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SFFILM Festival

Mid-Length: “Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma” + “Dear Philadelphia”

Directed by Topaz Jones, Jason Sondock, Simon Davis

USA | Mid-Lengths | 63

Ticket buyers and pass holders to this event will have access to stream the film within the indicated window of time. Views must be completed within 24 hours of starting. Viewing of the film is restricted geographically to the US only. The Q&A with cast and crew will play following the film credits. Visit our FAQ for more info.


Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Produced in 1970 by a group of Black educators in Chicago, the Black ABC’s are a deck of alphabet flash cards by and for young Black students. Fifty years later, hip-hop artist Topaz Jones updates them for our times.

Screens with:

Dear Philadelphia
In this community portrait of North Philadelphia, a neighborhood with high rates of addiction and homelessness, residents share what brings them joy and helps them uplift their community. Whether through family, faith, work, or recreation, they find personal meaning and share love with their neighbors.
(Renee Maria Osubu, USA/UK 2021, 28 min)

Closed captioning will be available for this film.

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Director Topaz Jones

Topaz Jones is a rapper, singer, and musician who makes his filmmaking debut with Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma.

Director Jason Sondock

Jason Sondock is a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor, whose short films include Melvin (2015), Goldlink: Dance on Me (2015), and BLUEGOLDFISH (2018).

Director Simon Davis

With Jason Sondock, Simon Davis is one half of the filmmaking duo known as rubberband., whose work encompasses experimental and narrative films, music videos, and advertising.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2020

Premiere California

Runtime 63

Country USA/Germany, France, Italy

Director Topaz Jones, Jason Sondock, Simon Davis

Producer Luigi Rossi, Jason Sondock, Simon Davis

Executive Producer Luigi Rossi, Kevin Storey

Writer Topaz Jones, Jason Sondock, Simon Davis

Editor J.M. Harper, Nate Katz

Cinematographer Chayse Irvin

Music Topaz Jones