BHERC spotlights shorts created by male filmmakers of African-American decent (Black Men). This screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male directors to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent film making process.
Inspired by a true story. A recent spinal cord injury patient struggles to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic.
Director: Andrew Reid
Time: 20:15 min
Domestic violence and the me-too movement has opened a discussion that was once taboo. When the roles are reversed, how can one publicly report violence without the fear of being shamed or de-masculinized. The questions remains, how can one survive an abusive relationship?
Director: Larry Ulrich
Time: 6:25 min
On the day an African family from Zaire is reunited in America, their world is torn apart when a family member is kidnapped and war from Rwanda, one of their neighboring countries, crosses over into their country.
Director: Muhasani Kasomo
Time: 17:42 min
In 1970, Tony (Tripp Law) and Lawson (Steven Williams) started a cool club with the kids in the neighborhood, where boys could be boys. Now late into their 50’s, the guys still have the club and get together regularly at the local watering hole, Benny’s Bar.
Directors: Don’re Walker, C.G. Ryche
Time: 23:39 min
Evan, an underachieving overworked Production Assistant has a blow up on set after a series of microaggressions sends him off the deep end. In order to keep his job he’s assigned to therapy. Evan tries to maintain his sanity while dealing with his racially insensitive coworkers, inappropriate family members, woke roommates, an interdimensional traveling homeless man, a wise satyr, and himself.
Director: Kirstin Lorin
Time: 31:01 min
A twenty-something African American foodie (Devin) uses a Yelp-like app to locate a 5-star local diner. After narrowly beating their closing time, Devin finds himself the lone customer to a too-eager-to-please Caucasian staff. His dining experience soon goes from awkward to bizarre to downright scary, ultimately leaving Devin to contemplate challenging their coveted 5-star rating.
Director: Khaled Ridgeway
Time: 9:00 min
Prizefighter tells the story of legendary heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxer to win the title and hold the crown, from 1908-1915. It spans the period between 1910-1946, recreating his infamous ‘fight of the century’ with Jim Jeffries, the great white hope, to his untimely death following a blatant act of racial discrimination at a secluded roadside diner. In between, it touches on the tumultuous relationship with his first wife, Etta Duryea, from 1909 to its end on September 11, 1912. It’s important to point out that Etta was white, signifying the brashness of Johnson’s character to blatantly defy such taboos and racist norms in early 20th century America.
Director: Lyndon J. Barrois
Time: 6:00 min
In 1810, in a private cellar in London, one of the most auspicious flights in boxing took place. It was a fight between Tim Molineaux, a freed slave from America and Tim Cribb, the reigning Champion of England. Whoever won this fight would be the indisputable Champion of the World. Tom lost the fight unjustly. Bill, a black retired boxer and trainer wants to get a rematch for his protege, Molineaux. Consumed by his obsession over the unjust and discriminatory outcome of the fight, Bill goes to Cribb’s trainer, Percy, to negotiate another fight. But Percy is unwilling to take another chance since Cribb could lose this match. Bill spends the film trying to transform Molineaux into an English Gentleman and secure a rematch. The film is about their strange but endearing relationship.
Director: Nishad Chaughule
Time: 19:11 min
Pacific Design Center
Silver Screen Theater
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069