free shorts program by emerging black women filmmakers - 12/2!

Join RiverRun on 12/2 for a free screening of HEART OF THE MATTER, the second installment in the OUR RIGHT TO GAZE film anthology series. HEART OF THE MATTER is an eclectic collection of shorts made by Black women filmmakers.

OUR RIGHT TO GAZE is a touring film anthology, featuring original narrative short films by emerging Black artists.

From the spark of an old flame to the embrace of inter-generational bonds to the heartbreak of systemic injustice, love can take many shapes and emotional valences. This collection is a tribute to Black love of all kinds, be it romantic, platonic, familial, or communal.

  • date: December 2nd
  • location: Marketplace Cinemas
  • time: 7:00 PM

Content Advisory: This program contains flashing/strobe lighting, themes of racism, pregnancy/childbirth, death, mild gore, sexual violence and violence. This program also features mentions of slavery and histories of colonization.


ROBYN HOOD by Shayla Racquel:

A fresh, modern take on the succubus folklore merged with an inside joke in Black culture, Robyn Hood is a fun and frightful horror-comedy detailing the saga of a sensual and alluring Robyn, a dame who finds comfort in stealing men’s hoodies for something more sinister.

THE FUNNEL by Charlene Carruthers

Trina, a young Black poet living on the South Side of Chicago, navigates an escalating housing crisis with her mother. After falling into an intimate recollection of her family history, she awakes in a world with people, sounds, and possibilities she’s never known.

RO & THE STARDUST by Eunice Levis:

A free spirited teen and her terminally ill grandmother build a rocket ship they plan to launch into outer space.

MATERNITY by Maria Warith-Wade:

When a second-time mother gets an unexpected complication post-partum, she must fight to save her life in the fractured American healthcare system.

RESPEK by Kamari Bright:

An animated dissection of the detriments of respectability politics from an African-American perspective.


Upon reluctantly moving back into her childhood home with her parents, Aziza struggles to the love and connection being home has to offer.