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Embrace the Experience!

2018 Hayti Heritage Film Festival Schedule

(Subject to change.)


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

10:00am – 11:30am – Senior Screening – Area senior centers are invited to bring their older adults to this free screening RSVP to cshl719@gmail.com

Cooley High
by Michael Schultz


In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest…parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school year.


5:30pm – 6:30pm – Opening Night Reception
6:30pm – 9:00pm – Opening Night & Claudine screening

Theme: Black Love

Opening remarks by Michelle Lanier (Executive Director, African American Heritage Commission), Angela Lee (Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation), and Lana Garland (Curator & Executive Producer of HHFF)


Includes ancestral procession and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance of a medley Black love songs from films.


Claudine by John Berry


Claudine, a single mother, strives to provide for her six children in Harlem working as a maid. She meets a charming man named Roop, and must decide if their romance will ultimately work.

Friday, February 16, 2018

10:00am – 12:00pm – Master Class – Living South – Working Global
Area universities are invited to bring their students to hear from professionals about the film industry.


The Hayti Heritage Film Festival 2018 is pleased to present Living South – Working Global, a conversation with Katina Parker and Saleem Reshamwala. In this class, we speak to Katina Parker and Saleem Reshamwala about how they have been able to sustain careers while living in the South. We’ll show samples of their work and the conversation will be moderated by festival curator, Lana Garland.


12:30pm – 2:30pm – Block 1 – Documentary/Fiction/Experimental Shorts

Theme: The Ground I Stand On

Short fictional films around areas of self-identity. Gender, LGBTQ, occupational, and race.


Freedom Summer by Lu Asfaha, 911 by Allison Guessou, Beyond All by Isaac Hughes Green, Melanin by Raquez Rouse, DvKR: Infinity Room by Jonathan Jackson, Walk For Me by Elegance Bratton.


3:00pm – 4:30pm – Block 2 – Documentary shorts

Theme: Real People – Reel Durham

Documentary shorts featuring the people of the Bull City.


Nothing But Love in God’s Waters by NCCU/Bull City Doc Squad, The Reservoir series (work-in-progress) by Lana Garland, Professional Black Girl, season 1 by Yaba Blay, Millennials of the Moral Movement: Prelude by Kenneth Campbell, Ambria McNeill, & Kelly Ann Sims.


5:00pm – 6:30pm – Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett

Theme: Black Genius

The Library of Congress has declared Killer of Sheep a national treasure as one of the first fifty on the National Film Registry and the National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the “100 Essential Films” of all time.


Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.


7:00pm – 8:30pm – Docs For Us/ By Us: Black Beach/White Beach Special Screening & Fundraiser


It takes a community to birth a film. The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to present a screening of Ricky Kelly’s, Black Beach/White Beach. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards funds needed to finish (color correction and sound) for the film. The filmmaker will be in attendance.



With its long history of segregation, Myrtle Beach, SC reluctantly hosts two national bike festivals on back-to-back weekends — one primarily white, one predominantly black — causing racial tensions to reach a boiling point every spring in this seaside community.


9:00pm – 10:30pm – Block 3 – Fiction shorts

Theme: Black Future

A new generation of Black independent cinema.


The Tale of Four by Gabourey Sidibe, White Face by Mtume Gant, New Neighbors by E.G. Bailey & Sha Cage, Residual by Jason Foster, They Charge For the Sun by Terence Nance.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

9:30am – 11:00am – Block 4 – Youth Fiction shorts + 1 doc short

Theme: Black Youth

Fictional films and a documentary centered on the lives of Black youth. Suitable for middle school-aged youth and up.


Catch! by David Francis-Vaughan, Hey Little Black Girl by Lyntoria Newton, Agent Hollywood by Anthony Hobbs, Daddy’s Little Girl by Jeanette McDuffie, Olde E by Xavier L. Neal-Burgin, and See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol.



Wendell Tabb was honored by the Tony Awards in 2017 and has taught young actors for the past 31 years with the Hillside High School Theatre Program in Durham, NC. He will speak during the talk back in this segment on Acting for Youth.

11:30am – 1:00pm – Block 5 – Documentary Shorts

Theme: The Skin I’m In

Films about belonging.


Alone by Garrett Bradley, Migrant by Philippe Roc, Lacheiavelli by Derwin Graham, The dust doesn’t want to come out of the Esqueleto by Max William Morais & Daniel Santiso, Girls Like Me: a self/love story by Aisha Raison, ArtCity, Guadeloupe to Cameroon by Jonathan Drumeaux, How They Sway by Jaad Asante


1:30pm – 3:00pm – Diaspora, Part 1

Theme: Some of the Best Countries on Earth: Saint Lucia, Uganda, Guadeloupe

Great countries, great filmmakers, great films.


The Knot by Davina Lee, Bad Mexican by Loukman Ali, Tourments d’amour by Caroline Jules

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Diaspora, Part 2


Theme: Some of the Best Countries on Earth: Tanzinia & Namibia

Great countries, great filmmakers, great films.


Super Mama by Christina Pande, The Unseen by Perivi John Katjavivi


5:30pm – 7:00pm – Secrets of the Magic City by R. Malcolm Jones

Sisters Tiana and Nia, abandoned by their drug-addicted mother, become one of the many children placed in the Florida foster care system. The system splits up the two sisters and once they are reunited they vow to each other never to be separated again.

7:30pm – 9:00pm – Cut Off by Jowan Carbin

Struggling to adapt to his new life in New Orleans, Clive accepts an invitation from Trevor, his former professor, to enjoy a getaway at his country home on the bayou in Cut Off, Louisiana, so he can gain a new perspective. However, Trevor’s plan to help Clive deal with his demons will involve him in an extremist hate group.


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