“Say Grace Before Drowning”

Cinema Stereo is a New York collective formed to progress the art of filmmaking and foster the production of innovative cinema that focuses on restoring the humanity and diversity of Black narrative storytelling.

Chicago audiences have had small tastes of their work—Say Grace Before Drowning (screening as part of this program) and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance’s feature film debut) have played the Chicago International Film Festival—but this program of recent short films is the first extended look at their work. It includes the world premiere of Michael Brown’s The Feeling You Get.

Cinema Stereo: A Recent Retrospective
Saturday, January 26 at 7pm
Black Cinema House
6901 S. Dorchester Ave.
Please RSVP to blackcinemahouse [at] rebuild-foundation.org!

The Films (approx. 90 minutes total)

Busted on Brigham Lane
Talibah Newman, 2012, 20 min.

A young teenage girl takes precariously creative measures to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father for her 18th birthday and discovers that he is a different man than she remembers.

Sleep
Donald Conley, 2012, 10 min.

Rashad manipulates his kid brother into leaving for school early on the one morning that changes the rest of their lives.

Say Grace Before Drowning
Nikyatu Jusu, 2010, 17 min.

After meeting her African refugee mother for the first time in six years, 8-year-old Hawa is forced to coexist with a woman teetering on the brink of insanity.

Close
Tahir Jetter, 2011, 8 min.

One night after a brief “visit,” Angela prepares to leave Derek’s apartment, but he’s determined to not let her go so easily. A drama about a common moment in a relationship, Close explores the intense frustration that comes when the person you desire does not see things your way.

The Feeling You Get
Michael Brown, 2012, 11 min.
World premiere

Ms. Shyyonne, an uptight executive and woman of faith, doesn’t like her rebellious and impressionable daughter Candice’s new boyfriend, the sly, thuggish, and intelligent Lance. A chance meeting between the two leads to somewhat unexpected developments.

Native Sun
Terence Nance and Blitz the Ambassador, 2011, 21 min.

Featuring music from Blitz the Ambassador, the film follows Mumin, a precocious young boy who makes the long trip to Accra from his home in Ghana’s rural north following his mother’s death. Along the journey he experiences Ghana as only a child can, and in so doing expands our view of what the continent is and what it will be.