Short Narrative

Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab Films

World premiere of four short films produced in BlackStar’s Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab.

Co-presented by Expressway Cinema Rentals, Leeway Foundation, Xfinity, and All Ages Productions.



In the early 1960s, a budding soul music label brings in a savvy group of local teenage musicians to offer feedback and inspiration to its early signees.

  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Julian Turner
  • Premiere: World

Ourika is reborn, out of the blob, and finally free.

  • Runtime: 25 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Xenia Matthews
  • Premiere: World
Short Narrative

The Love Machine

After successfully building a time machine that uses love to help heal and replace harmful childhood memories, a teenage scientist/influencer puts his new invention to the test to challenge intergenerational trauma.

  • Runtime: 9 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Jasmine Lynea
  • Premiere: World
Short Narrative

Tonight, We Eat Flowers

Luis, a recent immigrant who sells "hold music" and Jamilah, a gourmet chef stuck working in a cubicle, fall in love under unlikely circumstances that involve absolutely terrible music, a lot of blood, and edible flowers.

  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Bettina Escauriza
  • Premiere: World

Co-presented by

Screening Partner

Big Picture Alliance


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Access to all online screenings. ($125)

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