Montgomery's Black Film Festival set for August 25th | Arts & Culture
ASU invites the public to attend free of charge its 10th annual Black Film Festival hosted by the ASU National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture. Free refreshments will be provided to the first 50 guests.
The festival, titled “Ten Years of Celebrating the African-American Spirit,” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery’s historic Old Cloverdale District. The Capri is located at 1045 E. Fairview Ave.
The festival will feature films with a national distribution, as well as cinematic works created by local and regional filmmakers. Audiences will enjoy a diverse array of films including major releases, documentaries, classic and family-focused films. Discussions will be held following each film.
For more information, contact the National Center at 334- 229-4824 or 334-229-4106
The follwoing films will be shown:
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
“St. Louis Blues” (Not rated) A 1958 classic based on the story of Alabama native W.C. Handy. Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father expects him to use his musical gifts only in church, but young Handy cannot stay away from the music of the streets and workers. Alabama native Nat King Cole stars in the lead role.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
“Englewood: Growing Pains in Chicago” (PG-13) The urgency of “Boyz in the Hood” is updated to the 2000s and transplanted to the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood in William Cochran’s powerful directing debut. Cochran boldly blends humor, romance, tragedy and hope in this tale of three friends struggling to get through their last year of high school amid street violence, peer pressure and family dysfunction. The film is the winner of the 2012 San Francisco Black Film Festival’s Ava Montague award for best new director.
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
“The Wiz” (G) An African-American adaptation of the “Wizard of Oz” starring Diana Ross and the late Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell. Produced by Motown Records, the musical was nominated for several Academy Awards, including best soundtrack by Quincy Jones.
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
“Undefeated” (PG-13) This 2011 Academy Award winning documentary is the story of the rural Tennessee High School football team which seeks to reverse their fortunes with a new coach and a new attitude. The film follows the lives of several troubled youth on and off the field, and shows how their focus on improving the work they put into practicing football helps them in school and life.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
“Double Victory” (Not rated) This documentary about America’s first all-black aerial unit that fought during World War II features actual war footage and the actual voices of those who served as Tuskegee Airmen.
6:30 p.m. -7:15 p.m.
“Behind the Barber’s Chair: The Nelson Malden Story” (Not rated) Nelson Malden recounts his first-hand experiences of the Montgomery Civil Rights Movement, interspersed with documentary footage of actual events. Post-film discussion led by Nelson Malden.
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
“The Gandy Dancers” (Not rated) A documentary featuring the last of the black Alabama railroad workers who laid train tracks by hand while singing Negro Spirituals. This film was partially funded by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Post-film discussion led by Joey Brackner, executive director, Alabama Center for Traditional Culture.
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
“Independent Short Films” (Not rated) Consecutive film viewings of “Let Him In” and other titles to be announced. Post film discussion led by Candice Anderson, writer/director of “Let Him In.”
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
“Undefeated” (PG-13) Encore presentation
Source: Alabama State University Office of Media Relations and Public Informaiton