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Watch Now: Tina Mabry's Compelling Futurestates Short "Crossover"

by Cynthia Reid
May 1, 2012 9:12 PM
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We've covered some very thought-provoking short films, such as Remigration by Barry Jenkins and White by Sayeeda Clarke, from the popular Futurestates series and today we get to add another one to the list.  Crossover, directed by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), was just released and -- as expected -- does not disappoint.

A synopisis for the short states...

In 2028, in a world where separate but equal has been re-instated along socioeconomic lines, a struggling mother of two must decide whether to illegally sell her own organs in order for her kids to crossover to a community where opportunities are limitless. When she learns that her son's autism will prevent him from crossing over, she has to make a heart-wrenching choice whether to allow her gifted daughter to crossover alone or to keep their family intact in an eroding, dangerous, and dead-end community.

Presented and produced by ITVS, Futurestates is a series of fictional short films that present intriguing visions about what life in America will be like in the decades and centuries to come.

You can learn more about the series HERE.

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  • THE BLACK POLICE | May 2, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    It was cool.

    I'd like to see a more developed version as a feature film.

  • MAN ON FIRE | May 2, 2012 2:35 AMReply

    This is set in 2028. Why the slave speech?

  • the black police | May 2, 2012 5:08 PM

    Slave speech?

    Point out the slave speech.

  • Ali | May 2, 2012 11:48 AM

    What slave speech? There are like maybe three "ain't's" in the whole thing. They talk like real ordinary people of any race. Besides that's just 16 years from now.

  • Miles Maker | May 1, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    I enjoyed your perspective Tina. I only wish the runtime was longer--feature film pace. Alas! Format. Best wishes.

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