Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Chick at the Festival 3

Ok, so tonight I decided to check out the short films featuring African-American themes.  This was fun because it was essentially seven mini-movies in the time it takes to see one feature-length film.  That's 7 journeys in two hours.  I pretty much liked them all, but the standouts were I Own You, She Got Problems, Amazon Women, and Life on EarthI Own You is a comedy about a mixed race couple who learn that the wife's ancestors owned the husband's ancestors as slaves in the south--and hilarity ensues.  She Got Problems is a tongue in cheek film about a black woman who can't find a man--story of my life and last night's episode of Nightline, so I won't dwell on it.  Amazon Women is a more serious reflection on black women's relationships with men and, more importantly, their  relationships with each other.  Life on Earth is a dramatic film about a young girl who is about to age out of the foster care system and about  the choice she makes for herself rather than the choices foisted upon her by the system.  This chick's honorable mention goes to Asbury Park which is a character study of two estranged brothers living in that New Jersey city.  The Q&A following  the films was awesome.  I can't wait to see the films that come from these up and coming filmmakers.

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