17 Blocks tells the story of the Rothbard family, including
their battles with drug addictions and gun violence all through two decades of
Director: Davy Rothbart
Writer: Jennifer Tiexiera
Producers: Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark, Marc
Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz, Davy Rothbart
Cast: Cheryl Sanford, Emmanuel Durant, Jr., Akil
“Smurf” Sanford, Denice Sanford-Durant, Justin Sanford, Carmen Payne
The Apollo tells the history of the Apollo theater in Harlem through a look at the performances of “Between the World and Me.”
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Writer: Cassidy Hartmann, Jean Tsien
Producers: Lisa Cortes, Nigel Sinclair, Jeanne Elfant Festa,
Cassidy Hartmann, Roger Ross Williams
Cast: Pharrell Williams, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Smokey Robinson
Burning Cane tells the story of a religious mother in rural
Louisiana who struggles with her faith while caring for her troubled son.
Director: Phillip Youmans (also: writer, cinematographer,
editor, and producer)
Producers: Wendell Pierce, Mose Mayer, Ojo Akinlana, Karen
Kaia Livers, Cassandra Youmans
Cast: Wendell Pierce, Karen Kaia Livers, Dominique
McClellan, Braelyn Kelly
Changing the Game
This documentary tells the stories of transgender high
school athletes as they move through the trials of discrimination.
Director: Michael Barnett
Writer: Michael Barnett, Michael Mahaffie
Producers: Clare Tucker, Alex Schmider
Cast: Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood
Devil’s Pie is about the true story of D’Angelo as he steps
back into the public eye after his disappearance in 2000. Bijlsma follows his
story as he prepares a comeback tour.
Director: Carine Bijlsma (also: writer and cinematographer)
Producers: Mira Mendel, René Mendel, Julia Nottingham,
Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Cast: D’Angelo, Questlove, Alan Leeds
Gay Chorus Deep South
In this film, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ventures on
a bus tour throughout the Deep South. Along the way, they encounter troubles
with intolerance, and share their stories of coming out.
Director: David Charles Rodrigues
Writer: David Charles Rodrigues, Jeff Gilbert
Producers: Bud Johnston, Jesse Moss
Cast: The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Oakland Interfaith
Gospel Choir, Dr. Tim Seelig, Ashlé, Jimmy White
Gully tells the story of three teenagers who, after surviving
hellish circumstances as children, discover something that sends them on a
violent binge through dystopian LA.
Director: Nabil Elderkin
Writer: Marcus Guillory
Producers: Brad Feinstein, Tom Butterfield, Ben Pugh, Corey
Smyth, Alex Georgio
Cast: Terrence Howard, Amber Heard, Kelvin Harrison Jr.,
Charlie Plummer, Jacob Latimore, Jonathan Majors, John Corbett, Robin Givens
Goldie cares for her sisters while her mother is in jail,
all the while dreaming of being a star. This story follows her on her journey
to fame as a dancer that might just be risking it all.
Director: Sam De Jong (also: writer)
Producers: Luca Borghese, Ben Howe
Cast: Slick Woods, George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Khris Davis, Marsha Stephanie Blake, A$AP Ferg
Inna de Yard: The Soul of Jamaica
Inna de Yard aims to tell the stories of the Reggae artists
who did not make it to international fame with their contemporary Bob Marley.
This film chronicles the experiences of Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I,
and Cedric Myton as they embark on their first international tour.
Director: Peter Webber (also: writer)
Producers: Gael Nouaille, Laurent Flahault, Laurent Baudens
Cast: Ken Boothe, Kiddus, Winston McAnuff, Cedric Myton, Judy Mowatt
A Kid from Coney Island
This documentary tells the story of NBA star Stephon Marbury
from his childhood in Coney Island through his professional career as a
basketball player. The film showcases friends and family discussing the
hardships and joys of being along for the ride.
Director: Chike Ozah & Coodie Simmons (also: writers)
Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Jason Samuels
Lil’ Buck: Real Swan
Lil’ Buck’s dancing stardom began on the streets of Memphis,
where this film follows his story through his instant fame borne of a viral
Director: Louis Wallecan (also: writer)
Producers: Victor Lech, Craten Jai Armmer , Lil’ Buck, Nadim Cheikhouha, Machine Molle
After an inexplicable plague wipes out almost all the
females on earth, Eva is the only woman left alive. Due to the global
situation, Eva is secretly quarantined. This drama watches as Eva escapes with
her partner Will and ventures into the mysterious world outside.
Genre: Romance, Drama, Science Fiction
Director: Takashi Doscher (also: writer)
Producers: Eyal Rimmon, Gabrielle Pickle
Cast: Freida Pinto, Leslie Odom Jr., Chandler Riggs, Jayson Warner Smith, Tia Hendricks
The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion
In this film, we discover how hip-hop revolutionized fashion
globally and watch the developments of cultures generated by this change.
Directors: Lisa Cortés, Farah X
Producer: Lisa Cortés
Cast: Misa Hylton, April Walker, Dapper Dan, Kerby Jean-Raymond
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
Marion Stokes has long been famous for recording 70,000 VHS
tapes of daily television. This film revisits her story with a modern media
outlook, and strives to highlight her mark on history.
Director: Matt Wolf
Producers: Kyle Martin, Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak
Two 17 year olds – Gyllen and William – embark on a border
crossing venture in the search for Gyllen’s real father. While looking for
family, the pair finds comfort in their shared and unlikely friendship.
Director: Sebastian Schipper (also: writer)
Writers: Oliver Ziegenbalg
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, Moritz Bleibtreu
See You Yesterday
In this film, two teenage prodigies – CJ Walker and
Sebastian Thomas – build a time machine with the goal of saving CJ’s brother
from being murdered by a police officer.
Director: Stefon Bristol (also: writer)
Writer: Fredrica Bailey
Producers: Spike Lee, Jason Sokoloff, Lauren Owen, Matthew
Cast: Eden Duncan Smith, Dante Crichlow
What’s My Name | Muhummad Ali
This documentary is the telling of Muhummad Ali’s life
through his own voice, with the inclusion of never-before-seen footage.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Steven Leckart
Producer: Sean Stuart
Executive Producers: LeBron James and Maverick Carter
A stand-up comic tries desperately to get over her ex but
ends up on a trip with him and his new girlfriend to a bed and breakfast.
Perhaps an easy-on-the-eyes stranger will be the good luck Zadie needs to pull
herself out of her unfortunate third-wheel situation. Director: Stella Meghie
(also: writer and producer
Producers: Stephanie Allain, Mel Jones, Sarah Lazow, James
Cast: Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise, Kym Whitley and Y’lan Noel
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
Sacha Jenkins tells the story of Wu-Tang Clan bandmembers
through their own voices in this documentary moving through their lives from
the Park Hill projects to global fame.
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Writers: Paul Greenhouse, Peter J. Scalettar
Producer: Mass Appeal, Endeavor Content
Cast: RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon da Chef, Masta Killa, Cappadonna
St Louis Superman
After the death of Michael Brown, St Louis rapper and
activist, Bruce Franks Jr, is inspired to run for office in Missouri, a mostly
white, Republican House. He wins, a feat for the history books, and this film
follows him through his first year in office.
Directors: Smriti Mundhra, Sami Khan (also: producers)
Cast: Bruce Franks Jr., King Bruce Franks III
All on a Mardi Gras Day
This film delves into the culture of the Mardi Gras Indians,
who work all year to create feathered suits to wear in a competition to deem
who is “the prettiest.”
Director: Michal Pietrzyk (also: writer and producer)
Producer: Celeste Caliri, Gabriel Bienczycki, David Favret
Cast: Big Chief Demond Melancon, Alicia Winding, Spyboy
Walter “Trigga” Blakk, Spyboy Rashaud “Shaudy” Brown
This short film chronicles the life of Arthur Ashe, the
first Black man o win the US Open Tennis Championship.
Project Creator: Brad Lichtenstein
Producer: Madeline Power
Cast: Chris Eubanks, Alex LaCroix
Accused No. 2: Walter Sisulu
This film focuses on the story of Walter Sisulu who was
involved in the political wars fought by Nelson Mandela. Sisulu’s story is
discovered in a collection of 256 hours of the recorded Rivonia trial archives.
Project Creators: Nicolas Champeaux, Gilles Porte
This film tells the true story of women forced to flee
Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. In the course of the film, they bond as
family and seek a new stability together.
Director: Nadia Hallgren (also: cinematographer)
Producer: Lauren Cioffi
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