Blog Archive

Thu

Jan 10

2019

DBFF: Bruce is a Tale of Arrested Development, Rock Bottom, and Redemption

The titular anti-hero of “Bruce” has a problem. Actually, Bruce has a lot of problems — most of them stemming from his own self-destructive and narcissistic tendencies. It’s up to the viewer to sit with bated breath, wondering how the protagonist of this dark comedy will ever work things out. By contrast, the primary creator […]

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Sun

Apr 15

2018

THIN LINE: Fatherhood and Barcelona in Black Explore the Realities of Family, Time, and Modernity

What do urban areas, absent fathers, and the passage of time have in common? A cursory viewing of Manel Cebrian’s short film Barcelona in Black and Ben Gregor’s feature Fatherhood might suggest: simply, not much. Given a closer look, the two films share less obvious threads — among them the painful and liberating qualities of […]

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Fri

Apr 13

2018

THIN LINE: Worlds Collide in The Modern Jungle and Travelogue Tel Aviv

 If you’re looking for a movie to take you far, far away from Denton and Thin Line Fest, look no further than feature film The Modern Jungle and its accompanying short, Travelogue Tel Aviv. From the bustling cosmopolis of Tel Aviv, Israel, to the remote rainforests of Chiapas, Mexico, these films transport the viewer into […]

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Tue

Jan 16

2018

DBFF: Miracles and Muzik and These Beats Ain’t Free Explore the Highs and Lows of Life in the Music Industry

Hip-hop artists and pop stars receive no shortage of praise and adoration, but what about the producers that help those musicians craft their biggest hits? Two of the Denton Black Film Festival’s exhibitions will explore the hectic, competitive, and often thankless world of music production. Miracles and Muzik, a documentary by Dallas director Jeff Adair, […]

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Fri

Jan 05

2018

DBFF: For Ahkeem: One Teen Mother’s Resolve to Succeed

For Ahkeem is the true story of Daje Shelton, a high school junior in St. Louis, Missouri, who is kicked out of the public school system for fighting. Daje—known to her friends as Boonie—is placed in alternative school called the Innovative Concept Academy, an institution that will give her a last shot at earning her […]

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Thu

Jan 04

2018

DBFF: La Vie Magnifique de Charlie Explores the Magic of Black Women’s Relationships

La Vie Magnifique de Charlie is a glimpse into a day in the titular life of Charlie, an independent, free-spirited 20-something woman living in Atlanta. When Charlie’s sister Brandy dies due to complications of a genetic disease, Charlie takes her absence in stride—she returns to work, helps friends and family members with various tasks, and […]

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