The ActNow Foundation, Inc. is now accepting feature and short film submissions for the 5th installment of Brooklyn’s premier black film festival and showcase New Voices in Black Cinema. The Festival will take place March 26-29, 2015 in partnership with BAMcinématek.
The festival, in the recent past, has screened acclaimed independent films to sold out audiences, including Tommy Oliver’s “1982” (starring Hill Harper and Wayne Brady), Tanya Hamiton’s “Night Catches Us” years back (starring Kerry Washington & Anthony Mackie) , Ava DuVernay’s fictional feature film debut “I Will Follow,” and many more, including “Big Words,” “Tey,” “alaskaLand,” “Stones in the Sun,” “Gimme the Loot,” as well as compelling documentaries such as “The Central Park Five,” “Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise & Fall of the Spook Who Sat By The Door,” “The Furious Force of Rhymes,” “United States of Hoodoo” and others.
The festival, which has introduced Brooklyn audiences to the freshest of voices in indie black cinema, has also screened an array of incredible short films from local and international talent.
There’s also the annual ‘New Black Classics,’ which includes the screening of films that fit under that umbrella – for example, in 2012 the festival screened Theodore Witcher’s “Love Jones” and the year before that, Wendell B. Harris’ woefully underseen gem “Chamelon Street.” Last year, the banner went to John Sayles “Brother From Another Planet” and included a fascinating post-screening discussion with director John Sayles and star Joe Morton, moderated by Warrington Hudlin.
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