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Best Super Short Film

BLACK BOYS CAN'T CRY

Victor Gabriel

Javion is a dutiful and loving black father. He is the protector and provider of the family, including his wife, daughter, and grandmother. However, he is haunted by a secret that he continues to bury in silence. Not knowing how to deal with the trauma, he attempts to hide the behemoth inside him that is trying to break out. But not until tonight when he is finally overwhelmed, and he attacks his family as he ultimately comes face-to-face with his painful past. Only the prayerful hands of his grandmother can help channel his buried emotion from taking control.

A topic addressed little to never, I was most impressed with the vulnerability within the subject matter. It made me every bit as empathetic as it did angry and uncomfortable. — Natasha Lewin (Programmer)

DETAILS

CATEGORY

Drama, Super Short

RUNTIME

5 min

COUNTRY

USA

LANGUAGE

English

TAGS

Drama, Horror, Experimental

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY

Victor Gabriel is an African-American writer/director in Compton CA and is a recent MFA graduate of AFI Conservatory. He holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Clinical Psychology and has been working as a therapist with survivors of trauma for the past several years. Growing up in poverty and experiencing severe abuse and abandonment pushed him to attempt to help others heal and soon he turned to filmmaking as another way for him to wrestle with suffering.

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Available to watch on demand from August 22-29, 2020


Award Block

Available to watch on demand from August 30-September 5, 2020


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CREDITS

Director: Victor Gabriel


Executive Producer: Robert Hunter


Producer: Jordan Tyner


Writer: Victor Gabriel


Cinematographer: Robert Hunter


Production Designer: Bronte Campbell


Editer: Camilla Bartoli


Composer: Diego Rojas


Cast: Phrederic Semaj, Tysonia Sichinga, Elliott Williams, Adrienne Bratton, La’Croiz Locke, Lazarus McRae

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