Black Stains

Black Stains addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Inspired by the personal experiences of choreographer Trent D. Williams, Jr., the film illustrates the reality of being black in the United States. Through interviews with men of varying ages and robust athletic dancing, the film persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?

  • Tiffany Rhynard
    Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
  • Trent D. Williams, Jr.
  • Tiffany Rhynard
    Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
  • Heather Mathews
    Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America
  • Larry Rosalez
    Key Cast
  • Trent D. Williams, Jr.
  • Heather Mathews
    Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, Miss This At Your Peril
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • ScreenDance Miami
    Miami, FL
    United States
    January 20, 2018
    World Premiere
    Jury Award
  • Moving BROWN body - Moving image Festival
    New York City
    United States
    April 7, 2018
    NY Premiere
  • Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
    United States
    April 21, 2018
    Seattle Premiere
  • Dance Camera West
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 14, 2018
    West Coast Premiere
  • San Francisco Dance Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    October 14, 2018
  • Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
    United States
    October 21, 2018
  • COCO Dance Festival
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    October 22, 2018
    Caribbean Islands
Director Biography - Tiffany Rhynard

Tiffany Rhynard is an artist, activist, and mother compelled to make work that reflects current social issues. Having created over 60 works for stage and screen, Rhynard’s choreography, dance films, and documentaries have been presented nationwide from NYC to San Francisco, and internationally in Europe. Her dance for the camera pieces have screened at film/video festivals such as the Dancing for the Camera at the American Dance Festival and at ScreenDance Miami where she won the Jury Award for Black Stains in 2018 and First Prize for her film Invisible Queens in 2015. Her documentary films focus on the need for racial justice, equity, and the de-centering of ableist, classist, and heteronormative value systems. Little House in the Big House (2012) won best documentary at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. Her 2016 documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, tells the story of a young undocumented gay activist and his fight for the American Dream. Forbidden premiered at Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles where it received the Freedom Award. The film has gone on to receive numerous awards, notably a Television Academy Honor in 2018, and the first ever Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) partnered with Logo TV to distribute the film for the 2017-18 season. A cross-disciplinary artist, Rhynard has collaborated with esteemed innovators including choreographer and performer Christal Brown, poet Karma Mayet Johnson, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, and real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano. In 2017 she worked with mezzo soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone on a new work titled At Close Range. As a performer, Rhynard has danced for choreographers including Gerri Houlihan, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and Chavasse Dance and Performance Group. She has taught at The Ohio State University, SUNY Potsdam, Middlebury College, University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University in addition to teaching guest artist residencies throughout the country. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Florida State University where she teaches dance and technology.

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Director Statement

Sisters Unite Productions (SUP) was established in 2006 by sisters Kim Brittenham and Tiffany Rhynard while they were working on the documentary Little House in the Big House. SUP now is the alias for Rhynard and her projects in dance, film and performance.

SUP brings together female artists to create films that illuminate current social justice issues and awaken empathy for other human beings. Sisters Unite Productions creates documentaries, dance films, video installations, and music videos. All work is crafted with an emphasis on heightening awareness, finding poetic pauses, and generating discussion. We maintain creative license over our work and are dedicated to producing films and media that remain true to our desire to expand human connection.