Insightful conversations, informative discussions and prestigious industry awards were presented at the 3rd annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) Aug. 13-15, 2015.
In light of more filmmakers bringing their vision of the Black experience to audiences through the advancement of digital technology, the festival kicked off Friday with a panel discussion led by filmmakers including blackhats Director LaRon Austin and Producer Eddie D. Singleton. The forum was designed to provoke dialogue regarding the definition of Black Films and whether it should be narrowed or broadened and the pros and cons of making a Black Film.
Saturday, the Black Media Council presented Mpowered: A Youth Film Screening and Work Shop, but the highlight of the morning was a rare one-on-one conversation with reformed Los Angeles drug Kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross moderated by film, television and theater veteran Julius Tennon. Ross openly shared his larger-than life scandalous past as well as his future ambitions now as a reformer and legitimate business man.
“Freeway” Rick Ross was the leader of South Central’s first major multi-million dollar crack distribution ring until he was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1996. While in prison an illiterate Ross learned how to read, challenged his life sentence and got it overturned after serving a total of 20 years. Intrigued by his story, festival-goers joined him later that evening for the spotlight screening of his film Freeway: Crack In The System.
The festival concluded with the CCBFF Star Awards where the top winners were Sunshine, Noodles and Me winning first place “Documentary Feature,” Everyone has a Place took first place in “Documentary Short,” America is Still the Place 2015 for best “Feature,” First Date, Last Date for best “Short,” and #BlackHistory365 for best “Music Video.”
The full list of CCBFF winners included:
1st Place – Sunshine, Noodles and Me
2nd Place – Lords of BSV
3rd Place – That Daughter’s Crazy
1st Place – Everyone has a Place
2nd Place – The Portrait of an Artist: When the Lights Turn Off
3rd Place – Out of Sight, Out of Mind
1st Place – America is Still the Place 2015
2nd Place – Conflict of Interest
3rd Place – Clipped Wings They Do Fly
1st Place – First Date, Last Date
2nd Place – The Wash
3rd Place – Bro
1st Place – #BlackHistory365
The Capital City Black Film Festival thanks its many partners, companies, filmmakers and artists for their incredible show of support and would specifically like to recognize The City of Austin, Austin Film Commission, H-E-B, and JuVee Productions.
For additional information about the festival, visit www.capcitybff.com.
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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 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.