Category Archives: In Short

In Short – Echoes

Written by: Cedi Ali Rajah

Directed by: Cedi Ali Rajah

Starring: Angela Lacey,  Dalila Ali Rajah, Shawn Carter Peterson

The 411: The provocative film examines sexuality and identity and questions who we are and who we want to be. It features an effective performance by Angela Lacey.  For more information, to leave a comment,or to connect with he filmmaker, you can follow him follow Cedi  on Twitter.

In Short – Empire Corner

The official synopsis for Empire Corner is “a woman travels across two worlds to find a man she never got a chance to know.

Written by: JP Chan

Directed by: JP Chan

Starring: Teyonah Parris, Alexis Camins, Shalita Grant, Jo Mei, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Aaron Moten, and Tyrien Obahnjoko

The 411: The film which premiered at the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival does more in 12 minutes than most films do in 90 minutes. Teyonah is an incredibly talented actress and I look forward to checking out more of her work (I am the ONLY person not watching her on Mad Men). For more information, to leave a comment,or to connect with he filmmaker, go to JP Chan’s website at: or follow JP on Twitter.

In Short – Say Yes

This beautiful and fun short film is full of black girl awesomeness!!!  Not only does it star the gorgeous and talented actress, Kali Hawk,  but it also boasts cameos fro Aasha Davis,  Issa Rae, Victoria Mahoney, Ashley Blaine  Featherson, Lena Waithe, Lorraine Toussaint, Beverly Todd, Julie Dash and a host of others.

Written by: Ava DuVernay

Directed by: Ava DuVernay

Starring: Kali Hawk and Lance Gross

Produced by: Howard Barish

Co-Produced by: Tilane Jones

The 411: “Say Yes” was inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color called “Say Yes.” The film “explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life.” In the film a woman is greeted at hoe by a host of friends and family before she gets the surprise of her life.  This film is an amazing example of the joy and happiness. For more information go to or to connect with the filmmaker, follow Ava via


In Short – “Death in the Family”

This is an amazing short film that according to writer/director Luchina Fisher has been “25 years in the making.”

Written by: Luchina Fisher

Directed by: Luchina Fisher

Starring: Victoria Rowell, J. Leon Pridgen II, April Betts and Alexis Donovan

Produced by: Zainab Ali, Luchina Fisher, Victoria Rowell, and Leslie Fisher

The 411: “Death in the Family” is a story about grief, loss, and those left behind after a death. The film surrounds two sisters grieving the loss of their mother to breast cancer. However, their pain is deepened when 3 weeks later, their father brings home an old girlfriend with the same name as their mother. The film won the Silver Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and was an official selection at the Harlem, Litchfield Hills and Red Hook film festivals. For more information, to leave a comment, or to connect with the filmmaker, go to or follow Luchina Fisher at

In Short – The Door

This beautiful and inspiring short film is food to my black girl soul. Not only does it star one of my favorite actresses in the world, the awesome Gabrielle Union, but it is also directed by one of my favorite directors, Ava DuVernay. Created for the Miu Miu Women’s Tale series, the film effortlessly combines film, fashion, and music.

Written by: Ava DuVernay

Directed by: Ava DuVernay

Starring: Gabrielle Union, Adepero Oduye, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Goapele, and Alfre Woodard

Produced by: Howard Barish and Ava DuVernay

The 411: “The Door” is the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale. The film is “a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change.” In the film a woman is visited by several friends and family as she deals with a traumatic experience. She draws on the strength of others to gain her own. This film is an amazing example of the bonds of female friendship. For more information go to and to connect with the filmmaker, follow Ava via

In Short – “Nick of Time”

This is an amazing short film, shot two years ago by one of my favorite people on Twitter and former Cinema in Noir guest, Eric Haywood.

Nick of Time (short film) from Eric Haywood on Vimeo.
Written by: Eric Haywood

Directed by: Eric Haywood

Starring: Dana Davis, Nicholas Strong, and Sara O’Neil

Produced by: Eric Haywood and Danni Connor

The 411: “Nick of Time” is a beautifully shot short film with a clever concept.  The story revolves around a man who realizes that time is on his side and he uses it to change the course of his romantic relationship with his girlfriend, Stephanie. For more information, to leave a comment,or to connect with the filmmaker, go to or follow him via




In Short – “Middle of Nowhere: Journey of an Indie”

What a treat! Watch this awesome all-access behind-the-scenes short documentary Middle of Nowhere: Journey of an Indie. It chronicles the casting process, production, and film’s historic run at Sundance and beyond.

The short includes interviews with director Ava DuVernay, producer Howard Barish, as well as the amazing cast which includes Emayatzy Corninealdi, Omari Harwick, David Oyelowo, Edwina Findley, and the amazing Lorraine Toussaint. The short originally aired on BET.

Check it out:

Middle of Nowhere is currently in it’s 3rd week and is playing in over 20 cities. For the most up-to-date information information on the film and to find out where it’s playing near you, check out



In Short – “A Beautiful Disaster”

This film was sent to me via Tumblr. The short addresses several aspects of the relationship between black women and hair.

Written by: Kayla Reid

Produced by:
Kayla Reid

The 411: :”A Beautiful Disaster” is a short film and poem that highlights the struggles that many black women face when it comes to embracing our natural hair texture and the repercussions of living in a society that often places nappy and unattractive in the same category. For more information, contact the filmmaker Kayla on Twitter at

In Short – “This Time”

I am a huge fan of Reagan Gomez! She is super talented and I am so excited that she is using her talents behind the screen as well. This short is an interesting take on the impact the separation of war has on loved ones of the enlisted.


Written By: Reagan Gomez

Directed by: Matthew Cherry

Starring: Reagan Gomez, Michael Moss, Terri J. Vaugn, Barry Floyd and Sinorice Moss.

Produced by: Liberty Madison, Sinorice Moss, Quetaya Scott, Enitan Bereola, , Portia Jenkins, Shauna Faith-Graham

The 411: “This Time” deals with the realities that many people have to face when a loved one returns home from war and everything has changed. The filmmakers have dedicated the short to the men and women who have given their lives to protect our country and their family members with whom their memory lives on. For more information, you can to And to make a donation, visit You can also follow the writer and star of the film at

In Short – “Make Me A Doorway”

This short was sent to me on Tumblr. It’s a really cool experimental short. Check it out!


Written by: Alexzenia Davis

Directed by: Jesse Russell Brooks

Starring: Erika Ewing, Alexzenia Davis, and Laila Petrone

The 411: The experimental Short “Make Me A Doorway” is not only an ode to love, But also a compelling examination of self awareness. Delving into topics such as memory, intimacy and true understanding- Spoken word poet Alexzenia Davis pens a brave exploration into the experiences and visuals captured by film maker Jesse Russell Brooks. In a true collaboration between writer and film maker “Make Me A Doorway”  defines the power of self discovery, considers what photography makes of love lost and ultimately reveals how these reflections transform us. This film is a compilation of three poems:  “Make Me,” “My Silhouette,” and “A Lady’s Psyche.” For more information or to connect with the writer go to