February 20

Sundance Short HALLELUJAH and World Premiere of Short FIVE—Digital Screening Available Nationwide In celebration of Black History Month

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” HALLELUJAH Continues Festival Campaign After World Premiere at Sundance and FIVE World PremieresWHAT:HALLELUJAH screens at TBFF after its impressive debut at Sundance. Billed as a “traumedy,” HALLELUJAH is a deft, beguiling clash between darkness and light. After being stuck with the guardianship of their annoying, bookworm nephew, two brothers in Compton, California, must decide if they are willing to take on the responsibility of becoming his guardians.FIVE debuts at TBFF. At the age of 16, Malcolm is convicted of reckless homicide, a class 2 felony. While serving his prison term, Malcolm converts to Islam, and after 7 years is released on good conduct. Now 23 years old, with no diploma, no employment history, and no place to go, he returns to his childhood home, where he must confront his darkest mistake and mend the sorrow he caused his family. HALLELUJAH writer/director Victor Gabrielturned to filmmaking as a way for him to wrestle with his own suffering, as well as the suffering of others, through the lens of humor. He holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and works as a marriage and family therapist with survivors of trauma in Compton, Watts, and South Central Los Angeles. Gabriel recalls, “Several years ago my little brother was shot and killed in an act of gang violence. Death is the ultimate hindsight…it is only through the love of my community, and those who have taken care of me that I was able to heal, and to go through. This movie is for them. And in memory of Oscar.”FIVE director David Orantes is the son of an immigrant mother who immersed himself in film while at Los Angeles Valley College, continuing to California State University, Northridge. Orantes’ traumatic childhood forced him to grow up quickly, but he did not confront that trauma until later in life. After abandoning himself in favor of short-term satisfactions, he now chooses to approach life and faith in a way that challenges his notions of worthlessness, “I sought help to build myself back up…It meant designing a higher power that I could believe in to restore me to sanity. Most importantly, it meant waking every morning—no matter how sill it felt—to get on my knees and speak to that higher power.”HALLELUJAH and FIVE producer and BLK MGC Content principal Duran Jones named his company after his first short film BLKMGC, an urban musical based on the shooting death of Tamir Rice at the hands of police. Now a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory, Jones’ goal is to tell stories for people of color that are truthful and impact the global community. A frequent collaborator with Gabriel, Jones was selected as a 2021 Sundance Feature Film Producers Lab Fellow with Gabriel’s script for the feature-length version of HALLELUJAH, “The Incredible Heist of Hallelujah Jones.” Jones also has a personal connection to the story of FIVE: his brother was sentenced to 36 years in prison for the killing of a woman in 2012 and converted to Islam while incarcerated.WHEN:Both HALLELUJAH and FIVE screen on-demand from 9:00PM EST on Wednesday, February 16th through 11:45PM EST on Monday, February 21st.WHERE:HALLELUJAH screens online in Short Narrative Series 7; FIVE screens online in Short Narrative Series 6.Ticketshttps://torontoblackfilm.com/tickets/buy-tickets-and-passes/ 
Individual tickets ($12 per screening series) are available worldwide. All Access Passes ($99) give admission to all 2022 programming, including features and shorts.MORE:HALLELUJAH and FIVE are two of three films BLK MGC Content has launched on the festival circuit in 2022. BLK MGC Content’s slate also includes AFI Conservatory short KANAVUdirected by Jones, in which a teenage Indian American girl discovers a newfound appreciation for her Indian culture with help from her deceased grandmother. Both HALLELUHAH and FIVE show promise to become features and have been accepted at several additional film festivals, which will be announced shortly.The Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF) is “Canada’s largest celebration of Black History Month” and serves as an indispensable stage for talented Black artists. This year, TBFF is celebrating its 10th anniversary with screenings of 20 films from 30 countries.HALLELUJAHGenre: Live-Action Narrative Short 
Running Time: 13:56 
Rating: NR 
Language: EnglishWriter/Director: Victor Gabriel 
Producer: Duran Jones 
Cinematographer: Robert L. Hunter 
Editor: Camilla BartoliCast
Bruce A. Lemon (Host of KPCC-FM’s UnheardLA
Richard Nevels (Insecure
Stephen Laroy Thomas 
Mariah Pharms (Double Cross
Damon Rutledge (Head of Passes
Maelina Gibson (Don’t Judge Me)FIVEGenre: Live-Action Narrative Short 
Running Time: 23:38 
Rating: NR 
Language: EnglishDirector: David Orantes 
Writer/Producer: Duran Jones 
Cinematographer: Dawit Adera 
Editor: Eric OsmanCast
Jacob Gibson (Greenleaf
Hilary Ward (Sharp Objects
J.D. Hall (The Secret World of Alex Mack
Sydney Thomas (WandaVision
Charles Lamont Smith (Snowfall)Web and Social 
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