Welcome to the

San Antonio Black International Film Festival 2019 

     

The San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) welcomes Black filmmakers and audiences from around-the-world to participate in the first of many SABIFF events to take place in the 7th largest city in the United States.  SABIFF is pleased to present SABIFF 2019, our inaugural Black film festival on October 10 - 13, 2019 our event listings are below.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019    6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

OPENING NIGHT FILM

CARVER COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER

226 N. Hackberry Street, SA, Texas 78202

 

Co-Sponsored by Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment Center, The Carver Community Cultural Center and DreamVoices

A DreamVoice Red Carpet Reception 
The San Antonio Premiere of

#TRUTH

Directed by: Charles Murray

(Narrative/109 min/2019)

Synopsis: A disgraced journalist has to deal with his favorite cousin’s suicide after she's been shamed on social media by her ex-boyfriend. Those who contributed to her death are held accountable as their exalted lives fall into decay. 

Post Screening Discussion with Writer/Director/Producer 

Charles Murray 

$50.00

 

FRiDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019   9:30 Am – 5:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSIONS FORUMS

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. CESAR E. CHAVEZ BIVD , SA TX 78205 

 Co-Sponsored by UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

AFRICAN AMERICAN CINEMATIC HISTORY

STEEPED WITH HIDDEN FIGURES 

ITC Basement Level Auditorium - 11:30 am - 12:35 pm

 

Karla Broadus, Senior Lecturer, and Director of UTSA College of Education and Human Development's Department of COEHD and African American Studies has convened a panel of UTSA Professors/Lecturers which include: Mario Salas, Dr. Charles Gentry, and Dr. Vanessa Kenon move the conversation beyond the 20th Century Fox movie entitled, "Hidden Figures" the untold story about 4 African American women instrumental in the development of the U.S. space program.  

 

The panel will discuss and analyze the historical interpretation of African American history in cinema, the danger of writer's creative license over true facts, and the distortion of images recreated in numerous bio pics for television and cinema.  

 

Educating ourselves on history is the best defense to learning facts over fiction.  ​​

 All-Day Pass 

$20.00

A FORUM FOR UNDERREPRESENTED ACTORS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES WHEN THE US IS NOT ENUF 

ITC Basement Level Auditorium  1:30 pm - 2:45 pm 

This talented packed forum engages in the real-reel talk about Black actors on the film scene. Discussion centers on casting disparities, audition preparation, resources, and opportunities for acting professionals and aspiring entertainers. Panel drives participants to explore other artistic options, and ignites thinking outside-the-box. The panelist also encourage participants to think acting abroad, and  gives advice on seeking potential gigs in the international film market. 

 Moderated by

 

 MICHAEL S. MAPONGA 

Int'l Renowned Actor, Owner of AfroLandTV.com    

MIKALA GIBSON

An award-winning Actress, Writer

A native of San Antonio returns to share and discuss his experiences as an actor and film entrepreneur who has ventured out into the world engaging in international acting opportunities.

 

 

An award-winning Actress, Writer and Master Teaching Artist who hails from San Antonio. Presently in the recurring role as Doris on Fear The Walking Dead 

 

 All-Day Pass 

$20.00

ANGELA BENNETT

Bennett Connection Talent Agency

A Talent Agent, Consultant, Producer, and Writer with over 20 years of professional experience as Actress. An alumni of Sam Houston High School, Bennett is the owner of Bennett Connection in Austin, Texas

 

Gain access to short films showcases, interactive discussions, forums, panels and museum exhibits featuring the Black Quilter's Exhibit, Black Fashion, an African American History Exhibit,

AFROFUTURISM BLACK SCI-FI SHORT FILMS & PANNEL

ITC Theater - In - The - Round   4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 

Black World Cinema defines Afrofuturism, as Black radical imagination, amplified and transformative, to the point it impinges itself into reality.  
 
AfroFuturism aids us to visualize what freedom could look like, the reimagining of our world, culture and at the nexus of myth/science/reality. Applied Afrofuturism fosters the potential development of alternative platforms and manners of expression with the aim of achieving social justice, building a sustainable economy and building spiritual/psychological freedom and independence. 
 
Floyd Webb, filmmaker, Black World Cinema Founder/Curator and Visual Thinker, will lead AfroFuturism & Audience Talkback
 

 All-Day Pass 

$20.00

Gain access to short films showcases, interactive discussions, forums, panels and museum exhibits featuring the Black Quilter's Exhibit, Black Fashion, an African American History Exhibit,

OVERCOMING ISMS', BAD HAIR & OTHER SOCIAL CONSTRUCTS 

All Day Film Screenings and Talk Backs   9:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

ITC's THEATER - IN - THE - ROUND

EMPOWERING Short Film Showcases & Social Cinema on Issues Important to Black Life, Love & Liberty

 All-Day Pass 

$20.00

Gain access to short films showcases, interactive discussions, forums, panels and museum exhibits featuring the Black Quilter's Exhibit, Black Fashion, an African American History Exhibit,

Co-Sponsored by UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019    10:00 Am – 3:00 pm

 FILM WORKSHOPS

The Institute of Texan Cultures

801 E. CESAR E. CHAVEZ BLVD, SA TX 78205 - [Upstairs Level 2]

 

              HAILE GERIMA 

Internationally Renowned Filmmaker|Professor                      

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the art of cinematic 

storytelling

A Master Class

 

October  11, 2019   [ITC Upstairs]

           11:30 am - 2:00 pm

This Master Class gives an integrative and holistic approach to the narrative art form of a visual storyteller. Veteran filmmaker, Gerima takes participants through the creative processes and teaches them to examine the critical aspects of Cinematic Narrative. This indie director of over a dozen independently produced films, centers on Editing/Montage as the pathway to understanding all facets of filmmaking, which are inclusive of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, production, and post-production. All of which is a means of discovering one's own unique cinematic narrative logic via the ART of cinematic storytelling. 

$150.00

 

MICHAEL L.  JACKSON

 Producer/Director/ Writer

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the filmmakers 

game plan

October 11, 2019    [ITC Upstairs]

         10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 2-hour hands-on workshop with industry standards equipment RED camera lighting and grip to get novice filmmakers started in the craft of independent filmmaking.  Jackson shares tested methods for indie filmmakers to maximize their budgets, tips on how to work with actors, frame shots, as well as lighting and sound recording basic techniques.

Owner of San Antonio based  “Idle Time Cinema" Jackson's full-service production company specializes in features, short films, music videos, commercials, and television variety shows. This hands-on workshop is geared for aspiring directors driven to lead.

$60.00

 Sponsored by Black Public Media  

FRiDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019  12:00 Pm – 3:00 pm

FREE EVENT

In honor of their 40 Year Anniversary, BPM (formally named The Black Programming Consortium)  comes to San Antonio to share 2 days of their award-winning series AfroPop with SABIFF 2019.Husband and Wife Tech Media Team Maxie D. Collier and Schatar Sapphira Collier will conduct the workshop, DigiRoots: How To Tell Your Story. 

carver library

3350 E Commerce Street

San Antonio, TX 78220

Friday, OCTOBER 11, 2019   5:30 PM – 11:00 pm

HAPPY HOUR MIXER

Open to the Public

302 Montanna street

san anonio tx 78203

 Co-Sponsored by Black Public Media

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 10:00 Am – 1:30 pm

         FREE EVENT          

{Part 2 of Day 2} - More Short Films by Filmmakers throughout the Diaspora. Black Public Media celebrates their 40 Year Anniversary in the heart of SA's Eastside community with short films from their award-winning series AfroPop.

 

carver library

3350 E Commerce Street

San Antonio, TX 78220

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    6:30 Pm – 10:30 pm

     2019 CLOSING FILM SHOWCASE

An Evening of Cinema Under The Stars

LA VILLITA ARNESON RIVER THEATER

418 VILLITA STREET, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78205

FREE EVENT

PRESENTS

A PAN-AFRICAN MIX OF FILMS FROM FRANCE, UK, USA, UGANDA, AND ZAMBIA  (Rated PG)

Animal 

Directer by Jules Janaud | France|17m| 2016

         Haunted by a serious accident from his childhood, Jawak plans his vengeance

         on a strange animal.

The Storyteller

                                Directed  by Alex Emanuel |UK |17m | 2019

         A Ghanian taxi driver delves into the folktales of his past to win back his children.               But where does the story end and reality begin?

Blood Runs Down

                                Directed  by Zabdashe Brown|US|17m| 2018

         Ana must decide between saving Elize or protecting herself in this haunting account 

         of inheritance, daughterhood and demons.

THE LAST BREATH

                                Directed  by Jordan Braise| Uganda |16m| 2017

 A Ugandan girl comes to terms with grief as she tries to protect her mother's last breath 

 contained in a red balloon. Sometimes letting go is the hardest lesson to learn.  

IMAGINATION

                 Directed  | Jesse Chisi and Vatice Mushauko | Zambia | 22 m|  2017

   A young African boy, his friends, and a camera set off to be the greatest filmmakers on       the continent.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019    9:00 Am – 6:30 pm

2019 FILM COMPETITION SELECTION SCREENINGS

BUY INDIVIDUAL FILM BLOCK PASS FOR $10.00 OR A ALL DAY PASS FOR $45.00

 Buy All-day film pass

BUENa Vista Theater (UTSA Downtown Campus)

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207 

 
A HAPPY DIVORCE
STUCK 
ONE LAST SPIN

Directed by:  Jamal Hodge  (NY)

Directed by:  Praheme Praphet  (CA)

Directed by:  Ali Matlock (NY))

Narrative Short Run time 12:30

:  Intelligent, beautiful, defiant, Jenny has the courage to follow her desires to get what she wants, but at what price? When our deepest desires lead to emptiness, and we sacrifice those we love, can hope survive?  A Happy Divorce deals with the growing epidemic of suicide head on, while exploring the most valuable gift we possess- Life itself.

Narrative Short Run time 17:12

STUCK is a romantic comedy that follows two strangers (Ebony and Dre) who become physically wedged in the act of a “one-night stand”. Their only path to separation is to be vulnerable and share a secret with one another.

Narrative Short Run time 17:12

:  An engaged couple struggling with the financial pressures of the upcoming celebration, receive an unsolicited package. The package contains a peculiar item that has the potential to significantly change their lives.

Shh!

Directed by:  Okema T. Moore (NY)

Narrative Short Run time 12:30

When he sees things in black and white, but she sees them through rose-colored lenses, what is the true color of love? And...is it enough?

BEWILDERED

Directed By: Gregor Wilson (NC)

Narrative Short Run time 12:30

Starring Keith David (Greenleaf, Cloud Atlas,) and Maria Howell (The Color Purple,  Saints and Sinners), “Bewildered” depicts the journey of world-famous, husband and wife jazz vocalists – Joseph and Sara Honoré – from the peak of their career and marriage, into the turmoil and anxiety brought on by Joseph’s fall into dementia.

 A1-Block film pass

$10.00

A.1: Love & Happiness {Narrative Shorts}    

 

Buena Vista Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    9:15 AM TO 10:55 AM

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    11:00 Am  TO 12:40 PM

A.BLOCK 2: NARRATIVE DOCUMENTARY & STUDENT FILM

Buena Vista Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE       
Narrative Documentary
Run time 01:15:00

Directed by:  Emily Harrold  (SC)     

What does it mean to be young, Black, and Democrat in the Southern Republican state of South Carolina? Through experiences of politician Bakari Sellers, WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE unravels that question.

SANKOFA  
Narrative Documentary Short   Run time 24:11

Directed by:  Princess Garrettt, (PA)

This documentary is about the loss of identity and its systemic impact on black males. By exploring the complexities of mental slavery, Sankofa calls its audience to free themselves from the system in which they were born.

$10.00

 A2-Block film pass

HEAVENLY
BALLET AFTER DARK
SOUND

Directed by:  Ya’ke Smith (TX)

Directed by:  Barbara Asare-Bediako  (Washington, DC)

Directed by:  Tawab Bazemore (CA)

Narrative Short Run time 12:30
Narrative Documentary Short  Run time 19:07
Narrative Short Run time14;48

:  Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while "in the life."

Real people. Real stories . Real lives. This short documentary combines the realness of cinema verite and videologue with the sometimes imaginary world of social media and animation content to follow the journey of a trauma survivor’s attempt to create a healing space in present day Baltimore.  

This is a story about Photographer Isabelle Pisano, a woman who became hearing-impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope in the muffled and scary new normal, something beautifully-terrifying happens.

THEM
RESPECT & LOVE
BREAKING
BROKENNESS

Directed by:  Okema T. Moore  (NY)

Directed By: Angeliqe Webster

Directed by:  Cedric Thomas Smith   (TX)      

Narrative Short Run time 17;45

Upon the death of the family patriarch, a mother and daughter fight to reprogram themselves after a long hiatus, which has forced them to acknowledge the generational curse of fractured maternal relationships in their family. Will the cycle stop here?

Narrative Documentary Short  Run time 15:03

:  It has been said that Gloria was the first African-American woman to sue the Catholic Church when a trusted priest molested her daughter.  In this emotional documentary, the daughter jeopardized by this scandal utilizes film as a therapy to unravel being taken advantage of in her youth. She turns the lens on her elder mother 30 years later to gain insight into how this grave experience deepened her mother’s strength and shaped her life.

Narrative Short Run time 21:40

After her release from prison, Frankie tries to reunite with her daughter, who has lived in a world sheltered by secrets and lies. The healing begins when the secrets end.

*Not in Competition

$10.00

 A3-Block film pass

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    1:00 Pm – 2:40 PM 

A Block 3:  FOR SHE WILL RISE  {Narrative Shorts}

Buena Vista Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

 

Buena Vista Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    3:00 Pm – 4:25 PM 

A Block 4:  The Birth of Deceit  {Narrative Feature}

 THE BIRTH OF DECEIT   
Narrative Feature Film
Run time 1:25:00

Directed by:  Yaw Agyapong  (NY)  

A peaceful town where all seems to be normal lies a dark cold secret that took the town by surprise. When a couple befriends their neighbor’s granddaughter for their own psychopathic needs, the protagonist Ambar along with her friends are on a fight for their lives.

 A4-Block film pass

$10.00

POSTAL
A NIGHT AT THE TABLE

Directed by:  Davon Gilliam  (PA)

Directed by: Tamara S. Hall   (NY)

Narrative Short Run time15:31

:  A vet Mail Carrier after the murder of his daughter he takes action in solving to find those responsible his beloved daughter’s murder and bring her justice.

Narrative Short Run time 10:37

A mother prepares food for a seemingly normal family night dinner, but as the conversation between her and her kids grow more peculiar, tension mounts between the three, unveiling a lurking threat at the table.

I’M SORRY           

Directed by:  Marcelius Cox  (CA)

Narrative Short Run time:   14:20

:  A man who spends his last free day before heading to prison, apologizes to everyone near and dear to him for betraying their trust.

THE FIX  
SOLOMON’S DILEMMA   
KNOCK OUT GAME  

Directed by:  Michael Melvin  (MD)

Narrative Short Run time 11;12

Tracy Martin has a very special surprise for her husband Kyle. She receives an unexpected surprise of her own, when she is greet by Carla, matters take a turn when she discovers that Carla is pregnant, and is able to give Kyle what Tracy has been unable to give him, a family. Has Kyle strayed too far to save his marriage or will the words 'for better or for worse' stand tried in his life?

Directed By: Michael L Jackson (TX)

Narrative Documentary Short  Run time 20:00

Solomon, a young man trying to stay on track. To be the first person in his family to go to college. When his street hustler brother. Gets caught up with two corrupt narcotics officers and faces ten years in prison. Leaving  Solomon having to choose to use his college funds to come to his brother's aid . 

*Not in Competition

Directed by:  Jamal Hodge (NY)

Narrative Short Run time 21:40

The Knockout Game: A disturbing and Brutal game amongst teens, targeting whites and immigrants in Inner-city communities. Gregory wants to play.  He wants to get in good with G-Life’s gang. He wants to be accepted and prove that he has a heart. But G-Life demands he take the game to its sickest levels, attacking the elderly. His actions open up a Pandora’s box of violence 

 A-5 Block film pass

$10.00

 

Buena Vista Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    4:45 Pm – 6:15 PM 

A Block 5: Family Matters {Narrative Short films}

 

Aula Canarias Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    9:15 am – 10:15 aM 

B Block 1: Being Gladys {Narrative Feature Film}   

BEING GLADYS

Directed by Ralph Pattersong (NJ)  

Documentary Feature Film
Run time 1:00:00

For over seventy years Gladys Barker Grauer has advocated for the poor, the working class and the liberation of herself as a Black woman through the power of her art. Born during The Great Depression and just a mere 60 years after The Emancipation Proclamation, Gladys has evolved as an artist using not only brush and paint, but weavings and found objects to create her art. Despite the odds against her she found the love of her life and despite the odds against her she has spoken truth to power not to create controversy, but to be true to herself. At 95 she is not “a little old lady”. She remains a force and an example. Her story and the story of her determined efforts to sustain the work of Black women artists in Newark and the lives and careers she has touched are told here in: Being Gladys.

B-1 -Block film pass

$10.00

FREEWORD  
CHICKENS                
RACE ANONYMOUS

Directed by:  Dee Wayne Goodloe (TX)     

Directed by:  Bryian Keith Montgomery, Jr. (NS)

Directed by:  :  Melanee Murray (Canada)

Narrative Short Run time 15:00

A future exists where poetry and other forms of artistic written and verbal expression have unjustly been deemed illegal. Despite prohibition restraints, people resort to selling poetry in the street like drugs.  Freeword: Movement of Impact picks up when the law that prevented freedom of speech changes.          
 

Narrative Short Run time12:24

Two racist cops on the wrong side of the law pay their dues while trying to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. and learn the hard way  Things don’t go as planned…

Narrative Short Run time13:00

An alternate Universe where anything can happen, Race Anonymous is one part political treatise and one part trek through the strange, taboo twilight zone of race in North America. While truth can be stranger than fiction, (see Donald Trump) Race Anonymous picks apart the tormented, funny, contradictory and hopeful subconscious of a strange species- human beings- who struggle to resist the delusion that human worth is only skin deep.

SHATTERING REFUGE
RAHEEL
CLEATS

Directed by: Sonari Chidi (US)

Directed By: Ayat Asad Rahbar (IRAN)

Directed by:  Abdullah Sahin (Turkey)

Narrative Documentary Shortt Run time 24:03
Narrative Short   Run time 15:03

Shattering Refuge explores media representations of refugees & migrants, through firsthand interviews with refugees, asylum seekers, journalists, and NGO workers, and envisions the way forward in a world where the very idea of refuge has been shattered.

Raheel , an Afghan national, has illegally traveled to Iran to look for her husband but there comes up some problems that leave her no hope to move ahead

Narrative Short Run time :  30:00

:  lyas and Ahmet are two close friends. Syrian refugee Emir joins them. Ilyas wants to make the tryouts for a local football team and saves money to buy new cleats. Emir shares his ideal. After seeing his father pays the debts of Emir’s family’s to the grocery Ilyas gives his new cleats as a gift to Emir in order to joins to the tryouts. However, his own cleats tear up just after. The shoemaker gives him bigger cleats temporarily.

BROOKLYN IN JULY  

Directed By: :  Bob Celli  (NY)

Narrative Short Run time  Run time 12:02

It is the summer of 1945 and the war is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran is drawn to NY by the promise of a better life, only to find work as a chauffeur.  A man haunted by a past that is  lurking skin deep, he finds himself confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind in the south.

*Not in Competition

 B-2 -Block film pass

$10.00

 

Aula Canarias Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    10:30am – 12:40 pM 

B Block 2: The Barriers Before Us {Narrative Shorts}  

 

Aula Canarias Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    1:00pm – 2:15 pM 

B Block 3: This is the Bash {Narrative Documentray Film}   

THIS IS THE BASH

Directed by Mario Lathan  (CA)

Narrative Documentary Film
Run time 1:14:00

This is the Bash. For Haitian Jazz sensation, Jowee Omicil, love serves as the basis for his thematic rhythms called the “Bash” sound. Only this spiritual narrative is more than a theme. Manifested through performance and family, this documentary portrait explores the realization of patience. The triumph of remembrance. How does love sound?

B-3 -Block film pass

$10.00

 

Aula Canarias Theater  

501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd, BV 1.328. SA, TX 78207

SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019    2:30pm – 4:00 pM 

B Block 4: Strong Hold  {Narrative Feature Film}   

STRONG HOLD

Directed by Cardell Jackson   (CA)

Narrative Feature Film
Run time 1:30:00

Rooster a gang-affiliated young man from Compton aspires to become the top drug dealer in the hood.  His state of mind is constantly haunted by his inner demons from a turbulent past. It isn’t until he meets Tisha a smart, witty young lady who exposes Rooster to a new lifestyle and outlook on life.  Tisha also introduces him to Christ, which in turn causes him mixed emotions that conflict with his initial life goals.  Rooster now has to decide if he’s going to follow the light of God or will he let the hood take him under.

B-4 -Block film pass

$10.00