REVOLT TV announces an all-new season of Short & Fresh, a monthly anthology series featuring short films rooted in Hip Hop culture created by a diverse range of rising filmmakers. The network is celebrating its return with a jam-packed episode in partnership with the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), a renowned group of film critics spotlighting black excellence in film. REVOLT and AAFCA collaborated to curate the premiere, which features short films Office Sweats, Royal T-ype, Know Me So Well, and Drive Slow.
“The mission statement of Short & Fresh has always been to identify and spotlight the next generation of rising filmmakers, so there’s natural synergy with AAFCA, a long-established champion for the film community,” says Jonathyn Pankratz, Vice President of Programming at REVOLT. “We’re excited to partner with AAFCA to shine an even bigger spotlight as our network continues to serve as the platform for emerging talent in the Hip Hop community.”
“Film shorts function as an important ‘testing ground’ for emerging filmmakers, which is why the African American Film Critics Association was thrilled to take part in the discovery of the next-gen talent featured on REVOLT’s Short & Fresh,” says Gil Robertson, President of AAFCA. “It’s been a privilege to witness the start of so many promising careers.”
Featured short films:
- Office Sweats
- Director: Artii Smith
- A young African-American man struggles with character duality issues at the workplace, juggling both being himself and fitting the mold of corporate white America norms without a place for “black” culture.
- Royal T-ype
- Director: Kamille Wright
- A semi-functional schizophrenic man with the skills of Shakespeare holds onto life with his typewriter…until it goes missing.
- Know Me So Well
- Director: Starr Nathan
- When a Brooklyn-dwelling British woman in her late twenties realizes her relationship has run its course, she decides to explore a new romance, sending her on a journey of self-love, regret, and heartbreaking consequences.
- Drive Slow
- Director: Terrence Thompson
- A teenager from the South Side of Chicago tries to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends’ disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process.
The announcement ties into REVOLT’s Black History Month (#BHMX) campaign, featuring a large slate of network and digital premieres throughout February.
The new season of Short & Fresh debuts on Friday, February 21 at 10PM ET on REVOLT’s television network and REVOLT On Demand, with subsequent new episodes rolling out every month.