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The Black Experience(s)

Is any group a monolith, defined by a slim folder of characteristics, a bag of shared experiences? No way. So enjoy our ever-expanding collection of unique stories rooted in Black life and Black lives.

Palm Springs International Shortsfest, Frameline, +14 MORE

2017 Film Short Coming-of-Age, Drama, LGBTQ

Chris Marz, an aspiring rapper poised for success, appears to have it all—a hot track on the streets, a beautiful girlfriend, and most importantly, the loyalty and camaraderie of his longtime childhood buddy, Mel, a tough street gangster type with a not so clean past. But their childhood friendship is put to the test after a life-changing encounter stirs up uncomfortable feelings and emotions that neither are equipped to answer.

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"Throughout the film, themes of family, loss, and sexuality are interwoven to give us a different perspective of the world of hip-hop."

YLWRNGR

2017 Shorts Block

How are you like - and not like - those you identify with? Take a deep dive into what it means to be yourself within the Black community in these short films.

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LA Film Festival , Portland Film Festival, +1 MORE

2015 Film Feature Documentary, Sports, Biography

Go with aspiring pro skateboarder Thalente Biyela from living on the streets of South Africa to skating with legends like Tony Hawk in this real-life journey for the American Dream.

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"A vivid, affecting chronicle of a life redeemed."

The Hollywood Reporter

Outfest Los Angeles, Newfest, +4 MORE

2017 Film Feature Comedy, LGBTQ, Romance

More. Movies. By. And. With. Queer. Women. Of. Color. This dark comedy about two couples, one brunch and a mysterious suicide note shows that tropes should be turned on their heads.

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"The intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender dominate Suicide Kale, a dark comedy about a friendly lunch turned suicide watch. "

Slate

2017 Shorts Block

WHERE you are doesn't determine WHO you are, but it can definitely have an effect. These short films explore how location and Black experiences mix and mingle.

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Bare Bones Film Festival, New Hope Film Festival

2012 Film Feature Documentary, Crime

A critical and necessary look at mass incarceration as the new Jim Crow, hear directly from former prisoners, correctional officers, elected officials, professors and activists on how the prison complex impacts Black individuals and communities.

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2016 Series Documentary

Music and activism come together to change the future for people of color and marginalized communities in this powerful series hosted by M1 of dead prez.

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