director: Tiffany Rhynard
choreographer: Trent D. Williams, Jr.
cinematographer: Tiffany Rhynard
editor: Heather Mathews
dancers: Jerel Hercules, Daniel Morimoto, larry rosalez, Esrom Williams, Trent D. Williams, Jr.
interviewees: Taariq Lewis, Michael "Mikell" Pinkney, Larry Rosalez, George Whitehead, Trent D. Williams, Jr.
producers: Heather Mathews, Tiffany Rhynard, Trent D. Williams, Jr.
Black Stains premiered at ScreenDance Miami on January 20, 2018 and was honored with the Jury Award. The film has also screened at the Moving Body–Moving Image Festival at Barnard College in NYC, Dance Camera West in Los Angeles, and at the American Dance Festival.
Part dance film, part documentary, Black Stains depicts the reality of living while black in the United States. Inspired by the personal experiences Trent D. Williams, Jr., an African-American choreographer, the short film addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Interviews with black men encompassing a broad spectrum of age, background and experience illustrate personal human stories that bring abstract issues into sharper focus. Woven together with robust athletic dancing, the film persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?