2017 Festival Events

Thursday, August 17th

Opening Night Gala

Cocktails in the "Living Art Gallery" at 7:00pm, Gala begins at 8:00pm


Each year, CCBFF’s Opening Night Gala elevates the arts and honors those who have paved the way for artists and entertainers of color. Louis Gossett, Jr., will receive the Harlem Lights! Living Legend Award at the Gala on Thursday at 8:00pm. The award is named in honor of East Austin’s legendary Harlem Theater, which served African American moviegoers from 1935 to 1973.

Louis Gossett, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936. Though invited to join the New York Knicks in the late '50s, Gossett decided instead to pursue an acting career, making his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in the production, Take a Giant Step.

In 1959, he was featured alongside Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

After almost six decades of acting, Louis Gossett, Jr. has appeared in more than 350 theatre, film and TV titles including Skin Game, Travels with My Aunt, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, Jaws 3-D, Enemy Mine, the Iron Eagle series, and Toy Soldiers.

In recognition of his talents, he has received numerous acting awards including an Academy Award for his unforgettable performance as Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman—the first African American male to win a supporting role. He also earned an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Fiddler in Roots.

Although Gossett is still working in films and TV, he is primarily dedicating the last quadrant of his life to an all-out conscious offensive against racism, violence, ignorance and social apathy. As such, Gossett founded Louis Gossett, Jr.’s  Eracism Foundation (www.eracismfoundation.org) to support this quest.


Friday, August 18th

World Premiere of "Breaking Brooklyn" and Talkback with Louis Gosset, Jr., and Colin Critchley

Doors Open at 7:30pm, Film Begins at 8:00pm

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Colin Critchley is quickly becoming one of the most in demand young talents for his diverse resume in film, television and theater. He recently starred in the  Nickelodeon action adventure TV movie Legends of the Hidden Temple, based on the popular 90’s Nickelodeon game show of the same name.  

Continuing his moment, Colin will showcase his range as an actor and dancer in the upcoming drama Breaking Brooklyn set for release later this year. The film follows Colin’s character Aaron Davis, a 12-year-old boy with a passion for dance who alongside his brother (Nathan Kress) are rescued from the streets by their teacher (played by Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr.) who lives in an old theater in New York City. The teacher mentors and teaches him how to dance, ultimately healing his relationship with his father, as well as his teacher's relationship with his brother.  In addition, Colin recently wrapped production on the coming of age film Life Now Life Then, which follows 6 boys in the summer of ’94 and the unbreakable bonds they formed in the face of life's greatest adversities. He has also appeared in an episode of the Hulu series Deadbeat.

Born and raised in Essex County, New Jersey, Colin was drawn to the arts at a young age. Constantly performing around the house for his parents and their friends, Colin loved to recreate song and dance numbers from his favorite films including Mary Poppins. In the second grade, Colin saw his first play which was a high school production of The Drowsy Chaperone, and he was hooked. Colin decided to further his curiosity for the stage by enrolling in dance and theater classes, and quickly turned his passion into a fulltime career. His first big break came as a principal for the annual “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” followed by his Broadway debut in the hit production “Kinky Boots.” Colin is perhaps best known for starring alongside veteran actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Samuel Becket Broadway revival “Waiting for Godot.” He then went on to originate a principal role in the very first "Radio City Spring Spectacular." Colin continues to stretch his muscle as a stage actor as he takes part in various readings for theatrical productions, and continues to train in tap dancing and singing.  On the television side, Colin lends his voice to the Sprout Channel animated series “Super Wings!” which is currently in its second season. 

When Colin isn’t working, he enjoys being a regular kid. Hobbies include rowing, golf, scootering, listening to records, and attending sporting events for the New York Giants, Rangers, and Knicks. As for acting, Colin is excited to develop his skills, and hopes to continue nabbing versatile roles that challenge him as an artist.


Breaking Brooklyn tells the story of a 12-year-old boy with a passion for dance and his brother who are rescued from the streets by an old showman (Louis Gossett, Jr.) who takes them in to live with his estranged former dancing partner/brother (Vondie Curtis-Hall). Breaking Brooklyn is directed by Paul Becker, and written by Paul Becker and Rory Owen Delaney. The movie stars Colin Critchley, Madeleine Mantock and Catherine Curtin.



Youth and Young Adult Monologue Contest

Free Registration! Cash Prizes!

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The Spectrum Theatre Company, in conjunction with The Capital City Black Film Festival, presents its 2nd Annual High School and Young Adult Monologue Contest.

The event will take place August 18, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor. Preliminary Rounds will begin at 12:00pm and Finals begin at 4:30pm.

The First Place winners in each category will perform during the 5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards on Saturday night!


Saturday, August 19th 

A Conversation with Fred Hammond


Fred Hammond at the Capital City Black Film Festival

For more than 35 years, music lovers around the world have known Grammy Award-Winning artist Fred Hammond as a gifted vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. But as his peers and supporters alike have so reverently declared, he is without debate the architect behind the creation of a phenomenon in Gospel music, Urban Praise & Worship—a genre of gospel music that did not exist prior. As a result, Fred Hammond has become one of the most respected names in the music industry!

As a solo artist, founder of the pioneering urban group, Commissioned, and his work with Radical for Christ combined, Fred has sold over 8 million albums and these endeavors have made him a mainstay on Billboard’s Gospel Chart top 10. His previous release {Pages of Life} Chapters I & II exceeded Double Platinum status and held the #1 position on the Billboard Gospel Charts for over 15 weeks. His 2006 project entitled Free To Worship bombarded Billboard’s #1 position on the Gospel Charts and was hailed as one of the year’s best-selling gospel albums.

Beyond Hammond’s individual success, his achievements as CEO of Face to Face Productions and the FHammond Music Label have placed him in a class by himself. Since their inception, Hammond has served as producer on more than 100 album projects, racking up numerous awards and nominations including the Grammy, BET, N.A.A.C.P. Image, Stellar, Dove, and GMWA Excellence Awards. His debut independent release entitled “In Case You Missed… And Then Some” sold well over 200,000 copies. Over the years, he went on to produce several other incredible specialty projects including his Jazz album Grandad Turner, the project dedicated to love, relationships, and marriage–God, Love, and Romance, and the formation of the United Tenors—an incredible, relevant yet nostalgic presentation of the ultimate, modern-day quartet.



5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards

Red Carpet at 7:00pm, Awards at 8:00pm

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The 5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards on Saturday night at 8:00pm will be hosted by celebrated comedian Felonious Munk, whose standup is in demand across the country.

This will be the first time Munk has appeared in Austin!

Felonious Munk is a comedian, social commentator, and above average beardsman, currently based in Chicago. He appeared regularly on Comedy Central’s THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE. 

Munk was the co-creator, host, and writer for the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed shows AFROFUTURISM and BLACK SIDE OF THE MOON with the legendary Second City Chicago. He recently was a featured performer in the NBC Breakout Festival.

Munk performs standup regularly across the county, including headlining at The Gotham in NYC, Stand Up NYC, The Stand NY, The Laugh Factory Chicago, New York Comedy Club, and The Stand Room in NYC.



The MPOWERED Youth Film Experience @ CCBFF                                                         with Guest Speaker Xavier Burgin

Free Registration! Cash Prizes! Space is Limited - Registration Deadline is July 29th

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On Saturday, August 19th, the Black Media Council (BMC) and CCBFF will showcase approximately 10 short films/videos (10 mins. or under) by or about Black youth throughout the state of Texas. The theme for this year is “Black Youth Culture in the Post-Obama Era.” The focus of the films/videos can be wide-ranging, but must highlight issues directly pertaining to Black youth culture or their experiences in today’s society. Student filmmakers will submit either previously developed or original materials. Following the screening of their films/videos will be a Q&A panel in order to provide more insights into their filmmaking process, aesthetics and experiences.


Sunday, August 20th

World Premiere of "The Reason" and Talkback with Louis Gossett, Jr.

Doors Open at 1:30pm, Film Begins at 2:00pm

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The Reason, based on the William Sirls book, follows a small-town pastor (Louis Gossett, Jr.) whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in 38 years, and a mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia, as a mysterious man is sent to give them hope. Sirls adapted his book for the screen, writing the screenplay with Aviv Rubinstein and Richard Clark Jr. The Reason is directed by Randall Stevens and stars Tatyana Ali, Beverly Todd and Burgess Jenkins.