I Am Furious Black

Institute History


I AM FURIOUS BLACK is a genre-bending tale of friendship, murder and love. Detective Dolphy Mayfield, a cryptic man seemingly plucked out of a noir movie, cannot know that his next homicide assignment will change his life.

The victim is Kelly Gabron, an underground cartoonist who has created a cartoon character that has become an icon in hip-hop circles. This Afrocybercartoon mutant, The Ebony Phoenix, soars off the pages of Kelly's comics and into the frames of the film, leading us to the truth behind Kelly's horrible execution.

To solve the murder of Kelly Gabron, Dolphy must wade through the contrary and warped perspectives of her quirky collection of friends. Hiroshi is her Japanese green-card husband in a constant state of flux between love and resentment for his wife. Phina is her lesbian neighbor with a barley concealed crush on Kelly. Her ex-boyfriend Khadeem chokes on bitterness at Kelly's new celebrityhood. His wife Tara, also Kelly's lawyer, is threatened by her husband's obsession with Kelly. Madame Cece, a psychic crystal reader and hypnotist, was Kelly's substitute for psychological counseling. And Gemma, Kelly's best friend: a cryptic young woman conspicuously missing after Kelly's death. Through them, Dolphy learns that her newfound success made her the object of ridicule and jealousy form jsut about everyone she trusted. As he untangles the contradictions of her life and delves deeper into the secrets found in her journals and cartoons, he falls in love with her.

A simple home invasion case becomes a labyrinth of cloaked identities, alter egos, and longing when Dolphy begins to suspect that the supposed victim is not dead at all; which begs the obvious question: who is the dead woman? What follows is the intriguing saga of two women who shared their lives and even their deaths.

Influenced by the 1969 watershed Swedish film I AM CURIOUS YELLOW, I AM FURIOUS BLACK demands the audience's active participation. Are you highly suggestible? Careful, Madame Cece may have you wandering the street of San Francisco in the heroine's shoes.


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