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The Apollo

Free Community Screening

The Apollo Theater is internationally renowned for having influenced American and pop culture more than any other entertainment venue. The space has created opportunities for new talent to be seen and has served as a launchpad for a myriad of artists including Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Luther Vandross, Dave Chappelle, Lauryn Hill, Jimi Hendrix, and more. The Apollo covers the rich history of the storied performance space over its 85 years and follows a new production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me as it comes to the theater’s grand stage. The creation of this vibrant multi-media stage show frames the way in which The Apollo explores the current struggle of black lives in America, the role that art plays in that struggle and the broad range of African American achievement that the Apollo Theater represents.

  • When: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater
  • Cost: Free screening; ticket needed to reserve seating

 

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True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (2019)

Free Community Screening

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Invitational Social Justice Documentary Feature

An intimate portrait of this remarkable man, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality follows his struggle to create greater fairness in the system and shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten the country, challenging viewers to confront it.This feature documentary focuses on Stevenson’s life and career – particularly his indictment of the U.S. criminal justice system for its role in codifying modern systemic racism – and tracks the intertwined histories of slavery, lynching, segregation and mass incarceration. Highlighting watershed moments involving cases and clients, True Justice offers a rare glimpse into the human struggle that is required when the poor and people of color are wrongly condemned or unfairly sentenced, and explores the personal toll it has taken on Stevenson and his colleagues.

  • Directors: Peter Kunhardt – George Kunhardt – Teddy Kunhardt
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater
  • Cost: Free screening; ticket needed to reserve seating
  • Screening with: Unrequited Dreams: An American TruthThe Call,

 

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Cooley High (1975)

Classic 45th Anniversary

Invitational Narrative Feature

Cooley High, with its focus on the coming of age of a group of teenagers, offered a contrast to the Blaxploitation films that had arisen during the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Rather than focusing on larger-than-life protagonists and outrageous crime syndicates, Cooley High depicted the everyday lives and problems of typical urban high schoolers and their families, and helped to usher in a new type of black cinema” Taken from Academy Awards- A tribute to director Michael Schultz.

  • Director:Michael Schultz
  • When: 3:10 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 1, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission
  • Screening with: ExClosureLiME,

 

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Jezebel (2019)

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Invitational Narrative Feature

Jezebel is a semi-autobiographical drama film written and directed by Numa Perrier and starring actress Tiffany Tenille. The plot follows a 19-year-old girl, also named Tiffany, who begins to do sex work as a cam girl to financially support herself. Jezebel premiered at SXSW on March 9, 2019 and was selected as a “Best of SXSW” film by The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Director: Numa Perrier
  • When: 7:50 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 8, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission
  • Screening with: Life’s OpportunitiesSeeking Woman $$$

 

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Amazing Grace (2018)

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Invitational Documentary Feature

Features Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name. It co-stars: James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, with cameos by Mick Jagger, Sydney Pollack, and Charlie Watts.

  • Director: Sydney Pollack  
  • Producer: Alan Elliott
  • When: 3:00 p.m. Jan. 26, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 1, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission

 

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Sweetwater Sunday Gospel Hour featuring Cassandra Berry & Mark Graham

Come and be uplifted by their set to include an “Aretha Franklin Review”. Sweetwater’s has a full brunch buffet from 11:00-2:00 and drink specials. Learn More

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016)

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Invitational Documentary Feature

In 1936, when 18 African American athletes dubbed the “black auxiliary” by Hitler participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, defying Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism, history forgot all except one, Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17. Their heroic collective action created a seminal moment in Civil Rights. The film follows the athletes from the attempted boycott of the 1936 Olympics to the Trials to the Games and then to the unceremonious return to America. 

  • Director: Deborah Riley Drape
  • When: 3:00 p.m. Jan. 26, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 1, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission
  • Screening with: Illegal Rose

 

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces That I Am (2019)

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Invitational Documentary Feature

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

  • Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
  • When: 6:50 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Theater 8, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton, TX 76201
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission

 

 

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History of Black Cinema

& Spencer Williams: Remembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer

Invitational Documentary Features

History of Black Cinema (6min. TCM

Spencer Williams: Remembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer

Flint: The Poisoning of an American City (2019)

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Invitational Social Justice Documentary Feature

“Films like the one you are going to see tonight are so important because they won’t let people forget what is still happening in Flint. Films like this one keep Flint’s story alive and underscore that what happened in Flint isn’t an isolated tragedy. It’s happening all over our country to people who don’t have the influence and the political power to fight back. But we will fight back, and we will not stop until every single American’s right to clean drinking water is safe and secure.” – Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) on Flint: The Poisoning of an American City 

 

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Follow the Drinking Gourd (2019)

Invitational Social Jusitce Documentary Feature

A feature documentary about the Black food justice movement. Family-friendly, funny and moving, this 60-minute film connects the legacy of slavery, capitalism and climate change to our fight for food security. Features: * Leah Penniman – author of “Farming While Black” * Naima Penniman – of the award-winning, spoken word duo, Climbing Poetree, recently featured on TED * Wanda Stewart – urban farmer in Berkeley, CA * Will Scott – rural farmer in Fresno, CA * Carl Anthony – environmentalist, founder of Urban Habitat * Rahanna Bisseret-Martinez – former Top Chef Junior finalist

  • Director: Shirah Dedman
  • When: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater
  • Cost: Tickets are $8 for students/seniors(65+)/children and $10 for general admission
  • Screening with: Unrequited Dreams: An American TruthThe Call,

 

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Invitational Short Films

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After Selma

History and continued effort to suppress the vote-

  • Directors: Loki Mulholland
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater

 


Ronald McNair(2019)

Episode four in the Heroes of Color series

  • Directors: David Heredia
  • When: 10:00 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater

 

 


We Are Witnesses-Chicago

Social Justice – Criminal Justice Stories from a variety of people  

  • Presented By: The Marshall Project
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater
  • Cost: Free screening; ticket needed to reserve seating

 

 


 

Gentrified

Web Series Story of three Black millennials who quickly find themselves in an Austin they no longer recognize.

  • Directors: Tia Williams
  • When: 6:50 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Theater 8

 

 

 

 

 


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Osirika-Black Champagne (2019)

Black Champagne is the first episode of an animated music video series titled “The Osirika Legacy”.

  • Directors: Jeremiah Williams
  • When: 3:45 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse Theater 8

 

 

 

 

 


 

Unrequited Dreams- An American Truth (2019)

Focusing on the ever-gentrifying area of West Dallas

  • Directors: Eboni Johnson,  MFA Student @ University of North Texas   
  • When: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater

 

 

 

 


Shattered Dreams (2019)

Project done in connection with the Texas Department of Transportation re: underage drinking and driving.

  • Directors: Destiny McGee, Wiley College Nate Parker Film and Theater Program
  • When: 4:05 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020
  • Where: Campus Theater

  

(Intro to freelancing) 8 Essential Qualities of a successful Freelancer + 50 killer Marketing Techniques
Special Workshop – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

  • Presenter: David Heredia
  • When: Saturday January 25th 1:30- 3:00 pm
  • Where: NCTC Classroom 109
  • Cost: Pre-sale thru 1/21/2020 Adults-$20 Students $12

Tickets must be purchased in advance online or at a Box Office. Tickets will not be available day of at the venue. Senior discount is not available for this event.

(Intro to freelancing) 8 Essential Qualities of a successful Freelancer Description: Filmmakers who are looking to monetize their videography skills will get a general introduction to what it means to run a freelance business. Topics will include some of the pros and cons of the life of a freelancer, creating opportunities for yourself, identifying who your clients are and specifically what services you have to offer. Whether filmmakers pursue a side hustle, part-time or full-time endeavor. This class will also cover 8 essential habits of a successful freelance artist.

50 killer marketing techniques Description: The lifeline of any business resides in their ability to continuously market themselves and their products or services. Students will learn 51 clever ways to market themselves, products or services to prospective clients for little to no cost.

Enhance your films with 2d animation (60 min.)

  • Presenter: David Heredia
  • When: Friday Jan. 24th – 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
  • Where: UNT on the Square
  • Description: This workshop will teach filmmakers with no animation experience, how to spice up their films by incorporating 2d animation and effects into their film projects. Learn basic techniques like dropping in pre-composed animations into your scene. Learn beginner-level masking techniques and for the more advanced filmmaker, they can tackle the infamous glowing light scribble animation most commonly used in music and dance videos. Some of the programs discussed are Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Students will see examples of how these animation effects are currently being used in films as well as great places to add animations in your film.

Limited seating, RSVP Online

Grantwriting Workshop

  • Presenter: Michael Theilvoldt
  • When: Friday Jan. 24th – 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
  • Where: UNT on the Square
  • Description: Michael Thielvoldt, Program Manager of Filmmaker Resources at the Austin Film Society, is hosting a grant-writing workshop for filmmakers. This workshop looks at the AFS Grant, an annual film fund specifically for Texas filmmakers, to illustrate how to build a quality grant application, explore how grant reviewers evaluate applicant projects, and provide other best practices recommendations that can be universally applied to your grant writing.

Limited Seating, RSVP Online

Art of Pitching workshop w/ Seed and Spark

  • Persenter: Christina Raia
  • When: Saturday January 25th 10 am -12 pm
  • Where: UNT on the Square
  • DescriptionBefore we get to tell our stories, we have to learn how to tell the story about our stories. Knowing how to convey the specifics about your upcoming project in a dynamic, succinct way can land you not only investors, but collaborators, audience members, and more.In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn: 
    • What makes a good pitch
    • How to tailor your pitch to different audiences
    • Why a little research can go a long way
    • Why practice is perfect 

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The Art of the Short Film

  • Moderator: Vaun Monroe
  • Panelists:  Calvin Walker, Jacolby Percy, Lizette Barrera
  • When: Saturday January 25th 10:30-11:30 am
  • Where: NCTC classroom 109
  • Description: A short film is not just a mini version of a feature-length film but a form in and of itself, telling a complete story in a product that may run from a few minutes to around half an hour. This panel of filmmakers explores the unique qualities of short films as well as why creatives should embrace this genre. Attendees will also gain insight into different dimensions of developing, creating and editing a short film and benefit from practical advice about production strategies.

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Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts Screening and Discussion - 30 minute video presentation, followed by talkback

  • Presenter: Mike Dennis,
  • When: Saturday January 25th 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Where: NCTC classroom 111
  • DescriptionSlavery never ended. It is time we break the chains!While the physical enslavement of Africans may have been abolished in the United States in 1865, the mental enslavement of Blacks worldwide continues.  Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts, demonstrates how Black Identity is largely dictated by The White Imagination. Using rare film clips and archival footage, Film historian Charles Woods demonstrates how we were indoctrinated into a belief system of White Supremacy and Black Inferiority through the use of the motion picture and perpetuates itself in all mass media.  From the Tarzan movies of the 1930s to Black Panther and Queen & Slim, the subversive tricks still exist—even when Black filmmakers are in control. 

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The Distribution Down Low w/ Seed & Spark

  • Presenter: Christina Raia
  • When: Saturday January 25th 1:30- 3:00 pm
  • Where: UNT on the Square
  • Description: Distribution is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood topics for independent creators. We break down distribution tips, tactics and, most importantly, the economics for every window from theatrical through VOD and beyond.

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Social Responsibility of Media Makers Panel - 30 minute video presentation, followed by talkback

  •  Moderator: Rebecca Aguilar
  • Panelists: Christina Raia, David Heredia, Deborah Riley Draper, Loki Mulholland, Tia Williams
  • When: Saturday January 25th 4:30 – 6 pm
  • Where: NCTC classroom 212
  • Description: As filmmakers, we are privileged with the gift of storytelling, to break down barriers and connect individuals through the power of film. In using that gift, what role do we play in representing the people and stories around us? Do we have a responsibility to showcase certain issues in our communities, and if so, how do we do so ethically and respectfully? This panel will be a discussion about how creatives can be activists in filmmaking and the ways art mediates social and political issues in our society.

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Social Justice- Environmental Justice Panel

  • Moderator: Dr. Irene Klaver
  • Panelists: Gregory Timmons, Vanessa Ellison, Shirah Dedman
  • When: Saturday January 25th 10:00am
  • Where: NCTC Denton- Classroom 111
  • Description:Come out for a discussion of environmental issues affecting the United States and particularly “Communities of Color” in particular.

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Social Justice: Criminal Justice Panel

  •  Moderator: Dr. Tony E. Carey Jr
  • Panelists: Chief Frank Dixon, Dr. Gabrielle Smith, Ms. Mercedes Fulbright
  • When: Saturday January 25th 2:30pm
  • Where: NCTC Denton- Classroom 111
  • Description:Recently, considerable attention has been given to the War on Drugs as a catalyst to the spike of mass incarceration in black and Latino communities. In addition, there has been greater visibility of police killings of unarmed black people. During this panel, we collect community leaders to discuss the antecedents, consequences and potential remedies to mass incarceration and police violence directed toward black communities.

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Opening Reception

Opening Reception (Free To Public)

  • When: Wednesday, January 22nd 6pm-8pm
  • Where: UNT on the Square

DBFF Interactive Tech Expo- Sneak Peek (Private VIP Event)

  • When: Thursday January 23rd 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Where: Denton Convention Center- Embassy Suites

After the Concert

  • When: Thursday, January 23rd 9:30pm-11:00pm
  • Where: Streetwater Grill & Tavern

After Hours

After Hours @ Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

Good Food- Drinks- and All that Jazz- Checkout this iconic relaxed local Denton spot- See you there! Cash Bar

  • When: Saturday, January 25th 9:00pm-12am
  • Where: Streetwater Grill & Tavern

After Hours @ Steve’s Wine Bar

Ready for a Glass of Wine (or Beer) and Smooth jazz sounds- Meet you at Steve’s Wine Bar – Cash Bar

  • When: Saturday, January 25th 9:00pm-12am
  • Where: Steve’s Wine Bar

Rise & Shine Filmmakers Celebration

Private by Invitation Only Event

DBFF Loves Filmmakers! Please join us for a Private Filmmaker breakfast where we celebrate YOU who make the “Magic” in bringing our stories to life! The Award winning selections for 2020 DBFF will be announced for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best College Student films, and Best Texas Short . Runner-ups will also be recognized. Invitation Only Event -Registration through Eventbrite- Password Required

  • When: Sunday, January 26th 9:00am-11am

Film Screenings - Full List

What: More than 90 films – including documentaries, narratives and shorts – will be screened at the festival. 

When: Jan. 22-26, 2020. 

Where: Denton, Texas. Venue varies. See ticket for detail. 

Cost: Tickets for individual films or film blocks (which include a series of shorts) are $8 for seniors (65 and older)/students/children and $10 for general admission. Pre-sale for discounted tickets ends Jan. 21, 2020. 

 

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A-H I-R S-Z
Adultin’ 
I AM TX 
Sankofa 
After Selma 
I Love You…Forever 
Seeking Woman $$$  
Agwe 
I’M SORRY 
Shattered Dreams 
Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin) 
If I Walked Away 
Solomon’s Dilemma 
Beneath the Scar 
Illegal Rose 
SOUND 
BLOOM 
Jesse Lott: Art & Activism 
Spencer Williams: Remembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer 
Botis Seva: Air 
Jezebel 
State of Independance 
Branch 
Justice Delayed 
The Awakening 
Checklist 
Kokokids of Paris 
The Birth of Deceit 
CHICKENS 
The Call 
COLOR BLIND 
Lara and The Beat 

The Circle
 
Cooley High 
L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP 

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
 
Destiny’s Road 
Latasha Harlins: A Rose That Grew from Concrete 
The Devil and Tommy Simpson 
Digging for Weldon Irvine 
Life’s Opportunities 
The Evers 
Dignity 
LiME 
The Giverny Document 
EDEN 
Lotus 
The Second 
Epigenetics 
MINO: A DIASPORIC 
The SixTripleEight 
ExClosure 
Momma Loves Me 
The Tree and Pirogue 
Family Box 
Normal: The Documentary 
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 
Family Ties 
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice 
Transition 
Flint: The Poisoning of an American City 
One Last Goodbye 
Unrequited Dreams: An American Truth 
Follow the Drinking Gourd 
One Last Spin 
Walk-Ins Welcome 
Free Rider 
Only The Educated Are Free: The Journey of Micheal A. Middleton 
We Are Witnesses: Chicago 
Freedom’s Name is Mighty Sweet 
Osirika- Black Champagne 
Welfare Check 
Friend Request 
Outgrown 
What Marilyn Didn’t Know 
Gentrified 
Owen 
Where My Girls 
Girl DADS 
Patient Zero 
When I Breathe, I Hope 
Going Down 
Patrinell: The Total Experience 
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy 
Harvest 
Rated B for Black 
The Apollo 
History of Black Cinema 
Redacted 
Humanite’, the Beloved Community 
Riverment 
ROARrrr: The Beast King’s Great Discovery 
Ronald McNair 

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DBFF Comedy Competition

Featuring Darryl Littleton

What: The comedy competition spans two nights. All contestants must be 18 years or older to compete and the qualifications are simple. If a person says they are a comedian and has the $20 entry fee they can enter. The audience will let them know if they’re really a comedian or not. They’ll have 3 minutes to impress the panel of 3 judges as well as that audience. The comedians will be judged on Originality, Stage Presence and Crowd Response. Round One will allow up to 30 contestants. The field will be whittled down to 7 Finalists for Round Two, which will take place the following evening

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2019, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Where: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201

Admission: $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Buy at https://www.prekindle.com/festivalfeature/id/530585115408594556?18.

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About Daryl Littleton: Darryl Littleton began his professional comedy career writing sketches for “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” on CBS Radio where he created the comedy persona, “D’Militant”. Soon afterwards he became a regular at the world famous Comedy Store and landed a job as D. L. Hughley’s exclusive writer during his tenure as host of BET’s Comic View. Darryl was promoted to writer/producer and penned material for Cedric the Entertainer, Sommore and Don DC Curry. Littleton has appeared on Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment, Mo’Nique, Def Comedy Jam, Loco Comedy Jam, The Parent Hood, Townsend Television, Unsung Hollywood: The Jeffersons, Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comic View, Uptown Comedy Club, Unsung Hollywood: Wayne Brady, Byron Allen’s Comic’s Unleashed and ABC’s America’s Funniest People where he was the Grand Prize Winner. Littleton’s film credits include, Diamond Dawgs and All Lies on Me. For years Darryl Littleton toured Europe and Asia as a stand-up comedian entertaining US military troops. Upon his return he released his comedy CD, Am I Lying?!, won the prestigious Bay Area Black Comedy Competition on its 20th Anniversary, worked as a commentator for NPR and published his first book, Black Comedians on Black Comedy, is taught at USC and was adapted into the Robert Townsend directed documentary, Why We Laugh where Darryl served as executive producer. Littleton co-hosted the podcast “Tuezdae’s with D’Militant”, toured as a public speaker, produced Black & Blue: The Laff Records Collection and dropped his sophomore album Too Raw for Mainstream along with publishing six additional books: How to Be Funny: The Essential Comedy Handbook; Forefathers, Pimp Down; Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady; Black Revenge, How To Do Stand-Up Comedy: Preserving a Dying Art Form and the satirical graphic novel, “1 Broke Activist: The Adventures of D’Militant – Mein Trump”. Darryl Littleton is a Curator for the Comedy Hall of Fame and an Emmy nominated writer for his work on the documentary, Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing. He is the VP of Talent Acquisitions for the International Cable Broadcast Station, Humor Mill-TV and in the Fall of 2019 his eagerly anticipated, This Day In Comedy: The Ethnic Encyclopedia of Laughter will be released.

Children's Comedy Competition

What: The children’s program will be hosted by comedy veteran Darryl Littleton who will welcome children from the age of 6-12 to compete in a comedy competition. He is a seasoned comedian with a wealth of children’s show experience. We are looking for 5 volunteers on the morning of the event to tell a joke and the one the audience chooses wins. Before the festivities begin, he will explain the rules and demonstrate what it takes to not only win the competition, but to be a good competitor and take something positive and useful from the experience . Of course all members of the family are invited to attend this social skills event. Its purpose, besides a good time, is designed to teach children to cultivate a good sense of humor; especially during adversity. They’ll learn skills so they can defuse tense situations as opposed to reacting violently. Children are naturally funny and we’ll show them how to tap into that side of their personality. Darryl and one of Denton’s own local professional clowns will kick off the fun with games before the competition and continue the good times long after the winner has been announced. This rollicking good time will go on for a couple of hours. Parents come to this free event and watch your kids have fun?

When:  10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Where: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201

Admission: Free Event; Limited seating, RSVP online

Why We Laugh

What: Screening of Robert Townsend’s comedy documentary “Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy. Followed by a Q&A session lead by Daryl Littleton- ,where members of the audience can ask this Emmy nominated writer and former producer of BET’s “Comic View” anything about comedy. No question is off limits. 

When:  3:00pm Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Where: NCTC Denton Lecture Hall

Admission: Free Event; Limited seating, RSVP online

An Evening with Jazzmeia Horn

With Special Guests Shelley Carrol and Roger Boykin Quartet

What: See Grammy nominated Jazz Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn in concert with special guests Shelley Carrol and Roger Boykin Quartet.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

Where: Margo Jones Performance Hall, Texas Woman’s University 1100 oakland street Denton, Texas

Admission: $45 for premium seating and $35 for regular seating via the discounted, pre-sale price. Buy at https://www.prekindle.com/find-tickets/id/530585115384799371?397

 

About: New York-based performer Jazzmeia Horn is a gifted jazz vocalist with an inventive, scat-influenced style that helped her win both the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. Following her Monk win, she released her Grammy-nominated 2017 debut album A Social Call.

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1991, Horn grew up in a creative, spiritually minded family and was first introduced to singing by her grandmother, a gospel pianist with an abiding love of jazz. Although she sang from an early age, it wasn’t until her teens and attending Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, that she developed an interest in jazz. Introduced to Sarah Vaughan by her composition class teacher, Horn fell in love with Vaughan’s style and worked to learn her phrasing and inflection. From there, she began listening to other instrumentalists, including John Coltrane and Miles Davis. After high school, she honed her skills studying at Manhattan’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She already gained recognition as a formidable talent during her time in school, and took home several Down Beat student music awards. Graduating in 2009, Horn quickly immersed herself in the New York scene, performing alongside such luminaries as Billy Harper, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Vincent Herring, and many more. Her latest release, Love and Liberation has quickly risen up the Jazz Charts and is currently Grammy nominated for Best Jazz Album.

Music Jam with Fingerprints & Friends!

What: Music Jam with Fingerprints and Friends! Join the Denton Black Film Festival for a special Saturday-night jam session. Hear live music from the Fingerprints featuring Quentin Moore, KAYWHT, and Katina Butler.

When: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Where:  Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, Denton, TX 76201.

Admission: $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Buy at https://www.prekindle.com/festivalfeature/id/530585115407912481?401

” I could be angry all the time if I think too hard… Part One”

An Exhibition by Artist Vicki Meek

When: Exhibition begins Jan. 22, 2020

Admission: Free and open to the community.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 200

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Opening Reception- Free to the public. Located at UNT on the Square. Featuring Digital Art by Vicki Meek titled “I could be angry all of the time if I think too hard… Part One”.

 


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Digital Art Exhibit – Vicki Meek’s “I could be angry all of the time if I think too hard… Part One” will be on display during venue hours at the Campus Theater; UNT on the Square; NCTC – Denton; DBFF Interactive Expo at Denton Convention Center – Embassy Suites. Details on Artist Talk here.

 


Friday, January 24, 2020

Digital Art Exhibit – Vicki Meek’s “I could be angry all of the time if I think too hard… Part One” will be on display during venue hours at the Campus Theater; UNT on the Square; NCTC – Denton; DBFF Interactive Expo at Denton Convention Center – Embassy Suites

 


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Digital Art Exhibit – Vicki Meek’s “I could be angry all of the time if I think too hard… Part One” will be on display during venue hours at the Campus Theater; UNT on the Square; NCTC – Denton; DBFF Interactive Expo at Denton Convention Center – Embassy Suites

 


Sunday, January 27, 2020

Digital Art Exhibit – Vicki Meek’s “I could be angry all of the time if I think too hard… Part One” will be on display during venue hours at the Campus Theater.

Poetry Get Down and SlamVerb Kulture, host

Join us at one of our most celebrated events! Whether you are a Virgin to the Mic or a Veteran looking to build your Rep, This Open Mic set followed by a Fierce Poetry Slam has it all. Fans will get to experience National level Poets along with the best Emerging Talent in North Texas. Hosted by Chicago-Born Poet Verb Kulture, who’s been featured on TV One Verses and Flow. Begins at 9p.m.

Featuring: Verb Kulture
Want to compete in the competition? Click here to sign up and pay entry fee.

PRIZES: 1ST PLACE -$500 2ND PLACE -$250 3RD PLACE- $100

ENTRY FEE: $25 SIGN UP NOW – ONLY SPACE FOR 12 PARTICIPANTS

CONTACT: FREDERICK NICHELSON – nichelsonent@gmail.com

A woman at the Denton Black Film Festival.What: Amateurs and pros alike take the mic in our Spoken Word event.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 for the Open Mic.
Where: Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201
Admission: 
$15 in advance/$20 at the door. Buy at https://www.prekindle.com/festivalfeature/id/530585115407915267?14
Contest Entry Fee: Open mic is free (but must pay admission fee).