DOUBLE PLAY by Ernest Dickerson
2017 / 130min / DCP
The last place you might expect an internationally known director to turn up is in the Curaçaoan film industry, but that’s where versatile veteran Ernest Dickerson can be found with Double Play, a production from the Caribbean nation that in many ways pitches itself as an advert for the cultural vibrancy - and filming opportunities - of the island. Based on a novel by Kurasoleño writer Frank Martinus Arion, the film is clearly steeped in the spirit of place, has a strong international cast and is handsomely placed. One of the lead characters, played by Mustapha Shakir, is currently the star of Netflix’ runaway hit series “Luke Cage”.
Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy, Peabody, and Two-time Image Award winning film and television veteran whose signature brand of visual story-telling has been entertaining movie and television fans for more than thirty years. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University, after which he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There Dickerson met filmmaker Spike Lee, with whom he would ultimately collaborate as Director of Photography on such classic films as She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Malcolm X. Dickerson’s 1992 feature directorial debut “Juice” launched the film careers of Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps which lead to other big screen credits, such as Surviving the Game, Demon Knight, Bones, and Never Die Alone. His work as a visionary filmmaker has been showcased in some of the top television shows of the past decade, including hit series like The Wire, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Man In the High Castle, Bosch, Strange Angel, and many others. Dickerson’s 2017 feature film DOUBLE PLAY, made its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which was attended by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award®–nominated Producer whose credits include PRECIOUS; THE WOODSMAN; and SHADOWBOXER. Her work with trailblazing companies such as Rush Artist Management, Def Jam Records, and Lee Daniels Entertainment has been distinguished by her commitment to empowering inclusive voices, and giving light to challenging visionary stories.
Her productions have received over 70 international awards and nominations, including the Academy Award®. Prior to her film career, Cortés worked with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin to launch the iconic Def Jam brand. Later, as Vice President of Artists and Repertoire at Mercury Records, she signed many multi platinum and Grammy® Award-winning artists, and founded the iconoclastic label, Loose Cannon Records. Since launching her production company, Cortés Films, she has collaborated with directors including Ernest Dickerson and Gabourey Sidibe, producing innovative features, documentaries and short films that assert the centrality of diverse and untold stories while delighting audiences.
She is currently working with Academy Award Award®-winning director, Roger Ross Williams, on a feature-length documentary about the legendary Apollo Theater and producing and co-directing the documentary, THE REMIX: HIP X FASHION.
KING OF STAGE: THE WOODIE KING JR. STORY by Juney Smith
2017 / 95min / DCP
One of the most important figures in the contemporary Black cultural arena, Woodie King, Jr., is the founder and producing director of the New Federal Theater and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. He has presented over 200 plays since the theater first launched in 1970, in addition to producing and directing Broadway shows by Ntozake Sange and Ron Milner, and facilitating the careers of renowned actors such as Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. The full measure of this legacy is explored in King of the Stage, a curtain call for an immortal of the American theater.
A native New Yorker and graduate of Long Island University, Juney Smith is the former Artistic Director of the Renaissance Drama Company and Mattie Theatre Company (New York) and the Rainbow Connection Theatre and Rebirth Drama Company (Los Angeles) where he directed over 100 plays in the last three decades and continuing to direct in the theatre from that point until now. In 2000, Mr. Smith and partners launched a New York based motion picture production company (Drummond & Smith Entertainment, Inc , renamed Rainbow Media Group,Inc) where he wrote and directed 20 feature films for the home DVD entertainment market, that were all on the shelves of the major retail and video stores. In December 2016 all 20 films were released in a single 20 film Box Set “Juney Smith Black American Film Collection” “King of Stage, The Woodie King Jr. Story is his 21 st feature film. Simultaneously, he acted in extensive productions on stage, television and movies.
UPRIZE! by Sifiso Khanyile
2017 / 57min/ DCP
On the morning of June 16, 1976, students gathered to protest the use of the Afrikaans language in schools. What started out as a planned peaceful march turned into a bloody confrontation with the police. The student protests spread to other parts of South Africa, causing an economic instability that rapidly plunged the country into crisis. Uprize! looks at the political, social, and cultural conditions that shaped the uprising, how those ideas we transformed into liberatory action, and how those actions helped shape the democratic society we live in today.
Sifiso Khanyile is a Producer/Director for Anaphora Films. He has worked as writer and content producer on SABC shows such as Imagine Afrika(2007), Zooming In on Men, Talk SA and Hatch (2008). After studying Film & TV at Monash University, Khanyile directed Spiderman and Romeo(2008), a ground breaking short documentary about the thrills and dangers of train surfing on the notorious Metrorail Soweto line. The film was screened at numerous local and international festivals and shown on BBC and Sechuan TV (China). Khanyile also worked as local producer on foreign productions, has directed 3 music videos nominated for Channel O music video award. He has been the South African producer for ABC News (America). Khanyile also produced his first drama film ‘His majesty’s Building(2012)’ and first feature documentary on struggle icon Andrew Mlangeni. ‘Prisoner 46764: The Untold Legacy of Andrew Mlangeni(2014)’. Sifiso recently completed his debut feature documentary, Uprize! (2016)
I WANT TO SEE FOR MYSELF by Fanyana Hlabangane
In Progress / 10min/ DCP
“I want to see for myself” is a poetic examination of the grace and elegance of Arthur Ashe and his dedication to one of his causes. It relies mainly on minimal and sparse narration to tell the story, underscored by the footage from the first S.A Open final Ashe participated in. The images, along with music will control our mood and reel us into the story. With little introduction of both theme and character, the audience is presented with a fierce and passionate figure in the form of Ashe, but it is the individuals at the centre who will serve as examples for what it means to keep a legacy going despite the odds. The marriage of the little known tennis match of 1973 and the current state of tennis in the black community, punctuated with text to further contextualize who Ashe was will give a holistic story, where the present and the past intersect in a cinematic way.
Double Exposure Shorts Program
WHERE THE WATER RUNS by DuBois Ashong
2018 / 24 mins / DCP
DuBois’ passion for filmmaking emerged at Hampton University in 2005. Largely self taught, he began his pursuit in film as a production assistant for Raw Media Network matriculating into a position with Paper Brown Bag Clothing, as Visual Content Director. In 2011 DuBois formed MindFrame Filmworks and was awarded an artist in residence grant at Solo(s) Project House Gallery for his feature documentary THE GANTALIST, presently archived at the Newark Library. DuBois has directed, shot, and edited over 40 films, which have been screened in multiple countries and across various festival platforms. As an educator DuBois taught film production for 3 years at Rutgers University before deciding to further his own education in film. DuBois graduated from the American Film Institute with a MFA in Directing where he was awarded the Barbakow Scholarship and most recently completed his thesis film “WHERE THE WATER RUNS”, an Afro-Furturist drama inspired by the Flint Water Crisis.
GIVE by David de Rozas
2017 / 17 mins / DCP
David de Rozas is a award-winning filmmaker whose practice expands over education and cultural production. His interests relate to the politics of history, memory, and identity through audiovisual research, film production, and curatorial projects. David earned an MFA in Cinema at the San Francisco State University, and BA in Fine Arts from the Complutense University in Madrid. His projects have been recently screened at Visions du Reel, True/False, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Aesthetica Film Festival, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Brooklyn Film Festival, or the first Smithsonian African American Film Festival among others. He is currently a lecturer at SFSU School of Cinema.
BLACK 14 by Darius Clark Monroe
2018 / 15 mins / DCP
Darius Clark Monroe (Black 14, Random Acts of Flyness) is a writer, producer and director. Monroe’s collective work has screened at SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, Full Frame, BlackStar, MoMA, Palm Springs, Sundance, New Directors, AFI Fest, Telluride, Tokyo, Uppsala, on HBO, PBS, Netflix, and innumerable galleries, schools, churches, backyards, and random hotel banquet halls. Monroe was born/bred in Houston. Based in Brooklyn.
RESPECT AND LOVE by Angelique Webster
2018 / 16 mins / DCP
With the hope of attaining a four college degree, Gloria makes a decision to move from a sleepy country town to the city with her two young children. While attempting to build a solid foundation, her family is devastated when her 15 year old daughter shares that she has been sexual abused by their parish priest. Thirty years later, she sits with her daughter and examines how the abuse of her daughter at the hands of the local parish priest impacted her life. They discuss motherhood, decisions, life and spirituality. Through a frank conversation, a mother and daughter get to know each other and reimagine their relationship.
Angelique Webster is a filmmaker and educator. She graduated from Lincoln University in 1996 and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2018. Since 2003, she has worked with community members to use media as a tool to share their stories and the importance of media literacy. Angelique has recently finished her first short film entitled “Respect and Love”. She lives in Worcester, MA with her wife Isabel and 2 year old daughter Vivian.
INTO MY LIFE by Ivana Hucíková, Sarah Keeling, Grace Remington
2018 / 15 mins / DCP
Grace Remington is a producer who has worked in documentary film and television in the United States, Mexico, and Peru. She worked as the archival producer for “Abstract: The Art of Design" (Netflix, 2017) and for other shows that have aired on Netflix, National Geographic, and Discovery. She served as a fellow of the UnionDocs CoLab in 2017 where she also co-directed and produced "What We Have Built" (BAMcinemaFest 2018). She is currently working as an associate producer on an in-production, feature-length documentary filming in Mali.
Ivana Hucíková is a documentary filmmaker from Bratislava, Slovakia. Her thesis short documentary film Mothers and Daughters (2015), a family portrait of 4 generations of women, was distributed by KineDok and screened in more than 60 venues around Europe. Shortly after graduating, Ivana co-founded Mirakl, O.Z. - a collective of young documentary filmmakers from Bratislava, where she worked as the development producer for a feature documentary film about the unjust social system in Eastern Slovakia, Yours Sincerely, Social System (2019). The film was selected for the Ex Oriente 2017 workshop and awarded the IDFA Forum Award during the East Doc Platform 2017 in Prague. In 2017, Ivana moved to New York to be one of the UnionDocs' 2017 Collaborative Studio Fellows. She also participated in the IDFAcademy 2017 in Amsterdam and was awarded a 2018 fellowship at IFP's Made in NY Media Center (sponsored by the Mayor's department of Media and Entertainment). Her latest collaboration, a short documentary film Into My Life (2017), had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 in New York, competed in the short films' competitions at Toronto's HotDocs 2018 and 10+ festivals around the world, received the Best Documentary Short 2018 Award at the Reels Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (NYC) and premiered on POV Shorts Program (PBS). Ivana spent a year at Prague's FAMU and holds a master's degree in documentary film from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She currently works as a freelance documentary director, editor, producer, cinematographer and journalist both in Europe and the U.S.
Born and raised in Arizona, Sarah Keeling’s creative career began as a reaction to the landscape, and resulting culture, in which she was raised. Since then, her work continues to explore patterns and systems in everyday life, looking at social systems and the impact they have on individual’s personal stories. She has exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals internationally. Past projects have been included at the Queens Museum of Art, University of Buffalo Gallery, ISEA 2015 Toronto, and David B. Smith Gallery in Colorado. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.