Feature Film Program


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Fri Aug 16 7:30 PM

An unexpected love affair forces young aspiring-poet Ayanna to make hard decisions in this Harlem-set summer romance.

The Film


Rashaad Ernesto Green | US | 89

Ayanna is making the most out of her last summer in Harlem before heading to college. She’s bold, confident, and not really looking for love—until she meets the slightly older Isaiah. After one of those rare first dates that lasts for hours, she knows there’s something different about him. Ayanna has found herself at an intimidating crossroads: one foot is still under her mother’s roof, while the the other is primed to step out on her own with Isaiah. Rashaad Ernesto Green captures youthful, uninhibited conviction through Ayanna’s world in flux: transitional outbursts at home with her mother, deep and sensuous encounters of intimacy with Isaiah, and moments of unfiltered honesty with her girlfriends. Co-writer and breakout-lead Zora Howard brings complexity to Ayanna, a young woman balancing vulnerability and self-sufficiency. The result is an outspoken portrait of a young woman in transition, anchored by the relationships that shape us, the friendships that bolster and push us, and the love that has the power to change everything. An IFC Films release.


Ah Mer Ah Su

Ah Mer Ah Su is the music project of interdisciplinary artist Star Amerasu, whose music and art is based upon her experiences living loud and proud as a queer, black, trans, woman. Her early work was influenced primarily by folk and choral music. Residing in Oakland, California, Star is a Poptronic Princess. She has graced international stages captivating audiences with her looped vocals and live electronic percussion in Europe, Australia and North America. Ah Mer Ah Su released her debut studio EP Eclipsing in March of 2016. She effortlessly blends her voice with intricate beats and twinkling syths. Her voice has been compared to Nina Simone, and her music is a synthesis of choir kid meets club kid and in a whole league of it's own, and in Early 2017 saw the release of her critically acclaimed 2nd EP Rebecca.

Event Details

7:30 PM
Doors Open
8:00 PM
Live Music from Ah Mer Ah Su
8:30 PM
Film Begins
10:00 PM
Q&A with director/co-writer Rashaad Ernesto Green, star/co-writer Zora Howard, and producer Darren Dean
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be moved indoors. No outside alcohol is permitted.


New Design High School

350 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

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