WLOK Black Film Festival

The 3rd Annual WLOK Black Film Festival

 

WLOK BLACK FILM FESTIVAL PACKAGES 

 

For purposes of the WLOK Black Film Festival, a black film is defined as a film which has any one of the following three attributes:

 

A black film maker

 

A black actor(s) in a leading role

 

Social significance as it relates to the black experience in America

 

 

We are well along in the planning for the third annual WLOK Black Film Festival. The 2018 festival will be held from Thursday, August 30 through Sunday, September 2.  The events and films will be as follows:

 

Thursday, August 30:   New Film makers’ presentation

Time/place: 6 p m at Southwest Community College Downtown Campus

This event will feature films by local film makers not exceeding 25 minutes each.  

 

Friday, August 31:   A red carpet event featuring sampling from various restaurants followed by the film “Black Panther”.

Time/place: 6 p m red carpet event, 7 p m film, Clayborn Temple (projected location)

The movie: When two forces conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milage, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

 

Saturday, September 1:  “Coming To America”.

Time/place; 8 p m at Memphis College of Art (projected location)

The movie:  Eddie Murphy is a pampered African prince who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Akeem’s father (James Earl Jones) agrees to allow the prince 40 days to roam the U. S. sending Akeem’s faithful servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens.

 

Sunday, September 2: “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Time/place: 3 p m at Malco Studio on the Square (projected location)

The movie:   A detailed account of the life of singer Tina Turner (Angela Bassett) with scenes of victimization by her husband Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). It is a story of a woman overcoming spousal abuse.

Discussion after the film on women’s issues

 

Sunday, September 2: “Selma”.

Time/place:  7 p m at The National Civil Rights Museum

The movie:  In 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama despite violent opposition. Their efforts prompted civil rights changes which altered history. Directed by Ava DuVernay.

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