NEIGHBOR short film shines as an official selection at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2023 and was nominated for Best Narrative short. The Pan African film festival is the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the United States. It celebrates the richness and diversity of black cultures from around the world.
SYNOPSIS — The subject of profiling is addressed from the profiler, coming from the same housing community. Profiling of young Black men by police, “Karens,” merchants, etc. is a common problem, but sometimes the profiler comes from the same community. Thought provoking.
“Neighbor sets his own unique tone and masters it. The movie has very funny parts yet delivers a tone change as the important message is delivered excellently.”
–National Black Theatre Festival
“…an excellent job delivering this message young man…”
–Hal Williams, Veteran Actor
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This is a kinetic, vibrant, potent piece from director Joshua Silverstein.
ILL 4 Real Entertainment & Executive producer William Andre Buchanan is proud to present NEIGHBOR the funny but thought-provoking short film based on a spoken word poetry piece written by Paul Mabon. The film Features breakout performances from Brandon Mckinnie (THE NEW EDITION STORY) and Paul Mabon (MALIGNANT), who is also well known as a poet & host of PAFF’s Spoken Word Fest. The charmingly funny but mood pivoting film had a soft screening last year at the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival and received great reviews from viewers. That energy continued as it premiered at the prestigious 2023 Pan African Film and Arts festival in front of a packed house for both days it screened. Neighbor is now being requested to screen at several festivals because of the entertaining delivery but the importance of the message within.
DIRECTED BY JOSHUA SILVERSTEIN
WRITTEN BY PAUL MABON
STARRING PAUL MABON & BRANDON MCKINNIE
PRODUCED BY WILLIAM ANDRE BUCHANAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS WILLIAM ANDRE BUCHANAN & PAUL MABON
RUN TIME: 6 MINS
DISTRIBUTOR: RIDEPLAY tv, Additional TBD
No social media for the film, here are the principles social media.
Instagram: William Andre (Dre) Buchanan, Paul Mabon, Brandon Mckinnie, Joshua Silverstein, Jorden Mosley
Twitter: Dre Buchanan (William) (@Dre_ILL), Paul Mabon (@pjmabon), Brandon McKinnie (@brandonmckinnie), Joshua Silverstein (@theJoshuaRS), Jorden Mosley (@jorden_mosley)
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About the Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Taking place February 9-20, 2023, in Los Angeles, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans. Since 1992, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.
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