One Story Up

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  • 2020
  • 1 Season

Acclaimed director Roger Ross Williams presents a wide range of short films, from coming-of-age stories on race and class to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, each by an exciting emerging filmmaker. Followed by Q&As with the director.

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12. "Mr. Parker" by Alex Ashe
September 16, 2021
An emotionally stirring look at the last day in the life of a down-and-out soul singer, starring soul legend Lee Fields and Janet Mock. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Alex Ashe.
11. "Three Centimetres" by Lara Zeidan
February 18, 2018
After a recent breakup, Joanna reluctantly goes on a Ferris wheel ride with her three friends, who try to offer her advice and end up exposing shocking secrets about all four of them. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Lebanese filmmaker Lara Zeidan.
10. "Mthunzi" by Tebogo Malebogo
July 15, 2021
An amplification of racial division through one man's act of kindness, Mthunzi follows a young Black man who stops to help a stranger and ends up in a life-or-death situation. Followed by a Q&A with emerging South African filmmaker Tebogo Malebogo.
9. "Home" by Adewale Olukayode
June 17, 2021
Two immigrant brothers from Nigeria are pitted against each other when one pursues the American Dream and the other gets fed up by the cycle of oppression that defines it. Followed by a Q&A with emerging Nigerian filmmaker Adewale Olukayode.
8. "Aurora" by Everlane Moraes
May 20, 2021
Shot in stunning black and white, the film wordlessly weaves together striking portraits of three Cuban women of different generations who explore their bodies, beauty, strength, and pain. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Everlane Moraes.
7. "Wifi Rider" by Roxy Rezvany
April 15, 2021
A viral Instagram account, a bold fashion line. One young Palestinian man shows the Arab diaspora they don't have to tap into the Western zeitgeist—they can create their own. Followed by a Q&A with Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese filmmaker Roxy Rezvany.
6. "A Craftsman" by Sanford Jenkins
March 18, 2021
In this quiet and tender film about grief, Herman decides to join his wife after losing her. Through the act of crafting his own coffin, he ends up building a stronger connection to life. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Sanford Jenkins.
5. "Edge of Red" by Callie Lyons
February 18, 2021
Intertwining traditional Black folk songs and modern dance, this nonlinear film looks at growing up in the South and reconnecting with the land of one's childhood and ancestors. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Callie Lyons.
4. "Fair Grounds" by Ameer Kazmi
January 21, 2021
Shot on Hi8 tape, this poetic film explores a father's influence on masculinity, self-acceptance, and lost innocence using urban imagery and experimental visual and audio layering. Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Ameer Kazmi.
3. "Summer Animals" by Haley Elizabeth Anderson
December 17, 2020
A coming-of-age story about class, race, and jumping into other people's pools. Teenager Tommy's family can barely keep their heads above water, so why not jump into someone else's? Followed by a Q&A with emerging filmmaker Haley Anderson.
2. "Mizuko (Water Child)" by Kira Dane and Katelyn Rebelo
November 19, 2020
How do you grieve for an unborn child? This tenderly animated short film explores the beautiful Japanese Buddhist ritual for grieving an abortion through one woman's story. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Cherish: a visual poem by Terrance Daye
1. Cherish: a visual poem by Terrance Daye
October 15, 2020
A visually poetic portrait of a young Black boy in the South who navigates the mundane and discovers the miraculous. Followed by a Q&A with director Terrance Daye, who drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious home in the South.
Description

Acclaimed director Roger Ross Williams presents a wide range of short films, from coming-of-age stories on race and class to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, each by an exciting emerging filmmaker. Followed by Q&As with the director. One Story Up is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 15, 2020.

Where to Watch One Story Up

One Story Up is available for streaming on the Topic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch One Story Up on demand at Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    October 15, 2020