing a TV series with Ish Entertainment and is in post-production for the upcoming “The Res Documentary”. He is represented by The Abrams Agency.


Dir. Oliver Hardt, Germany, 100 min.

Documentary

USA PREMIERE

A road trip to the spiritual sources of black American culture. The film’s main character is African-American writer Darius James who is known for his often bitingly satirical and self-ironic texts on music, film and literature. The film’s story begins when Darius´ world is turned inside out after his father´s death. Uprooted from his life in Berlin, he unwillingly returns to his childhood home. All that remains from his father is his mask collection and a cardboard box filled with ashes. His father had been a painter and sculptor, his work drawing deeply on manifestations of African-based spirituality. Yet while he lived he fiercely rejected any idea of being inspired by the old gods of Africa. Back in a house that is now his, but not quite, Darius finds himself confronted with many questions about his own life. In need of answers he sets off on a search, not for his roots but for traces of the spiritual energy that fueled and informed a whole culture. Darius´ journey begins in the urban intellectual milieu of New York City, then following the traces of popular Voodoo myths and legends to Mississippi and New Orleans. From there he moves on to Oakland, Seattle and Chicago. He immerses himself in the fabric of urban creativity where he encounters artists, musicians, writers, spiritual leaders and scholars. He finds out that the African gods have taken on new forms since their arrival on North America’s shores. Their spirit now manifests itself in turn-table wizardry, improvisational skills and mind-blowing collages, performances, and rituals. He also finds out that an age old figure from the voodoo pantheon, a divine trickster who comes with many names, plays a major role in all of this…

Oliver Hardt will be present for Q&A after the screening!