Reel Sisters Family Day Cinema Weekend – Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

@Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 2017

POWFest Presents Films By POWGirls Teens — 1 pm-2:30 pm




A Place for Us

Director: Kimberly Jones     Producer: Kimberly Jones

24 min., Documentary

In fear of police brutality and the racism plaguing America, an African American family searches Africa for a safe place to raise their 10-year-old son.

Final Decision                       

Director: Elaine Del Valle     Producer: Elaine Del Valle

7 min., Narrative

A little girl watches over her dying father, in hopes of reuniting her grief stricken parents in the afterlife. Can one family’s selflessness lead to a never-ending love.



Budding Romance

Directors: Elaina Albers, Katherine Bentz, Lucca Jenkins Law, Danielle LeBlanc, and Evangeline Liu

3 min., 11 sec.

A story of love and loss as experienced by a young woman and her beloved geranium.

Sticks and Stones

Directors: Amanda Macready, Aya Dosla, Raine Shank, Christina Yu, and Hannah Cumming

5 min., 24 sec.

A short piece that sheds light the damaging power of everyday micro-aggressions.

Violet Shadows

Directors: Abigail Yahn, Jasmin Vazquez, Kaia Herrin, Seraphina Rayhawk and Sydney Abitz

4 min., 32 sec.

Violet has been ignoring conflicts in her relationships until a magical dream reminds her to be more present.

Glazing Saddles

Directors: Paige Stewart, Ann Hanlinn, Laura Scully, Noelia Arellano, and Lila Metcalf

3 min., 23 sec.

Two cowboys, one doughnut.  

The Portland Kitchen

3 min., 6 sec.

During POWGirls Advanced Documentary Workshop 2016, girls spent one week with the participants and instructors of The Portland Kitchen, a non-profit organization that teaches culinary skills to low income youth and created two original outreach videos.


Directors: Alexzandria Dills, Cassandra Horness, Destiny Horness, McKinzie Smith, and Abigail Yahn

3 min., 39 sec.

A drought has devastated the United States, and the last reserves of water are quickly disappearing. One young girl is left to decide the best way to share the last of this valuable resource.

On The Surface

Directors: Lou Baur, Sierra Smothers, Kaylee Stilwell, and Sabine Westby

2 min., 50 sec.

On the Surface uses found film footage and multiple projections to articulate the mainstream media’s historic portrayal of homosexuality and its affect on its viewers.

Walking On Thin Icing

Directors: Hanna Gorsline, Jacelle Spillett, Gabriela Crespo, Cassie Smith, Taylor Johnson, Sabine Westby, McKenna Alger

Reality TV style docu-drama about a household meltdown over a missing cake.


Directors: Kai Brady, Destiny Horness, Abigail Yahn, Carmen Acosta, Kaia Herrin, Sabine Westby

During POWGirls Advanced Documentary Workshop 2017, girls spent a week conducting interviews and documenting the experiences of POWGirls alumni and staff and created two original outreach videos.

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Reel Sisters Family Day Section B – 3:10 pm- 4:07 pm




How to with Callaloo (Invited)

Director: Marjuan Canady   Producer: Marjuan Canady, Nabeeh Bilal, Tatiana Johnson

5 min.Web series

A “how-to” children’s web-series hosted by Winston the puppet from the Callaloo book series. Every episode, Winston and his guests teach kids how to do fun and exciting things! Kids learn everything from music, recycling, sports, dance, vocabulary, languages, cooking, sewing, healthy eating, travel and more. 

black enuf*                                   

Director: Carrie Hawks Producer: Carrie Hawks

Length: 23 min.             Category: Animation                       

A queer oddball seeks approval from Black peers despite serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that “talks white.” The film interweaves stories from my great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends and my hand-drawn memories.


Producer/Director: Francesca Andre

5 min., 13 sec.Narrative

Charcoal is a story about redemption and overcoming pain. This film focuses on two Black women, who have been victims of colorism. Although there are vast distances between each of them, their lives are parallel. They constantly face a barrage of social messages that erode their self-worth and self-esteem.

Leche    (Invited)

Director: Gabriella A. Moses  

Producers: Erica Hart, Anchorlight, Raven Jensen, Shelley Cheung, Sydney Buchan

12 min.Narrative

Nina, an 8-year-old outcast girl with albinism, finds herself the target of a jealous classmate’s witch hunt.

Reel Sisters Family Day Section C – 4:47 pm- 6:01 pm




Brixton Rock           

Director: Ethosheia Hylton Producer: Zoe Sailsman- Asghar

12 min.Narrative

Brenton Brown has spent most of his childhood in foster care homes. He’s unable to express his emotional frustration and becomes a recluse — pondering thoughts of rejection, abandonment and anger until his social worker receives a letter from his estranged mother requesting to meet.



Director/Writer: Christine Williams

9 min.   

An amateur singer-songwriter struggles to protect her little sister from the foster care system.

Rise Up                                   

Director: John Psathas   Producer: Lilli Calfee

Length: 11 min. 18 sec.

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 young women through their own eyes and in their own words.

The First Stone

Director: Kaisan Rei     Producers: Kulaba Kyabanji

16 min., Narrative

Reigh returns home from prison to find her family is torn apart at the seams and it’s up to her to put it back together.


In The Dark                    

Director: Apoorva Charan     Producers: Ashish Pant Farand Pawlak, Hari Charana Prasad,

Sukanya Vekata

12 min., 17 sec.

A city doctor struggles to educate the villagers of an isolated valley in the Himalayas about medicine but learns that there is much more science than he understands in this world.