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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY POWERHOUSE SHERRI SHEPHERD JOINS CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL AS CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR FOR 2019 FESTIVAL

ACTOR, TELEVISION HOST, COMEDIAN, AND AUTHOR SHERRI SHEPHERD EMBODIES THE POWER OF BLACK WOMEN IN FILM INDUSTRY

The 7th annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) returns to Austin, August 30 – September 1, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center with an exciting lineup of film screenings, events and innovative programming. This year’s festival will feature film screenings of documentaries, features, shorts and music videos from talented filmmakers from across the globe. Filmmakers and fans can expect engaging and educational programming and the opportunity to network with and learn from industry professionals. Film submissions are currently being accepted and tickets are now on sale for All Film and VIP festival passes. Visit www.capcitybff.com for more information.

Sherri Shepherd will serve as the ambassador for this year’s festival – bringing with her a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. She is the ultimate hyphenate—successful actor-comedian-television host-producer-author-entrepreneur—making her undeniably one of entertainment’s most diversified and sought-after performers. Her upcoming movie Brian Banks is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2019 and has created a significant buzz.

Shepherd’s growing list of film credits includes an acclaimed star turn in Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime), One for the Money co-starring with Katherine Heigl and Chris Rock’s controversial, Top Five, Precious, Woodlawn, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Ride Along 2 with supernova, Kevin Hart. Shepherd is most known for her role as co-host of The View during Seasons 11-17 where she helped earn the seminal talk show its only Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2009.

“I am honored to serve as the 2019 ambassador at CCBFF. Their commitment to providing opportunities to Black filmmakers year after year is both inspiring and necessary. As a Black woman in the industry who has worked with an endless amount of talented, thoughtful and committed Black women filmmakers – I am eager to support the festival and their mission to shine a light on Black women – both on and off camera,” said Sherri Shepherd.

“We are dedicated to shining a light on the accomplishments of Black women in film. Having an ambassador as accomplished and devoted to elevating Black film as Sherri Shepherd is phenomenal for our festival. We are excited to have Sherri in Austin and are looking forward to delivering an unforgettable experience at this year’s festival,” said CCBFF Executive Director Winston G. Williams.

For the past six years, CCBFF has brought passionate, determined filmmakers to Austin to celebrate the rise of Black film. Filmmakers come from across the globe to showcase their work and learn from the brightest minds in the industry. With growing support from the Austin community and beyond, CCBFF expects to deliver dozens of amazing films, entertainment and development opportunities to filmmakers from across the nation.

Capital City Black Film Festival is made possible by a host of sponsors who believe in providing a platform for black filmmakers to thrive and advance in the industry. CCBFF would like to thank the following sponsors for their ongoing support: Austin Convention Center, JuVee Productions (Julius Tennon and Viola Davis), the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division Office and the Austin Film Commission.