Breaking the Cycle
Indi Jackson undertakes an exploration of her family’s efforts to shield her from the cycle of hate they have been through themselves. Through recollections from her grandfather’s experience with the KKK to testimonies of the perpetuated racism faced by her mother, Indi is shown how education is the key to overpower other’s ignorance.
The Way of Art - Making the Diego Rivera Puppet
In 2015, Matrix Theatre built a giant puppet of Diego Rivera for the DIA. Made in two weeks by a trio of talented women, the Diego Rivera puppet is a project of passion and teamwork - an example of the perseverance and breakthroughs of creative artists.
The 2019 semesters for MSU students of color will never be forgotten, especially by student Dantevius Branigan. A racist survey by one of its own professors, Saleem Alhabash, along with other racist incidents found its way on campus during the year.
Box 1 features three theatrical performances. Love at First Slice and A Cup of T were produced and filmed specifically for BoxFest Detroit 2020. These directors used their creativity to experiment with theatrical storytelling in a post-Covid world. Selections from Cleopatra Boy presents excerpts from A Host of People’s devised production, Cleopatra Boy, featuring live music, projections, toy theater and more to examine justice and representation.
Box 3 features five narrative films that are sure to entertain. Chatterboxing! delights as the festival’s only animated short. Personal trials take center stage in the substance-fueled dramedy, A Basement Film, and ASTRAY: The Justification of Grace, a story with faith-based themes. A Good Day is a surreal, existential trip, and Flame Out offers an apocalyptic tale of interpersonal strife. Day of Reckoning unsettles as the only horror short.
Box 4 rounds out the festival with five more narrative shorts. The coming-of-age story, golden, and The Idler, a gloomy rendition, explore university life and beyond in very different ways. Future Shock is a time traveling romp of pandemic proportions, and unexpected romance finds its way in of Masquerade and Rhymes. The dark comedy Taco Soup shows that a holiday family dinner can offer more than any of the guests bargain for.
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