FRIDAY

TCL Chinese Theatres 6 (Screen #1)

6925 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

12:30 PM -LOVE & HAPPINESS

BLACK LEATHER

(Music Video) | Runtime: 3:02

Dir. Jeremy Freight / Writer: Leo*, Jeremy Feight / Prod. Jeremy Feight, Cathy Ye

Logline: Is it fair for us to ask others to let their walls down while we refuse to be our most vulnerable?

THE CONVERSATION

(Short film) | Runtime: 19:09

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Michael Cory Davis

Logline: 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.

DEADPAVO

(Short Film) | Runtime: 15:00

Dir. Enric Llonch, Lucía León, Judit Serral, Júlia Gaitano / Writer: Enric Llonch, Lucía León, Judit Serral / Prod. Gonzalo de Lucas

Logline: After talking to Gina for months on Instagram, Anya faces her teenage fears when she bumps into her at a friend's party.

LOVE@FIRSTNIGHT

(Web Series) | Runtime: 10:00

Dir. / Prod. Sean Torrington, Terry Torrington / Writer: Terry Torrington

Logline: A romantic comedy about 2 men finding love after a hookup. Although their connection is seamless, they can't escape the issues affecting their blossoming relationship. Spencer and Jayden walk us through the stages of their pretty unconventional love story.

EXTRACTION THE SERIES

(Web series) | Runtime: 15:11

Dir. Shelley Robertson, Terrah Bennett Smith / Writer: Shelley Robertson / Prod. Shelley Robertson, Terrah Bennett Smith, Nikki Crawford, Connie Jackson, Dawn Smalberg

Logline: Three mature, imperfect Black women on a quest to dismantle a ring of abusive men. They're fueled by their own darkness from their past and present dysfunctions which cower over their lives and motivate their actions.

ANNA

(Short film) | Runtime: 14:59

Dir. / Writer: Dekel Benson / Prod. Dekel Berenson, Merlin Merton, Olga Beskhmelnytsina

Logline: Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.

2:50 PM - FACE TO FACE

CATCH A GIRL

(Short Film) | Runtime: 14:45

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

Logline: 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.

SO OCD

(Short film)  | Runtime: 6:29

Dir. Jason Avezzano / Writer/ Prod. Jamie Bliss

A social 20-something with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder successfully keeps her struggle hidden while trying to maintain a semblance of "normalcy."

MICKEY HARDAWAY

(Short Film) | Runtime: 19:23

Dir./Writer/Prod. Marcellus Cox

Logline: 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 BEST GIFT

(Short film)  | Runtime: 7:33

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Andrew T. Horng

Logline: A mother tries to reconnect with her estranged son during the holidays.

ALONE TOGETHER

(Student short film)  | Runtime: 13:40

Dir. C. Craig / Writer: Dylan Filingeri / Prod. Ayanna McKinight, Letia Solomon

Logline: Anna is battling the beginning stages of dementia at an assisted living facility in the days following the statewide quarantine. No longer able to receive visits from her family, she is forced to spend time with them via Zoom, which proves to be difficult. Anna battles the loneliness of her everyday routine and her fading memory, as she struggles to find human connection through technology. Before she knows it, the only consistent thing in her life is her caretaker.

TRIGGERS

(Short film)  | Runtime: 14:30

Dir. Menu’Ette Silver / Writer: Kaelan Laurence, Menu'Ette Silver / Prod. Wade "Benji" Benjamin, Erica Sutherlin

Logline: An emerging dancer's internal battle with schizophrenia threatens to destroy her relationships and career.

FURTHEST FROM

(Student short Film)  | Runtime: 18:58

Dir. Kyung Sok Kim / Writer / Prod: Rex Reyes II

Logline: In 1999, Novato, California, an 8-year-old girl named Jessie is enjoying what little time she has left with her best friend, Lucas. The two of them have difficulty conveying it, but they’re both aware as to what is about to happen. The trailer park they live in will be closed, and the whole community will be forced to evacuate, as a result of the MTBE water contamination. For Jessie, this means facing an unwanted change and learning to say goodbye to that which tethers her to her little pink trailer.

4:45 PM - MOVING FORWARD

INCOMPLETENESS

(Web Series)  | Runtime: 18:00

Dir. / Writer: David Ash / Prod. David Ash, Matt Anderson

MIKE & SETH

Short Film)  | Runtime: 6:48

Dir. Lovell Holder / Writer: Lovell Holder, Daniel Talbott / Prod. Tanner Medding

Logline: MIKE & SETH explores the long-standing relationship between two childhood best friends. When Seth, the best man, arrives in town for Mike and Emily's wedding, the boys spend one last night alone. Seth is haunted by memories of his and Mike's complicated past. The night reveals secrets, privilege, and fear of what's to come. Are we deserving of our desires if we can't face our betrayals?

TAKE MY HEART

(Short film)   | Runtime: 18:00

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

Logline: 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.

NICE TO MEET YOU

(Short film)   | Runtime: 11:05

Dir. Michael Landry / Writer: Michael Landry, Brandon Haynes, Kyle Clements / Michael Landry, Brandon Haynes, Kyle Clements, Elena Greenberg, Tim Barnsley

Logline: When a recently separated couple meet up at their favorite bar, the reunion awakens feelings of bitterness, remorse and love.

6:30 PM - A PREMIERE STATUS

HUES AND HIDDEN KINGS

(Performance piece)   | Runtime: 6:45

Dir. / Writer: Sydney Morgan / Prod. Sydney Morgan, Chandler Kravitz

Logline: A poetic dialogue of racial and political injustice in America. The redefining declaration of inheritance made by African American artists.

HARANA

(Short film)   | Runtime: 16:30

Dir. / Writer: Marie Jamora / Prod. Jason McLagan, Matthew Keene Smith

Logline: Maya is a cover band singer in a Las Vegas casino-hotel lounge trying to connect with her daughter who is growing up in the Philippines without her. Wrestling between her passion for songwriting and becoming a pop-culture photocopy for an un-listening audience, she realizes that music -- the one thing that keeps them distant – can also bring them closer together.

How to do Sh!t with Guido Gagootz

(Web series) | Runtime: 13:40

Dir. Adriano Valentini / Writer: Adriano Valentini, Sandro Iocolano / Prod. Adriano Valentini, Aaron Colom

Logline: Watch Guido Gaguzzi show you how to do sh!t!

FREE TO BE

(Documentary short) | Runtime: 13:00

Dir. / Writer: Ugenia Stokes / Prod. Anastasia Washington, Brandon Claybon, Ugenia Stokes

Logline: Through the eyes of four individuals that identify within the LGBTQIA+ community, we see their push for social justice and racial equality, advocating for ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER while also showcasing the cultural impact the BLACK LGBTQIA+ community has brought to the mainstream media but underhandedly has been forgotten.

PIECE

(Short film)   | Runtime: 13:43

Dir. / Writer: Frantzy Moreau / Prod. Frantzy Moreau, Myriam Germain, Randall Batinkoff, Eric Mabius

Logline: Two cousins, Cootie and Pinch, are recruited to retrieve a notorious criminal, Malloy’s, gun that he has hidden inside of a diner. Once the two cousins arrive they find that the gun is missing as the diner is full of patrons they must figure out who may have taken the gun and return it to Malloy or face deadly consequences.

CIRCUIT

(Short film)   | Runtime: 13:49

Dir. Armie Hicks Jr / Writer: Sade Sellers, Armie Hicks Jr / Prod. Lauren Herrel, Lisa Mazzotta, Armie Hicks Jr

Logline: Lured by an older man with promises of love and protection, 16-year-old Savannah Jones' romantic expectations quickly fade as she finds herself trapped in the dark and devastating world of sex trafficking. Now called "Blondie," she stumbles her way through the hierarchy of girls, as she is forced to perform sexual acts for the wealthy. In the end, her efforts for rescue are dashed along with her hope and innocence.

KAPAEMAHU

(Short animation)   | Runtime: 8:25

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson

Logline: Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.

THE ICE CREAM STOP

(Short film)   | Runtime: 26:18

Dir. Raul Perez / Writer: Marcelle Baber, Raul Perez, Thai Edwards / Prod. Dustin Harnish, Joe Demock

Logline: When the American Dream meets tragedy, the course of many lives change forever.

8:45 PM - ACTUAL FACTUALS

UNSPEAKABLE BLM

(Performance piece)   | Runtime: 0:59

Dir. / Writer / Emmai Alaquiva / Prod. Ya Momz House, Cydney Cooper, Amy Crawford, Danielle Filip, Greg Pollock

ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE

(Dramatic reading performance piece)   | Runtime: 39:59

Dir. Nasir Kenneth Ferebee / Writer: George M. Johnson / Prod. Nasir Kenneth Ferebee, Richard Pelzer II, Coriander Wright

Logline: Bernard David Jones, Dyllon Burnside, Thomas Hobson, along with Jenifer Lewis bring Johnson's words to life in this dramatic reading of his book, All Boys Aren't Blue. Each of the characters represent a Johnson at different stages of his life. The memoir is a firsthand account of trials, tribulations, and triumphs that have made George M. Johnson into the person they are today.

CONTENT IS KING

(Docu-series)   | Runtime: 12:32

Dir. / Writer: Jaime Zevallos / Prod. Jaime Zevallos, Freddy Giorlando, Rob Simmons, Lyndon A.V. Brown, Marc Cubelli, Leila Almas Rose, Paul Tully, Philip Adkins, Donnell Henry

Logline: "Content Is King" is a short-form doc/mock series that sheds a spotlight on what it means to be a multi-hyphenate artist in the entertainment industry. The docu-series also explores where the industry is headed in regards to the ever-evolving opportunities for artists to create content with help from the various streaming services and platforms in this digital age.

UPROOTED - THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ DANCE

(Documentary feature)  | Runtime: 1:34:31

Dir. Khadifa Wong / Prod. Lisa Donmall-Reeve

Logline: The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.