Quite a few interesting short films at this year's Black Harvest Film Festival (Check out the full schedule here). I'm highlighting a few of the Shorts Programs below. I won't be able to attend tomorrow's International Visions screening, but if you get to attend, let us know how it was. I'll leave a comment on this Meetup about which screenings I will attend (feel free to do the same for these shorts and the other films)
International Visions [masked], Various directors, USA/UK, 77 min. Monday, August 5th 615pm
In Ali Kamanda’s SALAY (2011, Sierra Leone, 44 min.), a bright, pretty village girl, the apple of her widowed father’s eye, naively accepts a shady uncle’s offer of help in order to pursue her dream. Preceded by two shorts: Kibwe Tavares’s Sundance festival favorite JONAH (2013, UK, 18 min.), is a magic-realist impression of Zanzibar composed through eye-popping special effects. In Shaun Escayg’s FISH (2012, Trinidad and Tobago, 15 min.), two homeless cousins run afoul of the underworld while plying their trade as pickpockets in a Port-of-Spain market. (BS) Director Ali Kamanda (SALAY ) will be present for audience discussion.
Black Noir [masked], Various directors, USA/UK, 92 min. Tuesday, August 13th 830pm & Monday, August 19th 8pm
Five films take a walk on the dark side: In JUNIOR (2012, Jeffrey Elmont, USA, 11 min.), an ordinary coffee-shop meeting between father and son takes a harrowing turn. A posh country estate conceals the shady dealings of a wealthy Nigerian-British family in 4-1-9 (2012, Alexander Etseyatse, UK, 16 min.). CHAPTER ONE (2012, Tony Tambi, USA, 19 min.) gives an interracial twist to a classic noir set-up of adultery and murder. A Somali refugee receives an unexpected visit in the Georgia-set drama SWEET, SWEET COUNTRY (2013, Dehanza Rogers, USA, 18 min.). In the Chicago-set OVER THE EDGE (2013, Dion Strowhorn Sr., USA, 28 min.), there’s more than meets the eye to the tragic romance that a recently released mental patient is struggling to overcome. (MR)
Director Dion Strowhorn Sr. (OVER THE EDGE) will be present for audience discussion at both screenings. Director Tony Tambi (CHAPTER ONE) will be present for Q&A at the Monday show.
Black History—Lost and Found [masked], Various directors, USA, 76 min. Monday, August 26th 615pm
Five thought-provoking films with historical themes: American myth and history loom over a young black rodeo performer’s dreams of making it to the big time in the evocative documentary THE ROPER (2012, Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands, USA, 6 min.). In the moving family drama THE DATE (2013, Vera J. Brooks, USA, 10 min.), a romantic meeting is interrupted on a fateful date: April 4, 1968. WASTEISM (2013, Marcus Moreno, USA, 12 min.) gives a “Twilight Zone” twist to a biting parable of rabid racism. Suspense and sacrifice mark OUR RHINELAND (2011, Faren Humes, USA, 16 min.), an unusual drama of two sisters resisting Nazi Germany’s policy of sterilizing mixed-race citizens. MOUND BAYOU: JEWEL OF THE DELTA (2012, Jon Ross and John H. Rogers III, USA, 32 min.) tells the fascinating history of a once-thriving Mississippi town founded by former slaves. (MR)
Co-directors Jon Ross and John H. Rogers III (MOUND BAYOU) and director Marcus Moreno (WASTEISM) will be present for audience discussion.