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A Black Harvest Feast

Screening as the festival's opening-night program, these short films are more likely to produce heartburn than satisfaction, but there are some enjoyable items. Andre Royo's Big Scene (2004), directed by Christopher Scott Cherot, is an amusing true-life account of a bit actor's unnerving on-set encounter with an egomaniacal star. Deron Albright's engaging rotoscoped animation The Legend of Black Tom (2005) is based on the life of Tom Molineaux, one of boxing's earliest black heavyweight champions. Kujo, My Love features a silly romantic encounter between two vain hotties, while Rogelio Mitchell Jr.'s For the Best (2006) is a maudlin father-son tale set in a pool hall. Scraping the bottom of the barrel is Trey Haley's Homeless Destiny, a plea for compassion in which a histrionic homeless woman casts misfortune on those who ignore her demands. 80 min.

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