4th Annual Blackstar Film Festival
Shorts: Pushing the Limit
To explore spirituality and social justice, these
experimental films defy expectations and test the limits of conventional
storytelling by stretching beyond any proscribed limits. These shorts offer
commentary in through provocative forms and structure. The Montgomery Bus
Boycott, religious institutions and their spiritual practices, the works of
Octavia Butler, and the presence of Black women in the US military during World
War II are all up for reexamination.
Experimental. United States, 2014, 7 min.
Bus Nut re-articulates the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, a political and social protest against US racial segregation on the public transit system in Montgomery, Alabama and its relationship to an educational video on school bus safety from that era.
An Ecstatic Experience
Experimental. United States, 2015, 6 min.
to be beside oneself.
KILO | Iba se 99.
Experimental. United States, 2015, 9 min.
KILO| Iba se 99 takes its inspiration from an excerpt of a report produced by the Women’s Bureau Division of the United States Department of Labor titled Negro Women War Workers, published in 1945. The film explores the relationship between the US Navy flag signal Kilo which has the assigned message of ” I wish to communicate with you”, the first 12 Black women allowed to work on the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1942, and the Orisha Ochosi.
Swimming In Your Skin Again
directed by: Terence Nance
Experimental. United States, 2015, 23 min.
A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and singing in church in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.