DCBFF Announces Full Lineup for The 1st ANNUAL DC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL August 17-19, 2017

DCBFF Announces Full Lineup for The 1st ANNUAL DC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, August 17-19, 2017

Washington, DC - (July 20, 2017) - Tickets are available now for the 2017 DC Black Film Festival. The theme for this year's festival is "Transcend Film". The event will be hosted at the Miracle Theatre and The Fridge in Southeast Washington, DC. Check out this year's full festival lineup featuring 52 independent productions at http://dcbff.org/2017-films. Tickets can be purchased at http://dcbff.org/schedule.

The 2017 festival will kick-off with a "What is Black?" opening night film line-up that features films that analyze the black experience and will be followed by a panel discussion of the same topic hosted by local producer and Districtly Speaking founder, Jonelle Henry. The festival weekend will continue with three themed film blocks, including a Saturday afternoon film block that will showcase an eclectic mix of film about, or by filmmakers from, Washington, D.C.  The festival concludes with a closing night film showcase entitled "Making Black Lives Matter Through Film," which will feature films that address topics such as police brutality and mental health.  A panel discussion will follow and will be hosted by DCBFF's founder, film critic Kevin Sampson.

DCBFF will also host a free filmmaker’s workshop entitled "What Now? Ensuring Your Production Comes To Fruition In Post!" that will be led by Executive Director of The Black Film & TV Collective, Huriyyah Muhammad, and Publicist/Founder of Golden Life Ventures, Leslie Green.  The workshop will focus on helping filmmakers learn how to plan past production to ensure their films will see the light of day.

"We are excited to bring this festival to the Washington, D.C. area to not only showcase the work of a host of talented filmmakers, but also to allow film to be the medium through which we discuss a number of issues that are of particular importance to the black community," said DCBFF's founder and Director Kevin Sampson.

To learn more about The DC Black Film Festival, visit www.dcbff.org. Keep up with the festival on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @dcblackfilmfest and Facebook www.facebook.com/dcblackfilmfestival. For Press Registration please visit http://dcbff.org/press-credentials/

About The DC Black Film Festival
The DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) is dedicated to exhibiting quality film, web series and television content by and about people of African descent. We support emerging artists striving to add diversity to the images, tastemakers and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. The DCBFF is committed to playing an integral role in discovering, celebrating and helping films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public.

Press Contact:
Kevin Sampson / kevin@dcbff.org

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.