GCUFF8 @ NIGHTLIGHT

The Nightlight is hosting a selection of GCUFF8 films from September 13th through the 19th.

The mission of the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by providing film artists a forum for their work to be viewed, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the critical issues of our times.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS BELOW:


ABOUT THE FILMS :

While I Breathe, I Hope

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm

MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm

United States | 2018 | Documentary | 75 min | O.V. English

Director Emily Harrold

Cast Bakari Sellers

Producer Emily Harrold, Diane Robertson, Xuan Vu, Lauren Franklin

What does it mean to be young, Black, and Democrat in the Southern Republican state of South Carolina? Through experiences of Bakari Sellers, "While I Breathe, I Hope" unravels that question. The film follows Sellers on his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston Shootings and removal of the Confederate flag up to the present as he takes on a national role as a CNN political commentator and considers his future in Trump’s America.

Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 8:30pm

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 6:30pm

Director Daryne Joshua

Cast Jill Levenberg, Jarrid Geduld, Elton Landrew, Ilse Klink, Amrain Ismail Essop, Clint Brink, Russle Savadier

Producer Schalk-Willem Burger, Paulo Areal

Screenplay Amy Jeptha

Based on true events, Ellen tells of the troubled relationship between a mother and her drug-addicted son – a relationship that will eventually drive her to the edge and lead to his murder. In 2007, the death of 20 year old Abie Pakkies created a stir in South Africa and the world. The most disturbing part of the case was that the murderer was his mother, Ellen. When advocate Adrian Samuels takes on the case, he is determined to prove that Ellen Pakkies had no choice. But what compelled her to stop seeking help? How does a mother become desperate enough to take her own son’s life? Told across two timelines, Ellen is the harrowing account of a woman put through the penal system, tried for murder and driven by an unflinching love for her son. It delves into the inner psyche of a family ravaged by drugs in one of the most dangerous communities in South Africa. A scourge that extends beyond the Cape Flats and highlights a systematic failure to protect the poorest of the poor 

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 3:00pm

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 8:45pm

United States | 2019 | Documentary | 87 min | O.V. English

Director Matt Wolf

Producer Kyle Martin, Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years from 1975 until her death in 2012. For Marion taping was a form of activism to seek the truth, and she believed that a comprehensive archive of the media would be invaluable for future generations. Her visionary and maddening project nearly tore her family apart, but now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized and they’ll be searchable online.

#truth

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 5:00 pm

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 9:00 pm

United States | 2019 | Narrative | 105 min | O.V. English

Director Charles Murray

Cast Dorian Missick, Michael Beach, Simone Missick, Terrell Tilford

Producer Jackie J. Stone

Screenplay Charles Murray

A disgraced journalist has to deal with his cousin’s suicide after she’s been shamed in social media.


17 Blocks

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 9:15 pm

Documentary | 96 min | O.V.

Director Davy Rothbart

Producer Alex Turtletaub, Michael Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz, Alex Turtletaub

Screenplay Jennifer Teixeira

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America's most dangerous neighborhood just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They've been filming ever since. Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

Jezebel

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2:00 pm

United States | 2018 | Narrative | 85 min | O.V. English

Director Numa Perrier

Cast Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman

Producer Winter Dunn, Livia Perrier, Numa Perrier

Screenplay Numa Perrier

A true story set in 1998. During the last days of her mother's life, 19 year old Tiffany crashes with 5 family members in a studio apartment in Las Vegas. To make ends meet her sister introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls.

Black Beach/White Beach- A Tale of Two Beaches

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 4:00 pm

United States | 2017 | Documentary | 90 min | O.V. English

Director Ricky Kelly

Producer Cherie Kelly

Screenplay Ricky Kelly

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, two national motorcycle festivals are held over the weeks around the Memorial Day Holiday. One festival is primarily white , the other is predominately black. While bikers of both colors enjoy both festivals; the city, community and state view these two festivals vastly different creating a divide among the participants, business owners and residents. Against the backdrop of the historical relevance of the areas segregated past, this documentary explores the opposing viewpoints on segregation and integration, mutual love of motorcycle culture and racial tensions that reach a boiling point every spring in this southern beach mecca. Black Bike Week was born in Atlantic Beach and this film will examine the history of this area: it's growth under segregation and the subsequent decline as integration led to the flight of money and investment away from the area and why, even today, the area sees no revenue from hosting one of the largest bike festivals in the country. Meanwhile, the adjoining city of Myrtle Beach benefits economically during Black Bike Week yet they shuns the event as its reluctant host, imposing stricter rules and harsh penalties as compared to White Bike Week the week before.

Una Great Movie

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 6:00 pm

United States | 2019 | Narrative | 96 min | O.V.

Director Jennifer Sharp
Cast JoNell Kennedy, Numa Perrier, Jake Olson

Producer Jennifer Sharp

Screenplay Jennifer Sharp

A beautiful diverse movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly turns into a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. The absurd reality of chasing a dream.

Supa Modo

MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 8:15 pm

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 9:00 pm

Kenya | 2018 | Narrative | 74 min | O.V. Swahili

Director Likarion Wainaina

Cast Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia

Producer Tom Tykwer

Screenplay Wanjeri Gakuru, Gathoni Kamau

Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.

Uncovered

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 4:00 PM

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2019 6:30 PM

South Africa | 2019 | Narrative | 95 min | O.V. Zulu

Director Zuko Nodada

Cast Nqobile Khumalo

Producer Thandeka Nodada

Screenplay Steven Pillemer, Lwazi Mvusi

Uncovered is the story of a fearless female journalist who takes on a corrupt mine magnate. The film is set to delve into some of the country's most sensitive issues such as land and the political landscape, while changing the narrative and showcasing women in a powerful light. It features actors such as Thandeka Malinga, Nqobile Khumalo, Sthandiwe Kgoroge and Dumisani Mbebe, just to mention a few

The Nightlight Cinema is located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation.

Hours

Open seven days a week. Box office, bar, and concessions open 30 minutes before the first show of the day and close when the last show ends. Typically, this is from 6:30pm to 11:00pm.

Parking

Parking is available at meters on High Street. Street parking is free after 6pm and throughout the weekend. Parking is also available at the High/Market Parking Deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library and across from the Akron Art Museum.