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DreamCinema is a one day film celebration highlighting some of the creative and diverse voices throughout independent film. Short films from around the globe will screen with filmmakers in attendance along with film showcases by multi award-winning filmmakers, Ya’Ke Smith and Cedric Thomas Smith.

1:00p-2pm Dreamvoice Cinema Series with Cedric Thomas Smith – Award-winning filmmaker will present works, co-produced by Patsy V. Whitfield Productions and FWD Progess Arts & Entertainment, that shed light on social issues and to give a voice to the voiceless.

Melissa – A father tries to save his daughter’s life after cyber-bullying incidents at school cause her to attempt suicide. 22 min

Breaking Brokenness – After her release from prison, Frankie tries to repair her relationship with her unforgiving daughter, LaToya. Starring DeAnna Brown, Danielle Johnson, and Torence White. 21min

Q&A with Filmmaker and Actors


2:15 – 3:45 Kings : The Dream Is Alive

A collection of short films created by Black Male Visionaries who dared to dream.

Katrina’s Son – Directed by Ya’Ke Smith – When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, Texas, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. 15 min

Freeword: Moment of Impact – Directed by DW Goodloe – A future where poetry and other forms of expression have been deemed illegal people have started selling poetry in the streets like drugs. 15 min

Blocked – Directed by Calvin J. Walker – Renee is a wildly successful author, suffering from a debilitating case of writer’s block. With a book due to her publisher in the next couple of days, she must confront and conquer the blank screen. As she attempts to complete the book, she’s visited by a muse, Elena. She offers Renee a serious lesson on friendship, love and the importance of artistic integrity. 13 min

Resolve – Directed by Bill Hass – 5 min

Retirement Day – Cedric Thomas Smith – After 30 years of employment, Joe retires from his job so that he can spend his time with the love of his life, Eva. 12 min

Colour Me Pretty – Directed by Jacolby Percy – A young African American girl begins having self-image issues after moving to a school where she is not wanted. 13 min

Peddling – Directed by Terry Bluez – A glimpse into the life of Shorty, a black preteen boy growing up in the hood of South Dallas during the 90’s crack epidemic. 10 min

Sound – Directed by Tawan Bazemore – Photographer Isabelle Pisano, becomes hearing-impaired after a violent car accident. As she struggles to cope in the muffled and scary new normal something beautifully-terrifying happens. 15 min


4:00 – 5:00 pm – DreamVoice Cinema – Ya’Ke Smith – Award-winning visionary will discuss his prolific work as well as highlight some of his socially impactful works that have resonated with audiences around the world.


5:15 – 7pm DreamCinema Showcase

A short film showcase celebrating some of the creative and diverse voices throughout independent film. From comedy to thriller, these filmmakers are celebrated for their artistic vision.

Ballet After Dark – Barbara K. Asare-Bediako – The story a young woman who found the strength to survive after an attack. She created an organization that is helping sexual abuse and domestic violent survivors find healing after trauma through dance therapy. 13 min

Silencio – Directed by Robb S. Garcia Franco – Dañado, a middle aged college professor, recounts the dismantling of his seemingly happy family. 8min

Here Comes The Neighborhood – Directed by Michael Charron – A yuppie investor scouts real estate opportunities in an ‘up and coming’ part of town, where he encounters a series of begrudging locals. 10 min

Motel Chronicles 8– Directed by : David Carbajal – When Con returns to sweep Nat from her droll small town life surviving at the motel, he must contend with her new Deputy boyfriend and a history of broken promises in this genre-bending romance. 12 min

Baby – Directed by Paulina Manseau – A couple deals with the loss of a child in an unexpected heartbreaking way. 8 min

Brooklyn In July – Directed by Bob Celli – The story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. He struggles to keep his emotions in check as he strives for freedom and equality in a slowly evolving world. He is a man scarred by a past that is lurking skin deep. 21min