Short Block 4: My Baby
Nobody puts “baby” in the corner, especially when the baby is not who you’d expect in these five shorts. A woman who must deal with the reality of loss (“My Baby Cries”), a mother finding her voice (“Megan’s Day”), an army wife coming to terms with becoming a single mother (“Deployed”), a man must move on from his ex with the help of a friend (“Remora: A Modern Folktale”), and a father makes a difficult choice (“Al Bahr”).
4/30 Short Block 4 Premiere Screening + Q&A- 9:30 AM PT / 12:30 PM ET, moderator Luchina Fisher Premiere Pass, All Access Pass
5/1 Short Block 4 Second Screening – 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET Second Screening Pass, All Access Pass
“My Baby Cries” – directed by Faith Elizabeth
UK | English | 13.38 min | Trailer
A chilling drama exposing the painful struggle of a young couple’s journey into parenthood. As their relationship fractures under the weight of their isolated despair, a mutual friends growing concern finally forces the couple to confront their reality. “My Baby Cries” is a story of endless Love. But when will the Crying stop?
“Megan’s Day” – directed by Angie Mills
Canada | English | 7:00 min
Megan puts everyone else’s needs before her own, but this day something changes.
“Deployed” – directed by Jaclyn Bethany
USA | English | 9.55 min | Trailer
DEPLOYED is a gritty and heartfelt drama illuminating the honest story of a military spouse and her children during a modern day deployment. In our story, a military spouse, Kate, reaches her breaking point during her husband’s unexpected military deployment.
“Remora: A Modern Folktale” – directed by Cassie Ahiers
USA | English | 12.02 min.
Some people’s fairy godmothers have a magic wand. Dylan’s has a metal detector.
“Al Bahr” – directed by Vanessa Chauvin-Degenne
France | French | 19.59 min
Elyès is a single father who lives alone with Zohra, his daughter. She must be placed in a foster family, but Elyès has told her nothing, there are now only a few hours left before the separation.
Q&A with filmmakers
LUCHINA FISHER (she/her) is an award-winning director, writer and producer who works at the intersection of race, gender and identity. Her feature directorial debut Mama Gloria, about Chicago trans icon activist Gloria Allen, was nominated for a 2022 GLAAD Media Award. The film premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival and BFI Flare London; won numerous jury awards; and made its broadcast debut on World channel and PBS. Previously, Luchina co-executive produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed feature documentary Birthright: A War Story, which appeared in more than 70 theaters nationwide, qualified for Oscar consideration and streamed on Hulu. She is the director of two scripted short films, including Danger Word, and has written and produced several nationally broadcast documentaries. She most recently produced two episodes of the upcoming History channel series with President Bill Clinton and is directing a feature documentary on predatory lending in housing. Luchina began her career as a journalist and has written for People, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and ABCNews.com. Luchina is a Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellow and a member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia, the Black Documentary Collective and Film Fatales. She is an inaugural recipient of the Brown Girl Doc Mafia Black Director’s Grant.