DCist: DC Black Film Festival Returns to Miracle Theatre

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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.

WTOP: DC Black Film Festival returns to Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row

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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.

Picture Lock Unlocked: Dyana Winkler and "United Skates"

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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.

Enlighten Me radio show w/ Andrea Cambron

Hear the show here!

Hey Fam,

I recently celebrated a film debut at a film festival for a good friend of mine and it was thrilling to be in the film space again. I saw films that put mainstream theater releases to shame. Chopping it up amongst peers about styling conventions and character arch and development was like coming home.

So as DC celebrates it’s annual Black Film Festival tomorrow through the weekend, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the films you won’t see in mainstream theaters. I’ll have Kevin Sampson, Founder of the festival on the program as well as feature some filmmakers like WIll Feagins and Deanna Del Ciello that you may want to keep an eye on.

Tune in every Wednesday from 4-5p ET on WERA-FM 96.7 in Arlington, Va or check us out online at Facebook.com/EnlightenMeOnWERA or Twitter @EnlightenMeWERA@andreacambron.

 

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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.

What You Can Expect to See At This Year's DC Black Film Festival!

Our founder/director, Kevin Sampson, spoke with Horace Holmes on Good Morning Washington about the 2018 festival! 

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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.

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 88- Joe Marshall, Joseph E. Austin II, Jennifer Lewis & Blake Bynum

Listen to the full episode here!

I'm continuing my talk w/ filmmakers whose films will be in the DC Black Film Festival showcase. Kickin‘ the show off I have Joe Marshall, writer/director of Here Kitty, which will screen during our We Still Dealin’ With This block. Then I talk with Joseph E. Austin II, writer/director of 1 Chance, one of our Opening Night Films. I have Jennifer Lewis, director of Austin’s Voice, which will play during our We Still Dealin‘ With This block as well. Finally, we’ll hear from Blake Bynum, director of Buried, which will play during our Friends: How Many Of Us Have Them block. Another great round of interviews from filmmakers you’ll be able to see next week at the DC Black Film Festival.

Check out Joe and Here Kitty on Instagram at: @joelumberjack 

Catch Joseph and 1 Chance on Instagram: @JosephAustinII

Did you listen to the podcast? Jennifer isn't on social: :)

The orginal Paper Boy, Blake can be found on Instagram/twitter here: @itsdapaperboy

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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.

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 87- Lewis T. Powell, Shayla Racquel, Patrick House, Terrance Smalls & Michael Faulkner

Listen to the episode here!

This week I’m still talking w/ filmmakers whose films will be in the DC Black Film Festival showcase. On this episode, I’m talking with two filmmakers from our History and Hidden Figures block, which will take a look at stories from our history and hidden figures that should be known Friday August 17th beginning at 9AM. I have the writer/producer/director/star of Padlock Men, Lewis T. Powell and writer/director of Riverment, Shayla Racquel. Then, I have to filmmakers from our Friends: How Many of Us Have Them film block which will play Saturday August 18th from 11:20AM to 1:50PM, and focuses on films of friendship...or the lack theereof. I have interviews with the writer/director of Blue Diamonds, Patrick House and the director and producer of the web series Lost Kings, Terrance Smalls and Michael Faulkner respectively. 

Check out Padlock Men here: https://www.facebook.com/padlockmen/

Learn more about Riverment here: https://rivermentfilm.com/

Get those Blue Diamonds here: https://www.patrickhousefilms.com/bluediamondsfilm1/

Find Baltimore's Lost Kings here: https://www.facebook.com/lostkingstheseries/

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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.

Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 86- Chad Quinn, Savannah Kopp, Bruce Gorman Jr., & Praheme

On Friday August 17th we’ll be showing a Love and Heartbreak block of films that deal with love and the heartbreak that sometimes comes with it. So today I’m speaking with Chad Quinn, writer/director of For The Love of Musiq; Savannah Kopp, writer/producer of The Wedding Scene; Bruce Gorman Jr., writer/producer/director of Thurman Comes Home; and Praheme, writer/director of Stuck. Your definitely going to to want to see these films at the festival, and you’ll enjoy getting to know these filmmakers and the stories behind their films on the show today. Listen to the show here

Check out Chad Quinn here: https://www.instagram.com/cuttyq/?hl=en

Try to get hitched with The Wedding Scene here: https://www.facebook.com/weddingsceneshort/

Check out Thurman Comes Home here: https://www.facebook.com/ThurmanComesHome/

Find out more about Stuck here: https://www.praheme.com/

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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.

Elements of Madness- 6 Must-See Films at the 2018 DC Black Film Festival

The DC Black Film Festival returns on Thursday, August 16, 2018, with a kick-off event at the Capitol Hill Hotel before the film screenings begin at The Miracle Theatre. Over the course of its three-day run, the DC BFF will host viewings of features and documentaries short and long,  workshops, and discussions intended to provoke thoughtful discussion.

Of the myriad of choices available, there are six films to keep an eye out for during the festival, provided in non-chronological order. Click here for full article

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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.

The Washington Post - Festivals celebrating black films provide cinematic safe space when it's sorely needed

Check out a perspective piece by The Washington Post's chief film critic, Ann Hornaday, discussing the cinematic safe space created by black film festivals, which highlights The DC Black Film Festival and its founder Kevin Sampson. The article is available here.

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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.

Washingtonian - Things to Do in DC This Weekend (August 17-20): A Chili Cookoff, Chuck Brown Day, and the DC Black Film Festival

The DC Black Film Festival makes the Washingtonian's list of "things to do in DC".  The Washingtonian reports:

FILM The first annual DC Black Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Miracle Theatre in Eastern Market. The festival features blocks of films that analyze the black experience, showcase the filmmakers, and highlight DC through films about or by directors from the city. Post-screening discussions include topics like “What Is Black? Analyzing The Black Experience Through Film” and Saturday’s “Making Black Lives Matter Through Film.” Tickets $15-$75. Through Saturday.

View the full article here.

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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.

The Washington Post - Hide from the heat with 'Wet Hot American Summer,' 'Predator' and the DC Black Film Festival

The DC Black Film Festival makes The Washington Post's list of weekend events to "hide from the heat".  The Washington Post reports:

DC Black Film Festival
The DC Black Film Festival, celebrating emerging and established black filmmakers from around the country, arrives at the Miracle Theatre this weekend. In addition to panel discussions and workshops, the films are presented in three blocks with the following themes: “The Future,” “The Struggle & The Triumph” and, of particular interest to locals, “The District & The Law,” focusing on films about or filmmakers from D.C., followed by films about law enforcement and justice.
Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE; Thu.-Sat., various times, $15-$20 per event or film block (VIP passes: $75).

View the full article here.

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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.

WTOP - DC Black Film Festival launches at Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row

WTOP's Jason Fraley previews the inaugual DC Black Film Festival. Check out the full write-up and video here.

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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.

DCist - New D.C. Film Festival Aims To Show The Breadth of Black Filmmaking

http://dcist.com/2017/08/the_first_annual_dc_black_film_fest.php

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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.

Full Length, Unedited Interview of DCBFF Founder Kevin Sampson by WTOP's Jason Fraley

https://www.facebook.com/mrkevinsampson/videos/10105609285009797/

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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.

WUSA9 - Local filmmakers gearing up for DC Black Film Festival

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/dc/local-filmmakers-gearing-up-for-dc-black-film-festival/464060117

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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.

WUSA9 - DC Black Film Festival Starts This Week

https://www.facebook.com/MikeaTurnerTV/videos/1460246710727358/

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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.

WERA 96.7FM - Picture Lock Episode 49 DC Black Film Festival Part 1

https://www.mixcloud.com/PictureLock/picture-lock-radio-ep-49-dc-black-film-festival-pt-1/

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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.

WERA 96.7FM - Karin's Calendar DC Black Film Fest Interview with Kevin Sampson

https://www.mixcloud.com/CareInn7oh3/dc-black-film-fest-interview-with-kevin-sampson/

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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.