Exposure and opportunity were key themes of the first International Black Film Festival of Nashville, and they remain critical elements as the event enters its 11th year. There are impressive signs of growth accompanying this year’s IBFF, which takes place Oct. 5-8 at multiple locations.
With screenings at Belmont, Watkins College of Art and Design, and Fisk, the IBFF spotlights a wide range of unreleased and independent films, plus an equal amount of prestige studio releases. There’s also renewed emphasis on increasing community and audience knowledge and awareness about the industry, and what it has to offer aspiring filmmakers interested in productions outside the usual Hollywood superhero blockbusters and action-comedies.
Also a part of this year’s festival will be appearances by actresses Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless, Diagnosis: Murder) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), acclaimed gospel star Fred Hammond (who will co-present a special screening of the new film The Choir), popular comedian Akintunde Warnock (who will host one of the final events, a spotlight comedy showcase), and Oscar-nominated director Reginald Hudlin (who co-produced Django Unchained). They’ll appear either live or via Skype during the four days of films and seminars. Festival founder Hazel Joyner-Smith thinks this year’s festival packs a special punch in terms of thematic variety, star power and access to information and key personalities. See Full Article