DCBFF Announces Special Guests for the 2017 DC Black Film Festival

DCBFF Announces Special Guests for the 2017 DC Black Film Festival

Washington, DC - (August 3, 2017) - Today the DC Black Film Festival announced the special guests for its 2017 film festival, which will be hosted at the Miracle Theatre and The Fridge in Southeast Washington, DC. 

The 3-day festival kicks of with an opening night film showcase entitled "What Is Black?" that will feature films that analyze the black experience.  The line-up will be followed by a panel discussion of the same topic hosted by producer and Districtly Speaking founder, Jonelle Henry. Henry will be joined by Filmmaker Nadia Sasso (Am I the Film), The Black Reel Awards Founder Tim Gordon, and Filmmaker / Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher.

Filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a free 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

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 moderated by DCBFF's founder, film critic Kevin Sampson. Panelists will include Hans Charles (Cinematographer of 13TH), Filmmaker Pearl Gluck (Junior - Short Film), Actress Elle Jae Stewart (Junior - Short Film), and "The Warrior Lawyer" J. Wyndal Gordon, Esq.

"As a first year festival we are extremely grateful to have such an amazing group of special guests join us for this year's festival," said DCBFF's Founder and Director Kevin Sampson. "Each person is a conversation starter in their own right, so I'm sure the panel discussions will be a lively and educational experience for all of our festival attendees and participants."

To learn more about The DC Black Film Festival, visit www.dcbff.org.  Additional informaiton about the DCBFF's 2017 special guests is available at www.dcbff.org/special-guests.  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.