2019 Recap




For 2019 – we experienced 3 days of all things black film. The full slate of events included an amazing intimate conversation with our Special Ambassador Sherri Shepherd, the Purple Rain Kick-Off Affair, 14 hours of film blocks with the screening of over 50 movies, a Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, the Harlem Lights Award Presentation Ceremony for honoree Deborah Riley Draper, social activations,  industry panel discussions — and much more!

CCBFF ambassador Sherri Shepherd brings 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, WoodlawnMadagascar: 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. 

Shepherd will have an intimate conversation with Zakiya Larry – discussing her career, life and how she has grown to stardom over the years. 

From Executive Producers STEPHEN CURRY and VIOLA DAVIS, CCBFF will host a Special Screening of EMMANUEL on Saturday, August 31 followed by a Q&A with Julius Tennon, President of Development and Production for Juvee Productions.

National headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the church, nine African Americans lay dead—leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror.

Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.

CCBFF will host a Special Screening of OUT OF OMAHA on Saturday, August 31. We will be joined by Darcell Trotter and Wayne Brown, the film’s subjects, along with the director.

From Director Clay Tweel and executive producer J Cole, OUT OF OMAHA traces 8 years in the coming-of-age journey of Darcell and Darrell Trotter, identical twin brothers from North Omaha.

By intimately portraying the twins’ hopes and struggles, and the love and help they give and get along the way, the film examines just how much it can take to overcome disadvantages rooted in historic injustice.

OUT OF OMAHA made its world premiere at DocNYC and won its first of multiple Audience Awards. The film will premiere September 9 on STARZ and will be available for purchase/download that night on AppleTV, Amazon, Google Play, and FandangoNow.

CCBFF will host a Special Closing Night Screening of LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE on Sumday, September 1 at 8p. Following the movie, we will be joined by producer and actor Tangi Miller for a Q&A session.

Last Nigh a DJ Saved My Life is set in Atlanta with the character Sinclair who is down on his luck and ends up at the top radio station. He’s on air when a female caller asks him for relationship advice. The next caller happens to be his longtime girlfriend, who breaks up with him, on air, in the middle of his show, embarrassing him across all of Atlanta. What’s to follow is a refreshing new spin on the simple truths about love and relationships.

The Spectrum Theatre Company presents its 4th Annual Youth Monologue Contest at the Capital City Black Film Festival. The event will take place September 1, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center. Preliminary rounds will begin at 12:00pm with the finals being held at 4:30pm.

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