DC Shorts Film Festival 2017

SEPTEMBER 6—17, 2018

African American

Historical, powerful, beautiful, poignant, protest…the African American experiences are front and center. This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers.


Thursday, September 14th @ 9:00pm

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Hell You Talmbout

Dance • United States • 8 minutes

Seattle’s Northwest Tap Connection, a race and social justice-oriented dance studio, responds to the deaths of unarmed black lives at the hands of police officers, using dance as passionate protest in a call to say their names, see their names, and feel their names.

KOJO: A Short Documentary

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

In this candid interview, gifted twelve year old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of Jazz music, Kojo’s charisma, sensibility, and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills and he shares it with you.

Mister Sunshine

Documentary • New Zealand • 4 minutes

Meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man peddling goodwill and cheer throughout the streets of Auckland, New Zealand.

My Nephew Emmett

Drama • United States • 20 minutes

At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955 in the most racially divided state in the country, 64 year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14 year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Louis Till.


Drama • United States • 15 Minutes

A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

REPAIRations! – The Musical

DramaMusical • United States • 14 minutes

The story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. Through song and dance we follow Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860’s), end of segregation (1960’s), and President Obama’s inauguration in 2008.

Seven Dates With Death

Documentary • United States • 10 minutes

The story of Moreese Bickham, the oldest living survivor of death row. Bickham describes his killings, his experience on death row and how he was able to get out with his life.

They Charge for the Sun

Drama • United States • 17 minutes

In a dystopian future where people live nocturnally to avoid the harmful rays of the sun, a young black girl unravels the lie that has kept her and her sister in the dark.

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