Synopsis: In a story told through song, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master is going to sell his young daughter, Emala. With house slave Dembi, they strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom.

“Underground” Awards as of 10/2011:
-Student Emmy Award Winner, “Best Use of Music”
-Student Emmy Award Winner, “Bricker Humanitarian Award”
-Student Emmy Award Nominee, “Best Composition”

-1st Place (out of 109 films) Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – 2010 Florida
-Best Short Film, Twin Cities Black Film Festival (HBO Sponsored) – 2011 Minnesota
-Best Director – Short (out of 321 films), Action On Film International Film Festival – 2011 Los Angeles, CA
-Audience Award, Beijing Film Academy ISFV Festival – Beijing, China (1 of 7 films to represent the USA)
-Best Short Film, International Black Film Festival of Nashville – 2011, Tennessee
-Best of Brouhaha, Florida Film Festival, Orlando, FL-2011
-Best Short Film, San Diego Black Film Festival – 2011 California
-1st Place (out of 287 films) Palm Beach International Film Festival – 2011 Florida
-Award, Honorable Mention, Hollywood Black Film Festival – 2011, Hollywood, CA
-Best Young Actress, Action On Film International Film Festival – 2011 Los Angeles, CA
-Best Short Film, Texas Black Film Festival — 2011 Dallas
-Best Student Short, Tallahassee Film Festival — 2011 Florida
-Best Drama Short Nominee, Action On Film International Film Festival – 2011 Los Angeles, CA
-Founder’s Award, International Black Film Festival of Nashville – 2011, Tennessee

-Official Selection, Urbanworld Film Festival (HBO, BET Sponsored) – 2011 New York City
-Official Selection, Newport Beach Film Festival, California ‐ 2011
-Official Selection, San Francisco Black Film Festival ‐ 2011
-Official Selection, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival – 2011 California
-Official Selection (non-competitive), Black Hollywood Resource Center’s 18th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase – 2011, Hollywood, CA
-Official Selection, Jacksonville Film Festival – 2011
-Official Selection, Stony Brook Film Festival (HBO sponsored) – 2011 New York
-Official Selection, BronzeLens Film Festival – 2011, Atlanta, GA

Our goal is to expand “Underground” into a theatrically released feature-length film. If you would like to be a part of that experience, please contact the Director & Co-Writer, Akil DuPont, at AkiDee@Comcast.net, dupontproductions.com or on facebook.com/Akil.DuPont Higher image quality DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are also available.

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