Black Filmmakers

Black Filmmakers

Films released on NoBudge over the past years made by BLACK FILMMAKERS. NoBudge Collection #021.

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Black Filmmakers
  • Ola Ola

    Two Nigerian cousins have a meditative evening and discuss the prospect of leaving New York. Adesola Thomas directs “Ola Ola,” a small-scale conversational piece that offers a tender specificity in the identities and relationship of its two characters. For Abisola, it starts as a quiet evening. W...

  • Love and Other Drugs

    A spurned lover seeks revenge.

  • Baking

    wormgirl bakes blondies.

    wormgirl was inspired by the time-bending isolation that came out of lockdown. with nothing to do and no one to see, the scope of the day shrank from a full life of work commitments and relationships to a lonely, worm-like crawl. wormgirl shows the highs and lows of wor...

  • Darts

    wormgirl plays darts.

    wormgirl was inspired by the time-bending isolation that came out of lockdown. with nothing to do and no one to see, the scope of the day shrank from a full life of work commitments and relationships to a lonely, worm-like crawl. wormgirl shows the highs and lows of worming...

  • Pup

    During lockdown, a man travels to the desert to pick up his dog from an estranged partner. The film, “Pup, directed by and co-starring Avon Haughton, was conceived and filmed during the Covid-19 quarantine and registers as a poetic response to isolation and missing affection. Written and directed...

  • Ludere

    Two estranged sisters reckon with the truth of their relationship. “Ludere” is a haunting portrait of grief and guilt told with measured simplicity, and spare but potent visuals. Written, Directed by Ryan Henry Knight. Starring: Camara Bomani, Kayla Dixon, and Zipporah Dorsey.

  • Run Away, They'll See Us

    A woman's day is interrupted by the presence of an unwelcome guest. “Run Away, They’ll See Us" is a striking video poem told in black and white, largely silent but for the inclusion of an unsettling applause track. Director, Writer: Ryan Henry Knight. Cast: Cora Linnea, Camara Bomani, Noble Pryor.

  • You Almost Saw Me

    The journey of a lonesome girl, Mona, as she pursues a mysterious young man known as Elio. “You Almost Saw Me" is a hypnotic experimental piece about infatuation and what becomes of it. Director, Writer: Ryan Henry Knight. Cast: Camara Bomani, Myles Fulton.

  • Two Thousand Hours

    A young woman recalls her lover and children. Written and Directed by Ryan Henry Knight. Creative Direction by Ryan Henry Knight and Luigi Thomas. Cast: Gelilla Mekonnen, Amira Nailah, Scott Moon, Ben Spencer, Paris Howard, Luigi Thomas.

  • How to Raise a Black Boy

    During a rocky but enlightened childhood, a group of kids disappear and find themselves on a fantastical journey to break the curses of black boyhood. Justice Jamal Jones directs “How To Raise a Black Boy,” an imaginative, free-spirited fairytale about love, secrets, and breaking away. After the ...

  • I'm At Home

    The host of a children's television show starts experiencing burnout after needing to force creativity every day. “I’m At Home,” directed by and starring Philip Thompson, is a lo-fi vision of artistic fatigue that starts off all smiles before beginning to disintegrate. An artist and performer nam...

  • Penny for your Thoughts

    Recalling a story from her youth, a grandmother reckons with a life-changing decision and tries to reconnect with a mystical source. Tatiana Tift directs “Penny for your Thoughts,” a magical realist hybrid fiction about memory and identity. What at first appears to be a straightforward portrait o...

  • January 6th

    After a failed suicide attempt that happens to coincide with the January 6th Capitol riots, a young black woman faces an atmosphere of white liberal hysteria. Nadira Amaris directs “January 6th,” which captures a dichotomy of moods within Gen Z circles through a lens of racial and personal issues...

  • Girlhood

    A high school freshman deals with the pressures of popularity when her best friend enters a new world of boys and alcohol. Jaelyn Ellis directs “Girlhood,” a coming-of-age snapshot on teenage social life and evolving friendships. Mia loves going to disco nights at the local roller rink, but her f...

  • They Flew Like Blackbirds

    In the old American South, a misplaced black teen with a white adoptive family becomes curious about her roots after hearing birds for the first time. Shannon M. Sutherland directs “They Flew Like Blackbirds,” a magical-realist drama set in the deep south in the early 20th century. Found as a bab...

  • And Nothing Happened

    In the aftermath of an assault, a woman tries to come to terms with the violation, or just get through her day. Director Naima Ramos-Chapman uses an unexpected dose of magical realism to express a poetic response to a loss of dignity. The quiet morning at first feels mundane, but as new details e...

  • Brown With Blue

    The relationship between a young man and woman slowly deteriorates as they struggle to come to grips with a past decision. Directed by Christian Nolan Jones. Cast: Patrick Cage, Zoë Soul, Curtiss Cook Jr., Corey Champagne & ReGina Niccole.

  • Kayla in 1A

    A portrait of a roommate named Kayla, a teacher who watches French movies and drinks three cups of tea at a time. Directed by Travis Wood, “Kayla in 1A” is a film about two strangers living together and establishing no connection. “We’ve lived together for six months. I don’t know anything about ...

  • Broken Bird

    A biracial girl caught between worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood. Radiating with warmth and lived-in specificity, “Broken Bird,” directed by Rachel Harrison Gordon, is a tender coming-of-age drama about a divided upbringing. Birdie has reached a vulnerable age of anxiety and self-...

  • Just getting by is okay

    A silent experimental film about a space man’s first day in Brooklyn. Directed by Travis Wood and shot on Super 8mm black and white film, “Just getting by is okay” communicates with a gentle playfulness and warmth. The ‘space man’ hits the streets to get acquainted with his new environment, attra...

  • Valentine's Day First Date

    A first date on Valentine’s Day takes an unexpected turn. | Written By Maame-Yaa Aforo. Directed by Justin Casselle. Starring Maame-Yaa Aforo and William Basham.

  • Pull Up With A Stick

    An easy golf swing tutorial that focuses on the essentials: grip, club choice, mindset, race, and class consciousness. | Directed by Ronald Metellus.

  • Wayne's Been A Real Good Influence

    A new relationship leads to big changes and a big announcement.

  • wormgirl
    1 season

    wormgirl

    1 season

    Inspired by the time-bending isolation of NYC lockdown, “wormgirl” shows one woman inching from one tiny moment of existence to the next. Jamie McIntosh and Harry Cepka direct this slow-cinema anthology, a 10 episode series that depicts brief moments of activity or boredom. In various episodes, w...