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Short Films
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BILL 2/29
United States, 2016, 22 min., Color, English
BILL 2/29 is a futuristic depiction of America after the years of Civil Rights, Stand Your Ground and Black Lives Matter. History proved none of those movements were successful. Integration failed in the United States of America. Change was necessary to survive. The President signed a new Bill to reduce the violence sweeping the nation between Black and White Americans, The new Bill mandated that all Black and White people separate and move to different states. For two Austin, Texas neighbors, it changes everything, We follow these families as they must wrestle with the implications of Bill 2/29. The film hopes to force us to face, listen and come to grips with race. As we follow the lives of our characters learn a great deal about ourselves; to include our basic need of acceptance and tolerance. What we also discover in many instances is that after 250 years, we are so connected that separation may was not the best option. BILL 2/29, tries not to come to any conclusion as it deals with races and sexism in America. However it attempt to make clear that we are not in a post racial society
Screening with: All or Nothin',
Maurice Simmons
Shavonna L. Simmons
Maurice Simmons

Director Bio
Maurice Simmons was born in Chicago, and caught the acting bug in middle school. After a few years in college as a theater major, Maurice enlisted into the Army and joined the Frankfurt theater company and performed throughout Germany. He later worked as an Army Broadcast Journalist and News Director, for Armed Forces Radio and Television (AFRTS). Maurice covered everything from the Panama invasion to the unrest in Bosina. He remained active in the military as a Reservist for 29 years. In 2004, Maurice started a small production company, Task Media Productions. The company produced cable commercials and marketing media. Along with former Army members they began writing TV scripts and screenplays. In 2015, he turned to documentary films and shot an award winning documentary in 2015 “What of the Day” the story of Phi Beta Sigma, one the first Black Fraternities in America.