DON'T YA KNOW THAT YOU'RE TOXIC

From toxic masculinity to toxic thinking, this collection of short films offers various experiences dealing with and overcoming dangerous belief systems dealing with identity, gender roles and agency.

(SHORT FILM)

CATCH A GIRL

Dir./Writer: LeRon Lee / Prod. Derrick Williams, Ladun Thompson, Jeff Billingsley

With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year-old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.

(STUDENT SHORT FILM)

AN AMERICAN BOY

Dir. / Writer: TJ Ali / Prod. Hani Saqr

 “An American Boy” is a realistic drama set in early 2000s Chicago. The story follows a musically talented young boy who is sent to live with his convert Muslim father after his mom discovers him dressing up as her. Inciting religious practices on the young boy, he is forbidden to sing in an upcoming school recital, which forms new trauma in his life. 

THE CONVERSATION

(SHORT FILM)

When a first date takes a wrong turn it leaves a woman unhinged and forces a serial dater into a conversation that will change his life forever.

THE IVORY LEAGUE: CONFESSIONS OF A BLACK FACULTY

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Ryan Watson / Prod. Ryan Watson, Marissa Allen

A black professor at a predominantly white university goes off the books in hopes of motivating an underachieving student.

(SHORT FILM)

TAKE MY HEART

Dir. / Writer: Anna Simone Scott / Prod. Peter Sands

Mackenzie is a talented singer who seeks to distance herself from her past through songwriting and a twelve step support program. Meanwhile, her estranged father, Ray, an LAPD detective about to retire, tracks her down. The delicate opportunity for the two to reconnect is fraught with obstacles when Mackenzie's ex boyfriend, Fox, suddenly appears on the scene. After Ray is forced to step in to protect his daughter from Fox, he takes her back to their old home where forgiveness becomes possible.

MICKEY HARDAWAY

(SHORT FILM)

Dir./Writer/Prod. Marcellus Cox

A young sketch artist visits a well renowned psychiatrist as his life begins sprawling out of control after years of physical and verbal abuse has taken a toll on him.

THE GIRL IN APARTMENT 15

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Antrell Terry / Writer: Marquez Williams / Prod. Louis Deon Jones, Marquez Williams

Devin, a concerned neighbor finds himself in the middle of a crisis when he suspects his neighbor, Ashley, may be getting abused by her boyfriend. He is faced with a decision to further investigate the suspected abuse or to take the advice and not intervene in the situation.

SUPERESTAR

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Daniel Larios / Prod. Brian Petillo, Losa Meru, Ian Sumner

Two Salvadoran women, one a first generation indie-pop singer, and the other an immigrant bathroom attendant at an LA nightclub, bond over their different troubles and their mutual love of music.

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Michael Cory Davis