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The  DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival’s purpose is to provide exposure for independent filmmakers, writers, producers, directors and actors from around the world. We offer different 6 film categories that give you the opportunity to be recognized, awarded and funded for your projects:

The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival is the destination for filmmakers looking to build their career, and have the right eyes on their work; from talent agencies, sales agents, distributors and the press. The audience feedback in DC will give filmmakers a unique, quantifiable and intelligent breakdown.


Filmmaker Fridays with Filmmaker Christine Swanson!-Click Here to-Register Now

Multiple Dates: Wednesday - July 1, 2020 & July 8, 2020 @ 7:30 PM EDT

$0 - $10


About this Event

CHRISTINE SWANSON is a Detroit native, visionary storyteller and multiple award-winning filmmaker. She earned her MFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, one of the nation’s top-ranked graduate film programs. CNN identified Christine as one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from NYU’s graduate film program since Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone, and Spike Lee (Christine’s NYU directing teacher). She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, double majoring in Communications and Japanese.


After a community watch party of "The Clark Sisters," we will host a Q&A with Filmmaker Christine Swanson about her work and experience in the industry.


6:00pm Community Watch Party of The Clark Sisters (Available on Hulu, Lifetime, and to rent on VOD)

Feel free to email or tweet us your questions for Christine using the hashtag #watchwithNYCWF. We will use these questions for the top of the Q&A!

7:50pm Quick Break

8:00pm Q&A with Christine Swanson via Zoom (link will be sent)


-Click Here to-Register NowIn The Director's Chair with Frances-Anne Solomon Webinar

Date & Time: Sunday - July 5, 2020 @ 4:00 PM EDT



About this Event

Join Frances-Anne Solomon and Director Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) for an online masterclass session in directing and producing on the CaribbeanTales-TV.com platform. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Twenty–five years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award–winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film.

Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO. She directed the multi-award winning movie The Rosa Parks Story, which earned two NAACP Image Awards, an Emmy nomination for Angela Bassett, and a DGA Best Directorial nomination. Additional films include Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground. Her work as a film director includes media design for museums, a theme park pavilion for Disney’s Imagineering, and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum’s environmental theater presentation of Brothers of the Borderland. Her work includes music videos, documentary, PSA’s, industrial documentary films, and commercial spots for fortune 500 brands, i.e., Coca Cola and GMC.

Julie Dash is the Distinguished Professor of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media (CTEMS) at Morehouse College.

This event happens on the first Sunday of the month on CaribbeanTales-TV.com


The Legacy and Power of Audre Lorde-Click Here to-Register Now

Date & Time:  Wednesday - July 8, 2020 @ 6:00 PM EDT



About this Event

Join us in considering the legacy and power of Audre Lorde and her writings on the 25th anniversary of the seminal film about her life, A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde.

A Litany for Survival (90 min) will be free streamed to those who RSVP for this event for 24 hours before and after the panel. At the beginning of this event, we will also feature the short documentary Unspoken by TWN Workshop graduate Patrick G. Lee on Asian Americans writing coming out letters to immigrant parents.

Filmmakers Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson, and Patrick G. Lee will talk with filmmaker and TWN Board member Dorothy Thigpen in a conversation about the making of A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde, the film's meaning, and Audre Lorde's impact on writers, artists, and activists now.

This event cosponsors include NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, and the New York Public Library.


CTFF 2020 Special LIVE Screening & Talkback of HERO-Click Here to-Register Now

Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

Date & Time: Wed, July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 PM EDT



About this Event

Synopsis: In 1941 Ulric Cross, a young man from Trinidad, leaves his island home to seek his fortune. He survives the War as the RAF’s most decorated West Indian. Then, his life takes another course and he becomes part of the movement of history. Cross’ long life spanned key moments of the 20th Century including independence in Africa and the Caribbean.


Join us after the screening for a Talkback featuring Cast & Crew from HERO!




Art & Activism Film Makers Series | Sisters of the Wilderness-Click Here to-Register Now

Date & Time: Sat, July 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM PM EDT



About this Event

We are intimately linked to nature and what we do to her we do to ourselves. Join Tbird Luv in conversation with filmmaker Ronit Shapiro, about her award winning film Sisters of the Wilderness.

Set in the iMfolozi wilderness, South Africa, in the oldest game park in Africa, Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women going into the wilderness for the first time on a journey of healing and self-discovery.

What they discover is both breathtaking and heart breaking at the same time. Learn how Ronit and others are helping to save the iMfolozi wilderness from unsustainable mining and illegal hunting of its rhinos. Website: https://www.sistersofthewilderness.com/


* Facebook @Sistersofthewilderness * Twitter @WildSisters16 * Instagram @sistersofthewilderness