FRED HAMMOND AND FELONIOUS MUNK TO APPEAR AT THE 2017 CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

 

AUSTIN, Texas  –  July 20, 2017 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced that writer, director, producer and Grammy-winning gospel music legend Fred Hammond; and Felonious Munk, comedian, actor, writer and social commentator; are among the special guests appearing at this year’s film festival.

On Saturday, August, 19th at 4:00pm, CCBFF will present, “A Conversation with Fred Hammond,” including an extended trailer featuring never-before-seen footage of Hammond’s new film, “The Choir.” This is not the first move from stage to screen for the multi-talented artist; Hammond was Executive Producer of the 2005 film, “The Gospel,” starring Boris Kojo, Nona Gaye, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker and Martha Munizzi. After the extended trailer screening of “The Choir,” film fans will engage in a talkback session with Hammond about his movie.

On Saturday, August, 19th at 8:00pm, the 5th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Awards will be hosted by celebrated comedian Felonious Munk, whose standup is in demand across the country. This is the first Austin appearance for Munk, who has headlined legendary venues such as Second City, The Laugh Factory and the New York Comedy Club. 

“To have artists of the caliber of Fred Hammond and Felonious Munk participate in this year’s festival is a tremendous honor,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of the Capital City Black Film Festival. “This is the beauty of CCBFF: whether well known, like Fred and Felonious, or soon to be well known, like the filmmakers who attend, all are welcome as part of the CCBFF family.”

Festival passes and individual event tickets are currently on sale for CCBFF 2017, taking place Thursday, August 17th, through Sunday, August 20th, at the Austin Convention Center (4th Floor) in Austin, Texas. To purchase passes and tickets, go to www.ccbff.eventbrite.com.

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF), celebrating its 5th Anniversary from August 17th–20th, 2017, showcases the best in new Black independent film from the brightest minds in filmmaking. One of the fastest growing film festivals in the region, CCBFF presents screenings, special events and exciting opportunities for people to experience the brilliant works of artists and filmmakers of color from across the globe. Festival passes and individual event tickets can be purchased at www.ccbff.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival, please visit www.capcitybff.com.


CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL HONORS ACADEMY AWARD, GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY WINNER LOUIS GOSSETT, JR., AT THE FESTIVAL’S 2017 OPENING NIGHT GALA

Two World Premieres – “Breaking Brooklyn” and “The Reason” – Featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., Will Be Screened at the Festival

 

AUSTIN, Texas  –  June 26, 2017 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced that Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., will be honored at the film festival’s Opening Night Gala on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the Austin Convention Center. This year marks the Festival’s 5th Anniversary of showcasing the best in Black independent film from the brightest minds in filmmaking.

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. At that time, the Harlem Theater was one of only seven black-owned theaters in the country. VIP Pass holders will be treated to a special Meet-and-Greet with Louis Gossett, Jr., prior to the Gala.         

In addition, “Forgiveness,” a short film written and directed by Satie Gossett, will be screened on Thursday evening. The CCBFF Opening Night Gala will be preceded by a cocktail reception and a “Living Art Gallery” display at 7:00pm.            

“We are incredibly excited and humbled that Louis Gossett, Jr., will be with us as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary. His are the shoulders on which we stand as we present the wealth of filmmaking and acting talent that exists in the African American community,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of the Capital City Black Film Festival. “We hold Mr. Gossett, Jr., in the highest regard, as do millions around the world, for his character and integrity, his immense talent and the magic he brings to the stage and screen.”

World Premieres

Premieres Friday, August 18th: 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.

Premieres Sunday, August 20th: 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.

Louis Gossett, Jr., will be present at each screening and will participate in a talkback with the audience.

Tickets and Passes

The 2017 Capital City Black Film Festival takes place Thursday, August 17th, through Sunday, August 20th, at the Austin Convention Center (4th Floor) in Austin, Texas. Tickets to the Opening Night Gala as well as Festival Weekend passes are currently on sale. To purchase passes and tickets, go to www.ccbff.eventbrite.com.          

Additional announcements on competitive film selections, panels, workshops and special guest appearances will be made during the coming weeks.           

CCBFF is still accepting submissions from filmmakers in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos. The late deadline is July 14th; please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process.        

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF), celebrating its 5th Anniversary from Thursday, August 17, through Sunday, August 20, 2017, showcases the best in new Black independent film from the brightest minds in filmmaking. One of the fastest growing film festivals in the region, CCBFF presents screenings, special events and exciting opportunities for people to experience the brilliant works of artists and filmmakers of color from across the globe. Festival passes and individual event tickets can be purchased at www.ccbff.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival, please visit www.capcitybff.com.


CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL RECOGNIZES TOP AWARD WINNERS

FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH POWERFUL KEYNOTE

 

Austin, Texas – August 30, 2016 – The 4th annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) announced its 2016 film winners during an awards ceremony on Saturday, August 27th at the Austin Convention Center.

Laurens Grant, director and producer of “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” brought this year’s keynote address where she shared words of encouragement and enlightenment to filmmakers trying to break through barriers and reach new heights.

Grant a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker was recently extended an invitation to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her distinguished contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Following Grant’s keynote, the room was a buzz as this year’s film competitors waited in anticipation of their film being flashed across the screen as a winner. Top winners of the night were Jerico, The Closet, Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith, The Queen of Rosewood and Power.

The full list of CCBFF winners included:

 

Features

1st   JERICO – Directed by Seckeita Lewis; written by Brandon Lewis

2nd   LAST NIGHT OF THE YEAR – directed and produced by Ralston Ramsay

3rd THE CLIFF – Directed and produced by Dennis Dotson

 

Shorts

1st   THE CLOSET – Directed by Timeca Seretti

2nd   LOVE – Directed by Marcellus Cox

3rd    SCARS – Directed and produced by Arthur Cartwright

 

Documentary Features

1st   WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH  - Directed and produced by Jesse Nesser

2nd   TEAR THE ROOF OFF: THE UNTOLD STORY OF PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC – Directed by Bobby J. Brown

3rd    ZYDECO BREAKFAST – Directed and produced by Thomas Uhl

 

Documentary Shorts

1st   THE QUEEN OF ROSEWOOD – Directed and produced by Benita Ododili Ozoude

2nd   LEO TWIGGS: REQUIEM FOR MOTHER EMANNUEL – Directed and written by Joe Clark; produced by Ken Beale

3rd   RISE UP - Directed, written and produced by Marcellus Cox

 

Music Videos

1st  POWER – Directed by Jared Aja; written and produced by Jeffery Johnson

2nd BABY GIRL - Directed and written by Chris Van Loan Sr.

 

The Capital City Black Film Festival thanks the many special guests, filmmakers, artists and partners for their incredible show of support and would specifically like to recognize the following sponsors: the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, H-E-B, The University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, JuVee Productions, The City of Austin, the Austin Revitalization Authority, the Austin Film Commission, the Texas Film Commission, and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For additional information about the festival, visit www.capcitybff.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                      

About the Capital City Black Film Festival:

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors or films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit www.capcitybff.com


CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF 2016 COMPETITIVE SELECTIONS

First Slate of Films Includes World and U.S. Premieres

 

AUSTIN, Texas – July 6, 2016 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today unveiled the first round of films that have been named official selections of its 4th Annual Festival, taking place August 25-28, 2016 at the Austin Convention Center.

In addition to screening a wide variety of features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, CCBFF offers workshops, celebrity panels, director talkbacks, a youth film competition and workshop, a young adult and youth monologue contest, and special filmmaker-only programming designed to enhance their creative careers and business dealings.

“Indie filmmakers across the country and around the world are getting the message that CCBFF is the place to come not only for a great time, but for a valuable experience,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of the Capital City Film Festival. “Every year, we continue to grow in size and scope, and this is just the beginning!”

This diverse slate of 38 films represents works from Nigeria (“Nollywood”), Spain and the United States. Additional screenings will be announced soon.

2016 CCBFF Competition Films

Color Blues, dir. David Hebrero, Spain, World Premiere

Sleeper, dir. Christopher Miles, USA, US Premiere

Checkers in the Afternoon, dir. Emily Harrold, USA, World Premiere

Biggi Ghetto, dir. Sue Collins Sadoh, Nigeria

The Writer’s Block, dir. Sonya Blakeley, USA, World Premiere

Too Black, dir. Mayson Minor, USA, World Premiere

‘BRO’, dir. Billy D. Washington, USA, World Premiere

Black Majick, dir. Terrence Jones, USA, World Premiere

Sweet Dillard, dir. Jim Virga, World Premiere

Dreams My Master, dir. Michael Krehan, USA, US Premiere

From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?, dir. Marilyn Bennett, USA, US Premiere

SCARS, dir. Arthur Cartwright, USA, World Premiere

Somewhere In Edo, dir. Sue Collins Sadoh, Nigeria

Ultimate Choice (Part One), dir. Sue Collins Sadoh, Nigeria

Doors, dir. Thembi Banks, USA, World Premiere

Sistah Did What? Episode 6 "Sistah's Pyschic", dir. Michael Blackman, USA

Wish Me Luck, dir. Angela Robinson Witherspoon, USA, World Premiere

Last Night of the Year, dir. Ralston Ramsay, USA, World Premiere

The Cliff, dir. Dennis Dotson, USA, World Premiere

The System, dir. Marcellus Cox, USA, US Premiere

Kumar and Jen Go To Dinner, dir. Alan Dunkel, USA, World Premiere

A Partial Heart, dir. Lance Montgomery, USA, World Premiere

Jaded Reflections, dir. Deanna Chandler, USA, World Premiere

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith, dir. Jesse Nesser, USA, US Premiere

Tear the Roof Off – The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic, Bobby J. Brown, USA, US        Premiere

Out of Bounds, dir. William Medero, USA, World Premiere

Zydeco Breakfast, dir. Thomas Uhl, USA, US Premiere

DayDreams&WeirdFacts, dir. Nonnie Christine Egbuna, USA, US Premiere

The Age of Rebellion, dir. Davon Gilliam, USA, World Premiere

LOVE, dir. Marcellus Cox, USA, US Premiere

The Closet, dir. Timeca Seretti, USA, World Premiere

Break, dir. Nicholas Santos, USA, World Premiere

INSTITUTIONALIZED, Joshua Moody, USA, World Premiere

Some Torches Don’t Burn, dir. Christopher Malcolm Reese, USA

Interview With A Racist, dir. Chris Guinn, USA

Confused…by Love, dir. Crosby Tatum, USA

Til Love Comes, dir. Jay Williams, USA,

Jerico, dir. Seckeita Lewis, USA

CCBFF is still accepting submissions in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos. The late deadline is July 17th; please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process.

Festival passes and individual event tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.capcitybff.com/passes.

The Capital City Black Film Festival is sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, H-E-B, The University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, JuVee Productions, The City of Austin, the Austin Revitalization Authority, the Austin Film Commission, the Texas Film Commission, and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors, and films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit www.capcitybff.com.

 

For more information, contact:

Glynnis Woolridge

Capital City Black Film Festival

gewoolridge@capcitybff.com  

(512) 710-1811


CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PANELS, SESSIONS AND GUESTS

Miguel Núñez Jr., April Reign, Gil Robertson and Fran Harris Among Featured Guests

 

AUSTIN, Texas – June 27, 2016 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced its first slate of panels, sessions and guest appearances for its 2016 Film Festival, taking place August 25th – 28th at the Austin Convention Center.

Actor, writer and producer Miguel A. Núñez Jr. (Juwanna Mann, Belle’s) makes his first appearance at CCBFF, lending his considerable talent and insight to help educate CCBFF’s filmmaker audience through panel discussions and one-on-one feedback on film and made-for-TV movie pitches.

The CCBFF special guest lineup also includes April Reign, #OscarSoWhite Creator, Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor-at-Large for Nu Tribe Magazine; Gil Robertson IV, Co-Founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association; Jamie Broadnax, Creator of #BlackPantherSoLIT and @BlackGirlNerds; Maurice Moore, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, and CEO and Founder of Anaik Films; Fran Harris, television personality, author, and life and business coach extraordinaire; Tynicka Battle, Founder of TBD; and filmmaker-on-the-rise Xavier Burgin, Writer and Director of On Time and Olde E, who recently landed a licensing deal with HBO.

“The Capital City Black Film Festival is the place to see, meet and appreciate some of the best and brightest emerging Black filmmaking talent on the planet,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of CCBFF. “We are truly grateful to the fans and film community who have shown such overwhelming support for our mission of making a positive impact on the Black independent film market."

This year’s Festival begins on Thursday evening, August 25th, with a Filmmaker Welcome Reception (invitation only) in downtown Austin, followed by the event’s opening night celebration and feature film at the Austin Convention Center. On Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, Festival attendees will enjoy film screenings, premieres, talkbacks with film directors and casts, panel discussions, workshops, parties, a CCBFF Vendor Pop-Up Shop and the closing night Awards Gala. The weekend will culminate with a Filmmaker Farewell Brunch (invitation only) on Sunday.

Panels, Sessions and Workshops

CCBFF panels, sessions and workshops are designed inform, educate and inspire filmmakers and film lovers alike. They include:

  • Black (Panther) Power – A panel discussion on the current state of diversity in Hollywood and what impact Marvel’s Black Panther movie will have on how the industry perceives the domestic and international market for Black films.
  • The Distribution Game:  Is There An Art To Selling Your Movie? – Industry insiders discuss what filmmakers can do to give themselves the best shot at a distribution deal.
  • Filmmaker Spotlight: A Q&A with Xavier Burgin – Learn from this savvy indie filmmaker’s success in using social media to build his brand and fan base.
  • The Write Way – A free screenwriting workshop with Fran Harris for established and aspiring filmmakers.

Festival passes and individual event tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.capcitybff.com/passes.

CCBFF is still accepting submissions in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos. The late deadline is July 17th; please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process.  

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors, and films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit www.capcitybff.com.

 

For more information, contact:

Glynnis Woolridge

Capital City Black Film Festival

gewoolridge@capcitybff.com  

(512) 710-1811


2016 CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

Special Early Bird Pricing Available Until May 31st

 

AUSTIN, Texas – April 18, 2016 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced that tickets are now on sale for its 4th annual event, taking place August 25th – 28th at the Austin Convention Center. CCBFF Passes, which provide access to all or select ticketed events during the three-day Festival, are available at a significant discount through May 31st.

The CCBFF VIP Pass gives film lovers the full festival experience, including all screenings, premieres, panels, parties, a premium swag bag and more, for the early bird price of $149 (a $315 value).VIP Pass holders get express access to all screenings and preferred seating at the Festival’s opening night and closing awards galas. Additional tickets – including an all film or day pass, as well as individual event tickets – start at just $15 and can be purchased at www.capcitybff.com.  

“This year promises to be our biggest and most exciting Festival yet, and we have some surprises in store that you won’t want to miss,” said Winston G. Williams, Founder and Executive Director of CCBFF. “We want people to experience all the Capital City Black Film Festival has to offer; consider this your personal invitation to come see some fantastic films, network with industry professionals, party with fellow film lovers and support great independent filmmaking.”

The Capital City Black Film Festival is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the region and attracts a multicultural audience of filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and film lovers from around the world. This year, CCBFF expects to present a selection of 80 narrative and documentary feature films, short films and music videos – including regional, U.S. and world premieres – from emerging and established independent filmmakers.  

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors or films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit www.capcitybff.com.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Glynnis Woolridge

Capital City Black Film Festival

gewoolridge@capcitybff.com

(512) 710-1811


CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2016

Call for Feature Films, Short Films and Music Videos; Submissions Due by July 17th  

 

AUSTIN, Texas – February 1, 2016 – The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced that it is accepting submissions for narrative features, documentary features, short films and music videos for the 2016 Festival taking place August 25th – 28th at the Austin Convention Center.

CCBFF, now in its fourth year, is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the region. The Festival provides screenings, special events and exciting opportunities to experience the brilliant works of African American artists and filmmakers across the globe.

The early submission deadline for entries is March 27th, the official deadline is May 22nd and the late deadline is July 17th.  Please visit www.capcitybff.com for more information about the submission process. 

“We know that filmmakers who choose to participate in CCBFF are the heart and soul of our Festival, and we appreciate them sharing their work with us,” said Winston G. Williams, Founder and Executive Director of CCBFF. “That is why our Festival is about more than just the screening of outstanding films; we create opportunities for filmmakers to network with industry insiders, businesses and professionals to share ideas, make deals and enhance their creative careers.” 

During the Festival, filmmakers will have access to companies showcasing filmmaking technology, products and services; one-on-one discussions with industry experts; as well as workshops and panels in the areas of film funding, production, distribution and marketing. 

The Capital City Black Film Festival attracts a multicultural audience of filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and film lovers from around the world. This year, CCBFF expects to present a selection of 80 narrative and documentary feature films, short films and music videos – including regional, U.S. and world premieres – from emerging and established independent filmmakers.  

 

About Capital City Black Film Festival

The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) presents programming that celebrates and showcases films that are written, directed or produced by African American filmmakers, films which prominently feature African American actors or films that address topics and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF offers year-round programming for filmmakers and film lovers alike, including screenings, networking, educational workshops and special events. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival and its programs, please visit www.capcitybff.com.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Glynnis Woolridge

Capital City Black Film Festival

gewoolridge@capcitybff.com

(512) 710-1811


Capital City Black Film Festival Opens Third Year with Historical Harlem Lights!

Awards Show and a Growing, Diverse Slate of Films

 

Austin, TX – July 20, 2015 - The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) will begin this year with a special event entitled Harlem Lights! in Austin, TX, reception at 6:30pm with show starting at 7:30pm, August 13, 2015 at the Palmer Events Center. Harlem Lights!, which highlights the history of African Americans in film, will feature live music, rare photographs, film clips, local actors and will be hosted by film, television and theater veteran Julius Tennon.

This historical presentation honors Austin’s own Harlem Theater in its heyday, along with the actors and the history that made the Harlem Theater what it was. During the evening, lifetime achievement awards will be given to Austin's own Tennon, actress, comedian, music performer “Damita Jo” LeBlanc, and jazz musician Gil Askey, one of the architects of the famous Motown sound.

Each year CCBFF has used opening night to elevate the arts. This year local, influential organizations are adding to the prestige, including partnerships with the Austin History Center, the Texas Preservation of Black History Project and the African American Cultural Heritage District. 

“I enjoy honoring those who have paved the path on which we tread today. The Harlem Lights! evening will recognize Blacks with connections to Austin, the Harlem Theater and film,” says Winston G. Williams, CCBFF Executive Director.“I think the audience will be amazed. We are very grateful to Flow Communications for producing the event for us.”

Tennon, Co-President and Producer of JuVee Productions, and his wife, award-winning actress Viola Davis, have been supporters of CCBFF since its inception because they felt having a Black film presence in Austin was long overdue.

“Austin is ready and made for this,” said Austin native Tennon. “It’s important to us to help bring attention to the Festival in Austin where independent film is continuing to blossom. There’s a huge need to be inclusive of artists of color and to give them an outlet to showcase their work. It’s essential for us to have
a stage on which we’re able to put our voices out there.”

After a tremendous inaugural year in September 2013 and experiencing unexpected growth in 2014, CCBFF continues to grow, going from two to five screens with a diverse slate of feature films, documentary/feature films, short films, documentary/short films and music videos. The film ratings will range from G through the maximum of R.

A must-see thriller slated for this year’s Festival is Reel One Entertainment’s blackhats directed by LaRon Austin. The film is a cyber-thriller depicting a group of extreme gamers connected to an underground hacker community that is being hunted by a hired assassin and the FBI. Their only chance of survival, and
to prevent a massive viral attack that could collapse America’s economic foundation, is through the help of a formerly hot-tempered bounty hunter, which now, finds his new harmonious life as a Fugitive Recovery Agent threatened.

This year’s Festival will begin at 6:30pm, Thursday, August 13, 2015 with the opening night reception Harlem Lights! and continue through Saturday, with 60 film screenings, interactive industry workshops, panel discussions, and more. To view the full schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.capcitybff.com.

 

Event: Capital City Black Film Festival

When: Thursday, August 13, 2015, Friday, August 14, 2015, and Saturday, August 15, 2015

Where: Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

Buy Tickets: http://www.capcitybff.com/tickets

 

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For more information, to arrange interviews or to receive images of films related to CCBFF, please contact:

Media Contact

Andrea Anderson

A Signature Group

Anderson.andrea7@gmail.com

214-334-7165

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Susan Yost

A Signature Group

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214-228-8280


About the Capital City Black Film Festival:

www.capcitybff.com

Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is a Texas film festival based in Austin, the Capital of Texas. The festival’s goal is to bring together talented African Americans involved in media and the film industry to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their work in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin and in Texas.

 

About JuVee Productions:

www.juveeproductions.com

JuVee Productions is a Los Angeles-based independent, multi-ethnic production company committed to excellence in film, television and theater. JuVee was founded by the acting/producing husband and wife team of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon.

 

About Reel One Entertainment:

www.blackhatsmovie.blogspot.com

Serving as a multi-functional production company based in Atlanta, GA, Reel One Entertainment specializes in Entertainment Content, Online Marketing, Sales and Licensing. Formed by a creative team of industry professionals, Reel One Entertainment is dedicated to the creation of cost-effective, high-quality independent films intended to entertain, inspire and connect with audiences.


Capital City Black Film Festival is Back in Austin for Another Successful Showing August 2014

 

Austin, TX – Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is back after a tremendous inaugural year in September 2013.

In 2013, CCBFF kicked off its inaugural year with two days of independent films expressing the African American experience. Now, the 2014 festival is staged to be an even BIGGER event. With household names such as ACL, SXSW and Urban Music Festival in its annual calendar, Austin now includes CCBFF on the city’s list of annual premiere events.

Taking place in the beautiful Palmer Events Center, this year’s festival will again host screenings of feature films, documentary/feature films, short films, documentary/short films and music videos. The film ratings will range from G through the maximum of R.  

When asked about this year’s festival, executive director Winston Williams says “Every day I am amazed by the interest in the festival.  Filmmakers from around the country are contacting us, submitting their films and sharing our information.  We are proud to have JuVee Productions of Los Angeles, California on board with us again this year and thank Julius Tennon and Viola Davis for their unwavering support of CCBFF.”

This year’s festival will begin Thursday, August 21, 2014 with an opening night reception, featuring special performances and a feature film screening. Friday and Saturday of the festival will include interactive industry workshops from 9a-11a and film screenings, panel discussions, and more from 12p-9p.  The full schedule will be published Monday, July 21, 2014 on our website at www.capcitybff.com. END

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Event:   Capital City Black Film Festival
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, Friday, August 22nd, 2014, and Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

Where: Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

 

Media Contact: Adesewa Faleti, press@capitycitybff.com

About the Capital City Black Film Festival:

Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is a Texas film festival based in Austin, the Capital of Texas.  The festival’s goal is to bring together talented African Americans involved in media and the film industry. The festival’s main goal is to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their work in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers, Austin Texas.  CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin and in Texas. 


Black Film Festival Coming To Austin

Austin, TX (7/30/13) – Joining the city’s tradition for celebrating the arts, Capital City Black Film Festival will be honoring urban filmmakers from September 26th through the 28th 2013 in Austin. Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is the city’s first festival dedicated to recognizing black filmmakers and actors in the industry. The event will host competitive screenings for documentaries, features, shorts, and music videos, as well as exclusive licensed content only shown in private showings. The festival will also host panel discussions on topics such as modern film production and distribution, and will feature acclaimed filmmakers and activists such as Deborah Riley Draper of Versailles ’73 fame and [the Austin Film Festival guys].

CCBFF is the product of brothers Winston G. and Harrell D. Williams, and they have laid much of the groundwork for the inaugural event through personal financing and good old-fashioned sweat equity. Their mission is to provide up-and-coming Black filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their works and tap into the vast resources available in the Austin area and Texas at large.

“My brother and I have both spent a lot of time visiting film festivals across the country, and the one thing Austin lacks is this type of event,” says Winston, co-founder of CCBFF, an actor. “With the tremendous amount of growth happening across the city, we believe that Austin is ready to host its next big event in entertainment, and that’s CCBFF.”

Starting a film festival from scratch, however, is a massive undertaking, and the two have been working non-stop to bring the state’s big names to the table. With the festival drawing closer and the final pieces coming together, the two filmmakers turned to the team behind a community staple: Austin Urban Music Festival (AUMF).

“When we met with the team at AUMF, they immediately threw their support behind us,” says Harrell, co-founder of CCBFF and a filmmaker himself. “There are independent filmmakers who have unique compelling content, and Austin is a perfect place to let these unsung artists shine. We see a need in our community, and we are honored to be working with a team that shares this common vision with us.”

In order to secure additional funding Capital City Black Film Festival is running a Kickstarter campaign, which ends on August 17th 2013 with a goal to raise $10,000 and the hope to surpass that goal. The Kickstarter campaign will roll out videos in support of the festival through the campaign’s conclusion, and will feature members of the Austin film community and beyond. Pledge rewards for those who donate include limited edition gear like festival posters and t-shirts, along with discounted festival passes and free nights at the Omni Hotel. To donate, visit the CCBFF Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1961970532/capital-city-black-film-festival-celebrate-black-f

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Contact: Winston G. Williams

Phone: 512.301.4141

Email: info@capcitybff.com

 

About Capital City Black Film Festival:

Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) exists to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their works in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers, Austin Texas. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin, and in Texas.

This year’s festival itinerary includes three days of educational and empowering film screenings, panel discussions and networking opportunities. In addition, the CCBFF’s prestigious Red Carpet “Star Awards” will recognize the achievements of emerging screenwriters, directors, actors and music video producers/directors.

The Goals of the Capital City Black Film Festival are to:

  • Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding.
  • Promote and display works that express the African-American experience.
  • Attract economic growth and development to the state of Texas and the city of Austin by bringing all aspects of the film and television industry into the state.
  • Create opportunities to sharpen film production and marketing skills through workshops and panel discussions.
  • Provide an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources available in the city of Austin and in Texas.
  • Provide an opportunity to network with industry professionals and film enthusiasts.