Celebrating Black Brilliance
6-7PM Brilliant, Bubbly Reception | Great Hall
Enjoy lively music, bubbly beverages and nibbles as we launch the 14th annual LHAAFF!
7PM -Black Brilliance
A night of brilliant short films that showcase a range of ideas, emotions and storytelling styles, featuring:
DIVINE part l | Dir. Kiana Harris
Reclaiming the narrative of femme blackness from a non-exploitative analysis. Reflexions of body positivity and non- exploitative visuals is a start to healing the inferiority complex. An absence of this is a structure of devaluing ones self. Imagery, however, is one of many roads to, black feminist liberation.
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD | Dir. Angelique Molina
“There goes the neighborhood” intimately follows an extended Black family of View Park, California as they experience demographic changes and reflect on their shifting community.
PADLOCK MEN | Dir. Lewis T. Powell
86 yr. old Barber Walter “Posey” Fodrell on his last day to live shares a memoir of a historically unknown secret pact between John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King & Malcolm X that sparked one of the greatest untold stories in Civil Rights history. This story is the genesis of what became a gritty stalwart band of ‘Secret Civil Rights Soldiers’ known as the ‘PADLOCK MEN’.
LAST STOP | Dir. Prentice Dupins
Last Stop is the story of Benjamin Wilson, a young African American male and his struggle to go on living. A veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Benjamin has given up on life and his family. He seeks solace in the family cemetery as he gathers the courage to end his life. As he pours out his despair and a bottle of whiskey in tribute to friends and beloved family members, Benjamin finds himself inexplicably transported back to 1860. He now must fight to survive the night as a runaway slave.
90 DAYS | Dir. Nathan Hale Williams, Jennia Fredrique Aponte
90 DAYS confronts the realities surrounding living and loving with HIV. Written and directed by Jennia Frederique Aponte and Nathan Hale Williams, The cast includes Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse, Mad Men, Chi-Raq, Dear White People) as Jessica, Nic Few (The Chadwick Journals, Gideon’s Cross) as Taylor, and Rodney Chester (Noah’s Arc) as Kyle. Executive Produced by Jussie Smollett and Sol Aponte.
Filmmakers Jennia Aponte, Nathan Hale Williams and Sol Aponte will join the audience for a post screening discussion.