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Special DBFF events for 2019. Details will be posted throughout the year as available for upcoming film screenings, workshops/panels and other events outside of the main festival. 

DBFF at the Movies

Inside of a dark Alamo Drafthouse theatre with the DBFF logo on the screenSee you at the theater! We’re introducing a new series of monthly movies.

Each month, we’ll screen a different film — featuring some of the best in Black cinema — at Alamo Drafthouse in Denton and other local movie theaters in the DFW metroplex.

Join us for the laughter, the tears, the drama, the fright and everything in between! Check back here often for the latest additions to the schedule. 





What: Blacula

When: 9 p.m. March 19 (Tuesday) (120 minutes)

Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton.

Buy Ticketshttps://drafthouse.com/dfw/show/blacula 

AboutA 1972 American blaxploitation horror film produced for American International Pictures, BLACULA was directed by William Crain and stars William Marshall in the title role about an 18th-century African prince named Mamuwalde, who is turned into a vampire (and later locked in a coffin) by Count Dracula in the Count’s castle in Transylvania in the year 1780 after Dracula refused to help Mamuwalde suppress the slave trade.

Nearly two centuries later, in the year 1972, two interior decorators from modern-day Los Angeles, California travel to Castle Dracula in Transylvania and unknowingly purchase the now-undead Mamuwalde’s coffin, which they ship to Los Angeles. Unlocking the coffin, the decorators release Mamuwalde, becoming his first two victims as a vampire, turning them and others he encounters in his bloodthirsty reign of terror into vampires like himself. Mamuwalde later meets a woman named Tina (Vonetta McGee), whom he believes to be the reincarnation of his deceased wife Luva (also played by McGee in the pre-opening credit scenes at Dracula’s castle).

Get Out

What: Get Out. 

When: 9 p.m. March 19 (Tuesday) (120 minutes)

Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton.

Buy Tickets: https://drafthouse.com/dfw/show/get-out 

About: JORDAN PEELE’S DEBUT FILM WILL SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU. After years of making us laugh with his beloved sketch comedy show, Jordan Peele delivers a knockout debut feature film to make us scream. Easily one of the best horror movies to come along in decades, GET OUT blew away critics, becoming one of the best reviewed movies of the year AND a record-smashing success at the box office. It’s our programming team’s #1 movie of 2017. Simply, it’s a great movie, period — and definitely worth experiencing more than once on the big screen. Watch. Scream. Discuss. Repeat. 

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, who you might recognize from the excellent BLACK MIRROR episode “Fifteen Million Credits”) is a black man dating a white woman (Allison Williams, GIRLS), whose rich family is the epitome of the liberal elite. Dad (Bradley Whitford, THE WEST WING) tells Chris that he’d have voted for Obama a third time, if he could have. But things are not as they seem, and Chris can’t help but notice that the all-black staff of help have suspiciously glassy stares. By the time he gets the title warning – “Get out!” – it’s too late. 

In the tradition of social message horror films like THE STEPFORD WIVES and ROSEMARY’S BABY (both of which Peele says influenced his movie), GET OUT tackles the insidious monster of racism, a monster that can be lurking in even the most bleeding hearts. 


What: Us

When: 7:30 p.m. March 23 (Saturday) 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton.

Buy Ticketshttps://drafthouse.com/dfw/show/get-out 

AboutAfter sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, GET OUT, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he’s written, directed and produced. In US, Peele pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. 

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, US stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (breakout BLACK PANTHER co-star Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway… their doppelgängers.

Purple Rain

When: 5 p.m. April 21 (Sunday) 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse, 3220 Town Center Tr, Denton.

Buy Ticketshttps://drafthouse.com/dfw/theater/denton

About: A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.

What: The Roof & Martini Blu Spring Wine and Jazz Festival 2019, presented by Martini Blu 

When: March 16, 2019 (noon to 10:30 p.m.) and March 17, 2019 (11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) 

Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Buy Ticketshttps://www.instantseats.com/?fuseaction=buy.event&eventID=197B18AE-D001-645B-892E640EC659D168&fbclid=IwAR358CQnb7KxMgGE-AS0Z2Vppln5OsiCQCkHtUj74q_e_cR7W5RUg4qIdkY

What: Mother’s Day Jazz Festival in Dallas, presented by Martini Blu 

Featuring: Maysa, Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Althea Rene, Richmond Punch, Lin Rountree, Natural Change and Andre Cavor! We needed a BIG PLACE to BRING THIS PARTY! AND WE FOUND IT! Come Celebrate Mother’s day Weekend with us in Dallas, Texas!

When: May 11 and 12, 2019

Where: Fair Park Band Shell, 1465 First Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210

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