Release Date: 3/9/19; SXSW Film Festival
Director: Numa Perrier
Studio(s): House of Numa
Running Time: 88 mins.
Cast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa Zarubica.
Story: A true story. In the last days of her mother’s life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her older sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls. Tiffany becomes popular as the only “live black model” at the new adult site and soon becomes too close to one of her frequent callers. Dynamics shift in the sister relationship as each woman explores and exploits their sexuality, using their created fantasy worlds as an escape from the realities of their challenging real life circumstances. This bizarre coming of age story depicts sisterhood in a most unusual way. Source: sxsw.com.
Release Date: 3/12/18 – 3/16/18 – SXSW Film Festival; 3/30/18 – Netflix (2017)
Director: Olivia Newman
Studio(s): CreativeBionics, Clubhouse Pictures, Netflix.
Running Time: 102 mins.
Cast: Elvire Emanuelle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Jharrel Jerome, Jared Kemp
Story: Hardened by years in foster care, a teenage girl from Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, decides that wrestling boys is the only way back to her estranged father. Source(s): SXSW.com; Flickeringmyth.
Release Date: 2017
Director: Nijla Mumin
Studio(s): Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Morgan’s Mark,
Sweet Potato Pie Productions
Running Time: 91 mins.
Cast: Simone Missick (Jade), Zoe Renee (Summer), Hisham Tawfiq (Imam Khalid), Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Tahir), Dorian Missick (David).
Story: Summer is a 17-year old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity. But, while Summer initially resists Islam, she eventually becomes drawn to its teachings, particularly around the “Jinn,” supernatural beings who occupy a parallel world and have free will, like humans. Summer soon realizes that the religion is more complex than she thought, and that people interpret it in different ways. Yet, Summer’s need to be free and untethered to any one way of being clashes with her mother’s strict interpretation of the faith and causes a growing rift between them.
When Summer meets Tahir, a fellow Muslim classmate who attends the same masjid, she is further drawn to the religion and especially to his parents’ fluid, freeing practice of it. As Summer and Tahir build a connection based on laughter, curiosity, and beef pepperoni, a budding sexual attraction ignites, causing a major conflict between physical desire and piety. Source(s): Official site – jinnfilm.com; sxsw.com.