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Sunday, August 25 • 5:30pm - 6:57pm
Black Lens Shorts

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Black Lens Shorts
Our Black Lens programming track seeks to amplify the voices of black filmmakers and give them space to share their stories with us.

I AM TX
Directed by Ryan Darbonne
10 minutes • USA
On their last day of tour, a black punk band find themselves in awkward, surreal and life-threatening situations with an ignorant cast of characters.

ASIA A
Directed by Andrew Reid
20 minutes • USA
A recent spinal cord injury patient struggles to reconcile his sense of self-worth with his new reality as a paraplegic.

Chickens
Directed by Bryian Keith Montgomery, Jr.
13 minutes • USA
Two racist cops try to cover up killing an unarmed black teen. Things don’t go as planned.

No Traveler Returns
Directed by Ellie Foumbi
13 minutes • USA
A young African immigrant's struggles to adjust to life in America push him towards an existential crisis.

Heavenly
Directed by Ya’Ke Smith
13 minutes • USA
Crystal, a former ballet dancer, returns home after being sex-trafficked and struggles to shake the physical and psychological trauma she endured while "in the life."

Birthday Cake for Dinner
Directed by Damon Russell
12 minutes • USA
7-year old Simon takes a trip to visit his estranged father for one disaster filled weekend.

other
Directed by Xavier Burgin (AL film)
7 minutes • USA

Filmmakers
avatar for Bryian Keith Montgomery

Bryian Keith Montgomery

Filmmaker, ALT-Horror
Bryian Keith Montgomery Jr. is an up-and-coming African American film director and LA native. He created the brand “Alternative Horror” in 2016 to infuse current events into his horror films, and highlight touchy issues in American culture through a unique lens.His previous short... Read More →
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Ellie Foumbi

Filmmaker
Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director from Cameroon. She holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Directing. She’s a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist and nominated for an African Movie Academy Award. She was invited to participate in New York Film Festival’s... Read More →
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Ryan Darbonne

Founder, Saint Landry Films
I'm an Austin ­based filmmaker with over a decade’s worth of experience in production. I have written and directed a number of projects that have been featured on Noisey, Ovrld and other online publications. I co­founded the community arts organization Cinema 41 in 2011 (Austin... Read More →
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Xavier Burgin

Xavier Burgin attended Jefferson County’s International Baccalaureate School where he anticipated a sedentary life before receiving a presidential scholarship to The University of Alabama in 2008. Four years later, he was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for TV & Film... Read More →


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