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Friday, October 25

7:15pm CDT

Film – TEY (TODAY)
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/67658154

Drama: He is a strong, healthy man, yet today is the last day of his life. Satché (played by musician, poet, writer and actor Saul Williams) recounts his past as he ambles through the familiar streets of his Senegalese home town for the last time. As if on a quest to leave his relationships in peace, he journeys from his parents’ house to his first love, to the friends of his youth, to his wife and children. Satché experiences his concluding moments full of fear, yet exuding serenity. Followed by a congregation of admirers, he weaves through the streets with an unwavering focus on his death foretold.

Meditative and exotic, French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ film tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. It is a poetic and experimental narrative that prompts the audience to contemplate their own mortality.

Saul Williams is an acclaimed poet and musician. Most will likely recall Mr. Williams from his work in the 1998 award winning film Slam. His early success led to collaborations with Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, etc. Williams is a scholar, a cerebral street sermonizer, a breakout indie actor, a hip-hop alchemist, a rockstar, and a poet. Throughout all his ventures, Saul Williams has been one steady thing: an uncompromising voice determined to tap the adrenaline center of his existence with any tool he can get his hands on.

Friday October 25, 2013 7:15pm - 8:45pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005
Saturday, October 26

11:15am CDT

Festival Film Submission Winners Screenings
Limited Capacity seats available

* MESSAGE TO MY UNBORN, Joseph E. Elmore, Jr., Director

runtime 8:00 min


* NOT LIKE THE COMMERCIALS, Wyatt Cagle, Director

runtime 9:30 min


* COMFORT, Stacy V. Hart, Director

runtime 9:00 min


* FIRST DATE, Marcus Jones, Director

runtime 7:40 min


* HUMAN PEOPLE, Chris Cloud, Director

runtime 70 min

Saturday October 26, 2013 11:15am - 2:30pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

4:30pm CDT

THE TOMBS (29 min)
Limited Capacity seats available

Drama - A Brooklyn man's three-day journey through New York's infamous central booking jail system, infamously known as “The Tombs.”


Saturday October 26, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

5:05pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

Drama – A teenaged girl and the father she did not grow up with try to become family.

Saturday October 26, 2013 5:05pm - 5:20pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

5:25pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PUPUI5ElOs 

Satirical comedy – Thugs, The Musical is a hilarious “mockumentary” featuring performances by David Alan Grier and Margaret Cho. The short chronicles “non-urban” Black actor, Michael Gardner, his doomed musical production, and the misfit group of actors he’s assembled as his cast.  After years of auditioning, but not being considered “Black enough” to be cast in any of the stereotypical “gangsta” roles that his fellow Black actors have been getting Michael starts his own theater musical production with rather unexpected results.

Saturday October 26, 2013 5:25pm - 5:55pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

6:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GWnAgUtAZU

Romantic Comedy – Parker’s friends thinks he is crazy for believing that Al Green's new album will bring fractured families back together upon it's release. Parker is making a documentary about the difficulty African American families face in staying together, but he knows Al Green’s music can save them all.   The films provides an intimate, well-rounded view of several couples navigating pregnancy, commitment, communication and fatherhood. 

Saturday October 26, 2013 6:30pm - 8:11pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005

8:15pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ayiUJDJAc4

Satirical comedy - A smart satire with a wicked streak of goofball humor, DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO! has the feel of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, as leaders including W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver kick off a secret plot to solve the “Negro Problem” by way of a rocket ship to Mars. Carrying a crew of three, the spacecraft vaults into a time warp, landing its brave scientists in a present-day Midwestern metropolis, where this comedy takes on the look of a reality show as the astonished adventurers discover unbelievable developments like young men with drooping pants and the election of a black president. 

Saturday October 26, 2013 8:15pm - 9:53pm CDT
RIce University Media Center 6100 Main Street Houston, Texas 77005