Capital City Black Film Festival: What to know for 2020
This year’s Capital City Black Film Festival will be virtual, just like all of Austin’s major cinema events in 2020. The fest will beam onto home screens Dec. 4-6.
Here are a few things to know about what’s on tap for the city’s annual celebration of Black cinema, according to the festival.
This year’s theme is centered on mental health and wellness. The 8th annual fest will be set under the banner of “Breakthrough: Unleash Your Power.”
There will be some star power. The ambassador for this year’s festival is “Blackish” star Anthony Anderson, who will appear in conversation during the weekend. Also, the recipient of this year’s Harlem Lights Awards is “Supergirl” star and Austin native Mehcad Brooks. (Brook is the son of former American-Statesman writer Alberta Phillips.) Also appearing as part of a keynote panel discussion: "The Oprah Winfrey Show” therapist Dr. Robin L. Smith, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Daphne Maxwell Reid and “Soul Food” creator Felicia Henderson.
The film slate includes dozens of features and shorts. Some that jump out from the fest’s film guide:
• “How We Feel,” a documentary that explores how today’s youth feel about the issues of 2020, including police brutality and racism.
• “The Guy From Niagara,” which tells the story of Canada’s “King of Music,” Big John “T-Bone” Little.
• “The Subject,” a narrative feature about a white documentarian who captures the murder of a Black teenager on film.
• “When We Try,” a feature about a community that tries to establish an independent police oversight commission to dismantle profiling and brutality.
Tickets run $15-$65. There’s also a sampler option, with free access to one screening of your choice. You can grab tickets at capcitybff.com.
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