By Kwan Booth
The San Francisco Black Film Festival kicked off it’s latest installment on Wednesday June 4. The festival, now in it’s 10th year, has become one of the preeminent destinations for Black filmmakers around the country, showcasing over 100 films from the United States and around the world over a 10 day period. This year’s festival, which runs June 5-8 and 11-15 includes documentaries, features and short films that explore the various attitudes and aesthetics of the African Diaspora. The Post talked to 4 directors about their work and inspiration. Click the links below to read the interviews and watch footage from each film.
‘Fillmo’ takes a look at the current processes of gentrification and redevelopment within the once thriving area of the Western Addition in San Francisco.
Political Prisoner George Lester Jackson’s (Gary Dourdan, CSI) short life became a flashpoint for revolution, igniting the bloodiest riot in San Quentin’s history. In a story ripped from history’s headlines, Black August traces Jackson’s spiritual journey and violent fate, from being sent up on a one-year-to-life sentence for robbing a gas station of $71 to galvanizing the Black Guerrilla Family with his incendiary book of letters, Soledad Brother, to the fierce August day when his younger brother Jonathan shocked the world by taking a California courtroom hostage to protest Jackson’s upcoming trial.
Set in Oakland, CA, Equinox is the story of a boy’s tumultuous journey toward manhood. 18-year-old Malachi Cross embarks upon this journey as he joins a powerful ‘rites of passage’ program to teach him the lessons of true strength, courage, and power that his dysfunctional family and emasculated father can’t give him. The story is complicated as his high school peers plan to take over the local radio station “for the people,” his girlfriend hates the new Malachi, and things at home take a turn for the worse, putting him to the test.
A music video for the Napalm Clique, highlighting the social and educational value of hip hop.