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Zahra and the Oil Man

The story shows an intimate relationship between a father and daughter from Newark who are experiencing an economic disadvantage. It is a hardship that puts this father and daughter’s relationship to the test. Zahra and her dad, Hafeez, have an opportunity to help each other grow. Hafeez learns that he needs his daughter’s help just as much as his daughter needs him.

This particular story serves the community by giving hope at the most difficult economic times. This film also is an opportunity to reflect a different narrative about Newark families, specifically, a father and daughter’s relationship. Most stories about Newark residents don’t reflect a positive image. Zahra and the Oil Man gives an opportunity to reflect the residents of Newark’s humanity.

Yucef MayesDirector-Short
Yucef MayesWriter-Short
AaronMelvinWriter-Short
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The Trade

The Trade follows the lives of an award winning Photojournalist, a young prostitute, a women’s crisis counselor, two vice cops and a flamboyant pimp as their respective lives intersect and their destinies intertwine. Similar to HBO’s True Detective, FX’s Original series American Horror Story and Fargo which all use an anthology format, each season locations and selected cast members change In addition storylines and plot points, keeping the series and premise fresh and unpredictable.

MichaelPinckneyDirector-Short
MichaelPinckneyWriter-Short
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Paris in Blues in Harlem

When a young woman (Paris) attempts to assist her grandfather’s monetarily stressed out Harlem Jazz nightclub. She has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept the real estate agent’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But it’s not until she challenges his past and traditional habits that he struggles to let go and with only a few seconds left they must either commit to legacy or money.

NadhegePtahDirector-Short
Nadhege PtahWriter-Short
Nadhege PtahPerformance-Short
CharlesWeldon Performance-Short