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THE SOLE FOLKS STORE + LAB IS LOCATED IN THE VIBRANT LEIMERT PARK COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THIS AREA HAS BECOME THE CENTER OF BOTH HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART, MUSIC, AND CULTURE IN LOS ANGELES.

 

We're delighted to announce our partnership with SOLEFOLKS and their upcoming event on  Saturday, March 27, 2021. 

If you followed our QR code here, then please take a look at a few of the films screening and on display below:

THE FILMAKERS

BALLET AFTER DARK

FILM DESCRIPTION

Ballet After Dark tells the story a young woman who found the strength to survive after an attack. She created an organization that is helping sexual abuse and domestic violence survivors find healing after trauma through dance therapy. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

B. Monét is a writer and director who holds an MFA from New York University. She was named the 2017 Horizon Award Winner, is a Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation grant recipient, and was named a Sundance Women’s Financing Intensive Project Fellow for her first feature, Q.U.E.E.N.

THE POWER OF HOPE

TIPPY TIPPY TOP

FILM DESCRIPTION

When her mother falls ill, an aspiring architect grapples with feelings of helplessness, but moved by the words of Michelle Obama, she finds the will to persevere and bring her dreams to life.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Fourteen-year-old Kalia Love Jones is an ambitious animated filmmaker with a goal of empowering others. She is devoted to her passion and confident that she can make a positive difference in the world by inspiring more young women to pursue their filmmaking dreams.

FIlm description

Two sisters start a lemonade stand, where they sing surrounded by friends about their goals, plans, sister love, and willpower as money falls from the sky. The music video, which is drenched in bright yellow imagery, was directed by Lathenia Janae, an Arizona-based filmmaker whose work explores the African diaspora.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Lathenia Janae is a dynamic and multi-hyphenated award winning fine artist and experimental director who is currently completing her BA in Intermediate art from Arizona State University.   

 

Reining from the Southwest, her multi-hyphenate experience of growing black in the Sonoran desert have allowed her to develop and curate a myriad art forms and styled that move and shift to honor the African diaspora.  

SOULS

NO FACE BENNY

FILM DESCRIPTION

A young black man wants to reveal the truth about his traumatic childhood to his significant other, however, he must find a way by facing his inner demons to do so.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Ciara Boniface is a 22-year old director and writer currently based in Los Angeles. In February 2018, Ciara won a nationwide search for the ‘Next Visionary Filmmaker’ -- an award presented by Walt Disney Studios, Nissan, and Wrinkle in Time director, Ava DuVernay.

Ciara strives to shine a light on social and Southern-based issues in her work while providing representation for Black women in the horror/ thriller sphere.

 

In 2019, Ciara's short film Skintight launched on Gunpowder and Sky's horror platform ALTER, an online space aimed at giving a voice to emerging horror filmmakers. Ciara is currently in the process of producing the feature film version of Skintight, which will be her very first feature production.

ENDURE

FILM DESCRIPTION

"Endure" is a story about a girl who loves to play basketball.  She lost her best friend and wears her sneakers as a tribute to her in all her basketball games. Two boys who are jealous of her talent steal her shoes, and she has to be brave and confront them to recover them.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Jessica Ramirez is Mexican cinematographer & director. Additionally, she is an ambassador at Made In Her Image, which is a non-profit based towards educating girls and young women of color within media and technology.

 

Growing as a Latina with a love for action and adventure stories, she rarely saw girls that she could relate to in the media. Therefore, her goal is to change that by capturing and directing films that tell the unheard stories of the intrepid and driven women in minority communities.