October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and we’re hosting “Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts” on Oct. 28 at the Clifton branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County! Here’s the list of films we’re featuring this month.
Melody Cooper’s THE SOUND OF DARKNESS
A blind Afro Cuban musician and a deaf Black American sculptor are haunted by a woman only they can see and hear, who tries to lead them to a missing girl. Inspired by the fact that 64,000 Black women and girls are missing in the U.S., and based on the award-winning feature script of the same title.
Steve Barnes and Tananarive Due’s Danger Word
A 13-year-old girl and her grandfather, hiding out in a wooded cabin after a plague, meet the challenge of their lives when her birthday trip to a trading post goes horribly awry.
Melody Cooper’s The Museum “No To Yesterday”
A humorous look at films of our time…from an Afrofuturitist point of view.
Ytasha Womack’s A Love Letter to the Ancestors from Chicago
An Afrofuturist experimental dance film, performed in the corridors, stairwells, and basements of Southside Chicago.
Jumai Yusuf’s Pearl Rain
Morayo, a spiritual Black woman, is stuck in an emotionally abusive relationship. When she meets a kindred soul who can appreciate her black girl magic, will she finally find the strength to leave? West African mythology and European fairytale combine in this magical realism short film where fantastical elements serve as a metaphor for self-worth and the value of true love.
Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective’s Big Mike
When Andrew loses his medication he suffers an unexpected side effect – he can now see ghosts. One ghost in particular, Big Mike, is a “helpful” ghost who wants to “help” Andrew with his relationship with his girlfriend.
Vagabond Beaumont’s Aftermath: The Seeds of Armageddon
A fatally ill father and his daughter are post-apocalyptic refugees struggling to protect each other from the harsh realities of the world.
Hope you can make it!
“Matinee Noir: Black Speculative Fiction Shorts,” 1:30-4:15 p.m., Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 3400 Brookline Ave., Clifton (Cincinnati, Ohio 45220)