The holiday season always leads me to reflect on the year that’s coming to a close while looking forward to the new beginnings that the New Year brings. I usually do that while a Christmas soundtrack plays in my head. One of my favorite songs, Little Drummer Boy, has been playing on repeat; the lyrics somehow made me look at what’s going on in the film industry – and with CCBFF – in a different way.
“Said the night wind to the little lamb, do you see what I see?”
After we wrapped up CCBFF 2016, I spent a lot of time catching up on the many Black movies and TV series available through network, cable and VOD channels. “Do you see what I see?” There is a lot of Black content out there right now! Time Warner Cable News (now known as Spectrum) invited me to do an interview in their studio recently about the explosion of Black content and what filmmakers should do when there is a lull in Black content to view. We know there are ebbs and flows in business, no matter what industry you’re in. That’s why the Capital City Black Film Festival makes it a priority to stay on top of what’s going on in the market so we can educate our filmmakers about all of their independent film distribution options for increasing revenue. CCBFF is also committed to making film lovers aware of where to find the content produced by our Filmmaker Alumni.
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, do you hear what I hear?
Recently, I was honored to be elected President of the Black Professional Alliance (BPA), the umbrella organization for many Black professional groups in Austin, Texas. The Capital City Black Film Festival was the first arts/entertainment-related organization to join BPA. We joined to “elevate the arts” and recognize artists as “professionals.” What an honor to be elected President and for the Board of Directors to support our mission! In my acceptance speech to BPA, I spoke about the energy that is in the air and how I wanted to harness it to reach new heights. Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of CCBFF positioning itself to be a reckoning force in many aspects of arts and business.
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty King, do you know what I know?
Now… there are three segments of our audience: filmmakers, film lovers, and those entities that need content for their channels. CCBFF 2016 was a break out year for us, in that we assembled an awesome group of industry professionals for panels, conversations and one-on-one access for our attendees. Here’s what I know: the industry powerhouses emphasized the importance of the work we do.
“Festivals like [CCBFF] are such a big resource for up-and-coming filmmakers and content creators, because it allows your film to get recognition, to get buzz. We pay attention to that; it’s a way for us to watch out for you when you don’t even know we’re watching out for you. It’s a way for you to get on the radar.”
Candice C. Wilson, Executive Director Acquisitions & Development CODEBLACK Films and Laugh Out Loud Network
“You have to get into these festivals. Somebody you don’t even know could be in the back of the room and say ‘I see some potential there’ and you never know who that person is.” Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Actor, Writer & Producer
Our 2016 panelists have become friends and advocates of CCBFF, and we will continue to create and nurture those relationships to benefit our past and future filmmakers.
Now, “Said the Executive Director to the people everywhere, listen to what I say!” May you and yours enjoy good health, peace, joy and love this Christmas and throughout the New Year!