Black Alphabet Opening Night
The Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF), founded in Chicago in 2013, will hold its first festival outside of Chicago in Cincinnati during Pride, presented by Cincy Black Pride in partnership with Esquire Theatre.
2019 Film Festival Info:
Weds, June 19th, 6:30 PM, Esquire Theatre.
The Changing Same (with special introduction by L. Lamar Wilson)
Directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle, Starring L. Lamar Wilson. In the Florida Panhandle lies Marianna, where resident Lamar Wilson annually runs a half-marathon to lift the veil of racial terror in the town’s buried history. On October 26, 1934, Claude Neal was brutally lynched by a mob of white men, and the very public spectacle remains one of the worst acts of torture and execution on record in 20th-century America. Yet no physical reminders of this atrocity exist in Marianna today. Every year, Lamar runs 13 miles to retrace the same route Neal took on the fateful final night of his life. Lamar’s sense of duty to shine a light on this painful past is borne of a clear-eyed view—yet ultimately love—for his hometown.
Directed by Kareem Ferguson. Deonte a visual artist is approaching the age Jesus died, wanting to leave a legacy beyond material belongings; his paranoia has sparked a radical idea or is it?
ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles (followed by a panel discussion featuring the director)
Directed by Michael Rice. The film focuses on methamphetamine addiction within the LGBTQ
community of color, and explores a drug epidemic that is affecting the lives of Black and Latino gay millennials at an alarming rate
Directed by Robin Cloud. Cat visits her parents for the weekend and is confronted with her mother’s inability to remember one key detail.
Wednesday, June 19
Opens June 20th, 2019