dance film (2018)
Part dance film, part documentary, Black Stains depicts the reality of living while black in the United States, and persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?
Inspired by the personal experiences of Trent D. Williams, Jr., an African American choreographer,Black Stains addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Interviews with black men encompassing a broad spectrum of age, background, and experience illustrate personal human stories that bring abstract issues into sharper focus. Woven together with robust athletic dancing, the film invites a conversation about how to best navigate complex racial issues in a country that refuses to make amends for its troubled past.
January 20, 2018 ScreenDance Miami, Miami FL (Jury Award Winner)
April 7, 2018 Moving BROWN body – Moving Image Festival, NYC
April 14, 2018 Dance Camera West, Los Angeles CA
April 19, 2018 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Seattle WA
July 7, 2018 Movies by Movers, Durham NC
October 14, 2018 San Francisco Dance Film Festival
starring: Jerel Hercules, Daniel Morimoto, larry rosalez, Esrom Williams, Jr., Trent D. Williams, Jr. and featuring interviews by Tarriq Lewis, Dr. Mikell Lynn Pinkney, larry rosalez, and Trent D. Williams, Jr.