SHORTS

All Ages

Saturday, August 6 •10:00am • Pearlstein Gallery

This collection of family-friendly shorts has appeal for all ages! Bring the kids with you to enjoy these educational stories with messages of loving yourself, facing fear, respecting elders, and more.


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Experimental

Heroes of Color

dir. David Heredia • United States, 2015, 3 min.

An award-winning, educational whiteboard web series celebrating the outstanding achievements of people of color from different ethnic backgrounds.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Holding History: The Collections of Charles L. Blockson

dir. Cheraine Stanford • United States, 2016, 16 min.

Holding History tells the story of Charles L. Blockson’s lifelong journey to unearth and preserve the history, culture, and contributions of people of African descent.

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

In This World

dir. Kelly Creedon • United States, 2015, 15 min.

15-year-old Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox is a triple threat: an actor, singer and comedian, destined to perform sold-out shows in L.A. He is planning the talent show he is sure will launch his career in front of hordes of adoring fans. But first he must navigate the challenging landscape of adolescence, a tumultuous time that brings a new sense of independence along with a search for self and longing for acceptance. For Vosiey, growing up in inner-city Durham, NC, that means struggling to find his place in a complex and often contradictory world. As he treads the tenuous line between childhood and adulthood and between dreams and reality, he undertakes a relentless quest to escape into the spotlight, no matter what.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

TRAILER

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SHORT NARRATIVE

The Jump

dir. Jamal Hodge • United States, 2016, 7 min.

As a child, Eric believed that the water was magical. In the water, there was nothing he couldn’t do. But a life-changing encounter with bullies at a pool planted seeds of self-doubt. Still haunted by the experience as an adult, Eric decides that the only way to take back control over his life is to get back into the water. If he can face his fears 30 feet above the water, then he’ll rediscover his magic and realize he has had the power to conquer his fears all along.

EAST COAST PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Kooshma

dir. Chelsea Charles • United States, 2016, 11 min.

A coming of age story about thirteen-year-old Sullivan who is awakened to the realization that, due to his bad behavior, he is being sent to Louisiana to visit his grandmother. Upon spending his first night in his grandmother’s mysterious old house, he experiences what feels like a supernatural experience with a demon. When he tries to recount the story to his grandmother, she laughs and brushes it off as Sullivan being under the curse of the Kooshma. After an explanation of this horrible Cajun witch who haunts misbehaved children in their sleep, he struggles to find a way to right all his wrong doings, to make Kooshma leave him alone forever.

WORLD PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Negro Hair Petting Zoo

dir. Carrie Hawks • United States, 2015, 1 min.

This film pokes fun at the exotic mystique of black hair.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Too Black

dir. Mayson Minor • United States, 2016, 5 min.

A young black girl receives words of wisdom from her grandmother as she struggles with bullying and attacks on her self-image.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE