African American Film Marketplace - Film Showcase


Stag & Doe - 14:57
Jump The Broom: A Musical - 31:00
Gap - 7:39
Performance - 17:00
Cocoa Love - 11:00

- Locations and Start Time -
Chaplin Theater - Sat. 11 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fairbanks Theater - Sun. 12 - 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Stag & Doe

"Stag & Doe"

On the eve before their wedding night, a young engaged couple decides to put their relationship to the test at a joint Bachelor/Bachelorette Party. Starring Wilzette Borno and Stephen Tyrone Williams

Daniel Patterson and Justin Kristopher Staley – Director
Born and raised in south Queens, New York City, best friends Daniel Patterson and Justin Kristopher Staley forged a bond through their love of film, growing up watching movies together after track practice in high school.  Going their separate ways for college - Daniel for film and Justin for marketing - they connected post-grad school to collaborate on the short film Stag & Doe.

Thank You For Washing

"Thank You For Washing"

A Germaphobe tries to stay clean in a dirty office. A quirky love story about a woman who is a germaphobe. Things get dirty in the office when she finds out a co-worker doesn’t wash after using the bathroom.

Camille Brown- Writer/Director
Camille Brown graduated from UCLA’s prestigious Film and Television school. She made her directorial debut in 2000 with her award-winning documentary A Second Chance At Life, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Camille has worked in all phases of production on films such as Hearts of Atlantis, Murder By Numbers, Below, and The Chronicles of Riddick, though writing and directing is her passion. In 2009 she completed her narrative short film Thank You for Washing, which she wrote, directed, produced and edited. Her short has gone on to win Best Short Film for both the NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. She just recently won Best Director and Audience Choice at the Texas Black Film Festival.



As an aftermath of Katrina and losing everything in New Orleans, a delusional Andre Bozant embraces his alter ego, Little Napoleon and stumbles upon political corruption responsible for impeding New Orleans’ post-Katrina progress. Bozant becomes a vigilante inspired by his alter ego to save the city and his new found love, Josephine, from the dark and evil political forces. Is the corruption and evil real or is it all a figment of his twisted mind. What is the reality of this dark tale? Starring Ty Granderson Jones

David Raynr- Writer/Producer/Director
David Raynr began his acting career as a teenager, starring in the groundbreaking
TV series as “James At 15.” After appearing in over seventy TV shows and numerous films, David began to focus on his writing and directing career. He partnered with Martin Lawrence and co-produced “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” helping Martin write and direct the film. His official directorial debut began with the comedy film, “Trippin”, followed by another comedy, “Whatever It Takes”.  David re-teamed with Martin Lawrence to direct Martin’s classic concert film, “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat”.   He has also written for the TV series, “Malcolm & Eddie”.  His other film writing credits include “The fighting Temptation,” and “Pest Control”.

Jump The Broom

"Jump The Broom: A Musical"

You’ll be singing and dancing all the way to the altar… even if the bride doesn’t!

Kena Tangi Dorsey- Writer/Producer/Director
Kena Tangi Dorsey is a native of Pittsburgh. She graduated with a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.  Kena performed in National Tours and on Broadway in such shows as A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, JELLY’S LAST JAM, THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS, THE WILD PART, and the revival of DREAMGIRLS.  Kena has spread her wings and recently received an MFA in Filmmaking. Her thesis film project JUMP THE BROOM: A MUSICAL a 30-minute musical short that she wrote, directed and produced and which recently won “Best Narrative Short” at the Reel Film Festival for Women, 2009 in LA.  Kena’s film short SISTAHS IN THE NAME OF LOVE won the Jury Award for “Best Film” in the Women of African Descent Film Festival in NYC and is currently being broadcast nationally.



Fran Peterson, a high school English teacher, calls 10th grade student Will Bernstein in for a meeting. Will rarely attends class and is failing because of it, but that’s not why Fran has called for this meeting…

Ryan Coogler- Director
Ryan Coogler is a third year graduate student in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA Production Program. Born in Oakland, CA and raised in Richmond, CA Ryan did his undergraduate work at Sacramento State University. At Sac State, Ryan majored in Business Finance and was a starter at wide receiver on the football team, where he was a two time All Big Sky Conference Selection. At USC, Ryan was named a 2008 recipient of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) scholarship for achievement in directing. In 2009 he was named the recipient of the Dana and Albert Broccoli Award in filmmaking excellence. And in 2010 Coogler received the Jack Nicholson Scholarship Award for Directing.



An African American Journalist, named Alex Feinstein, writes about hip-hop for Feedback magazine. While completing an article on the latest rap superstar, “T-N’” Alex reluctantly takes the assignment to interview the retired black actor, Sam Montgomery.  Sam, who played a stereotypical character, named “Nappy Coonfoot,” during the golden years of Hollywood became rich and famous because of his iconic screen image. In the process of meeting Sam, Alex is forced to confront her notions about past movie images, hip-hop images, and her own professional image.

Mel Donalson - Writer/Director
Mel Donalson is a published poet, fiction writer, and essayist, and presently he is a Professor of English at California State University-Los Angeles. His work has appeared in various publications, and he edited the text, Cornerstones: An Anthology of African American Literature (1996), and served as an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of 20TH Century African American Literature (2007). His critical books on film include Black Directors in Hollywood (2003), Masculinity in the Interracial Buddy Film (2006), and Hip Hop in American Cinema (2007).In addition, Donalson is a screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote and directed the short films, A Room Without Doors (1999), which starred Michael Beach and Dick Anthony Williams, and Performance (2008), which featured Art Evans and Nisa Ward.

Cocoa Love

"Cocoa Love"

Tyler and Kiera, a young couple living in Los Angeles, had been dating for two years  when Kiera’s dog, Cocoa (a gift from Tyler) suddenly dies. Tyler takes on the task of planning the funeral for the dog in an attempt to help an emotional and grief stricken Kiera get over the loss.

James Bland- Writer/ Director
James Bland attended Florida A&M University where he received a degree in Business Administration. It was during this time that James began working as an Actor, Writer, and Producer on an edgy, student produced, and often controversial television drama series that dealt with heavy college- specific social issues.  James later went on to write and direct his first film, Dreaming In Color during his senior year.  He later moved to Los Angeles to further his career ambitions. His first production job was working on the Sony Screen Gems film Takers as the Assistant to Producer, Will Packer.  James is still working at Screen Gems while actively continues to create his own film projects.


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