Denton Black Film Festival 2016
DBFF 2016 was held Jan 29-31, 2016 and was a weekend, pregnant with artistic expression, cultural exploration, and community building.
Building on the successes of our first year, DBFF2016 had 28 film screenings, a huge jump from 13 of our previous year. With over 2500 attendees at DBFF2016, we were privileged to use our platform to engage our local community in celebration, recognition and support of black cinema and art.
See below for more details and pictures from DBFF 2016
28 films screened including T-Rex, Little While Lie, August Wilson : The Ground On Which I Stand, Black Card, Alma, Cronies and Black Girl In Paris.
Annette Lawrence "Around Again" - UNT Professor and Chair of Studio Art at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. This exhibit featured pieces from the formative years of Lawrence's art practice.
Various music venues showcasing music by Joel Cross, Texas Brew Crew, The Boombachs, Robin Hackett, Brandon Kareem and Katina Butler & Ensemble
Irma P. Hall Lifetime Achievement Award
An evening with Irma P Hall, actress, educator, poet, visual artist, to honor and celebrate her many achievements through her long, fulfilling career. Her notable actings credits include ; A Family Thing(1996), Soul Food(1997), Patch Adams(1998), The Ladykillers(2004), Chi-Raq(2015) and more.
We showcased over 12 talented spoken artists from around the country delivering performance based poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling.
Tribute to Gospel Music
We dedicated the last day of the festival to a Tribute to Gospel Music concert featuring Andrea Helms, first runner up on S4 of BET's Sunday's Best, the world's leading gospel competition television show. Other performances by Voices of Praise, Booker T Washington(Performing Arts School Dallas) Gospel Ensemble, Nathan Myers, Dr Bradley and the Notes of Hope.
Building Bridges : A Community Celebration
We held a pre-festival event for the entire community featuring free films, face painting, photo booth, crafts, dance workshop and performance, stamp art contest, spoken word, food trucks and music.
"Tommy Got A Job" Master Acting Class
We held a Master Acting class taught by industry veteran, Tommy Ford, famous for his role in the hit show, "Martin".
Denton Black Film Festival 2015
DBFF 2015 was our inaugural year and we burst onto the North Texas film and arts scene with incredible energy and reach. We screened 13 films including Dear White People, Belle, When We Were Broncos, Wolf, Half Of A Yellow Sun. Over 800 were in attendance over the course of the entire weekend and our entire team was incredibly proud to have pulled of a successful, well attended and well received festival. At the end of it all, we couldn't wait to start planning towards the next year's festival.
Check a few photos from DBFF2015 below.