Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival, October 18-20

This evening kicks off the Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF) held at the Bergland Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. The mission of the GIBFF, as stated on their website is “To build community and culture through the experience of film.”

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The GIBFF website further stated:

Our goal is to foster authentic discussion about our culture and history by using films that provide a counterbalance for widely distributed misaligned representation of our heritage and contributions to American and global society.  Some films are serious, some are funny and irreverent, but we hope that all the films are provocative enough to stay with the audience long after they have left the theater.

The three day festival, held from October 18th until October 20th, is comprised of more than ten film screenings and several in-depth discussions and film critiques with filmmakers,  for adults and youth. Ticket prices vary for the film screenings, and some of the featured discussion sessions are free to the public.

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Director Alexandre Moors opens the GIBFF at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18th with his feature debut film Blue Caprice.  Based on true events, Blue Caprice presents the bloody journey and viewpoint of the infamous father-son Beltway snipers.  Other filmmakers and directors featured in the GIBFF include Mark Perry (Veterans of Color), Ava DuVernay (The Door and Say Yes), Victoria Mahoney (Yelling to the Sky), Joel Kapity (Dreams), Jeymes Samuel (They Die by Dawn) Andrew Dosunmu (Mother of George), and R Malcolm Jones (The Magic City). The GIBFF closes out their three-day festival with Gary-born filmmaker Charles Murray on Sunday, October 20th starting at 5 p.m.  Murray will be screening his film Things Never Said and hosting an intimate discussion following the screening.

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For more information on the Gary International Black Film Festival please visit their website www.garyblackfilmfest.org or call (219)200-4243.

~Katrina Overby

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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