2015 Schedule

The 2015 GIBFF is jam packed with narrative, documentary, experimental feature films and shorts.

The GIBFF Opening Night will feature a lively Red Carpet reception with live music, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. The festival features three days of matinee screenings, evening spotlight feature films and lively, relevant discussion with filmmakers. Sponsored by the IUN Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. Community Partners-National Hook-Up of Black Women

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Opening Night – Adult $25  | Youth $15

All other screenings – Adult $10  |  Youth $7

OPENING NIGHT –  Friday, October 9  |  GET TICKETS

Red Carpet Reception 6PM  |7PM FILM  Live Music, Cash Bar,  Hors d’oeuvres, Photo Booth 

Panthers line up at a Free Huey rally in Defermery Park, in west Oakland’s ghetto. Light skinned man is Gregory Harrison. His brother, Oleander, went to Sacramento with Bobby & Huey. July 28, 1968

Panthers line up at a Free Huey rally in Defermery Park, in west Oakland’s ghetto. Light skinned man is Gregory Harrison. His brother, Oleander, went to Sacramento with Bobby & Huey. July 28, 1968

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution   Dir. Stanley Nelson Jr.

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored; cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, Fred Hampton and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America. THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters, detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.

Saturday, October 10 @ 11am  YOUTH/STUDENT SHOWCASE (Get Tickets)

  • A Walk to School  Dir. Chaz Bottoms (USA 2015 0:06:25 Drama) A young boy’s imaginary friend is a bad influence on him.
    Black Card – Dir. Barrett Dennison (USA 2015 0:07:52 Comedy Satire) Black Card is a short comedy about a khaki and new balance wearing white guy who despite his best efforts can’t communicate to the black community.
    Cutter- Dir. April Dobbins (USA 2015 0:10:07 Drama) A woman reconnects relatives with missing family members.
    Debt to Society-Dir.Tristan Daley (USA 2015 0:16:47 Drama) The story of Sampson’s first and last day of freedom since being released from prison. When he finds he has nowhere to call home, he wanders into a deli where he gets stuck in the back as a young man named Q tries to rob it cashier.
    One Nation -Dir.Anthony Hobbs (USA 2015 0:02:59 Documentary) A boy name Steven and his 5 friends (Jeffrey, Spice, Hope, Rose, and Brianna) are kids who decide that they need to give back to the members of the army returning home after fighting for freedom.
    Racing To 500 – Dir. Rob Smith (USA 2015 0:17:07 Documentary) Greg, a mildly autistic kid with a good soul, triumphs over his protective father and a classless bully to become a part of his high school varsity swim team.
    RISE UP – Dir. Marcellus Cox (Canada 2014 0:13:51 Drama) A Young African American Male travels back in time to 1964 too address social issues effecting Black America to Malcolm X & Dr. King
    Small Town Dreams – Dir. Jade LeBlanc-Ernest (USA 2015 0:04:59 Documentary) This short documentary about LaQuita Thompson, a sports and fitness trainer as well as CEO and founder of Xtreme Heat Sports Management.
    The Creator Aaron Margolin (USA 2015 0:07:36 Drama) Using both Live-Action and Animation, The Creator tells the story of man whose greatest idea is stolen by an evil corporation hell bent on making a cheap buck.
    The Good Son Tomisin Adepeju (United Kingdom 2014 0:13:43 Drama) A young Nigerian man is forced to address a secret he has harbored from his parents during a traditional, family gathering.

Saturday, October 10 @ 11am  | Filmmaker Focus | Savannah 205/206 (Free)

Contrast – Dir. Alonzo Jones (USA 2014 1:12:00 Drama)



This free workshop puts audiences in the driver’s seat. Come and watch a feature length film and talk directly with the filmmaker about the film, its content, conception and construction of the work. Learn the processes and challenges filmmakers face when taking their films from script to screen. Filmmaker Alonzo Jones joins us as we ‘workshop’ his film, Contrast.

Saturday, October 10 2pm | Filmmaker Focus   Savannah 205/206  (Free)

Both Films at St Louis Black FFThey Lost It – Harrell Williams Sr (USA 2014 0:24:37 Drama) A son is highly upset that his father plans to remarry.

Momma’s Own – Harrell Williams Sr (USA 2014 0:24:37 Drama) A mother risks everything to save her daughter from a bad situation.


Saturday, October 10 2pm | Saturday Matinee  (Get Tickets)

A Profile in Courage: Linda L. Smith -Dir. Reginald Brown (USA 2014 0:54:00 Documentary)

“A Profile in Courage: Linda L. Smith” is a documentary about the Founder and CEO of Four-D College, a vocational nursing school in Colton and Victorville, California. “Live” interviews, Stills, Archival footage, and dramatic re-enactments, tels the story of Linda Smith’s 20 year journey to achieve her goal of starting and owning her own school. Today, she remains the only African American to have a fully accredited vocational career college in the State of California.

imageOn 25th February 2014, based on no evidence, a Ugandan tabloid published names and photographs of the people they perceived to be the “Top homosexuals” in the country. This outing not only provoked widespread hate messages towards people perceived to be of LGBTQ orientation but also instigated widespread debate among the Ugandan society. Based on a true story, the film looks into the life of John Alex Kigozi aka Vida who appears on the front page of the tabloid despite the fact that he had never disclosed his sexuality to anyone. Following the outing, Vida’s life turns woeful when he consequently loses his job, his house and so much more.


Saturday, October 10 4pm | Saturday Matinee   (Get Tickets)

The Helen Lindsey Story – Dir. Mike Ray (USA 2014 29:30:00 Documentary)

“Sometimes you have to make do with what you have”. Even though what you have is next to nothing. Courage, Determination and WILL, only partially describe Helen Lindsey and the journey she’s traveled with no limbs. Her story will change YOUR life forever.

Nathan East: For The Record – Dir. Chris Gero (USA 2015 1:25:00 Documentary)

Nathan East nathan-web (1)For The Record is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album (released in March) spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com. For The Record also chronicles Nathan’s three decade plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. The film features interviews with many of the musicians he’s worked with including Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and more.

Saturday, October 10 @ 6pm    (Get Tickets)

Of Mind – Dir. Neal Fischer Kevin Kirchman (USA 2015 0:02:00 Drama Short)

A young teacher on his morning run has a chance encounter with a former student.

Forgivness – Dir Hakim Khalfani (USA 2015 1:39:00 Drama)

mvaaff_photo2Award winning film, Forgiveness, a story of a pastor trying to save his 100 year old church. In doing so, he crosses lines that are not to be crossed.  The writing, acting, directing, and the production of Forgiveness was done with style and taste.   Hakim Khalfani, a talented and intelligent filmmaker, had an amazing cast and crew, in addition to some great set locations.   This epic drama features quite a few familiar faces, such as Richard T. JonesRobinne Lee, Alan Maldanado, Adam Lazarre-White, Maya Dunbar, Inny Clemons, Charles Malik WhitfieldKelly Pendygrapht, and Tico Wells. Forgiveness is a must see film.

Saturday, October 10 @ 8pm     (Get Tickets)

Earth Cry – Dir. LaKesha Lorene (USA 2015 0:20:40 Experimental)

Earth Cry follows the lives of 4 individuals who face a crossroads in their lives where they have to choose to follow the path that was chosen for them or to seek God given Wisdom for a different outcome.

Battledream Chronicle – Dir. Alain Bidard (Martinique 2015 1:48:01 Animation)

Photo 4 Battledream-13In 2100, the empire of Mortemonde colonized almost all the nations of the Earth and reduced their populations to slavery. Every slave is forced to collect 1000XP every month in Battledream, a video game where they can die for real. Only those who succeed are granted the right to live until the following month. Syanna, a young martinican slave, refuses to keep living in this condition and decides to fight for her freedom…

Sunday, October 11 @ 11am | Sunday Morning Matinee (Get Tickets)

Blackout – Dir.Ronin Lee (USA 2015 0:22:41 Drama)

blackout_PosterWhile enjoying an atypical day and pondering the biggest decision of his life, a basketball phenom is ruthlessly murdered sending his older brother on a downward spiral of rage and hopelessness

Mannish Boy – Dir.Ryan Tonelli (Canada 2015 0:14:46 Drama)

Photo 5 5219_Brooklyn_Street_3_1.1.2Set in the 1970’s, 21 year-old Bobby Mayhill struggles to find guidance as his older brother Tommy serves a six year sentence for assault on a police officer. Abandoned during pivotal years of his youth, Bobby becomes troubled and is following in the footsteps of his older brother. Upon Tommy’s release, he finds out about Bobby’s involvement with Jason, an old friend, and must now give Bobby a way out of the crime surrounded streets of Brooklyn, New York. However, it becomes unclear who the real enemy is

Righteous – Dir. Cory Bowles (USA 2014 0:11:10 Drama)

Photo 2 Righteous_still1This film explores the racial profiling that goes on for most Black people in a cinema verite style. The main character is profiled as he enters a convenience store. The unexpected happens.

Life Is Too Short – Dir. Antoine Allen (USA 2015 1:12:59 Drama)

Photo 6 10943767_942278432463393_4622225516146669352_oNew York City citizens with separate lives each deal with their own conflicts as the end of the world unknowingly approaches.

Sunday, October 11 @ 2pm| Sunday Afternoon Matinee    (Get Tickets)

All For Love: The Dance – Dir. Michael Harris (USA 2015 0:07:49 Drama)

Jerry’s friends try to cheer him up after his relationship circumstances have gotten him down.

Nothing – Keith Curry (USA 2015 0:19:08 Drama)

The day in the life of man who has to decide on revenging his brothers death or choose life.

In The Paint – Tommy Sigmon (USA 2014 0:13:09 Drama)

Photo 1 10519652_10152820201743537_4336389461893648655_nAn inner city college basketball coach must deal with the trials and tribulations of reaching her players, wrestle with an apathetic administration, as well as navigate her fractured relationship with her husband.

Nola Circus – Dir. Arnaud Bettan (USA 2015 1:26:13 Comedy)

Nola CircusNOLA CIRCUS chronicles the lives of the inhabitants of a black neighborhood in Algiers Point (New-Orleans), the lives that intercross around two barber shops facing each other on the main street. On one side there is Will, a black hairdresser who preaches against racial prejudices while having a secret affair with Nola, a young white woman who is dreaming of Broadway. On the other, there is Marvin, well known sex addict who’s having a passionate affair with Karen, a small time pot dealer. The tensions sharpen on the day when Denzel, Nola’s super protective brother starts sinking into the compulsive jealousy, the day when three Ku Klux Klan members show up at Will’s place to kidnap him.

Sunday, October 11 @ 4pm| Shorts Showcase    (Get Tickets)

Freak the Language – Dir. Sam Hampton (USA 2015 0:28:50 Documentary)

Freak the LanguageFilmmakers Lee Quinby and Sam Hampton explore the passionately creative and carefully crafted impulses of New York City poet David Mills. Through selected poetry readings, the film spotlights David’s unique associations of words, syntax, rhythm and rhyme. On-camera interviews convey how living in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home for three years developed a special bond with Hughes while travel around the world enlivens his sense of history, body, and spirit.

Divided Time – Dir. William Feagins (USA 2014 0:55:25 Documentary)

“Divided Time” captures the lives of nine fathers who share their experiences in parenthood and their pursuit of success in the music industry while being accountable to their families.

Tribute to Kelechukwu Brnfre

Kelechukwu Brnfre

Kelechukwu Brnfre (1967 – 2014)

Kelechukwu Brnfre was a dynamic artist and public speaker who has been performing since 1990 after leaving the US Marines as an Embassy Security Guard. Born Kelly Comer, he changed his name in 1993, choosing an African name with a derivative sound of his former name because of what he calls the encouraged global disrespect and insensitivity of Black men defining themselves. This is reflected in his writings and he uses a charismatic humor to raise the level of consciousness of the listener.  Starting Beautiful Soul with his own resources, Kelechukwu and his partner, K Sims, created a forum for talent in Gary and surrounding areas. He believed in the ingenuity of people and their ability to always create regardless of the environment. Where most people see apathy, Brnfre sees opportunity. He is a very serious businessman with endless ideas about the transformation of any inner city into a source of revitalization, especially through the arts.

Sunday, October 11 @ 6pm| Closing Night    (Get Tickets)

Sacred Heart – Dir. Sol Aponte (USA 2015 0:14:15 Drama )

Photo 5 LouvreWhen a beautiful woman suspects her millionaire husband is cheating, she escapes to Paris for revenge and meaningless sex, but finds much more instead. Filmmakers Sol Aponte and Jennia Fredrique in attendance.

In The Morning – Dir. Neferititi Nguvu (USA 2014 1:15:00 Drama)

In the morningIn The Morning is about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lives of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara, gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals about marriage, fidelity, life and love. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning. Director Nefertiti Nguvu in attendance