1. Chloe (Melanie Camerman), a French traveler, has taken ill, and about to undergo a medical procedure that requires an intravenous transfusion. Her own rare blood cannot arrive in time, and she is afraid she will be forever changed by the blood of an anonymous donor. Doctor McKenna (Erica Douglas) must persuade Chloe to take the blood. Where is this fear coming from? Is it a fear of race or of the blood of anonymous stranger? What can McKenna do?

    Since released in 2003:


    Dallas International Video Festival
    Independent Black Film Festival, Atlanta
    San Francisco Black Film Festival
    Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, Atlanta
    IMAGE Atlanta Local Artists Film Series
    University Film Video Association

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  2. Stranded in the rural South, Bahama (Tanisha Flowers), a black-woman spoken-word poet, finds herself caught in a struggle for personal justice between an Orthodox Jew (Dennis Hughes) and a native-born white Southerner (Alex Wood). Her journey to find her way out inspires a poem, Comeuppance, that soothes her nightmarish memory and offers another way of resolving conflicting ideas of divinely inspired justice.

    Released in 2003


    The Black Family Channel (Independent Showcase)


    Independent Black Film Festival Atlanta
    Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series
    Dallas International Video Festival
    San Francisco Black Film Festival
    Decatur Film Festival (Georgia, Special Jury Award)
    University Film Video Association (Special Jury Award)
    DeKalb County Film Forum
    Spaghetti Junction Film Festival (Atlanta)

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  3. Frank (Justin Geer) and Jane (Angelyn Pass) are mutually attracted to each other, and both are infected with an STD. After recently being diagnosed, they both still seek to find companionship. They must grapple with the obligation to disclose their condition, and open their sexual histories up to judgment and rejection of a new love interest. Neither of these two characters had ever had to tell such a personal truth before, and risk humiliation from someone they desire. Perhaps the wisdom of a counselor (Frank Barham) that they both happen to see, will bring them the courage and insight they seek... Or perhaps not.

    Since released in 2011:


    Atlanta ShortsFest (Winner Best Local Film)
    River Bend Film Festival
    Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

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  4. Nailed!, reveals the experiences of Branca (Leticia Arioli), a Brazilian immigrant to America, as she gets entangled with the exploits of Patrick (Tim Batten), a con-artist looking to swindle her out of money for marriage. Branca seeks to find true love and a green card with a truly “American” man. But she discovers that cultural assimilation costs more than just money, and that the "American" man of her dreams is as elusive as the American dream itself. This intimate drama includes cameo roles for Walking Dead star, Melissa McBride.

    Since released in 2006:


    Boston Latino Film Festival
    New York Brazilian International Short Film Festival, Manhattan, NYC
    Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil
    Decatur Film and Arts Festival, Georgia
    New England Film and Video Festival
    Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta
    Sweet Auburn International Film Festival,
    CineSol Film Festival
    Brazil Week Festival & Conference, Harvard University
    University Film and Video Association
    Cine Coxipones, Cuiabá, Brazil

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Four Films About Difference

Sheldon Schiffer Plus

The four films of Sheldon Schiffer, O-Negative, Comeuppance, Disclosures and Nailed! were made around themes of experiencing "difference" in communities that struggle to define, accept and imagine it. O-Negative opens the ambiguity of knowing what someone…

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The four films of Sheldon Schiffer, O-Negative, Comeuppance, Disclosures and Nailed! were made around themes of experiencing "difference" in communities that struggle to define, accept and imagine it. O-Negative opens the ambiguity of knowing what someone is afraid of: skin color, blood type, class, race... But we sense something is amiss. Comeuppance considers the fear of religious difference in the rural south through the lens of race and gender. Disclosures examines the difference of sexual disease, the infected and the uninfected in a world of desire and longing. Nailed! considers national identity and the documents that give access to forms of inclusion, through romance and the institution of marriage. As a series, there is a rich body of work to consider when looking at how cinema can represent difference, its form, characterization and audience perceptions.

These films were released and publicly premiered from 2003 to 2009 at national and international film festivals. The contributions of actors, writers, musicians, artists and technicians in Atlanta made these films possible, including the cameo appearances of Walking Dead actress Melissa McBride. Georgia State University and its Digital Arts Entertainment Lab were major underwriters for all of these projects.

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