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Saturday, Aug. 4, 10:00 AM


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Dazed and displaced. In the 21st century, gentrification is a grim reality that communities around the world are forced to contend with. Through comedy, experimental form, and the horror genre, these films tackle multiple consequences of displacement and community separation.

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White Knuckle

Dir. Xavier Coleman • United States, 2018, 23 min.

When a serial killer begins targeting the gentrifiers of a dwindling, historically Black neighborhood, three young adults attempt to determine the murderer’s identity… before they’re next.

Philadelphia Premiere

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Civic Mind

Dir. Adonis Williams • United States, 2017, 19 min.

A teenage, NYPD volunteer goes undercover to purchase alcohol and other items not permitted to be sold to minors. His methods are put into question when the biggest bust of his career is done illegally, jeopardizing everything he’s worked for and threatening a gentrifying, Brooklyn community.

Philadelphia Premiere

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Hair Wolf

Dir. Mariama Diallo • United States, 2017, 12 min.

In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Philadelphia Premiere

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EXPERIMENTAL

I Don’t Protest, I Just Dance In My Shadow

Dir. Jessica Ashman • United Kingdom, 2017, 5 min.

I Don’t Protest, I Just Dance In My Shadow is a short, visual essay by artist and animator, Jessica Ashman, about navigating the visual art and animation world as a black face in a white space. Using animation and recorded interviews of eight other women of color artists, I Don’t Protest, I Just Dance In My Shadow is an abstract confessional from the director herself: a visualisation of the joy, frustration, wishes and dreams of what it feels like to be a black woman and a woman of color artist, creating and existing.

Philadelphia Premiere

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Blueberry

Dir. Martina Lee • United States, 2018, 16 min.

Blueberry is a short film about an Afrocentric podcast host, Lyric Hayes, in search of his greatest idol and best-selling author, Harambe Cornell. Lyric is in the middle of seducing a hippie yoga instructor on his show when he learns she has information that will help him find Cornell. Unfortunately, he is forced to take care of his six-year-old son Jacob, who dresses in a blueberry costume. On the road trip to find his hero, Lyric discovers that his greatest teacher isn’t Cornell, but his son Jacob, the blueberry.

Philadelphia Premiere