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NVBC 2012 Preview: Short Films Tackle Love, Loss, & the Complexities of ‘The System’

NVBC 2012 Preview: Short Films Tackle Love, Loss, & the Complexities of 'The System'

Continuing our highlights from New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, which kicks of this week at Brooklyn’s BAMcinematek, here’s a look at the short films screening this Sunday, Feb. 19 in a program called “A Matter of Time.”

Spanning various genres, the films are anchored by Jerry LaMothe’s The Tombs a dramatic short examining the inner workings of New York’s prison system and the sometimes-innocent people who fall through its cracks. Also featured is Black Folk Don’t: Go to Therapy, an episode of the web series by Angela Tucker (Asexual), whom we’ve discussed previously on this site.

Descriptions and trailers for all the films are below. The screening happens this Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4:30pm at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by filmmaker Keith Davis (Men in Love, the forthcoming The American People). Find details and tickets at BAM.org.

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The Tombs

Directed by Jerry Lamothe

A Brooklyn man maintains his innocence throughout a 3-day journey through New York’s infamous central booking jail system

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Black Folk Don’t: Go to Therapy

Directed by Angela Tucker

In this episode of the cutting-edge web series, experts, entertainers, and regular people explain the stigma attached to therapy within the black community. Special content presented by National Black Programming Consortium.

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The Dream Team

Directed by Rachel Johnson

On the last day before winter recess, a passionate teacher is forced to surrender his class, keys, and long-time friendship.

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Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears

Directed by Raafi Rivero

A Princeton undergrad tries to win back his ex on the eve of his graduation

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The Becoming Box

Directed by Monique Walton

A family of three siblings deals with the appearance of a mysterious box in their backyard in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

New Voices in Black Cinema Festival is presented by ActNow Foundation in conjunction with BAMcinematek. For the complete Festival screening lineup, visit BAM.org/actnow.

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