Raghead tells the story of Omar, an 11-year old Arab boy
living in New York three months after the 9/11 attacks.
Omar has been living with his grandmother since his
father was deployed overseas by the American Military.
Each day, he is bullied at school by other kids who
discriminate against him based on his ethnicity. Omar is
conflicted about the value of his Arab heritage and isn’t
sure whether he should wear his ‘thawb’ for Heritage Day,
the school’s largest event of the year.
Director: Sebastian Sdaigui
Producer: Lizzie Shapiro, Leila Rusciani
Writer: Sebastian Sdaigui, Kalil Hamadaoui
Cast: Leila Rusciani, Benny Ash, Max
Drama / USA / 13 min.
Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply – but could their correspondence continue? One summer day, Henri "sends" a series of letters, as she imagines the magically circuitous route her messages take. Will she ever receive a response?
Director: Matthew Sandager
Producer: Matthew Sandager, Matthew Burgess
Writer: Matthew Burgess
Cast: Kemari Joy McClary, Shondra Floyd, Joe Sullivan
The Long Island Wolf
Action/Adventure / USA / 7 min.
Johnny is a down on his luck Hustler with a bad habit of using a crowbar to solve his problems. After conning his way into a risky partnership with a Long Haired, Loud Mouth criminal, Johnny and the Loud Mouth sign up for a mysterious job for legendary Mob Boss- the Long Island Wolf. The unusual encounter with The Wolf convinces Johnny to change his ways to something more passive but he just can’t seem to escape his violent nature.
Director: Julien Lasseur
Producer: Julien Lasseur, Brian Groh
Writer: Brian Groh
Cast: Shawn Parsons, Brian Groh, Louis P. Giacalone
Drama / USA / 11 min.
"hello" is a modern fable about an introverted young Brooklynite whose sole companion is a beloved pet fish. Herby spends his days busking as a living statue of The Tin Man, at once immersed in and protected from a disheartening world. When a curious young woman and her pup move into the apartment next door, they rouse Herby from his narrow existence.
Director: Sydney Lloyd Smith
Producer: Sydney Lloyd Smith, Louise Rubacky
Writer: Sydney Lloyd Smith
To Whom It May Concern
Drama / USA / 17 min.
At a chic Manhattan gallery opening, a young woman is
startled to discover she bears an alarming resemblance to
the subject of the photographs on display. Over the course
of a single evening, she explores both the city and herself in
search of the truth behind behind the mysterious picture she
can't remember taking.
Hart island, New York City's 'potter's field', is managed by the NYC Department of Correction, with Rikers Island inmates burying the dead in mass graves. Visitations are strictly limited to family members. In recent years, it has become a topic of controversy with families of those buried there fighting to improve conditions, ease visitation restrictions, and transfer control of the island to any agency other than the Department of Correction.
Director: Jonathan Baudoin
Producer: Jonathan Baudoin