Kids In The Spotlight
Three KITS Films to Screen in L.A. at Micheaux Film Festival
Three Kids In The Spotlight (KITS) short films have been accepted into the Micheaux Film Festival, which celebrates BIPOC filmmakers and showcases diverse representation and gender/identity parity, named in honor of Oscar Micheaux.
The festival takes place July 11-17 at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live. Virtual screenings are also available.
Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings (2019), a documentary directed by Cady McClain, features four young girls in the foster care system who are on a mission to shatter stereotypes and overcome their past. The film was written by and stars Aneles M., Madison G., Katherine B., Jaqueline H. and Jalynn S.
Exemplary (2019), set in the Civil Rights era, follows a group of young Black women who band together to escape an evil villain trying to silence their movement. The film was directed by Grant Housley and written by Alaiya K., Noel D., Aliah W., Landren G., and Asia J.
Parallel (2019) explores the dichotomy between two students’ sexual assaults within the school system, and how the contrasting reactions to them affect not just themselves but the safety of those around them. Directed by David Mahmoudieh and written by Ruth A., Bai-Inga H., Santiago C., Danie G., and Nelcit L., the film includes a cameo by Corey Feldman.
The three films will screen at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 16.
Emmy-winning filmmakers Noel Braham and Courtney L. Branch established the Micheaux Film Festival in 2018 to offer a cutting-edge and fresh take on the traditional festival experience and bring independent creatives together to curate an environment for artists to build sincere relationships with future collaborators in the television, film, media, and digital space.
Fun Fact: Braham was introduced to KITS when he served as a producer on the 2016 short film Fade Away, directed by Grant Housley and guest starring Michelle Mitchenor.