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This program of shorts focused on turning points. Between the ages of 11-14 so many things seem as confusing as they are clear. There are important moments that may lead to discovery and change. What do you think will happen next for the young people in these short films.

For Ages 11-14 | 80 minutes | Presented in English, nonverbal and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Coming of age, Intergenerational/Youth and Elders or Parents, Making Friends/Friendship (SEL), Facing Fears 


Shoebox follows Trey Malloy, a 12-year-old boy who works part-time at his neighborhood barbershop. As Trey sweeps hair and runs delivery errands, he is encouraged by local patrons to use his first paycheck on an array of ideas from the latest Jordans to cryptocurrency investments. As Trey tries to decide how he’s going to spend his money, the film dives into his emotional grief as he copes with the loss of his mother, Latoya Malloy. Rather than purchasing new shoes, stocks, or a suggested bike, Trey decides to buy a flower garden in honor to late mother. Shoebox explores themes of mentorship, responsibilities, and honor through the life of Trey and the teaching he gathers while working at his neighborhood barbershop. As a result, the film examines how communal structures like barbershops can help nurture black boys to be responsible men.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Illinois Premiere
  • Content Warning
  • Note
    THEMES: Identity, Hopes/Dreams
  • Director
    David Fortune
  • Screenwriter
    David Fortune
  • Producer
    Saleah Smith, Katie White, Kare Bortlous