African American Film Marketplace - Film Showcase


Men Or Mice - 15:45
Dear Me - 16:00
Casting Notice - 18:00
Stalker - 18:00
How Do You Spell Love? - 7:48
Silent Night - 11:27
Sistahs In The Name of Love - 21:00
Cocoa Love - 11:00

- Locations and Start Time -
Chaplin Theater - Sat. 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Fairbanks Theater - Sun. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Men Or Mice

"Men Or Mice"

A quiet evening at home turns into a night of terror for Jade. When she reaches out to the men in her life for help, she discovers an unconventional hero...she hopes. 

Kiara C. Jones- Writer/Director/Producer
The daughter of a Bronx, Brooklyn love story, Kiara began her creative career as a poet and hip hop artist.  She transformed her love for storytelling into an award-winning career in broadcast radio and television.  After traveling the world exploiting her talents on and off camera, she settled under the bright neon lights of Las Vegas producing live shows and events.  Kiara is happy to return to her roots in New York and plant herself in the fertile soil of New York University where she is embracing her next evolution as a filmmaker and as the Proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC.  She has produced and directed award winning films and commercials in various mediums.  Her films have been featured on Lifetime Movie Network, PBS Reel Shorts, BET, Centric and HBO.

Dear Me

"Dear Me"

Gifted writer, Axl Ellington, grapples with a debilitating bout of writers block for reasons that elude her in this stylistic mélange of live and still photography that culminate in a colorfully climactic finish.

Ka’ramuu Kush - Director
Native Detroiter Ka’ramuu (pronounced kah-rah-moo) KUSH is a director / writer with roots in the New York theatre. He has directed 11 short films to date with his work as an actor and/or director touring internationally in over 20 film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Hamptons, Tribeca, and LA Film Festival. KUSH holds his BFA in Literature, Writing and The Arts from The New School University, MFA in Classical Drama from Sarah Lawrence College and MFA in Film Directing from AFI Conservatory. He is a Lincoln Center Director's Lab Alum, New Federal Theatre Artistic Associate and 2nd Stage Theatre Van Lier Directing Fellow. As an AFI fellow, he was awarded the Frances Williams Artists Grant, Hewlett Packard Scholarship, and Daniel J. Petrie Scholarship. For work on his most recent AFI thesis film SALVATION ROAD, he earned the Fujifilm Production Grant, Caucus Foundation Grant and DGA Jury Prize for Directing. Current work has him in pre-production for SUITE, his feature film composed of three shorts on jazz icons Coltrane, Monk and Miles. LAST TRANE, the first of the three SUITE shorts inspired by the life and music of John Coltrane has recently been awarded the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant.

Casting Notice

"Casting Notice"

Evander Bridges is a struggling actor who’s every attempt to book an acting job has resulted in failure. That is, until he receives a VERY appealing proposition to appear in an adult film. It’s not exactly the type of break out role he’s hoping for, but it’s close enough, especially when offered a substantial amount of money and not being presented with any other opportunities.

Marcus Thomas- Director
Marcus Thomas is a Fort Worth, Texas native and a graduate of the University of Houston. He began his career as a production assistant working on a numberof high-profile music video and commercials. Equipped with the knowledge acquired while working on set, Marcus began directing and editing his own projects. Currently he resides in Los Angeles, CA where he works as an Online Media Producer for Fox Broadcasting Company.



“You Never know, who’s Watching you…!”

On a simple day of washing clothes, the beautiful Ava Rodriguez is about to become the obsession of a serial rapist and Stalker.   While doing her laundry, Ava makes the mistake and accidentally drops her personal information on the floor.  Seeing his opportunity, the stalker retrieves her information and tries to pass himself off like a true gentleman.  But what he really wants to do, is make Ava his next victim, and turn her life into a complete HELL. 
Darren A. Saunders - Writer/Producer/Director/Editor
Filmmaker Darren A. Saunders is a rising talent from Miami, Florida in the entertainment community.  Darren attended both Miami Dade Community College and the University of Miami, where he studied in the areas of music and film business.  Darren is a brilliant storyteller and wants to establish his brand of films, which expands into all genres, from horrors, dramas, comedies, sci-fi, and action based thrillers.

How Do you Spell Love?

"How Do You Spell Love?"

A woman recovering from a near fatal car accident finds love under the most unconventional circumstances, much to the chagrin of her greedy family. 

Angela M. Gordon- Writer/Producer
Angela M. Gordon has a degree in International Business/Finance from Howard University, and is a native New Yorker currently living in Los Angeles, California. She recently made her directorial debut with the film How Do You Spell Love. This film was created as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, and recently won the Audience Choice award. She also produced a film called The Velvet Cuffs that won the Audience Award at the Women of Color Film Festival in New York City. Angela is currently in pre- production on a family drama entitled What If. Principal photography is slated to begin early 2011. 

Silent Night

"Silent Night"

When a woman is rapped, she becomes yet another victim who is forced to spend many Silent Nights.

Red Carter - Producer/Director/Editor
Red Carter was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. The former Warner Brothers Production Assistant has directed five (5) short films which have been feature at the Urbanworld Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and the Arizona Black Film Festival. He has also directed various commercials and music videos for such artist as Frankie J. Red’s debut feature film Right Place, Wrong Time is being distributed nationwide at and Netflix.   

Sistahs In The Name Of Love

"Sistahs In The Name of Love"

Nita is a professional career driven woman, while Kali, her older sister believes that taking care of her husband and children are the most important things a woman can do. When Kali goes to visit Nia, old tensions arise.  Will they be able to overcome their differences and discover the one thing they have in common?

Kena Tangi Dorsey- Writer/Producer/Director
Kena Tangi Dorsey, 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.

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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