While there are so many amazing films this year at the Denton Black Film Festival, there are some that really stood out to me that truly represent topics of diversity and relevance. The best part of the festival is that there are so many different kinds of films! The Denton Black Film Festival has everything this year ranging from historical comedies to cartoons to poignant dramas. I was lucky enough this year to get to preview some of this year’s short films.
Color Blues is a deep, moving and analytical take on artistic expression. The black-and-white short features a pair that initially resembles a couple in a retro-style diner. However, as their conversation unfolds you realize that this is really a conversation between an author and the main character in his book.
With subjects of diversity and fair representation, Color Blues is more than just a meager conversation. Director David Hebrero’s commentary on the relationship between the creator and his work is a unique and refreshing perspective.
Color Blues runs 7 minutes and will be shown Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 p.m. during Film Block 11 with the Texas premiere of Forgiving Chris Brown, The Closet, Forgotten Sunset, Underneath the Grey and Behind Closed Doors as part of Denton Black Film Festival. To purchase tickets at the online box office, click here.
The Closet is a serious drama that focuses on the perils of being in an abusive relationship. While a subject like this can often be hard to produce, The Closet shows an extremely realistic drama between a passionate couple. The woman is abused by her husband, but tries to validate his actions with the lifestyle that she has with him.
At first glance, she may have it all: the jewelry, the clothes and the nice car. But should these things validate his abuse? The Closet focuses on a very intense topic that is often hard to communicate featuring actors who evoke raw emotional talent. Realistic and honest, The Closet is a drama that doesn’t hold back.
The Closet runs 14 minutes and will be shown Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 p.m. during Film Block 11 with the Texas premiere of Forgiving Chris Brown, Color Blues, Forgotten Sunset, Underneath the Grey and Behind Closed Doors as part of Denton Black Film Festival. To purchase tickets at the online box office, click here.
Heroes of Color
If you’re like me and you’re a sucker for history, this short might be the perfect match for you. Heroes of Color is an animated short series that features the accomplishments of people of color throughout history. This short not only educates on historical events, but highlights on moments of history that may have not gotten the recognition they deserved in their day.
Heroes of Color is smooth, simple and moving in the way it shows the bravery and skill in their subjects. Heroes of Color is perfect for the person who loves to learn more about history and is still a kid at heart.
See a glimpse into this series here:
Each episode of Heroes of Color runs 3 minutes and will be shown Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m. during Film Block 4 with the feature Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith as part of Denton Black Film Festival. To purchase tickets at the online box office, click here.