OPENING NIGHT Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:00pm – AMC MAGIC JOHNSON THEATER
THE BLUE CAVE
Director: Muhammad Bilal
Harlem, NY Premiere
United States, 2021, 30 minutes
Ali, a troubled yet imaginative boy, has one dream in life: to become a screenwriter. Neglected by his mother, brutalized by his stepfather, and bullied by members of the neighborhood gang; he longs for a safe space to simply write screenplays and immerse himself in the world of his imagination. As he searches for a safe haven, he discovers a magical cave. Nestled inside of the cave, he begins to write and draw prolifically. But as the violence from his stepfather and the local gang turn deadly, he must decide to either take a stand or lose his dream forever.
Muhammad Bilal is an African American filmmaker and actor from the South Side of Chicago. He began studying both acting and filmmaking as a child. He first studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop with the late Byrne Piven. He was then accepted into the highly selective drama program at Lincoln Park High School, where he wrote, directed, produced and starred in numerous full-length plays. Simultaneously, he studied filmmaking at Chicago Filmmakers.