SHORTS PROGRAM

At the Brink

Exploring the inevitability of mortality, this series of poetic shorts use elements of Afrosurrealism and fantasy to explore, test, and blur the fragile boundary between life and death.


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Experimental

{break}through

dir. Roni Henderson • United States, 2016, 14 min.

{break}through is an exploration of the emotional memory of water. We map, on the bodies of 9 dancers, the uprising of South Carolina’s waterways during the 2015 floods, in honor and memory of the fallen innocents of the Charleston 9 massacre. This film is a collaboration between renowned choreographer Kwame A. Ross; composer, Venecia Nahai, and director Roni Nicole Henderson.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Dirt

dir. Darius Clark Monroe • United States, 2015, 7 min.

Some things must die to live.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Experimental

Everybody Dies!

dir. Frances Bodomo • United States, 2016, 9 min.

Based on a dream of filmmaker Josephine Decker and originally part of the collective feature Collective:Unconscious, a commanding Tonya Pinkins hosts a sort of macabre TV kiddie show, the lesson of which is that no child is left behind by the Grim Reaper. This segment’s low-grade aesthetic lends a David Lynch-esque air of pop grotesquerie to the bleak message that mortality among African-American children is unfortunately commonplace.

EAST COAST PREMIERE

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Experimental

Love is the message, the message is Death

dir. Arthur Jafa • United States, 2016 , 7 min.

Taking the usher of the black church as its operative formal figure, this film presents a compilation of images that stand as witness to the state of Black America on the eve of the end of Obama.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Rigamo

dir. Che Grayson • United States, 2015, 13 min.

In the midst of family loss and tragedy, 6-year-old Kera Moore discovers she has the power to bring people back to life with her tears. However, she soon learns this gift requires an incredible sacrifice.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Savage vs. The Void

dir. Darren Wallace • United States, 2015, 18 min.

An afrosurreal voyage into the night of Troy Davis’ execution.

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Univitellin

dir. Terence Nance • France, 2016, 15 min.

A modern Romeo and Juliet meet on a city bus. Life is great when you’re in love. However, unfortunately, your fate has already been sealed.

EAST COAST PREMIERE