shorts suite 1.

SHORTS SUITE 1 (All films in this suite will screen consecutively)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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