Thursday, October 12, 2017
Sponsored by Gentlemen Jack, Jack Daniels Honey, Heineken, Minnesota Institute of Art, Radisson Red, Lacroix Water, and Microsoft.
2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN, 55104
|6:00 PM||Doors Open|
|6:25 PM||Opening Remarks|
|6:30 PM||Melissa M|
|6:33 PM||Drea Pierre|
|6:45 PM||New Neighbors||How far will a Mother go to protect her children? A 2017 Sundance Official Selection, New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow. A clever, resourceful, and unique approach to the BLM dialogue.|
|8:40 PM||Q & A with Cory Hardrict|
|9:30 PM||Late Night Cocktails with Cory Hardrict and Kim Curry||Pourhouse
10 S 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55402
Friday, October 13, 2017
550 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, 55114
|6:45 PM||Welcome! Natalie Morrow, President of TCBFF||Sponsored by LSG, Lacroix Water, Heineken, Patron, Love Promotions, and Radisson Red|
|6:50 PM||Hope Sessions||Minneapolis / St. Paul residents lend commentary on contemporary life and moving stories of how hope helped them SEE the light through the darkness. Discussions revolve around social and economic justice, equality, human rights, and life's challenges from a narrative framework of hope. The producer's hope is that we will all begin to SEE the truth more clearly. That is to say that we are ALL human beings. And that acknowledgement of the truth will be the salvation of the planet.|
|7:05 PM||The Pink Visitor||An uncanny visitor leads a new homeowner to a perilous situation.|
|7:40 PM||Rolling in the Deep||A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner.|
|7:55 PM||SIlence||In this experimental / narrative, wannabe model Séma is tortured by Silence (personified as hands). Will Séma be able to express her voice at a crucial moment or succumb to Silence?|
|8:05 PM||The Birthday||The mask of civility splinters as a family celebrates their daughter's 13th birthday.|
|8:15 PM||911||A 911 dispatcher answers a distressed call from a couple stopped for a suspicious car reported.|
|8:28 PM||Enigma Lake||A young girl, with a passion for dinosaurs, must prove to the grown-ups that monsters do exist.|
|8:40 PM||Traits||A housewife suffering from the deadly Sickle Cell Disease makes a last attempt to reconnect with her estranged sister.|
|9:00 PM||Asylum Park||Asylum park 45 vertical sf 10mb
Sometimes the war is not just outside, but also inside…
An Indian girl sobs quietly in a park, trying to hide away her pain. An unknown Muslim Gambian man who approaches her, sensing her desperation, proposes a sinister deal in exchange for help. The weak typically attack the weaker, but there is a catch here. The proverbial man - woman, give and take situation is not the one that can be fulfilled by her for more reasons than one; for it is the exact same reason why she is unable to go back to her country, back to her orthodox parents and the oppressive systems of society in India.
His life is not easy either, having no permanent residential permit here, trying to flee from the oppressive dictatorship in his homeland. Once past her judgement and fear of a black man, she is able to find the common thread of pain in two human beings and the desperate urge to flee one’s homeland and do anything it takes.
Will they be able to make choices to have a life of their own making and find a home in Deutschland - Asylum Park is a poignant look at the immigration crisis that is currently gripping Europe from the point of view of people of colour, that are easily distinguishable in the crowd, making them vulnerable to prejudices. The attempt is to question terms such as - ‘Immigrants’, ‘Muslim’, Black’, ‘Gay’ in the context of today and understand that there are people in the world who still fight for basic rights to live a life of their choices. It is a look at the human condition cloaked in stereotype and judgement, which is fighting the ‘US and THEM’ mentality in society and the world at large.
|9:00 PM - Midnight||TCBFF Fashion Show|
Special Guest Designer:
LGS-Luxury Garage Sale
|Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
St. Paul, MN, 55104
Saturday, October 14, 2017
1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403
|11:00 AM||Full Service||Abike, a Nigerian born oil industry executive and a Christian, is driving to a friend's country house when she realizes her tank is needling towards empty. She pulls into the only station she can find where she is greeted by Scott, a local who inherited his business from his grandfather. Scott has never met anyone like Abike, which leads him to make assumptions about her based on stereotypes and unexamined biases. When Abike challenges him, with a mixture of bold humor and equally bold gravitas, he is left to ponder their commonalties and her power. Full Service explores the effects of globalization on local economies and culture, our propensity to stereotype others, and the fact that we are all more complex than we seem.|
|11:17 AM||Silent Cries: The Prelude||An underemployed construction worker begins to buckle under the pressures of fatherhood as his son's 7th birthday approaches.|
|11:32 AM||A Matter of Prejudice||A Matter of Prejudice takes a modern twist on an 1893 short story by Kate Chopin and explores the beauty of love and acceptance when an aging woman finally overcomes her prejudice. Relevant in today’s society and sensitive to the struggles of the LGBTQ community, this story shows what can happen when we simply open our hearts. Our hero is a French speaking African immigrant named Madame Carambeau. Because of her religious beliefs and fears, she hasn't spoken to her gay son in seven years even though it pains her. Her mindset begins to change after a chance encounter with a sick little girl during her grandson’s seventh birthday party. Madame C’s story is worth the watch; It's a sweet yarn with a lot of heart.|
|11:55 AM||Greenwood||A WWI vet and his teenage son risk everything to defend their home, while desperately trying to stay alive during the 1921 deadly onslaught on 'Black Wall Street.'|
|12:15 PM||Atone||A respected pastor and inner city community leader is pressed to come clean by a spiritual traveler, about a crime he's committed and hidden for decades.|
|12:40 PM||Not Black Enough||A Film by Tracey Anarella
Not Black Enough is a film about class warfare and the cross-tides that African-Americans are dealing with within the black community. The film takes a sometimes humorous, always personal, brutally honest and insightful look into a seldom-explored phenomenon that is pervasive in the black culture- The ostracizing of blacks for being Not Black Enough. Not Black Enough, a feature length documentary, will explore the reasons behind this practice of fear and loathing internal to the black community.
|2:05 PM||C'est Moi||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?
|2:15 PM||Full Circle||An accomplished NFL wide receiver looks beyond the football field in hopes to change the lives of the people from his poor hometown of Pahokee, Florida.|
|2:24 PM||Corn||Ryan is a college senior with enough on his plate as he’s getting ready to graduate. One day, two meth heads threaten Ryan outside of his house and demand he takes him to their dealer, Jason Corn. Ryan must convince them he doesn’t know Corn or graduation will be the least of his worries.|
|2:45 PM||To Be Announced|
|3:20 PM||Resistance: the Battle of Philadelphia||Set in a dystopian, near-future, West Philadelphia, this stand-alone prologue episode to the Resistance web series follows a stealthy hacker’s attempts to dismantle the surveillance tools used by the police to control her community after she learns that two young activists have been tracked down and brutally beaten by riot cops.
Inspired by films like Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon (2001), Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames (1983), Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973) and Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1967), the series uses the genres of speculative fiction to tell a historically rich and dramatically complex near-future narrative about the struggle for justice and liberation.
|3:26 PM||The Fix||Tracy Martin has a very special surprise for her husband Kyle. She receives an unexpected surprise of her own, when she is greet by Carla, matters take a turn when she discovers that Carla is pregnant, and is able to give Kyle what Tracy has been unable to give him, a family. Has Kyle strayed too far to save his marriage or will the words 'for better or for worse' stand tried in his life?|
|3:40 PM||Rise Up||"Rise Up" is a short documentary written, produced, and shot by four African American high-school girls living in Chicago's public housing. Through a series of interconnected vignettes, the film explores the impact of violence on these young women- through their own eyes and in their own words.
Created through a partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts, 15 teenage girls were selected to participate in a documentary filmmaking program. Under guidance, the four girls wrote, produced, shot and starred in their own documentary.
|3:55 PM||Driving Force||An ordinary day for a bus driver takes an unexpected turn down one crazy road. The unthinkable happens and begs the question "What would you do?" If you came face to face with the person that destroy your life.|
|4:05 PM||Woman Scorned ||After suspecting her husband of having an affair, a loyal housewife has trouble finding herself a companion for the evening.|
|4:18 PM||The Foundation - The Dream||Aaron is your typical teenager with dreams, but Aaron lacks dedication. His parents have spent money investing into every dream and desire Aaron has. While watching the TV one Saturday, Aaron catches the news and the story of a young filmmaker deemed the next George Lucas. Instantly Aaron finds inspiration to become a filmmaker. Aaron begs his dad to buy him a video camera, but is unsuccessful in convincing him to invest in his dream. His dad challenges to make a film using an old VHS-C camera he retrieves from the storage closet. Aaron accepts the challenge, but instead of using the camera his dad gives him, he uses his cellphone to make a short film about the camera. Aaron learns about taking initiative, exploring the process of filmmaking, and what it takes to become an actual filmmaker. Aaron proves to his parents that filmmaking is indeed his dream career.|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
609 3rd Street South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415
|12:30 PM||Perspective||A view from different perspectives on bigotry, hate and police brutality as young man is killed by the police and caught on tape.|
|1:10 PM||Escape from Infierno||When an ultra-nationalist gets life in prison for blowing up a refugee clinic, a devotee of his infiltrates that prison as a corrections officer to break him out.|
|1:38 PM||The Lost Cafe||An uplifting story about a girl's decision to rise above dark family secrets and culture shock to live her dreams abroad.|
|3:00 PM||A Beautiful Love||A resentful woman returns home to face her brooding boyfriend after disappearing for three days.|
|3:11 PM||Life is too Short||A look at the lives of five New Yorkers dealing with a variety of life’s challenges and conflicts. Little do they know that all will be over soon. If you knew that the end of the world is about to come, would you do anything differently?|
|4:25 PM||Broken Ceiling ||When Angela Walker is passed over for yet another promotion, she decides she’s going to have to break through the invisible corporate barriers once and for all.|
|6:00 PM||The Rhythm in Blue||Mason loves his fiancée, but he's fed up with the stress of planning and preparing for the wedding. Enough already! He needs a few days away. He knows he should have just checked into the nearest hotel, but instead he finds himself driving south. His destination? Jasmine's house. A few days away with a friend, he thinks, is just what the doctor ordered. Right?|
|7:30 PM||What a Shame|
|8:00 PM||All the Queen's Horses||As the comptroller and treasurer, Crundwell embezzled $53.7 million of the city’s money and went undetected for over twenty years. All the while, Dixon struggled to meet its debt obligations, forcing the city to make painful service cuts and layoffs, and to forgo raises for its municipal employees for more than a decade. Her crime marked the single largest municipal fraud in United States history.
The amount she stole in relation to the city’s annual budget, the fact that a city native and pillar of the community could so callously calculate a community-ruining scam, and the utter frivolousness the money was spent on, all combine to create a riveting story in and of itself. Her motivations may well remain a mystery but All the Queen's Horses is not so much about the why; it’s about the how.
How could the treasurer of an Illinois town with an annual budget of $6 million to $8 million embezzle nearly $54 million over two decades? How could such a scam go undetected in annual audits by two independent accounting firms and in annual audit reviews by state regulators? How did local residents not become suspicious by Crundwell’s extravagant wealth? How has the city suffered as a result, and how will it rebuild and recover? These and many other questions will be addressed in the film.
|9:00 PM||Black Fatherhood||Mass media has inundated the general public with the images of irresponsible, uninvolved, dead beat Black fathers. However, this is not always the case. The men and families in this documentary portray the other side of the coin; engaged, involved, invested Black fathers.|