SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 @ 2:30PM
JAKE Michael Tyner • USA • 2017 • 8 min • Narrative
USA PREMIERE A short film about policing and taking a stand. A violent interaction forces Lance, a Brooklyn detective, to question the motives of his fellow officer. “Jake” opens a window into police brutality from the perspective of a Black NYC cop who must face his fears and find courage.
Michael Tyner is a writer-director who will televise the revolution. His influences are his father Jarvis Tyner, a lifelong activist, his mother Leith Mullings, a world-renowned anthropologist and his uncle McCoy Tyner, a Jazz legend. Tyner started his film career as a assistant editing for Robert Altman’s final film “A Prairie Home Companion” and he hasn’t looked back. In 2016, Tyner shot for Antonio D’Ambrosio’s latest documentary “Serpico,” an upcoming film about the 1970s whistle-blower Frank Serpico which is set to premiere at the Tribeca this year.
Tyner made directorial debut in 2011 with “Malcolmology,” a nationally-televised six-part series on the life of Malcolm X as told by the late Pulitzer prize winning historian Manning Marable. Tyner has producer over six short films with his partner Karim Lopez including “The Last Days of Hustling” which premiered at Cannes Short Film Corner. Tyner continues to create meaningful content and direct his own projects. He is currently working on “Redlined” a poetic short film about a girl fighting gentrification in her neighborhood.