narrative shorts.


Friday Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


Having loved and lost the same man, two women meet at the funeral of their ex-husband for the first time to settle a $1M life insurance policy.  Working  together they put their past in the ground once and for al


Directed by: Sam Williamsonl

Saturday, Oct. 5 / 9:00a-10:00a / Watkins


What if…Then What? is a dramatic story of a friendship being torn apart by bullying. It follows 11-year-old, Cameron Walker and his friendship with Kyle Morris. Cameron is aware that they are growing apart from one another which started when Kyle joined the school’s basketball team. What begins as harmless “roasting” from Kyle's teammates, turns into full blown bullying. Though it bothers Cameron, he tolerates it because he knows how important basketball is to Kyle. But he can no longer take the public disgracing. Cameron is determined to get even with Kyle and his teammates for bullying him.

Directed by Squeaky Moore

Friday Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


While incarcerated, Cyrus Bishop found solace in the prison kitchen, befriending the prison chef and discovering a passion for cooking. Now that his sentence is up, he must decide whether to return home to Tremé, New Orleans, or pursue his newfound passion by enrolling in a prestigious, all-white culinary arts school.  'Simmer" is a 15-minute short film, and a proof of concept for a feature screenplay by Owen Schwartzbard and Derrick Haggerty.

Directed by Owen Schwartzbard

Saturday, October 5 / 10:00a – 12:00p


From Jamaica, the little island of big dreams, an inner city youth KEMAR has the biggest dream of all – to fly to the moon.   At its core, this is a story that explores dreams bigger than us, what fuels them, what stands in the way of them, their ability to transport us and those around us, if they take FLIGHT.

Directed by Kia Moses, Adrian McDonald

Saturday, October 5 / 10:00a – 12:00p


Homelessness is not a choice. A bad decision, a natural disaster, or even the loss of a job can result in homelessness.

Directed by Vickie Adams

Thursday, October 3 / 7:30p – 9:15p


A father and son discuss police shootings in America

Friday, Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


A mismatched quartet of not-so-honorably discharged military veterans unleash the good, the bad and the dark side of patriotism on Hollywood.  Discharged follows four veteran friends navigating their military transition. After discharging from the military due to PTSD, Axel (a Marine Corps veteran) had given up on finding employment until he landed a multi-million dollar contract as a Stuntman. Remembering his oath to never leave a fallen comrade, Axel employs his battle buddies (also veterans) as part of his management team and they all head off to Hollywood in search of their next chapter.

Directed by Jas Boothe

Saturday Oct. 5 / 9:00a-10:00a / Watkins


CHI-nanigans follows the adventures of mischievous tween-aged siblings, Foster and Marie, as they come of age in a diverse neighborhood learning how to accept and understand their own differences, and those of the other's they interact with at school and in their community.

Directed by Jill Ross

Friday Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


An adopted African-American named Lewis Clark, falls in love with a young woman named Lisa Adams, who has an unusual condition. Every hour, her skin magically changes color and she turns into 5 different races. Lewis and Lisa struggle with their relationship as Lisa continuously changes skin color, and the two of them explore their own opinions about race and how much it really matters in their relationship.

Directed by Sreejith Nair

Friday Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


A  Award Winning  Drama about a young African American man who spends his last free day before heading to prison apologizing to everyone near and dear to him for betraying their trust in him.

Directed by Marcellus Cox

Saturday, October 5 / 2:15p – 3:45p


It’s the first day back at school for the faculty and students of Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, after a fight between two students from rival neighborhoods resulted in the death of a fellow student, left others injured and changed the community forever. 

Directed by DeShawn Plair

Friday, Oct. 4 / 1:15p-3:15p / Watkins


Fante Mingo is a famous novelist who finds the cure for his writer’s block. The mystery of his wife’s death as the backdrop of his most personal novel and possibly his magnum opus. Leads him in world of drugs, gangsters, and many more unsavory things to create this great modern day neo Noir film.

Directed by Jahni Kwatrae

Saturday Oct. 5 / 2:15p-3:45p / Watkins


Inspired by a true story. A recent spinal cord injury patient struggles to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic.

Directed by Andrew Reid

Saturday, October 5 / 10:00a – 12:00p


A married couple… an accident…an unfortunate result…a reversal of fortune….a healing.

Directed by Robert Vickers

Saturday, October 5 / 10:00a – 12:00p


A struggling finance student looks to her former friend turned escort to help her make money for her looming tuition deadline, however, the business deal costs more than she bargained for.

Directed by Kelvin Omor

Saturday, October 5 / 2:15p – 3:45p


An inner city’s polluted conditions awaken within some young residents a dormant superhuman gene produced by eugenics during slavery (the practice of selective breeding to improve the genetic composition of their ancestors). Now, one woman must confront her friend who chooses to use his powers for wrong.

Julien Turner, Justen Turner

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