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12 O'Clock Boys 12 O'Clock Boys

USA
Director: Lotfy Nathan

The 12 O’Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack, weaving through the streets of Baltimore at dizzying speeds. In this wild, dynamic documentary, their stunning antics are seen through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. 12 O’Clock Boys presents the compelling, intimate story of a young boy in search of his dangerous, thrilling dream.

76 min

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Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFTOB2 – $14/$11 Director Lotfy Nathan Scheduled to Attend
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFTOB1 – $14/$11 Director Lotfy Nathan Scheduled to Attend
12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave

USA
Director: Steve McQueen

12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Also starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael K. Williams, and Alfre Woodard.

134 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFTYS1 – $20/$16
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth

USA
Director: Pratibha Parmar

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth tells the extraordinary story of one of America’s greatest living writers, from her childhood in a family of Georgia sharecroppers to a distinguished career as an activist and author. The first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple, Walker found herself at the center of a national controversy surrounding the book and the film adaptation’s depiction of the relationship between black women and the men in their lives.

82 min

Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:30pm , EFALI1 – $14/$11 Director Prathiba Parmar Scheduled to Attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFALI2 – $5 Director Prathiba Parmar Scheduled to Attend
H4 H4

USA
Director: Paul Quinn

Touted as the first Shakespeare adaptation to deal with contemporary African American issues, H4 re-imagines Henry IV Part I and Part II in the context of modern-day Los Angeles, performed by a top-notch cast of black actors led by Harry Lennix (Man of Steel). As Henry’s unreliable son Hal comes of age, events compel him to increase power and responsibility as he becomes the face of a new nation and prepares to succeed his father.

114 min

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEN1 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFHEN2 – $14/$11 Producers Albena Dodeva and Danny Green, Executive Producers Harry Lennix and Giovanni Zelko, and Actors Amad Jackson and Geno Monteiro scheduled to attend
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

USA
Director: George Tillman, Jr.

During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister’s hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough.

118 min

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFIND1 – $20/$16 Director George Tillman, Jr. and Actor Jennifer Hudson Scheduled to Attend
Sable Fable Sable Fable

UK
Director: Stephen Lloyd Jackson

The lives of several couples intertwine through a complex web of love and infidelity in this intimate exploration of race and contemporary relationships. At the center of this romantic network is blogger Dark Mark, whose profile as a writer is growing as his penetrating essays on race relations earn him a regular magazine column and a book contract. When he leaves his girlfriend Vanessa for his white editor, a twisted, tragic fate awaits him and those he loves.

83 min

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFSAB1 – $14/$11 Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:30am , EFSAB2 – $14/$11 Director Stephen Lloyd Jackson Scheduled to Attend
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 4:15pm , EFSAB3 – $5
George Tillman, Jr. Tribute George Tillman, Jr. Tribute

Director:

A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, George Tillman, Jr. shot his first feature, Scenes For The Soul (1994), in Chicago. He then wrote and directed the critical and audience favorite Soul Food (1997), followed by Men Of Honor (2000), Notorious (2009), and Faster (2010). His credits as a producer include Barbershop (2002) and Beauty Shop (2005).

Alongside a screening of his new film, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, the Festival will honor Tillman with a Career Achievement Award, with Q&A to follow.

After-Party will take place at the W Hotel on Lake Shore (Ticket to the Film + After-Party = $50)

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFIND1 – $20/$16