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Thursday, September 20
 

6:00pm

Animator - Opening Night Film & Reception
Join us for our opening night reception and the screening of "Animator." Producer and Writer Roberta Jones, and  Actor Levenix Riddle will be on hand for a Q & A immediately following the screening.  There will be a reception with light appetizers before the screening.
  

Commercial artist Neal Stewart takes an animation class with a mysterious professor that connects him to the ancient Griots of West Africa and the power to draw the future. When his girlfriend commits suicide, he learns he can erase the past with chilling consequences.

Directed by: Logan Hall and Julian Jones | Written and Produced by: Roberta Jones | Starring: Levenix Riddle, McKenzie Chinn, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Anita Chandwaney, Geno Walker

Speakers
avatar for Roberta Jones

Roberta Jones

Roberta Jones, Screenwriter and ProducerRoberta Jones has extensive experience in television and radio writing and producing. She won the Chicago Emmy Award of Excellence in news magazine Segment Producing and Writing for her work for WTTW - Channel 11. She was also nominated for... Read More →



Thursday September 20, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Breen Center for Performing Arts 2008 W 30th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

9:30pm

GCUFF Opening Night After Party Mixer
After "Animator" captures your heart on the big screen, come do a little hand  shaking with the cast and the GCUFF crew at Touch Supper Club.  Join us as we celebrate opening night and kick off this 9-day extravaganza better known as GCUFF year7.  


Thursday September 20, 2018 9:30pm - Friday September 21, 2018 12:00am
Touch Supper Club 2710 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
 
Friday, September 21
 

10:00am

A Cultural Exchange - I Am Not Your Negro
Friday September 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas 13116 Shaker Square
  • Ticket Information Private Student Event

12:00pm

Shorts Program 1 : Cut Bait / C'est Moi/ Voices of the Village / The Young Woman's Guide
Cut Bait
To put food on the table a father and son duo must venture out to sea to catch some fish. Cut Bait is an animated short that examines an estranged father son relationship with the comedic aspect of a Bahamian folklore.  
Directed by: Robert Walkine
Run Time : 3 min
 
C'est Moi
Her story; our history'Set in modern day Montréal 'C'est Moi' explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France. How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?
Directed by: Howard Davis
Run Time: 8.5 min


Voices of the Village
A determined, caring African-American female heroine encounters financial challenges and societal stigma on her mission to care for Cleveland's African American seniors. To overcome local and national economic hurdles and reduced resources, she turns to family, friends and influential community advocates to care for Greater Cleveland's aging adults with dignity, respect and to create a community that feels like home.  
Directed by: Andy and Bill Beargie
Run Time: 33 min
*Danny Williams will be on hand for audience Q&A

The Young Woman's Guide
The Young Woman's Guide shares the wisdom and experiences of women ages 70 and older in hopes to inspire, encourage and help younger women through everyday life.
Directed by: Nicole Collins
Run Time:  14 min



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

1:00pm

Shorts Program 2: Rolling in the Deep / The Tables / Cut My Hair / Sankofa Solving X
Rolling in the Deep  
An WW2 Black Veteran who travels back home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father, having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner .
Directed by: Marcellus Cox
Run Time: 12 min

The Tables
In the middle of New York City, tucked away in the corner of Bryant Park, sit two outdoor ping pong tables where anyone is free to play. Young or old, rich or homeless, it doesn’t matter. During the day, the park provides paddles and balls, but after 7pm the regulars show up, armed with their own. Every night they come together to battle each other and the elements, playing in the wind, rain and even snow. And out of this shared love of the game, a bond was formed between an unlikely group of people. This is the story of the many lives these tables have touched, including the gangbanger who helped put them there
Directed by:  Jon Bunning
Run Time: 15

Cut My Hair Barber
Kwame Alexander is a good kid who believes his father to be deceased. This causes him to daydream often about the father he never knew. He lives with his mother, Saundra, a hard-working single-parent. A class-assignment prompts Kwame to pester Saundra about his father. At first she resists and Kwame isn't sure what to do. His best friends, Kenny and Kaya, encourage him to keep at it and Kwame persists until Saundra reveals his father, Levi, is alive. This changes Kwame's life forever
Directed by: Patrick James Thomas
Run Time: 23.30 min

Sankofa Solving X
Championed by Sister Yvetta Eley, the Sankofa program seeks to teach young African American students about their African roots and heritage. To achieve this, two students are selected to submit their DNA to Ancestry.com for testing.  
Directed by: Chris Kennedy
Run Time: 12 min
*Director Chris Kennedy and Producer Obadiah Baker will be on hand for audience Q&A

Total Run Time: 62 min


Speakers


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

1:00pm

African American Quilt & Doll Guild (AAQDG) Exhibit
Prepare to be wowed by the African American Quilt and Doll Guild as they present their world renown works right here in Cleveland.
The Guild was founded in 2005 with the mission to embrace and share their African American heritage through quilting and cloth doll making. Enjoy the visual aspect of these creative voices at this this one-of-a-kind experience of storytelling that has been told throughout the United States and as far as South Africa. 

Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
GCUFF Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square

2:00pm

How Jack Became Black
After his son is denied enrollment by the local elementary school for not identifying his “primary race,” a multiracial father journeys through America’s maze of Identity Politics to better understand our relentless preoccupation with race.
*Film subjects Eric and Carl Jaskolski will be present for an audience Q&A.

Speakers
EJ

Eric Jaskolski

Film Subject
CJ

Carl Jaskolski

Film Subject



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

2:30pm

Liyana
 A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Awards: Grand Jury Award Best Documentary - LA Film Festival; Jury Award for Artistic Bravery - Durban International Film Festival


Friday September 21, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:00pm

Shorts Program 3: The One Who Gave You a Name / Burning Angel Dust / Grace / Intercept
The One Who Gave You a Name
The One Who Gave You A Name is a visual poem about mother-daughter relationships within the black community and the impact it has one black women; how they view the world. As well as the intersectionality of identity. The run time is 00:8:37
Directed by: Carmen Callahan
Run Time: 9 min

Burning Angel Dust
A Nigerien immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi's 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There's a price to keep traditions alive.
Directed by: Jackie J. Stone
Run Time:  16 min

Grace
Grace's younger sister Angela has made it clear that she has a family of her own and can no longer care for their father. On this particular day, we go on a journey with Grace as she struggles between taking care of her father who suffers from early signs of dementia or missing out on a job opportunity that could rekindle her love, teaching.
Directed by: Eboni Adams
Run Time:  17 min
*Director Eboni Adams will be on hand for audience Q&A

Intercept
After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman's desperate plans are intercepted.
Directed by:  Jackie J. Stone
Run Time: 17

Total Run Time: 59 min

Speakers
EA

Eboni Adams

Director



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:00pm

ALASKA IS A DRAG
Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska. 


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

4:30pm

Call Me Thief
When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail 'AB' finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. Set in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter Mr. John W. Fredericks


Friday September 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:40pm

Shorts Program 4 : Mosquito: The Bite of Passage / The Date / Hair Wolf / Straight Lines /Where the Water Runs
Mosquito: The Bite of Passage - A mother and daughter mosquito go hunting together for the first time, and the daughter is desperately trying to confess that she doesn't like blood.
Directed by: Brian Vincent Rhodes
Run Time: 7 mins.

The Date - When you're getting ready for a date, preparation is everything.
Directed by: John Dunn
Run Time: 5  mins.

Hair Wolf - The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Directed by: Mariama Diallo
Run Time: 12 mins.

Straight Lines - After a night performing in Shreveport, Louisiana, a group of young musicians confront the harsh realities of simply existing in their own skin.
Directed by: Carl Harrison
Run Time: 15 mins.

Where the Water Runs
Set during the worst drought in LA history a water transporter uncovers a plot to privatize South Central’s dwindling water supply.
Directed by: DuBois Ashong
Run Time: 25

Total Run Time:  64 min



Friday September 21, 2018 4:40pm - 5:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

6:00pm

The Killing of the 5th Element
The Golden Age of hip-hop is regarded as the best era in hip-hop. The Killing of the 5th Element, examines the lost element of “consciousness” / knowledge in music. The Killing of the 5th Element covers diverse opinions from artist who answer the question, is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change?
*Director Moe Reed will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
MR

Moe Reed

Director



Friday September 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

6:00pm

African-American Doll & Quilt Guild Exhibit
Meet the women behind the works.
Mix and mingle with members of the African American Quilt &  Doll Guild for a chance to admire and inquire about the displayed artwork in the GCUFF Reel Lounge.

Friday September 21, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square
  • Ticket Information Free and Open to the Public

6:10pm

Before The Vows
Set in the capital of Ghana, the film captures the relationship between a happy couple, Nii and Afua, as they navigate the anxiety of their upcoming nuptials and question what it takes to ensure a long and happy marriage. The story reflects a modern-day African love story that can be universally understood by millennials around the world.


Friday September 21, 2018 6:10pm - 7:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

7:00pm

The Other Side
When Gem (Erica Hubbard) decided to invite her long-lost friend to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Allen (Brad James), her fiancé, had no clue he'd be meeting Kiya (Altovise Lawrence), a wildly outspoken lesbian novelist. Though an aspiring writer himself, Allen finds not a friend in his new house-guest, but a rival for Gem's attention. Eventually, the soon-to-be husband discovers there's a lot more to the story than his fiancée explained.

The film Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith (Marshall, Queen Sugar), Erica Hubbard (Lets Stay Together, Chicago Med), Brad James (Underground, The New Edition Story), Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Man, Nutty Professor 2 - The Klumps ), Cocoa Brown (Ted 2, For Better or Worse) and Altovise Lawrence (Love By Chance, Blood Drive NBC).

*Writer/Director: Warren Pemberton will be on hand for audience Q&A

Producer: Usman Sharif
Production Company: The Other Side Production LLC

Speakers


Friday September 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

7:45pm

Chasing The Blues
Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe..


Friday September 21, 2018 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:00pm

Boost
A thrilling look at the lives of two teenage best friends from Montreal who become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident.


Friday September 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

9:00pm

The Official GCUFF Launch Party
The Official GCUFF Launch Party


Friday September 21, 2018 9:00pm - Saturday September 22, 2018 2:00am
MOCA 11400 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106

9:10pm

First Lady
After Maria survives losing her man , she gets caught up in his world of drugs and quickly learns the rules of the game.


Friday September 21, 2018 9:10pm - 10:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
 
Saturday, September 22
 

11:00am

Filmmaker's Power Hour Breakfast
Filmmakers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with industry leaders and ask any questions they like

Invitation Only

Speakers
avatar for Samad Davis

Samad Davis

You know his award-winning work. He directed "Three Can Play That Game" and the short films produced short films like The Minds of Men, The Minds of Men Africa, the One Nation Many Voices, Award Winning Short film for "Best Drama," Glimpse. He also gave us the groundbreaking feature... Read More →
CC

Crystle C. Roberson

Crystle C. RobersonWRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCERSince being honored by Women in Film & Television Atlanta with the Woman to Watch Award in 2008, Crystle has been creating cinematic stories for all who wish to see. As a southern girl from middle Georgia, she fell in love with film as... Read More →
avatar for James Wallace

James Wallace

CEO, World Bookings
James WallaceCEO World BookingsAs founder and CEO of World Bookings, James leverages a unique understanding of the entertainment industry. Having built a widely accepted reputation as trustworthy, diligent, and entirely dedicated towards the success of her clients, James has been... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Zanzibar Soul Fusion 13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
  • Ticket Information Invitation only event

11:00am

Hollywood Kids
Saturday September 22, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Ticket Information Tickets are available at Shaker Square Cinemas at the Box Office. Only available the day of the event

12:00pm

Shorts Program 5: Wireless / RePairations - The Musical / Prototype / Bodega / Make America Black Again
Wireless
When two siblings get trapped in the house without electricity, we see the result of Gen Z without technology. 
Directed by:  Tayo Odesanya
Run Time: 3:42 mins

RePairations - The Musical
REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860's), end of segregation (1960's), and President Obama's inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the 'American Pie'. 
Directed by: Courtney Miller 
Run Time; 14 mins

Prototype -A technician conducting empathy tests on androids stumbles across a life-changing secret when an unruly subject complicates her work.
Directed by: Christopher Ortega
Run Time: 19 mins

Bodega
Bodega! is a short dramatic/comedy about gentrification. When a caucasian family moves into Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, an elder in the family says something inappropriate causing the local African American community to take extreme measures to get an apology. 
Directed by: Donna Augustin 
Run Time:  19 mins

Make America Black Again
Presidential Candidate Lamar Johnson is running for office on the campaign slogan: " Make America Black Again" with an all white campaign staff.
Directed by: Joel Kipnis, Leon
Run Time: 13 min.

Total Run Time: 56 mins


Saturday September 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

1:00pm

GCUFFLinks Student Filmmakers Workshop
Come support our student writers, directors and actors as they showcase their original short scripts!  


The GCUFFLinks - the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Foundation's youth film program will present a live screenplay reading of original scripts written, acted and directed by Greater Cleveland area students ages 13 -18. We'll be asking the audience to offer constructive feedback before our youth filmmakers head into production for 2019.




Speakers
XG

Ximena Gomez

GCUFFLinks Participant
AH

Aaron Hunter

GCUFFLinks Participant
HJ

Haley Johnson

GCUFFLinks Participant
NJ

Nia Jones

GCUFFLinks Participant
IK

Ina Keyes

GCUFFLinks Participant
KP

Konnie Peroune

GCUFFLinks Program Director
MP

Mya Peroune

GCUFFLinks Participant
HS

Haley Smith

GCUFFLinks Participant
JS

Jamir Solomon

GCUFFLinks Participant


Saturday September 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Ticket Information Free. Ticket available at the Shaker Square Box Office

1:00pm

African American Quilt & Doll Guild (AAQDG) Exhibit
Prepare to be wowed by the African American Quilt and Doll Guild as they present their world renown works right here in Cleveland.
The Guild was founded in 2005 with the mission to embrace and share their African American heritage through quilting and cloth doll making. Enjoy the visual aspect of these creative voices at this this one-of-a-kind experience of storytelling that has been told throughout the United States and as far as South Africa.

Saturday September 22, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
GCUFF Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square

1:30pm

Shorts Program 6 : All Kids Go to Hell / The Drop In / Scrap Dolls / Riverment / Acquitted
All Kids Go to Hell
Two orphaned siblings, unknowingly using an ouija board, accidentally ask the devil to adopt them.
Director: Chaz Bottoms
Run Time:  7  min


The Drop In
Joelle, a hair stylist living in Toronto, has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.
Director: Naledi Jackson 
Run Time: 13 min

Scrap Dolls
On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.
Director:  Aude Cuenod 
Run Time: 13 min

Riverment
A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter when her granddaughter decides to follow in her footsteps. 
Director: Shayla Racquel 
Run Time: 19 min

Acquitted
A police officer takes the law into his own hands and kills a couple during a routine traffic stop. During his paid leave, The ghosts of the victims and his demons come to haunt him.
Director:  Keith Collins II 
Run Time: 10 min
*Director Keith Collins II will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Saturday September 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2
  • Run Time 63 min.

1:30pm

Thinking Outside the Box: Unconventional Strategies for Getting Your Film Seen
Learn the secrets from industry professionals in taking unconventional roads on the path of film distribution for all current platforms - theatrical, television, VOD, New Media Markets.
Panelists: Samad Davis , Crystal "Clear" Roberson , Breyuna L. Williams, Esq.



Speakers
avatar for Samad Davis

Samad Davis

You know his award-winning work. He directed "Three Can Play That Game" and the short films produced short films like The Minds of Men, The Minds of Men Africa, the One Nation Many Voices, Award Winning Short film for "Best Drama," Glimpse. He also gave us the groundbreaking feature... Read More →
CC

Crystle C. Roberson

Crystle C. RobersonWRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCERSince being honored by Women in Film & Television Atlanta with the Woman to Watch Award in 2008, Crystle has been creating cinematic stories for all who wish to see. As a southern girl from middle Georgia, she fell in love with film as... Read More →
avatar for Breyuna Williams

Breyuna Williams

Breyuna L. Williams is an Attorney and Producer.  She has over 10 years of legal and business experience in helping filmmakers protect their intellectual property and produce high-quality, in-demand projects. As the managing member of Law Offices of Breyuna L. Williams and Presidentof... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

2:00pm

GCUFF Community Event - Outdoor Stage
GCUFF goes live! We're rounding up the best of Cleveland and bringing them to the Square. Hear the sounds of DJ Who? aka The What Knot, live bands, participate in fitness demonstrations and get up to the minute information and announcements about what's happening now at GCUFF.

Saturday September 22, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square - Outdoor Stage

2:30pm

Student Symposium
Tri -C Student  led Symposium.  Students will watch two (2) short films followed by a discussion about filmmaking

Featuring:
 RePairations- The Musical
Scrap Dolls


Saturday September 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Ticket Information Free. Tickets available at Shaker Square Box Office

3:00pm

The Killing of the 5th Element
The Golden Age of hip-hop is regarded as the best era in hip-hop. The Killing of the 5th Element, examines the lost element of “consciousness” / knowledge in music. The Killing of the 5th Element covers diverse opinions from artist who answer the question, is music just entertainment or a movement that can spark change.
*Director Moe Reed will be on hand for an audience Q&A

Speakers
MR

Moe Reed

Director



Saturday September 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:15pm

Straight Outta THE LAND
Hear from the Cleveland community who are knocking down doors and taking the industry by storm.
Panelists: Peter Lawson Jones, Mike Berry, Dominique Paramore, Devon Collins, Joddy Eric Matthews


Speakers
avatar for Mike Berry

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is an  author and an award winning filmmaker, as well as a motivational speaker. His message is simple, “Operate in your purpose right now, with what you have right now.” Boasting an Amazon best selling novel titled “The Dangerous times,” two Billboard top 100... Read More →
JE

Joddy Eric Matthews

CEO, Madwerkz
Joddy Eric Matthews is an artist and director/producer with over 25 years production experience with stints at ILM, Sony, R&H and WETA. As an early adopter of emerging technologies, Joddy has served on advisory boards for RED, Adobe, Amazon, and Nvidia with a career spanning storytelling... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

4:00pm

Liyana
 A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Awards: Grand Jury Award Best Documentary - LA Film Festival; Jury Award for Artistic Bravery - Durban International Film Festival


Saturday September 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:30pm

Miracles & Muzik
MultiPlatinum Dallas music producers life takes a drastic turn when he goes into a coma after complications during gallstone surgery and dies 3 times but lives to tell the story.


Saturday September 22, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

5:00pm

Monologue Comptetions
Hosted by Comedian Mike Head, actors compete for prizes with value up $500. The  Monologue Contest is designed to have actors perform and showcase their talent in front of a panel of industry professionals in a extremely tight time frame: It will also gives our industry pros on the panel the opportunity to see your talent quickly.
Entry Fee:  $25   Attendee Fee:  $12

Performance guidelines for monologue contest
  • All monologues must be limited to a maximum of two minutes in length.
  • If you exceed two minutes you will not be eligible for consideration as finalists.
  • Finalists will be chosen by the judges. All decisions are final.
  • Simple set pieces such as a table, chair and stool will be available for use.
  • Begin your monologue with a short introduction. This is not included in the two-minute time-frame allotted. Time will not begin until the participant speaks the first word of the monologue or begins an action in character.
  • Be sure that introductions consist of your name and the name of the piece from which the monologue is taken.
  • No costumes, as such, should be used. Costume accessories or hand props, however, are allowed.
  • Competition is open to all legal US citizens ages 16 and older as of September 20, 2018.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Head

Mike Head

Comedian/Moderator
Mike Head started as a stand-up comedian on a dare.  His co-workers and family members thought his foolishness and impersonations needed some sort of platform. His first time performing was during an amateur comedy workshop at the Cleveland Improv. He has since been featured at... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

6:00pm

BeFree Meetup
Meet Siobhan Sudberry, Host of the @girlbefreepodcast as she leads this two-hour workshop and networking experience.  An interactive conversation centered on figuring out what you want for your life and gaining insight on how to take action.

Ticket Required: Space is Limited.  

Saturday September 22, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
GCUFF Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square

6:30pm

Shorts Program 7 : Thinking Out Loud/ Guilty / HER / Stuck
Thinking Out Loud
Angela fights to move on from her broken relationship with Derrick, but finds it difficult since he is always still hanging around her apartment
Directed by:   Marquette Williams
Run Time:   20 min

Guilty
Misty is determined to finally experience and orgasm but first she has to overcome the only thing, or person, that's in her way- White Jesus. Her priorities are tested in this dark comedy about freedom from religious guilt.
Directed by: Davida Chanel
Run Time:  17 min
Producer/Writer/Lead Actress Nicole Collins will be on hand for audience Q&A

HER
A story about a man who let the powerful emotion of love overtake his mind causing an alter in his reality. 
Directed by: Steven T Allen 
Run Time:  8 min

Stuck
Two strangers, physically stuck in the act of sex, must become vulnerable in order to separate. 
Directed by: Praheme Praphet. 
Run Time: 17 min
*Director Praheme Praphet will be on hand for audience Q&A

Total Run Time: 62 min

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins

Writer/Producer/Actor
Nicole Collins is an actress, host and filmmaker from Louisiana. Although she was born and raised in Alexandria, her 12 years in New Orleans is where she blossomed as an actress and developed a passion for filmmaking. Her acting credits include HBO's 'Treme' and 'Twelve Years a Slave... Read More →



Saturday September 22, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

7:30pm

Sinners Wanted
An unconventional pastor is ridiculed by his hypocritical church congregation after he rescues an unforgiven prostitute.
*Executive Producer Jimmy Jenkins and Associate Producer Carole Murphy will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
JJ

James Jefferson Jenkins

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, THE JENKINS BROTHERS have established themselves as media moguls through their inspirational work in the entertainment industry. Jimmy and Josh have produced over fifteen productions collectively and have over twenty years of... Read More →
avatar for Carole Murphy

Carole Murphy

Associate Producer



Saturday September 22, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:00pm

Father's Kingdom
Father Divine was born in poverty, the son of emancipated slaves. At his peak, he was one of America’s most controversial religious leaders. He preached that he himself was an incarnation of God, and that by following his rules of purity and celibacy, you can live forever in “heaven on earth.” His movement, dedicated to integration and communal living, was an innovator in desegregating neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and the ballot box in the 1930’s and 40’s, through his radical program of empowerment. He commanded hundreds of properties and businesses, all funded by the work of his thousands of followers. But scandal, suspicion, and racism lead to clashes with the law. Though he was once a celebrity, and was decades ahead of his time fighting for civil rights, he has largely been written out of history because of the audacity of his religious claims, and doubt about his motives.

Today, Father’s few remaining followers live as a communal family on a magnificent estate outside Philadelphia. As time and mortality confront the followers, they struggle to preserve Father’s legacy. Through unprecedented access to this unique and reclusive community, the film explores the line between faith and fanaticism, between a religion and a cult. Father’s revolutionary ideas on race and identity still resonate today.



Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

8:10pm

Soulful Steps: A Soul Line Dance Journey with J&J
James and Jackie Rice take us on a journey of how they fell in love with Soul Line Dancing, through it’s history to CaliJam, the first and biggest soul line dance convention on the West Coast.

*Film Subject Big Mucci Wynn will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
BM

Big Mucci Wynn

Film Subject



Saturday September 22, 2018 8:10pm - 9:10pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

9:30pm

What Death Leaves Behind
After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor's violent murder, sending him on a dark path of deranged vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.
*Executive Producer/Writer Chad Morton, Director/Co-Writer Scott Hamilton and Producer/Co-Writer Rachel K. Ofori will be on hand for audience Q&A.






Speakers
avatar for Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Director/Co-Writer
Scott A. Hamilton is a tech enthusiast and filmmaker who earned a B.S. in Automotive Engineering Technology at Neumann University. Previously he held the position of Master Tech with Audi Automotive, while growing in his affinity for the art of story telling. Always holding the title... Read More →
avatar for Chad Morton

Chad Morton

Executive Producer/Writer
Chad Morton is an author and entrepreneur who has worked both in front of and behind the camera.  Chad began his career in entertainment as an actor then followed his passion towards writing and authored several novels.  He then formed his own production company named SMASH Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Rachel K Ofori

Rachel K Ofori

Producer/Co-Writer
Rachel K. Ofori is a highly motivated professional that fosters not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well. Working in varied vocations of entertainment and production for over the past decade, she has garnered opportunities as a personnel manager and event... Read More →



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
 
Sunday, September 23
 

1:00pm

Shorts Program 8 : Yemi's Dilemma / We Love Moses / Crescent
Yemi's Dilemma
Yemi’s Dilemma is the story of three sisters, a wedding and a family torn apart. Yemi, Lola and Tayo are first generation Nigerian-Americans in a tight-knit family. Although they've been raised in America, their parents have a strong desire to maintain the traditions of their home country. Yemi, the eldest, is expected to marry a Nigerian man, but she’s keeping a huge secret from her parents that will forever change the dynamic within the family for better and for worse.
Directed by:  Sade Oyinade
Run Time:  25 min

We Love Moses
When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.
Directed by:  Dionne Edwards
Run Time:  15 min

Crescent
After transferring from his predominantly white school, Adam, a black teenager, experiences culture shock once he arrives on the first day of band camp at an all black school. It is then that band director, Andre Narcisse, helps discover his prejudices against his own people.
Directed by: Edward Worthy
Run Time: 14 min
*Director Edward Worthy will be on hand for audience Q&A

Total run time:  54 min.

Speakers


Sunday September 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

1:00pm

African American Quilt & Doll Guild (AAQDG) Exhibit
Sunday September 23, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
GCUFF Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square

1:30pm

Before The Vows
Set in the capital of Ghana, the film captures the relationship between a happy couple, Nii and Afua, as they navigate the anxiety of their upcoming nuptials and question what it takes to ensure a long and happy marriage. The story reflects a modern-day African love story that can be universally understood by millennials around the world.


Sunday September 23, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

1:45pm

Shorts Program 1 : Cut Bait / C'est Moi/ Voices of the Village / The Young Woman's Guide
Cut Bait
To put food on the table a father and son duo must venture out to sea to catch some fish. Cut Bait is an animated short that examines an estranged father son relationship with the comedic aspect of a Bahamian folklore.  
Directed by: Robert Walkine
Run Time : 3 min
 
C'est Moi
Her story; our history'Set in modern day Montréal 'C'est Moi' explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France. How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?
Directed by: Howard Davis
Run Time: 8.5 min


Voices of the Village
A determined, caring African-American female heroine encounters financial challenges and societal stigma on her mission to care for Cleveland's African American seniors. To overcome local and national economic hurdles and reduced resources, she turns to family, friends and influential community advocates to care for Greater Cleveland's aging adults with dignity, respect and to create a community that feels like home.  
Directed by: Andy and Bill Beargie
*Eliza Bryant Board President Danielle Sydnor will be on hand for audience Q&A
Run Time: 33 min

The Young Woman's Guide
The Young Woman's Guide shares the wisdom and experiences of women ages 70 and older in hopes to inspire, encourage and help younger women through everyday life.
Directed by: J. Nicole Collins
Run Time:  14 min
*Director Nicole Collins will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Collins

Nicole Collins

Writer/Producer/Actor
Nicole Collins is an actress, host and filmmaker from Louisiana. Although she was born and raised in Alexandria, her 12 years in New Orleans is where she blossomed as an actress and developed a passion for filmmaking. Her acting credits include HBO's 'Treme' and 'Twelve Years a Slave... Read More →
DS

Danielle Sydnor

Board President, Eliza Bryant



Sunday September 23, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Run Time 59

2:00pm

GCUFF Community Event - Outdoor Stage
GCUFF goes live! We're rounding up the best of Cleveland and bringing them to the Square. Hear the sounds of DJ Who? aka The What Knot, live bands, participate in fitness demonstrations and get up to the minute information and announcements about what's happening now at GCUFF.

Sunday September 23, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square - Outdoor Stage

2:30pm

Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso
A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d'état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, til a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa but to the rest of the world.


Sunday September 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:00pm

Nibble & Sip Social
Eat. Drink. Chat. Clink.
Join the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists for the happiest hour around as they raise their glasses with cheers to 7 years of black excellence in film. Pow wow about your fave flicks with local celeb journalists. This event is free and open to film lovers. 


Sunday September 23, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GCUFF Reel Lounge 13205 Shaker Square
  • Ticket Information Free and open to the public

3:15pm

The Rape of Recy Taylor
Mrs. Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.


Sunday September 23, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

3:30pm

Shorts Program 9 : A Day in the TR3 / Mothers / FAM / Into My LIfe
A Day in the TR3
A Day In The Tr3 is a film that follows a young man through his  gentrifying neighborhood. The journey shows him maneuvering through his community, embracing his community as he knows it to be, but also taking notice to what is what it is slowly becoming. The film aims  to show the beauty that hide in plain sights in what some would consider broken spaces. 
Directed by:  Brian Ellison 
Run Time: 6 min

Mothers
When the teenage son of Denise Matthews is gunned down in a senseless act of violence, she struggles not to surrender to her grief. Despite her husbands' concerns, Denise is determined to confront the accused killer in court. The morning of the arraignment she finds support in a chance encounter with an unlikely stranger.
Directed by:  Aurora Ferlin
Run Time:   16 min

F.A.M.
A father's life is complicated by a trio of women: his daughter, her mother, and his wife, who are all taking him on a ride
Directed by:   Kyle Romanek
Run Time: 30 min
*Executive Producer/Writer/Actor Anthony Williams will be on hand for audience Q&A

Into My Life
From 1965 to the present, M. Elaine and Cassandra Bromfield, two Black women, made joyful documents of their lives in Brooklyn’s Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative on 8-mm film. Into My Life pays tribute to their drive for self-preservation and self-representation, highlighting the memories, identities, and relationships housed within their archive. 
Directed by: Grace Remington 
Run Time: 15

Speakers


Sunday September 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Run Time 67 mins

4:30pm

Deeds Not Words: Conversations with Robert Madison
Through force of will, keen intellect and intractable faith, Robert Madison overcame significant economic and social barriers to achieve the American dream through architecture, while also making a commitment to extend that dream to others. A documentary film chronicling the life story of Robert P. Madison, preeminent architect, maverick, patriot & patron of arts and humanities. This is a story about a man who has been instrumental in building Cleveland's new waterfront yet at one time was denied an opportunity to even apply to one of the city's schools of architecture. Despite these and many other challenges, Mr. Madison has reached the pinnacles of professional and personal success. He has designed and built domestic and international structures since 1951. He served as Chairman of the American Institute of Architecture Fellows, lectured worldwide, and received several honorary doctorates and yet still found the time to foster the advancement of the arts, disadvantaged youth, multiculturalism and equality in hiring and promotional practices. He is also the former fiancee to Coretta Scott during his time in college in Ohio and is featured in her biography 'Desert Rose' in photo and print.

*Director Derek Morton will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
avatar for Derek Morton

Derek Morton

Derek has been involved with writing screenplays and teleplays and participating in independent film productions for over a decade. His writing earned him top screenplay honors in the HBO sponsored screenplay workshop at the American Black Film Festival in 2006. Derek chose to pursue... Read More →



Sunday September 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

5:00pm

Shorts Program 3: The One Who Gave You a Name / Burning Angel Dust / Grace / Intercept
The One Who Gave You a Name
A Name is a visual poem about mother-daughter relationships within the black community and the impact it has one black women; how they view the world. As well as the intersectionality of identity
Directed by: Carmen Callahan
Run Time: 9 min

Burning Angel Dust
A Nigerien immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi's 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There's a price to keep traditions alive.
Directed by: Jackie J. Stone
Run Time:  16 min

Grace
Grace's younger sister Angela has made it clear that she has a family of her own and can no longer care for their father. On this particular day, we go on a journey with Grace as she struggles between taking care of her father who suffers from early signs of dementia or missing out on a job opportunity that could rekindle her love, teaching.
Directed by: Eboni Adams
Run Time:  17 min
*Director Eboni Adams will be on hand for audience Q&A

Intercept
After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman's desperate plans are intercepted.
Directed by:  Jackie J. Stone
Run Time: 17

Total Run Time: 59 min

Speakers
EA

Eboni Adams

Director



Sunday September 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

5:30pm

Know Human Trafficking
Panel  Discussion following the film : Know Human Trafficking

Four survivors of human trafficking share stories of abuse. A detective from Ohio's Human Trafficking Task Force also offers details to help the audience better understand this crime. The Renee Jones Empowerment Center offers a message of hope.

Community Screening Presented by: Moore Counseling & Mediation Services
*Panel Discussion includes: Director Hollie Brubaker, Producer Byron Brubaker, Dr. Martina Moore and Evelyn Bailey

Speakers
EB

Evelyn Bailey

Moore Counseling & Mediation Services
BH

Byron & Hollie Brubaker

Director/Producer
JM

Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy

Cleveland Municipal Court
DM

Dr. Martina Moore

Moore Counseling & Mediation Services



Sunday September 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Trailer https://vimeo.com/209639604
  • Directed by Hollie Brubaker
  • Ticket Information Free. Tickets Available at Shaker Cinema Box Office

6:30pm

Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me
A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.


Sunday September 23, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

6:45pm

Shorts Program 4 : Mosquito: The Bite of Passage / The Date / Hair Wolf / Straight Lines /Where the Water Runs
Mosquito: The Bite of Passage - A mother and daughter mosquito go hunting together for the first time, and the daughter is desperately trying to confess that she doesn't like blood.
Directed by: Brian Vincent Rhodes
Run Time: 7 mins.

The Date - When you're getting ready for a date, preparation is everything.
Directed by: John Dunn
Run Time: 5  mins.

Hair Wolf - The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Directed by: Mariama Diallo
Run Time: 12 mins.

Straight Lines - After a night performing in Shreveport, Louisiana, a group of young musicians confront the harsh realities of simply existing in their own skin.
Directed by: Carl Harrison
Run Time: 15 mins.

Where the Water Runs
Set during the worst drought in LA history a water transporter uncovers a plot to privatize South Central’s dwindling water supply.
Directed by: DuBois Ashong
Run Time: 25

Total Run Time:  64 min



Sunday September 23, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

7:00pm

Miracles & Muzik
Miracles & Muzik is the factual documentary featuring the life of Platinum Record recording, Grammy Nominated and Golden Globe winning producer Rickey “Slikk Muzik” Offord. His life takes a drastic turn when he goes into a coma after complications during gallstone surgery and dies 3 times but lives to tell the story. 


Sunday September 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:15pm

Chasing The Blues
Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe..


Sunday September 23, 2018 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

8:30pm

Father's Kingdom
Father Divine was born in poverty, the son of emancipated slaves. At his peak, he was one of America’s most controversial religious leaders. He preached that he himself was an incarnation of God, and that by following his rules of purity and celibacy, you can live forever in “heaven on earth.” His movement, dedicated to integration and communal living, was an innovator in desegregating neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and the ballot box in the 1930’s and 40’s, through his radical program of empowerment. He commanded hundreds of properties and businesses, all funded by the work of his thousands of followers. But scandal, suspicion, and racism lead to clashes with the law. Though he was once a celebrity, and was decades ahead of his time fighting for civil rights, he has largely been written out of history because of the audacity of his religious claims, and doubt about his motives.

Today, Father’s few remaining followers live as a communal family on a magnificent estate outside Philadelphia. As time and mortality confront the followers, they struggle to preserve Father’s legacy. Through unprecedented access to this unique and reclusive community, the film explores the line between faith and fanaticism, between a religion and a cult. Father’s revolutionary ideas on race and identity still resonate today.



Sunday September 23, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:45pm

First Lady
After Maria survives losing her man , she gets caught up in his world of drugs and quickly learns the rules of the game.


Sunday September 23, 2018 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2
  • Directed by Dennis L. Reed II
  • Run Time 96 min
 
Monday, September 24
 

1:00pm

Quest
QUEST is a true story, originally developed and written with Tim Moellering who was not only my teacher, my hero, and my mentor but my dearest friend. Tim found me when I was a young troubled and troublesome boy surrounded by violence. Tim took me in and helped me turn my life around. He quite literally saved me, and in many ways, I think I saved him as well. Being fans of movies, we realized we had a remarkable story to share.  And thus we set about telling that story through a screenplay. The first draft was completed in 2003. Soon after, Tim discovered he had to fight pancreatic cancer but lost the battle before a newer draft could be completed. As he died, I promised him that I would make this movie - his movie.  'Quest' is the fulfillment of that promise. Set in 1995 in Berkeley, CA, this is a movie about a child (Mills) who is barely surviving an abusive home, and who is searching for unconditional love.  When he is unsuccessful in his search, he tries to convince himself that he doesn't need it. Graffiti and tagging become both his release, family, and his safe place. Tim who becomes his coach and teacher is the only person who really sees Mills for who he is, a child causing trouble in reaction to a troubled life.  Offering Mills, the patience, and trust that he deserves, Tim has to make dire sacrifices. Yet, despite the abundance of kindness, Mills is still unable to put his faith in someone else until he learns to trust his own struggle first.

Monday September 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Santiago Rizzo
  • Run Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Country USA

1:30pm

The Mayor's Race
Marvin Rees is a mixed race man in his 40's. Having experienced poverty, racism and witnessing the increasing hatred of Muslims, he wants to shape the society he lives in. Believing political office will give him the power to do so, he runs for mayor in Bristol, UK – a city with an unknown history of civil rights movements, inspired by Martin Luther King and protests that sparked of nationwide riots. As an complete amateur, Marvin's journey into politics begins and crosses failure and a deep inner struggle before he eventually meets the biggest success of his life. 


Monday September 24, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

2:00pm

Purple Dreams
Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in Purple Dreams.  This three-year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of at-risk students struggling with difficult situations while participating in a triumphant musical production that serves as a springboard to unexpected opportunities.


Monday September 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:00pm

Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resisitance in Burkina Faso
A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d'état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, til a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa but to the rest of the world.


Monday September 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Iara Lee
  • Run Time 1:12:00

3:30pm

The Other Side
When Gem (Erica Hubbard) decided to invite her long-lost friend to be the Maid of Honor in her wedding, Allen (Brad James), her fiancé, had no clue he'd be meeting Kiya (Altovise Lawrence), a wildly outspoken lesbian novelist. Though an aspiring writer himself, Allen finds not a friend in his new house-guest, but a rival for Gem's attention. Eventually, the soon-to-be husband discovers there's a lot more to the story than his fiancée explained.

The film Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith (Marshall, Queen Sugar), Erica Hubbard (Lets Stay Together, Chicago Med), Brad James (Underground, The New Edition Story), Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Man, Nutty Professor 2 - The Klumps ), Cocoa Brown (Ted 2, For Better or Worse) and Altovise Lawrence (Love By Chance, Blood Drive NBC).

Writer/Director: Warren Pemberton
Producer: Usman Sharif
Production Company: The Other Side Production LLC


Monday September 24, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:00pm

Buffalo Soldiers: A Quest for Freedom
A century and a half ago, Black soldiers, known as “Buffalo Soldiers”changed the face of the military forever. Despite astonishing achievements in the face of heartbreaking adversity, the heroism of these brave men has remained obscure. Until now! Buffalo Soldiers:  A Quest for Freedom begins in the turbulent days leading to the Revolutionary War, traverses Frontier expansion and the Spanish American War, and concludes with a modern perspective of military officers of color. This ambitious body of work chronicles, year by year, the extraordinary story of these notable African American men -and yes women! - and the invaluable service they rendered serving our beloved country.  
*J. Isabelle will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Monday September 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

4:45pm

ALASKA IS A DRAG
NOTE: THIS FILM SCREENING IS IN AKRON OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska. 


Monday September 24, 2018 4:45pm - 6:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

5:00pm

How Jack Became Black
After his son is denied enrollment by the local elementary school for not identifying his “primary race,” a multiracial father journeys through America’s maze of Identity Politics to better understand our relentless preoccupation with race.



Monday September 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

5:30pm

Shorts Program 2: Rolling in the Deep / The Tables / Cut My Hair / Sankofa Solving X
Rolling in the Deep  
An WW2 Black Veteran who travels back home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father, having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner .
Directed by: Marcellus Cox
Run Time: 12 min

The Tables
In the middle of New York City, tucked away in the corner of Bryant Park, sit two outdoor ping pong tables where anyone is free to play. Young or old, rich or homeless, it doesn’t matter. During the day, the park provides paddles and balls, but after 7pm the regulars show up, armed with their own. Every night they come together to battle each other and the elements, playing in the wind, rain and even snow. And out of this shared love of the game, a bond was formed between an unlikely group of people. This is the story of the many lives these tables have touched, including the gangbanger who helped put them there
Directed by:  Jon Bunning
Run Time: 15

Cut My Hair Barber
Kwame Alexander is a good kid who believes his father to be deceased. This causes him to daydream often about the father he never knew. He lives with his mother, Saundra, a hard-working single-parent. A class-assignment prompts Kwame to pester Saundra about his father. At first she resists and Kwame isn't sure what to do. His best friends, Kenny and Kaya, encourage him to keep at it and Kwame persists until Saundra reveals his father, Levi, is alive. This changes Kwame's life forever
Directed by: Patrick James Thomas
Run Time: 23.30 min

Sankofa Solving X
Championed by Sister Yvetta Eley, the Sankofa program seeks to teach young African American students about their African roots and heritage. To achieve this, two students are selected to submit their DNA to Ancestry.com for testing.  
Directed by: Chris Kennedy
Run Time: 12 min
*Director Chris Kennedy and Producer Obadiah Baker will be on hand for audience Q&A

Total Run Time: 62 min


Speakers


Monday September 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

6:00pm

Deeds Not Words: Conversations with Robert Madison
Through force of will, keen intellect and intractable faith, Robert Madison overcame significant economic and social barriers to achieve the American dream through architecture, while also making a commitment to extend that dream to others. A documentary film chronicling the life story of Robert P. Madison, preeminent architect, maverick, patriot & patron of arts and humanities. This is a story about a man who has been instrumental in building Cleveland's new waterfront yet at one time was denied an opportunity to even apply to one of the city's schools of architecture. Despite these and many other challenges, Mr. Madison has reached the pinnacles of professional and personal success. He has designed and built domestic and international structures since 1951. He served as Chairman of the American Institute of Architecture Fellows, lectured worldwide, and received several honorary doctorates and yet still found the time to foster the advancement of the arts, disadvantaged youth, multiculturalism and equality in hiring and promotional practices. He is also the former fiancee to Coretta Scott during his time in college in Ohio and is featured in her biography 'Desert Rose' in photo and print.
*Director Derek Morton will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
avatar for Derek Morton

Derek Morton

Derek has been involved with writing screenplays and teleplays and participating in independent film productions for over a decade. His writing earned him top screenplay honors in the HBO sponsored screenplay workshop at the American Black Film Festival in 2006. Derek chose to pursue... Read More →



Monday September 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2
  • Directed by Derek Morton

6:45pm

Father's Kingdom
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

Father Divine was born in poverty, the son of emancipated slaves. At his peak, he was one of America’s most controversial religious leaders. He preached that he himself was an incarnation of God, and that by following his rules of purity and celibacy, you can live forever in “heaven on earth.” His movement, dedicated to integration and communal living, was an innovator in desegregating neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and the ballot box in the 1930’s and 40’s, through his radical program of empowerment. He commanded hundreds of properties and businesses, all funded by the work of his thousands of followers. But scandal, suspicion, and racism lead to clashes with the law. Though he was once a celebrity, and was decades ahead of his time fighting for civil rights, he has largely been written out of history because of the audacity of his religious claims, and doubt about his motives.

Today, Father’s few remaining followers live as a communal family on a magnificent estate outside Philadelphia. As time and mortality confront the followers, they struggle to preserve Father’s legacy. Through unprecedented access to this unique and reclusive community, the film explores the line between faith and fanaticism, between a religion and a cult. Father’s revolutionary ideas on race and identity still resonate today.



Monday September 24, 2018 6:45pm - 8:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

7:00pm

The Foreigner's Home
“Who is the foreigner?” So asked Toni Morrison at “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre. Morrison invited artists whose work addressed the experience of migration and displacement to join her in conversation about issues she had long examined in her own writing and teaching. Through extensive archival footage, music, and animation, this film expands that conversation. Neither biography nor traditional documentary, it is instead a provocative and timely meditation on some of humanity’s oldest divisions, exploring Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision through a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness,” and art’s redemptive power.
*Directors Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown Orso will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
RB

Rian Brown Orso

Director/Producer
GP

Geoff Pingree

Director/Producer



Monday September 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

7:30pm

Shorts Program 7 : Thinking Out Loud/ Guilty / HER / Stuck
Thinking Out Loud
Angela fights to move on from her broken relationship with Derrick, but finds it difficult since he is always still hanging around her apartment
Directed by:   Marquette Williams
Run Time:   20 min

Guilty
Misty is determined to finally experience and orgasm but first she has to overcome the only thing, or person, that's in her way- White Jesus. Her priorities are tested in this dark comedy about freedom from religious guilt.
Directed by: Davida Chanel Produced by: Nicole Collins

Run Time:  17 min

HER
A story about a man who let the powerful emotion of love overtake his mind causing an alter in his reality.
Directed by: Steven T Allen
Run Time:  8 min

Stuck
Two strangers, physically stuck in the act of sex, must become vulnerable in order to separate.
Directed by: Praheme Praphet.
Run Time: 17 min
*Director Praheme Praphet will be on hand for audience Q&A

Total Run Time: 62 min

Speakers


Monday September 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:30pm

Questions
A comedy about a regular guy who in three years hasn't figured out what makes his girlfriend tick so that he can save the relationship. Now he has one week to figure out what makes all women tick so that he can save himself.
*Director Avery Waddell will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Monday September 24, 2018 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

8:45pm

What Death Leaves Behind
After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor's violent murder, sending him on a dark path of deranged vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.
*Writer/Producer Rachel K. Ofori will be on hand for audience Q&A

Rachel K. Ofori fosters not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well. Working in varied vocations of entertainment and production for over the past decade, she has garnered opportunities as a personnel manager and event producer for events including pharmaceutical launches, and 5 years with MADE NY Fashion Week, US Open Golf and US Open Tennis. She is a published writer, a former on-air personality for ABC with the Philadelphia Eagles, and has worked on projects ranging from local PBS commercials, blockbusters under Warner Brothers Studios, to most recently her first feature, 'What Death Leaves Behind.'

Speakers
avatar for Rachel K Ofori

Rachel K Ofori

Producer/Co-Writer
Rachel K. Ofori is a highly motivated professional that fosters not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well. Working in varied vocations of entertainment and production for over the past decade, she has garnered opportunities as a personnel manager and event... Read More →



Monday September 24, 2018 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

8:45pm

Call Me Thief
NOTE; THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail 'AB' finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. Set in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter Mr. John W. Fredericks


Monday September 24, 2018 8:45pm - 10:45pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA
 
Tuesday, September 25
 

1:00pm

Angelica
Angelica has spent her whole life escaping from her mixed racial identity, but a family crisis forces her to look inside and rethink her life.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

1:15pm

Running After
Paulo Gale is a black Brazilian man, a typical “day-by-day survivor”, always doing his best to bring some happiness in his life, and by happiness he means money. When finding himself a dead end, he discovers the opportunity to become a football manager by leading some boy from the neighborhood to becoming the new Neymar of international soccer. Going through the suburbs of Rio, he finds Glanderson, a young boy with an enormous talent for soccer given the absence of two toes in his right foot. With good humor, high hopes, and a lot of missteps the quixotic duo tries their best to get to their dream to come true. 


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Jeferson De
  • Country Brazil

1:30pm

Shorts Program 8 : Yemi's Dilemma / We Love Moses / Crescent
Yemi's Dilemma
Yemi’s Dilemma is the story of three sisters, a wedding and a family torn apart. Yemi, Lola and Tayo are first generation Nigerian-Americans in a tight-knit family. Although they've been raised in America, their parents have a strong desire to maintain the traditions of their home country. Yemi, the eldest, is expected to marry a Nigerian man, but she’s keeping a huge secret from her parents that will forever change the dynamic within the family for better and for worse.
Directed by:  Sade Oyinade
Run Time:  25 min

We Love Moses
When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.
Directed by:  Dionne Edwards
Run Time:  15 min

Crescent
After transferring from his predominantly white school, Adam, a black teenager, experiences culture shock once he arrives on the first day of band camp at an all black school. It is then that band director, Andre Narcisse, helps discover his prejudices against his own people.
Directed by: Edward Worthy
Run Time: 14 min


Total run time:  54 min.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

3:15pm

Buffalo Soldiers: A Quest for Freedom
A century and a half ago, Black soldiers, known as “Buffalo Soldiers”changed the face of the military forever. Despite astonishing achievements in the face of heartbreaking adversity, the heroism of these brave men has remained obscure. Until now! Buffalo Soldiers:  A Quest for Freedom begins in the turbulent days leading to the Revolutionary War, traverses Frontier expansion and the Spanish American War, and concludes with a modern perspective of military officers of color. This ambitious body of work chronicles, year by year, the extraordinary story of these notable African American men -and yes woman! - and the invaluable service they rendered serving our beloved country.  
*Director J. Isabelle will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:15pm

Last Life
TWO REINCARNATED AFRICAN AMERICAN SPIRITS WHO’VE BEEN RETURNING AS DIFFERENT PEOPLE SINCE THE DAWN OF SLAVERY, FEEL THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH WITH MODERN DAY AMERICA AND THAT THIS IS THEIR ‘LAST LIFE’. 


Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Michael Phillip Edwards
  • Run Time 80 min
  • Country USA

4:30pm

No Shade
Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade provides a raw perspective on the issue of colourism and what happens when looking for love in the right place, goes wrong.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:45pm

Boost
NOTE: THIS FILM SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at  THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

A thrilling look at the lives of two teenage best friends from Montreal who become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:45pm - 6:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

5:30pm

VFX For Filmmakers: Using VFX in Making Your Film

Today’s independent Filmmaker wears many hats, Producer, Director, Crafty and often, VFX Artist. More and more the difference between a successful “Hero” shot is how well the filmmaker plans VFX in pre-production, and how successful he/she is at asking the right questions in an effort to getting quality “Hero” shots for their short or feature.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival in cooperation with MadWerkz is hosting a VFX for Indie Filmmakers Seminar @GCUFF on Tuesday Sept. 25th at 5:30pm at Shaker Cinemas. The workshop centers around the Do's and Don'ts, along with Tips and Tricks for the Indie Filmmaker in preparing a production to include VFX. Attendance is FREE with your GCUFF Festival Pass or Movie Ticket. Do you have a VFX question? If you're planning on attending the seminar, RSVP on the Event page and post your question there and we'll answer it at the seminar!

Sponsored by ActionVFX, BirthofaNotion, Capoeira Brasil of Cleveland, Indie Film Series, Unreal and Blender.

Topics we'll cover:
  • Step by Step breakdown of a Hollywood film "Hero" shot
  • How to accomplish that Hollywood "Hero" shot
  • Building on your traditional film/TV skills and applying them in Real-time creation
  • How to start planning VFX before production begins
  • And more!
Attend to enter our contest giveaway to win free swag and huge discounts from ActionVFX.com, BirthofaNotion, Capoeira Brazil Cleveland, Indie Film Screenings and many more...

About the instructor:
Joddy Eric Matthews is an artist and director/producer with over 25 years production experience with stints at ILM, Sony, R&H and WETA. As an early adopter of emerging technologies, Joddy has served on advisory boards for RED, Adobe, Amazon, and Nvidia with a career spanning storytelling, gaming and Tech. Founder of ARise360media, a Game and real-time Documentary platform, positioned to teach advanced history and a STEM curriculum to people of color in partnership with Apple and Epic Games.









Speakers
JE

Joddy Eric Matthews

CEO, Madwerkz
Joddy Eric Matthews is an artist and director/producer with over 25 years production experience with stints at ILM, Sony, R&H and WETA. As an early adopter of emerging technologies, Joddy has served on advisory boards for RED, Adobe, Amazon, and Nvidia with a career spanning storytelling... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Ticket Information Free admission for GCUFF passholders. $20 for others. See Link for tickets

6:00pm

The Foreigner's Home
“Who IS the foreigner?” So asked Toni Morrison at “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre. Morrison invited artists whose work addressed the experience of migration and displacement to join her in conversation about issues she had long examined in her own writing and teaching. Through extensive archival footage, music, and animation, this film expands that conversation. Neither biography nor traditional documentary, it is instead a provocative and timely meditation on some of humanity’s oldest divisions, exploring Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision through a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness,” and art’s redemptive power.
*Directors Geoff Pingree and Rian Brown Orso will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
RB

Rian Brown Orso

Director/Producer
GP

Geoff Pingree

Director/Producer



Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

6:30pm

Shorts Program 5: Wireless / RePairations - The Musical / Prototype / Bodega/ Make America Black Again
Wireless
When two siblings get trapped in the house without electricity, we see the result of Gen Z without technology.
Directed by: Tayo Odesanya
Run Time: 3:42 min.

RePairations - The Musical
REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860's), end of segregation (1960's), and President Obama's inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the 'American Pie'.
Directed by: Courtney Miller
Run Time; 14 mins

Prototype -A technician conducting empathy tests on androids stumbles across a life-changing secret when an unruly subject complicates her work.
Directed by: Christopher Ortega
Run Time: 19 mins.

Bodega
Bodega! is a short dramatic/comedy about gentrification. When a caucasian family moves into Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, an elder in the family says something inappropriate causing the local African American community to take extreme measures to get an apology.
Directed by: Donna Augustin
Run Time:  19 min

Make America Black Again
Presidential Candidate Lamar Johnson is running for office on the campaign slogan: " Make America Black Again" with an all white campaign staff.
Directed by: Joel Kipnis, Leon
Run Time: 13 min.

Total Run Time: 69 min


Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

6:45pm

How Jack Became Black
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OH at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

After his son is denied enrollment by the local elementary school for not identifying his “primary race,” a multiracial father journeys through America’s maze of Identity Politics to better understand our relentless preoccupation with race.




Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:45pm - 8:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

7:00pm

Shorts Program 9 : A Day in the TR3 / Mothers / FAM / Into My LIfe
A Day in the TR3
A Day In The Tr3 is a film that follows a young man through his  gentrifying neighborhood. The journey shows him maneuvering through his community, embracing his community as he knows it to be, but also taking notice to what is what it is slowly becoming. The film aims  to show the beauty that hide in plain sights in what some would consider broken spaces. 
Directed by:  Brian Ellison 
Run Time: 6 min

Mothers
When the teenage son of Denise Matthews is gunned down in a senseless act of violence, she struggles not to surrender to her grief. Despite her husbands' concerns, Denise is determined to confront the accused killer in court. The morning of the arraignment she finds support in a chance encounter with an unlikely stranger.
Directed by:  Aurora Ferlin
Run Time:   16 min

F.A.M
A father's life is complicated by a trio of women: his daughter, her mother, and his wife, who are all taking him on a ride
Directed by:   Kyle Romanek
Run Time: 30 min
*Executive Producer/Writer/Actor Anthony Williams will be on hand for audience Q&A

Into My Life
From 1965 to the present, M. Elaine and Cassandra Bromfield, two Black women, made joyful documents of their lives in Brooklyn’s Lindsay Park Housing Cooperative on 8-mm film. Into My Life pays tribute to their drive for self-preservation and self-representation, highlighting the memories, identities, and relationships housed within their archive. 
Directed by: Grace Remington 
Run Time: 15

Speakers


Tuesday September 25, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Run Time 66 min

8:30pm

Sinners Wanted
An unconventional pastor is ridiculed by his hypocritical church congregation after he rescues an unforgiven prostitute.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:30pm - 8:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:45pm

Running After
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

Paulo Gale is a black Brazilian man, a typical “day-by-day survivor”, always doing his best to bring some happiness in his life, and by happiness he means money. When finding himself a dead end, he discovers the opportunity to become a football manager by leading some boy from the neighborhood to becoming the new Neymar of international soccer. Going through the suburbs of Rio, he finds Glanderson, a young boy with an enormous talent for soccer given the absence of two toes in his right foot. With good humor, high hopes, and a lot of missteps the quixotic duo tries their best to get to their dream to come true. 


Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA
 
Wednesday, September 26
 

1:30pm

Purple Dreams
Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in Purple Dreams.  This three-year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of at-risk students struggling with difficult situations while participating in a triumphant musical production that serves as a springboard to unexpected opportunities.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

2:00pm

Hey Mr. Postman
An easily frustrated and wise-cracking charter bus driver from the mid-west loses everything after being fired. Desperately, he moves in with his crazy cousin to become a mailman in the rough urban area of Cleveland, Ohio.
*Writer/Director Mike Berry will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
avatar for Mike Berry

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is an  author and an award winning filmmaker, as well as a motivational speaker. His message is simple, “Operate in your purpose right now, with what you have right now.” Boasting an Amazon best selling novel titled “The Dangerous times,” two Billboard top 100... Read More →



Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

3:00pm

The Mayor's Race
Marvin Rees is a mixed race man in his 40's. Having experienced poverty, racism and witnessing the increasing hatred of Muslims, he wants to shape the society he lives in. Believing political office will give him the power to do so, he runs for mayor in Bristol, UK – a city with an unknown history of civil rights movements, inspired by Martin Luther King and protests that sparked of nationwide riots. As an complete amateur, Marvin's journey into politics begins and crosses failure and a deep inner struggle before he eventually meets the biggest success of his life. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

3:30pm

Angelica
Angelica has spent her whole life escaping from her mixed racial identity, but a family crisis forces her to look inside and rethink her life.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

4:30pm

Last Life
TWO REINCARNATED AFRICAN AMERICAN SPIRITS WHO’VE BEEN RETURNING AS DIFFERENT PEOPLE SINCE THE DAWN OF SLAVERY, FEEL THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH WITH MODERN DAY AMERICA AND THAT THIS IS THEIR ‘LAST LIFE’. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

4:45pm

Animator


Commercial artist Neal Stewart takes an animation class with a mysterious professor that connects him to the ancient Griots of West Africa and the power to draw the future. When his girlfriend commits suicide, he learns he can erase the past with chilling consequences.

Directed by: Logan Hall and Julian Jones | Produced by: Roberta Jones | Written by: Roberta Jones | Starring: Levenix Riddle, McKenzie Chinn, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Anita Chandwaney, Geno Walker


Wednesday September 26, 2018 4:45pm - 6:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

5:00pm

One Bedroom
Love means never having to give up your apartment.
*Director Darien Sills-Evans will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

5:30pm

Running After
Paulo Gale is a black Brazilian man, a typical “day-by-day survivor”, always doing his best to bring some happiness in his life, and by happiness he means money. When finding himself a dead end, he discovers the opportunity to become a football manager by leading some boy from the neighborhood to becoming the new Neymar of international soccer. Going through the suburbs of Rio, he finds Glanderson, a young boy with an enormous talent for soccer given the absence of two toes in his right foot. With good humor, high hopes, and a lot of missteps the quixotic duo tries their best to get to their dream to come true. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Directed by Jeferson De
  • Run Time 88 min
  • Country Brazil

6:30pm

CLE Shorts
Blanket Blessings
After realizing that you're never too young to be kind, Logan Williams sets out to fullfill her purpose of helping the homeless by blessing them with a blanket, and helping us all understand just how far an act of kindness can go.
Directed by: Mike Berry
Run time. 10 min

American Girlz
A story of young urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths of their city.
Run Time: 16 mins

Keeping it Green
Keeping it Green comes from the understanding of what the youth did over the summer. No matter what team the youth of The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Summer Youth...

Who's Gonna Tuck Me In Tonight

Directed by: Tamu Thomas
*Director Tamu Thomas will be on hand for audience Q&A
Run Time: 18 mins

Speakers
TT

Tamu Thomas

Director


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Ticket Information Tickets available at Shaker Square Cinemas Box Office

6:45pm

Liyana
 NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA
A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. Awards: Grand Jury Award Best Documentary - LA Film Festival; Jury Award for Artistic Bravery - Durban International Film Festival


Wednesday September 26, 2018 6:45pm - 8:00pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

7:00pm

Shorts Program 6 : All Kids Go to Hell / The Drop In / Scrap Dolls / Riverment / Acquitted
All Kids Go to Hell
Two orphaned siblings, unknowingly using an ouija board, accidentally ask the devil to adopt them.
Director: Chaz Bottoms
Run Time:  7  min


The Drop In
Joelle, a hair stylist living in Toronto, has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.
Director: Naledi Jackson 
Run Time: 13 min

Scrap Dolls
On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.
Director:  Aude Cuenod 
Run Time: 13 min

Riverment
A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter when her granddaughter decides to follow in her footsteps. 
Director: Shayla Racquel 
Run Time: 19 min

Acquitted
A police officer takes the law into his own hands and kills a couple during a routine traffic stop. During his paid leave, The ghosts of the victims and his demons come to haunt him.
Director:  Keith Collins II 
Run Time: 10 min
*Director Keith Collins II will be on hand for audience Q&A 

Speakers


Wednesday September 26, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

7:30pm

Soulful Steps: A Soul Line Dance Journey with J&J
James and Jackie Rice take us on a journey of how they fell in love with Soul Line Dancing, through it’s history to CaliJam, the first and biggest soul line dance convention on the West Coast.

*Producer Jamie Burton-Oare will be on hand for audience Q&A


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Burton-Oare

Jamie Burton-Oare

Producer
Jamie Burton-Oare is an award-winning Writer/Director/Actor whose feature film directorial debut, "Doing The L.A. Thing," was the winner of the HBO Best Feature Award at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAAFF.) Jamie’s short film "The Bully," garnered the... Read More →



Wednesday September 26, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

8:20pm

Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story
 “Invisible Chess” is a feature-length documentary exploring a deeply flawed provision of Ohio’s criminal justice system that has drawn little media attention. In 1996, Ohio changed sentencing procedures from an indeterminate system - 7 to 25 years, for instance - to a “truth in sentencing” scheme giving judges far greater control over time served.The new law has reduced the incentive for inmates to participate in programs intended for rehabilitation, and because the law passed in 1996 was not retroactive, inmates sentenced under the old law suffer disproportionately.
Jason Goudlock - African-American, Cleveland native, published author, prolific internet figure, and Ohio inmate #284-561 since 1994 - has been a victim of this injustice. His story reveals a situation so convoluted and daunting that Goudlock has called it a game of "invisible chess.”

*Director Sam Crow will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
SC

Sam Crow

Director



Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:20pm - 10:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

8:30pm

The Carter Effect
In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998


Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

8:45pm

Before The Vows
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

Set in the capital of Ghana, the film captures the relationship between a happy couple, Nii and Afua, as they navigate the anxiety of their upcoming nuptials and question what it takes to ensure a long and happy marriage. The story reflects a modern-day African love story that can be universally understood by millennials around the world.


Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:45pm - 10:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

9:00pm

This One's For The Ladies
This is a movie for and about black, brown and allied women - and the people who love them. That covers a lot of diverse, sex-positive people! Yes it’s hilarious. Yes it’s sexy. Yes it’s LGBTQ friendly. And, Yes it’s a little raunchy. But somewhere along the way the movie pivots into a conversation about race, class, family, community and sisterhood. It’s not your typical stripper movie by a long shot and repeatedly, audiences from all backgrounds have shown love and appreciation for this “surprising” and “joyous" theatrical experience.
*Director Gene Graham will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
GG

Gene Graham

Director



Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Directed by Gene Graham
  • Run Time 1 hr 22 min
  • Country USA
 
Thursday, September 27
 

1:30pm

ALASKA IS A DRAG
Tough, but diva fabulous, Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. He and his twin sister are trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the attention of the local boxing coach. When a new boy moves to town and wants to be his sparring partner, Leo has to face the real reason he's stuck in Alaska. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3

2:00pm

The Carter Effect
In his latest documentary, Sean Menard gives viewers an unprecedented look at Vince Carter: the six-foot-six, eight-time NBA All-Star from Daytona Beach who made waves in the Canadian basketball scene when he joined the Raptors in 1998


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

2:30pm

Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story
 “Invisible Chess” is a feature-length documentary exploring a deeply flawed provision of Ohio’s criminal justice system that has drawn little media attention. In 1996, Ohio changed sentencing procedures from an indeterminate system - 7 to 25 years, for instance - to a “truth in sentencing” scheme giving judges far greater control over time served.The new law has reduced the incentive for inmates to participate in programs intended for rehabilitation, and because the law passed in 1996 was not retroactive, inmates sentenced under the old law suffer disproportionately.
Jason Goudlock - African-American, Cleveland native, published author, prolific internet figure, and Ohio inmate #284-561 since 1994 - has been a victim of this injustice. His story reveals a situation so convoluted and daunting that Goudlock has called it a game of "invisible chess.”

*Director Sam Crow will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
SC

Sam Crow

Director



Thursday September 27, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2
  • Trailer https://youtu.be/0H7sfa 6PEq4
  • Directed by Samuel Crow
  • Run Time 1 hr 35 mins

3:30pm

Quest
QUEST is a true story, originally developed and written with Tim Moellering who was not only my teacher, my hero, and my mentor but my dearest friend. Tim found me when I was a young troubled and troublesome boy surrounded by violence. Tim took me in and helped me turn my life around. He quite literally saved me, and in many ways, I think I saved him as well. Being fans of movies, we realized we had a remarkable story to share.  And thus we set about telling that story through a screenplay. The first draft was completed in 2003. Soon after, Tim discovered he had to fight pancreatic cancer but lost the battle before a newer draft could be completed. As he died, I promised him that I would make this movie - his movie.  'Quest' is the fulfillment of that promise. Set in 1995 in Berkeley, CA, this is a movie about a child (Mills) who is barely surviving an abusive home, and who is searching for unconditional love.  When he is unsuccessful in his search, he tries to convince himself that he doesn't need it. Graffiti and tagging become both his release, family, and his safe place. Tim who becomes his coach and teacher is the only person who really sees Mills for who he is, a child causing trouble in reaction to a troubled life.  Offering Mills, the patience, and trust that he deserves, Tim has to make dire sacrifices. Yet, despite the abundance of kindness, Mills is still unable to put his faith in someone else until he learns to trust his own struggle first.

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Directed by Santiago Rizzo
  • Run Time 1 hr 25 min

4:00pm

Questions
A comedy about a regular guy who in three years hasn't figured out what makes his girlfriend tick so that he can save the relationship. Now he has one week to figure out what makes all women tick so that he can save himself.
*Director Avery Waddell will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

4:30pm

Call Me Thief
When young Abraham gets arrested for a petty crime he raises his status in prison by captivating the hardened gangsters with his knack for telling stories. He becomes the "prison cinema" whilst his childhood friend becomes the concubine of a gang boss. On their release from jail 'AB' finds romance with his childhood sweetheart and starts a new path in life as a writer but his friends rope him into a murder for which they all face the hang-man's noose. Set in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1960s. The film is based on the life story of the scriptwriter Mr. John W. Fredericks


Thursday September 27, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

5:15pm

The Foreigner's Home
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

“Who IS the foreigner?” So asked Toni Morrison at “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre. Morrison invited artists whose work addressed the experience of migration and displacement to join her in conversation about issues she had long examined in her own writing and teaching. Through extensive archival footage, music, and animation, this film expands that conversation. Neither biography nor traditional documentary, it is instead a provocative and timely meditation on some of humanity’s oldest divisions, exploring Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision through a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness,” and art’s redemptive power. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

6:00pm

Boost
A thrilling look at the lives of two teenage best friends from Montreal who become entangled with the mob after a car they stole is involved in a fatal accident.


Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 2

6:45pm

Chasing The Blues
NOTE: THIS FILM SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at The Nightlight Theater

Two rival record collectors attempt to con an old lady out of a rare but cursed 1930s blues record. When a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, the feud festers for over 20 years until they are released from prison and get a second chance at snagging the vinyl – this time from a more formidable foe..


Thursday September 27, 2018 6:45pm - 8:00pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

7:00pm

Wilhelmina's War
Wilhemina’s War is the story of Wilhemina Dixon, an uneducated daughter of sharecroppers who becomes a force in her family’s fight for survival from HIV and AIDS. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.

Wilhemina, or "Mina," as everyone calls her, knows little about public policy, but a great deal about caring for the sick. Five of her family members are living with HIV, and she is the caregiver for her daughter, Toni, a drug addict, and her teenage granddaughter, Dayshal, born with HIV and now the victim of online bullying.

While Wilhemina struggles to save her family, South Carolina politics only increase her burden as Governor Nikki Haley rejects billions of federal dollars available through the Affordable Care Act, a decision with devastating implications for those in need. Undaunted, Wilhemina soldiers on, taking a cue from her state’s motto: While I Breathe, I Hope.


Film Presented by:AIDS Healthcare Foundation


Thursday September 27, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1

7:00pm

United Skates
When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture –– one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talent.

Few people are aware that roller rinks remain a segregated space throughout the country. “Black Nights,” now often referred to as “Adult Nights,” can be found in nearly every major city, each boasting a vibrant music and skate scene original to their region. Baltimore is home to Snapping, Detroit has Open House, J.B. skaters reign in Chicago, and in New York/New Jersey they skate in trains and trios. “Adult Nights” are credited as incubators of East Coast Hip Hop, and West Coast Rap. From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature in New York/New Jersey to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Los Angeles, roller rinks have long been a mecca for music and creativity. These nights are also safe spaces, where street rivalries are left at the door. And still, many white rink owners refuse to host adult nights, even though this community could keep them in business.
With an average of three rinks closing a month, "United Skates" takes a deep dive into the
vibrant and celebratory world of African-American roller skating through the eyes of three central characters: Phelicia, Reggie, and Buddy. Each living in a different part of the country, and each fighting to preserve a tradition that reaches deep into their family history, this film documents a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing entirely.

*Director/Producer Dyana Winkler will be on hand for audience Q&A
*Roll-Pla Skate Party follows this event at Mig's Pla-Mor Roller Rink

Speakers
avatar for Tina Brown

Tina Brown

Director / Producer
TINA BROWN | DIRECTOR / PRODUCERFor more than 20 years New York-based, Vietnamese-Australian filmmaker TINA BROWN hasworked in media and entertainment through various roles including film publicist, magazineeditor and writer, TV & Film producer, and now filmmaker. Brown co-produced... Read More →
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Dyana Winkler

Director
For nearly a decade, Dyana Winkler worked full time supporting filmmakers at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and later the Tribeca Film Institute Feature Film Program, where she deliberated upon thousands of grant submissions in both documentary and fiction film and... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas 13116 Shaker Square

8:00pm

No Shade
Told through the prism of love, relationships, dating and marriage, No Shade provides a raw perspective on the issue of colourism and what happens when looking for love in the right place, goes wrong.


Thursday September 27, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 3
  • Directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe
  • Country UK

8:45pm

Hey Mr. Postman
An easily frustrated and wise-cracking charter bus driver from the mid-west loses everything after being fired. Desperately, he moves in with his crazy cousin to become a mailman in the rough urban area of Cleveland, Ohio.
*Writer/Director Mike Berry will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
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Mike Berry

Mike Berry is an  author and an award winning filmmaker, as well as a motivational speaker. His message is simple, “Operate in your purpose right now, with what you have right now.” Boasting an Amazon best selling novel titled “The Dangerous times,” two Billboard top 100... Read More →



Thursday September 27, 2018 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Mike Berry

8:45pm

What Death Leaves Behind
NOTE: THIS SCREENING IS IN AKRON, OHIO at THE NIGHTLIGHT CINEMA

After a kidney transplant, Jake Warren experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor's violent murder, sending him on a dark path of deranged vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth. 


Thursday September 27, 2018 8:45pm - 10:15pm
The Nightlight Cinema 30 N High St, Akron, OH 44308, USA

9:00pm

This One's For The Ladies
This is a movie for and about black, brown and allied women - and the people who love them. That covers a lot of diverse, sex positive people! Yes it’s hilarious. Yes it’s sexy. Yes it’s LGBTQ friendly. And, Yes it’s a little raunchy. But somewhere along the way the movie pivots into a conversation about race, class, family, community and sisterhood. It’s not your typical stripper movie by a long shot and repeatedly, audiences from all backgrounds have shown love and appreciation for this “surprising” and “joyous" theatrical experience.
*Director Gene Graham will be on hand for audience Q&A

Speakers
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Gene Graham

Director



Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Shaker Square Cinemas - Theater 1
  • Directed by Gene Graham
  • Run Time 1 hr. 22 min

9:00pm

Roll Pla: It's a Skate Party!
Roller skaters bouncing to the GCUFF beat... Ain't nothin but a party so stay on your feet!
Whether you've got on peanut butters or your best black magics, shuffle full speed with no stoppers over to the Pla-Mor Roller Rink for a fun-filled night of bounce, rock, skate, roll following the film "United Skates." It's Mig's Pla-Mor's grand opening, so wear all black for this special occasion.   

Thursday September 27, 2018 9:00pm - Friday September 28, 2018 1:00am
Mig's Pla-Mor Roller Rink 22466 Shore Center Drive, Euclid Ohio 44123
  • Ticket Information Tickets also available at Mig's Pla-Mor
 
Friday, September 28
 

6:00pm

Closing Night Film & Awards Presentation - Maynard
A special screening about The Man. The Politician. The Game Changer... Maynard Jackson.

Maynard was the first black mayor of the City of Atlanta - the Obama before Obama. In 1968 after the assassinations of MLK Jr. and Robert Kennedy, he announced his candidacy for the Georgia U.S. Senate against known segregationist, Herman Talmadge. His loss ignited a movement in the South and transformed the reputation of Atlanta from the “heart of the confederate South” to a cosmopolitan world-class city that included bringing the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta.

This film is presented by Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.



Friday September 28, 2018 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Olivet Institutional Baptist 8712 Quincy Ave
  • Directed by Sam Pollard
  • Ticket Information Tickets: $15; Children (12 and under): $5