October Film Festival

Docs & Shorts 2

Saturday October 5, 4:30pm

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Blue Flame

Do women make better cops? Captain Esposito commander at Newark’s toughest precinct is tasked to test the theory. When an undercover female officer gets in over her head, a special all female undercover unit is created to get her out alive. He assembles a group of female officers that have a special skill set, a no-nonsense approach and some disciplinary problems. Working together as a cohesive unit proves to be a tough task. They will even bend the law to get some semblance of order in their chaotic world and justice in a flawed system. The responsibilities of life on the force take a toll on the officers, as they struggle to balance their personal lives with the strain of the job. Follow these four strong women as they learn to work together and put their personal feelings aside to save the day and bring a fellow officer home safely. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series are the government and bureaucracy, schools and the news media. The show was co-created by 20 year veteran Lieutenant Sharon Easton and Veteran filmmaker Michael A. Pinckney.

Under Cover Comic

“Life is kind of funny sometimes. "Under Cover Comic" is the story of a family man who, after a strange brush with death, decides to pursue stand-up comedy. In the film, he grapples with push and pull between family, passion, and the frailty.” 

Tomato and Eggs

Lisa is a queer Chinese American woman who plans to marry her long-term girlfriend. As she navigates the trans-generational challenges of telling her father, other secrets will test the bounds of family and culture.

Finding Elijah

Told from a mother’s perspective, Finding Elijah follows a young man’s journey from home; into mental illness, to homelessness, and ultimately to suicide. It explores how a search for answers leads a mother to action.

What if…Then What?

What if…Then What? is a dramatic story of a friendship being torn apart by bullying. It follows 11-year-old, Cameron Walker and his friendship with Kyle Morris. Cameron is aware that they are growing apart from one another which started when Kyle joined the school’s basketball team. What begins as harmless “roasting” from Kyle's teammates, turns into full blown bullying. Though it bothers Cameron, he tolerates it because he knows how important basketball is to Kyle. But he can no longer take the public disgracing. Cameron is determined to get even with Kyle and his teammates for bullying him.

Father Be With Us

Father Be With Us is a story of healing and reconciliation of the family after a tragedy strikes. The Tillmans are a middle class African American family in a New York City suburb. A few years after the untimely death of his wife, the patriarch of the family, Jeremiah Tillman, loses his life during a confrontation with and over zealous police officer. On the day of Jeremiah’s funeral, his two youngest sons, Brandon and Camron, reunite with their distanced older brother, Aaron, for the services. The boys’ aunt, Corinthia, is now the glue to try to hold everything together. The brothers must break down some heavy walls between them in order to restore love. Perceptions of the cause of their father’s death enrages and weighs the family down, but the actual truth may be even more disheartening. Father Be With Us is a short story that touches on the issues of police brutality, racial profiling, gang culture, community unification and power, and brotherhood.

I’m Jacinth-Love After

“I’m Jacinth-Love After” promises to help others overcome their pain, hurt, trauma, betrayals, and insecurities. Jacinth’s open and honest account of everything she’s been through in her life will truly inspire and uplift you. There is Love After our addictions, shortcomings, emptiness, abuse, betrayals, abandonment, and brokenness. Please join Jacinth to take this powerful, healing journey to overcome your deaths and accept the rebirth of your purpose, love, vision, and identity. Despite the challenges you face every day, you’ll be convinced there is Love After.