SBFF Returns! The 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival brings another year of melanated films to the halls of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, starting April 29th and running through May 1st, 2022. Film screenings are offered both in-person and via video-on-demand, and the festival weekend includes panels and community events, an international selection of over forty feature films, music videos, documentaries, and short films showcasing the range and depth of the Black experience on the big screen from over 4 continents.
Past SBFF guests and participating filmmakers have included Charles Burnett; Ava DuVernay; St. Clair Bourne; Zeinabu Irene Davis; Katherine Cheairs; Danny Glover; Brazilian director Joel Zito Araújo; Jayne Cortez; James Spooner (Afropunk); Tionna McClodden; David Walker; and many others. The festival has shown early films by Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Tchaiko Omawale, and dozens of other filmmakers now working in film, television, comics, and other creative forms.
A festival kick-off event is happening Friday, April 29th at 6 pm, which begins with a happy hour mixer where guests and filmmakers are invited to gather in celebration of Black brilliance. Following the mixer, the traditional Evening of Black Cinematic Brilliance short film showcase starts at 7 pm, featuring a powerful line-up of local, national, and international narratives. You don't want to miss the closing night events on Sunday, May 1st, where programming wraps up with a presentation by two very special festival guests, WACO Theater Center Co-Artistic Directors, Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson (Yes, Bey's mamma!), of the documentary film The Evolution of African Dance, plus a behind-the-scenes short documentary on the making of Black Terror.
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