African American Film Marketplace - Film Showcase


Thinking Blue - 13:12
No Justic No Peace - 13:00
Street Smarts - 16:22
Mural Mural On The Wall - 19:20
Lisa Trotter - 19:11

- Locations and Start Time -
Fairbanks Theater - Sat. 11 -12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Mary Pickford Theater - Sun. 12 - 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Thinking Blue

"Thinking Blue"

A young boy faces the challenge of breaking the cycle of negativity and bullying that surrounds him in order to pursue his own dreams. As a result of Quincy's daily berating from his adopted father, he begins to bully other kids in the same manner, creating a negative cycle of behavior. It takes the genuine kindness and positivity of one kid, a kid he beat up, to help creative a change and positive mindset for his life.

Gabrielle M. Collins - Writer/Producer
Gabrielle M. Collins is a writer/producer in Los Angeles for several genres of writing, including promos, sitcoms, sketch comedy, dramas and screenplays.  Over the years, Ms. Collins has ghostwritten several screen and teleplays for major writers, producers and directors, as well as written and produced on-air promos.

No Justice No Peace

"No Justice No Peace"

No Justice No Peace is focused on the shooting of Oscar Grant III by BART officers in San Francisco and the reaction to the shooting by the teens in the community.

Chantal Renous- Director/Producer
Chantal is a student filmmaker. Her short film No Justice No Peace was recently screened at The Chicago CineYouth Film Festival.

Street Smarts

"Street Smarts"

The year is 1995 and the New York streets are buzzing with the daily struggles of people just trying to get by. Mr. William Grier, an ex-drug dealer has landed a job as a substitute Teacher at his neighborhood high school.  The first introduction to his new class is like that of any other new Teacher. The students take him as another college-fed, boring substitute Teacher.  Their bad manners and unwillingness to learn, transforms Mr. Grier back into the hardcore businessman he has struggled to leave behind.  With a dash of street knowledge, a touch of relatable dialogue, and a bit of trust, he is able to break down the wall that stands between him and his students.

Alexis Grier- Director
Alexis Grier was raised around a family of Entertainers, she finds her love in the entertainment industry. Alexis attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Communications and Rhetoric with a minor in Studio Art. She has also attended UCLA and the Los Angeles Film School where she an Associate’s of Science, Film. While at LA Film School, Alexis worked on several productions as Assistant Director and co-Director.  She has interned for Producer/Director Jerry Zucker, and as a production Coordinator on commercials and TV series. As a writer, Alexis reaches for complexity in real life drama and as a Director that reality has brought to existence.  True Story, Good Girl Gone Bad, and Street Smarts are all part of her realities.

Mural Mural On The Wall

"Mural Mural On The Wall"

A gifted young man gets caught up in unnecessary violence when rival gang members bump into one another unexpectedly in a community park.  The aftermath changes these young men’s lives and the community forever.

Wyatt Maker- Director
Wyatt Maker graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 2008 with a Drama Endorsed diploma. He has had films featured in film festivals around the country including the Urban Visionaries Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. At seventeen years old, his documentary film Holding Up was included in the Tribeca Film Festival 2008 and featured one NBC News 4 New York’s Family Matter. The follow up to Holding Up, a film called TRY: Our Lives and Times In Sound and Motion, premiered on New York television station NYC Life in October 2010.

Tamiko S. Pascal- Writer
While in college, Tamiko S. Pascal has worked on music videos and short films.  In 2002, Tamiko landed an acting roll in a soap opera called, Truth, Lies and Confessions. In 2009, Tamiko wrote the short film called, Mural Mural on the Wall.

Lisa Trotter

"Lisa Trotter"

Lisa Trotter is a Black woman who has seen the world try to beat her down, exterminate the young men who have been forgotten and by passed by the system, and leave the women feeling powerless, helpless and frustrated. Lisa comes up with a plan that will empower the women to help their men, which in turn helps them out of the plight that many women find themselves in today’s society.

Hawthorne James- Director/Producer
Celebrated Actor, Hawthorne James was born in Chicago, IL. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he received his B.A in Theatre. He did his post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan and received his M.A. in Theater. Mr. James has received several awards for his short film in which he wrote and produced entitled Remember Me?  Adding to his accomplishments are several awards for his acting, which include two Drama-Logue Awards, four N.A.A.C.P. Image Award nominations, and a L.A. Weekly Award. In 2005 he received the best actor award at the Barcelona film festival.  In 2009, he received a Mic Award for his body of work as an actor and his community service work.


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