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, Feb. 21 at 10 pm ET on REVOLT’s television network and REVOLT On Demand, with subsequent new episodes rolling out every month.
About REVOLT TV
REVOLT is unapologetically Hip Hop, leading and living Hip Hop culture. REVOLT is the voice of the culture across platforms, engaging Millennial and Gen Z audiences, on REVOLT.tv, across social, TV and live events, through original and live content. Attracting over 50 million young people, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 on digital, TV and on demand. Founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, REVOLT launched in broadcast in October 2013 and is available on DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse TV, Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink, Altice/Suddenlink, Frontier Communications, Comporium and Cincinnati Bell, Atlantic Broadband, Hotwire, as well as OTT platforms DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, Fubo TV and Philo TV. REVOLT is also available internationally in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, Nevis, Anguilla, Monserrat, Bermuda, Aruba, St. Maarten’s, Trinidad and the U.S.V.I. Check local listings at https://revolt.tv/listings.
Established in 2003, AAFCA is the premiere body of Black film critics in the world, actively reviewing film and television, with a particular emphasis on entertainment that includes the Black experience and storytellers from the African Diaspora. The organization’s primary mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture – from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined breakthroughs of future generations. AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they reach a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million. As a non-profit organization, AAFCA is committed to numerous educational and philanthropic efforts, particularly those that foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion. For more information on AAFCA and its programs visit http://AAFCA.com.