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.

SATURDAY, OCT. 21, 2017 1 PM-9:30 PM,


SECTION A – Magic Johnson Theater – 1 pm-2 pm




By The Tide                       

Director: Estefania Fadul    

Producer: Nike Kadri

Ina Langston, devastated by the turmoil of unceasing sorrow, is wrestling with her desire to end her time on Earth and her love for the two most important people in her life: Constance, her girlfriend, and Oscar, a paranormal figure.


Dare to Dream: Cuba’s Latin American Medical School (Invited)           

Director: Jennifer Wager

Producers: Poonam Srivastava, Gail Walker, Dr. Melissa Barber, Cyrille Phipps

Cuba’s Latin American Medical School is the largest medical school in the world, training nearly 30,000 doctors since 1999. ELAM as it is known in Spanish, also trains doctors from the United States. Follow the amazing adventure of American doctors trained in Cuba as they return home to the US to serve communities struggling with a health crisis in this inspirational film.


Proclamation Punctuation

Director: Sewra G Kidane

Producer: Namakula Nasejje Musoke

Proclamation Punctuation is an enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives. Periods are so period, whereas an

exclamation point livens up a sentence.

SECTION B – Magic – 2:05 pm-3:15 pm



The Tale of Four (Invited)

Director: Gabourey Sidibe

Producers: Lisa Cortes, Shannon Gibson, Kia Perry

From the Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her roles in the hit Fox series EMPIRE and box office movie PRECIOUS, comes The Tale Of Four. Her directorial debut, inspired by Nina Simone’s song, “Four Women,” this narrative explores the inner lives of Aunt Sarah (played by Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi), bound and burdened by duty; Saffronia (played by Meagan Kimberly Smith from hit movie Blindspot) who is searching for identity; Sweet Thing (played by Dana Gourrier from the hit movie The Butler) who looks to reconcile sex with love; and Peaches (played by Aisha Hinds from the hit series Underground) who seeks justice for her son. Separate stories reflective of multi-faceted African American women connected by the inner city building that they live in, ultimately converge on one fateful day through unheralded acts of bravery.


SECTION C – Magic – 3:20 pm-4:15 pm




The Creed (Invited)

Length: 16 min., 48 sec.

Director/Writer: Stacey Muhammad

Producers: Marc Lamont Hill, Michael A. Pinckney and Wendell Jordan

A grieving couple struggles to cope with the murder of their son while contemplating taking justice into their own hands. The murder of Brandon Lee, a 15-year-old African American student, by Vincent Pagliaro, a white cop, intensifies racial tension between a community who feels terrorized by police and a department committed to protecting its own.



Director: Alex J.Campbell    

Producer: Candace Onyeama

HUSH is a short drama set in London that tells the story of an extraordinary day in the life of a British Nigerian family. When their youngest daughter Uche stops talking, her silence reveals uncomfortable truths.


SECTION D – Magic – 4:21 pm-5:28 pm





Director: Tamika Miller  

Producers: Tamika Miller, Vitaly Koshman, Sophia Solomon,

Tracy “Twinkle” Byrd

Tempers flare when 12 grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who allegedly kills a man during an arrest.


everything I did wrong in my 20’s                        

Director: Lyn Ross, Kim Williams  

Producers: Kim Williams, Paul Baker

A 35+ year old woman’s search for happiness as she reflects on the choices she made in her 20’s. Season 3 of a popular web series.


Saving Father                       

Director: Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Producer: Craig T. Williams

Widower Henry believes he has a new lease on life. Daughter Fran knows that HIV does not discriminate. How do they bridge the generation gap with love, understanding, growth and awareness?

SECTION E – Magic – 5:33 pm-6:14 pm



Harlem Love (Invited)

Director: Rich Joseph  

Producer: Nadhege Ptah, Yvette P. Joseph

Harlem Love is a period piece set in the 1920’s about a young couple whose relationship is instantly tested. They struggle to find the strength to stay together, ultimately deciding their fate at the altar.


Prudence (Invited)

Director/Writer: Angela Jude

Producer: Lauren Mok

Prudence, a dishonorably discharged World War II nurse dealing with dementia and the loss of her female companion since the war, shuts out the world inside her room at the senior home. One day she receives an invitation to the Veteran’s Day Dance at the home. With a wandering mind and aching soul, she sets out on an adventure to get to the dance to see her love once more.


Louisiana 1961 (Invited)                                   

Director: Bobby Huntley

Producers: Bobby Huntley, Chet Brewster, Christopher Brad McCracklin, Nikki Wade

From Bobby Huntley, best known as the director of the smash BET biopic The New Edition Story, comes a rousing love story set against a backwoods, honky tonk blues performance. We follow a simple boy-meets-girl story with intense, intercut passionate scenes.

SECTION F – Magic – 6:19 pm-7:32 pm




That’s Why They Calls Us Colored

Director: Malika Franklin, Ashton Pina

Producer: Malika Franklin

A distant relative comes to a family reunion and comes to terms with his family history in this delightful short.


Tourments D’Amour           

Director: Jules Caroline

Producer: Dyens Ron

On an island off the coast of Guadeloupe, two sisters, Myriam and Vanessa, have planned to stay for a few days in the family house, where the sweet memory of their grandmother is still vivid. But Vanessa is not aware that a particular guest is expected for lunch and when she catches sight of their father, a cold and quiet man that she didn’t want to see anymore, it is too late to escape the confrontation.


SECTION G – Magic – Special Feature – 7:37 pm-9:17 pm


A Feature Presentation TBA shortly! Stay tuned!


Dreamtown directed Betty Bastidas.

REEL SISTERS @Magic Johnson on Sunday, Oct, 22, 2017


MAGIC JOHNSON THEATER – Sunday, Oct., 22, 2017, 1 PM-6:30 PM 

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 – SECTION A – Magic Johnson Theater – 1 pm-1:55 pm





Director: Andrea Garcia Marquez  

Producer: April Dobbins

Joe is a hypochondriac. When he becomes obsessed with a tribal ritual that repulses his wife, everything begins to change.


…And Call Her Blessed: A Portrait of Janie

Director/Writer: Bernice Green  

Producers: Bernice Green and David Greaves.

An intimate portrait of a Brooklyn grassroots activist.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 – SECTION B – Magic Johnson Theater – 2 pm-2:50 pm




Mine (Invited)

Director: Natasha Ward

Producers: Natasha Ward, Sigh Griffin

From casting director Natasha Ward, best known for hit movies The Perfect Match (starring Terrence J) and The Man In 3B (starring Lamman Rucker), comes her directorial debut, Mine. Minesterlyn Vega, 35, wants nothing more than to find a loving husband. Sure that she’d be married by 30, Sterlyn has begun to plan the “perfect” wedding, despite missing a groom.


Ori Inu: In Search of Self

Director: Chelsea Odufu

Producers: Chelsea Odufu, Emann Odufu, Deirdre Odufu

Ori Inu: In Search of Self is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 – SECTION C – Magic Johnson Theater – 2:55 pm-4:50 pm



QUEST (Invited)

Director: Jonathan Olshefski  

Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, QUEST chronicles the life of a North Philadelphia family for almost a decade. Epic in scope, QUEST is a tender portrait of a family whose journey is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 – SECTION D – Magic Johnson Theater – 4:55 pm-6:16 pm




Dreamtown    (Invited)                       

Director: Betty Bastidas

Producers: Christian Mejia/Retrogusto Films, Giovanna Aguilar, Jorge Torres

Dreamtown is a documentary about the precarious dream of a young Afro- Ecuadorian soccer player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it to the professional leagues, and eventually sees his dreams become reality.