Get ready for a weekend of powerful films, thoughtful engaged discussions, and a host of exciting themes and ideas that tell the stories of the lives of Black folk.


Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality.


The GIBFF is proud to partner with ArtHouse:A Social Kitchen   as we launch the 7th annual GIBFF with a Pre-fest kick off featuring a special performance by acclaimed artist-poet Saul Williams. Williams has gained worldwide fame for his unique ability to incorporate music, from funk to punk with bracing social commentary.  The evening includes a special screening of DREAMSTATES, a film by Anisia Uzeyman & Music by Saul Williams. Williams and Uzeyman will be on hand for a lively evening of film, music and words. 

This event featuring small bites and a cash bar, is a celebration of the memory of one of the GIBFF founding partners, Gary artist and poet Kelechukwu Brnfre. 

Time/Date Thursday, October 12  |  Doors @ 6pm

Location ARTHOUSE: A SOCIAL KITCHEN, 411 5TH Ave, Gary, IN

Tickets - Pay-what-you-can     Watch the trailer


Red Carpet Reception | Music, Food  | Cash Bar

Time - Reception 6pm  Film 7pm

Location: Indiana University Northwest, Savannah Hall - Bergland Auditorium



After ninety days of dating, Jessica (Teyonah Parris) tells her would-be fiancé that she is HIV positive, which forces the couple to confront the realities surrounding living and loving with HIV.

Dir. Nathan Hale Williams and Jennia Frederique Aponte   Watch the trailer


OLLY JEFFRIES, an on-again off-again actor whose career has stagnated over the years and ends up gigging as a bathroom attendant in a LA nightclub, called “The Fix”. Working in such intimate close quarters with random strangers provides a window for him to study human behavior, something he can use in creating believable performances if ever casted in something again, at least that’s what he tells himself.

Dir. Marshall Tyler   Watch the Trailer

Tales From Shaolin: Pt 1 "Shakey Dog" TALES FROM SHAOLIN: PT 1 "SHAKEY DOG"

Tales From Shaolin reinterprets the works of the Wu Tang Clan as a Shakespeare-meets-Tarantino, crime-filled action dark comedy! Using the lyrics from the song "Shakey Dog" by Ghostface Killah, Part One: "Shakey Dog" stars Stephen Hill as our narrator “Ghost” and Dominique Spencer as the quiet yet eager Frank in this tale of a stick up gone wrong.

Dir. Louis A. Moore   Watch the Trailer

See You Yesterday

Presented by Spike Lee, two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas - determined to outwit fate and role-play as God - build make-shift time machines to save CJ's brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

Dir. Stefon Bristol   Watch the trailer

They Charge For The Sun

In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

Dir. Terence Nance   Watch the Trailer




An introverted kid uses his headphones to detach from the world. But when they break, he has to deal with what he most fears: human interaction. A Senior Capstone Film.  

Dir. Malik Bolton

All Kids Go to Hell

Two orphaned siblings, unknowingly using a ouija board, accidentally ask the devil to adopt them.

Dir. Chaz Bottoms

Agent Hollywood

Agent Hollywood is a kid actor who is also a secret agent. His days are filled with Hollywood, homework, and henchmen.

Dir. Anthony Michael Hobbs, Michael Forstner   Watch the Trailer

Color Me Pretty

A young girl begins to question her self-image after moving to a new school where she is not wanted.

Dir. Jacolby Percy

The Chicago Boyz

Tim Shaw is the founder of the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team. He's giving young boys an opportunity of a life time to escape the violence in their community. While they may have issues in their neighborhood, they don't let that stop them from traveling to perform on one of the most popular shows in America.

Dir. Tiara Epps

2PM DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE I - The Cost of the American Dream

Against All Odds-The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob Herbert

A documentary about the extraordinary difficulty African-Americans have faced in their efforts to establish and maintain a middle class standard of living. With a compelling narrative, dramatic historical footage and a series of deeply personal interviews, Bob Herbert shows why middle class inequity is still the case a half century after the heyday of the civil rights movement.

Dir. Bob Herbert

Blueprint for Bronzeville

When the City of Chicago decides that its legendary African-American neighborhood Bronzeville will be the host community for a doomed Olympics Bid, housing activists swing into action. But with an international spotlight upon them, can they get a real commitment to affordable home ownership from City Hall?

Dir. Tristan Hanson

3:30 PM DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE II - Revolution and Resistance

Whose Streets

A documentary about the extraordinary difficulty African-Americans have faced in their efforts to establish and maintain a middle class standard of living. With a compelling narrative, dramatic historical footage and a series of deeply personal interviews, Bob Herbert shows why middle class inequity is still the case a half century after the heyday of the civil rights movement.

Dirs. Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis

5 PM SHORTS SHOWCASE I - Living while Black

The Talk

For African Americans, The Talk, is about more than just the birds and the bees. On his way to a big date, seventeen year old J.J. has a talk with his dad, but Dad couldn't prepare him for this.

Dir. Emily M. Blake


After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman's desperate plans are intercepted.

Dir. Jackie Stone

Drive Slow

"Drive Slow" follows a teenager from the South-Side of Chicago attempting to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends' disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process.

Dir. Terrence Thompson

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A queer oddball seeks approval from black peers despite a serious lack of hip-hop credentials. My quest for a Black Card (undeniable acceptance of my racial identity) takes me from Missouri, to New York, and halfway around the world. The film interweaves stories from my great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends, and my hand-drawn memories. We’re all on a quest for acceptance.

Dir. Carrie Hawks

Conversation With Change

Both father and son grapple with change after son decides to change his career goals away from the family tradition of ivy league-trained Black male doctors to pursue acting.

Dir. michael taylor


We Are Kings

When 8 year old Kwame loses his brother and play mate, he must find a way to finish the game that they started in both the real world and in their imaginary world.

Dir. Sigin Ojulu

Word is Bond

Lyricism is the foundation of hip hop music. Word is Bond explores the nature of lyricism and those who practice the art form. From up-and-coming artists, to some of the most legendary figures the game has ever known. Hear from the likes of J. Cole, Run The Jewels, Rapsody and Nitty Scott mixed in with OG’s like Big Daddy Kane and Rakim sharing their experience.

Dir. Sacha Jenkins




Silent Cries: The Prelude

An underemployed construction worker begins to buckle under the pressures of fatherhood as his son's 7th birthday approaches.

Dir. Shauntay Cherry

Dream Deferred

How a mother's fear can impact a community and the outcome of the presidential election.

Dir. Stephanie Che're McBee

Never Came Back

NEVER CAME BACK is a simple story about a woman, Lucinda, who is caught in a love triangle with her past, her present and her future. At the center of her overall dilemma is her desire for home ownership. But home ownership may force her to make a tough decision that could result in a crucial change of course in her life.

Dir. Jeremiah Jahi


Burning Angel Dust

A Nigerienne immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi's 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There's a price to keep traditions alive.

Dir. Jackie Stone


Tara Thicke's childhood memories of her brother Ryan Thicke, flash before her eyes immediately following his murder at the hands of the police.

Dir. Britt Banks

Rolling In The Deep

A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner.

Dir. Marcellus Cox


A family of three discover love, acceptance, and forgiveness through an unexpected loss.

Dir. LaKesha Lorene

4PM DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE II - The Fruits of our Labor

#Where is Beauty

#WhereIsBeauty follows the journey of NINA, a visual artist dealing with the pressures of social media and self-identity. Frustrated by homogeneous selfies and false depictions of beauty, she searches for beauty in it's most raw and natural form and captures the experience with her mobile phone.

Dir. Angela McCrae

Making SkyBreak

Making SkyBreak' is a behind the scenes look at the creation of Zo!'s latest soul album. We not only travel the country talking to the artists behind the music, but we delve deep into the beginnings of Zo!'s music career.

Dir. Donnie Seals Jr.

From State Prisoner To State Professor

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, once a state prisoner, has transitioned from his old lifestyle to a well-respected state professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Dir. Joshua Jackson


Light and Sound

In a forgotten ghetto in Earth's distant future, a strange visitor arrives with a gift but is the visitor friend or foe.

Dir. Nefertiti Abdulmalik


In this experimental / narrative, wannabe model Séma is tortured by Silence (personified as hands). Will Séma be able to express her voice at a crucial moment or succumb to Silence?

Dir. Sigin Ojulu

Road to Freedom

Rachel goes on a journey to discover her road to freedom starts with forgiveness

Dir. Tiffany Addison

Book: "The Upgrade"

A young man named ray is adjusting to a whole new meaning to life which was taught by his father. Can he survive the difference between valued choices to save his life and the ones he love.

Dir. Jameel Karim