Event: 2021 BFFNO Black Carpet Kickoff/New Orleans Filmmakers Night
Date & Time: 3 – 9 p.m. Friday, March 26
Location: Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (located inside the Healing Center)
Directed by Gary Tucker | After her terrifying ordeal with her obsessive stalker, Justin, the headstrong Ebony seeks to reconstruct her life and regain her independence, something she hopes moving into a home of her own will help her accomplish. Her friends face struggles of their own as Tracy finds herself in hot water at her pharmacy job, and Shelia’s bond with her teenage daughter, Akilah, hits a rocky patch. Ebony throws herself into her restaurant work, but when a flirtatious relationship begins to build between Tracy and her coworker, Roman, and Shelia’s romance with her boyfriend, Derrick, continues to bloom, she can’t help but feel something, or someone, is missing from her own life. Her friends hope she might be able to find that someone at an upcoming Christmas party they are hosting, and Ebony, despite the fact her invitation to the party mysteriously went missing, reluctantly agrees to attend. Besides, it’s not like Justin could possibly know about the party – Right
A Place Called Desire has been in the making for 12 years, offers many unforgettable history lessons applicable to American history, Louisiana history, African American history, urban history, racial history, studies of neighborhoods, studies of survival, and memorable stories of love and community. Somehow the filmmaker shares hard truths with a gentle touch.
Directed by Chantal Potter | Balloon Man crystallizes the art of struggle and redemption, while providing an unofficial blueprint for not becoming a victim of circumstance. It is the manifestation for father and daughter, of a dream simultaneously realized. Four decades, thousands of passengers and countless adventures later, Bill finds freedom in flying, proving that with a bit of faith the sky is the limit.
From Me to You: A Conversation with Animation, Directed by Leah Coleman | The narrative follows the character, Renee, who is unmotivated to finish a recent animation project. Though she makes another attempt to start, she is uncertain of her own abilities as an artist and again, avoids working on the project. As she seems to give up, her work comes to life, forcing her into a dreamscape. There, she confronts her own uncertainties and is reminded of the accomplishments she has made when she first began her journey.
Directed by Monique Lola Berkley | Young, driven and professional, Naima Ali is the only woman of color in her office. On the surface seemingly no issues but once peeled back the pages of her employer, Winning Magazine, we get to see why Naima feels the way she does. Naima’s co workers might not deal with issues the way she does, however, we question if they are as happy with their jobs as portrayed.
Directed by Jeremiah Towolawi | Rachel and her husband Tosin have been trying for a child for the past few years. Although they haven’t managed to have a child of their own they have managed to keep the faith. But then, Rachel has a miscarriage and begins struggling with her faith and her marriage. Rather than confiding in each other, Rachel and Tosin turn to technology and begin searching for a way forward from this traumatic event.
Directed by Darren Heard | Beetle, the typical around the way kid, has a huge crush on his favorite R&B singer “Crystal”. While listening to the radio, the DJ announces a contest that will get him up, close and personal with the singer but the only way to win the tickets is to call in. The problem is, his phone does not work. Beetle has to figure out a way to get to the love of his life in this coming of age drama about what it was like when you first experienced love.
Directed by Elisha Smith-Leverock | Rejoice Resist is a film that celebrates and shows Black Joy and Black pleasure as the ultimate form of resistance. It highlights the importance of allowing yourself to feel joy especially in the face of adversity.
The film, surreal and lighthearted despite its powerful themes, depicts a woman on a quest to discover this truth.
Directed by Michael A Pinckney | This short film talks about the state of affairs within the black community in a comical and satirical way. This short will touch on many different issues within the black community. Imagine having an elected official for each of the different stereotypical images faced within the black community, and then that same community coming together in a secret meeting to discuss, debate, develop solutions to move forward as a whole. This film should not only make you laugh, but also help you to see the hidden message in each conversation.
Directed by Tommy Franklin | Based on a true story, WHITE TEARS is a surreal dark comedy and adventure-fantasy. Our victim and hopeful hero, Cedric, has a seemingly casual romantic rendezvous with a woman he met while traveling. Shortly after their meetup, the woman’s White Tears send Cedric’s whole being and world into a state of horror! He eventually snaps out of his shock and into an epiphany that sets him on a quest he masterminds to cure and unburden his people of the White Tears Epidemic™️, otherwise known as white liberal guilt. Cedric might not save the world, but he damn well tries by bending science as we know it and defies the dangers of White Tears Radiation™️. Can White Tears be eradicated? Cedric thinks he’s the one for the job, and the idea of a world full of black love, joy and uninterrupted Black excellence sees him through to the final destination.