SHORTS

Rooted

Sunday, August 7 • 12:00pm • Pearlstein Gallery

In this shorts program we explore the different ways that our familial relationships function. Ultimately they prod at the tensions to shed light on how parents, siblings, and even ancestors make their mark on our lives.


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Adé

dir. Marques Green • United States, 2015, 12 min.

A young man’s past catches up with him when his estranged wife, who suffers from bipolar disorder, returns with a child he does not know. 

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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January 30th

dir. Felicia Harden-Bradford • United States, 2014, 15 min.

Rocky Lands is struggling with what she has to face tomorrow and decides she must make what seems like a typical day into something special. When the sun goes down and Rocky returns home with the kids, she readies herself for the inevitable and she must decide whether to go through the experience alone or be willing to accept a helping hand.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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Little Beating Heart

dir. Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich • United States, 2016, 10 min.

After moving to a new city, a woman finds herself spending the holidays alone.

EAST COAST PREMIERE

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Macho

dir. Faren Humes • United States, 2016, 16 min.

The killing of a transgender woman causes a rift within the small town of Sanderson, Florida, testing the bond between a conservative uncle and his effeminate nephew.

EAST COAST PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Must All Be Fed

dir. Taryn Lee Crenshaw • United States, 2015, 12 min.

Weaving past and present, the fabric of history unfolds for a contemporary Black family as the voices of two matriarchs reflect the strength of ancestry and what it truly means to “pass it on.” Threads of tradition trace a legacy of education, music and food as surviving elders trace back memories and values from old times to new.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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See My Dreams Come True

dir. Vernon Jordan, III • United States, 2016, 6 min.

A poetic work exploring the relationship between Black youth and the liberating possibilities of an unshackled body and imagination, See My Dreams Come True is the story of two ancestor spirit children who visit a young artist’s dreams. Through their own time warping and through their own joys they push the young artist to confront his art.

WORLD PREMIERE

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The Sibling Code

dir. Roberta Marie Munroe • United States, 2016, 7 min.

Dysfunctional but loving siblings Sheryl and Austin meet up at a funeral home to plan a funeral. Sheryl finds comfort in order and wants a beautiful mahogany casket, with satin as soft as butter and a monogram that would make Martha Stewart proud. Austin, a free-spirited hipster who spends his time creating YouTube videos of neighborhood animals, believes the ashes should be released into the wind. It is one thing for Austin and Sheryl to take each other down, but neither takes kindly to the funeral director butting in and questioning their choices. That’s the sibling code.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

That’s Why HE Made Momma

dir. Lendl Tellington • United States, 2016, 11 min.

A family comes to terms with the death of their matriarch.

WORLD PREMIERE

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