Denton Black Film Festival
The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) is a festival celebrating the diverse stories and culture of the black community through film, music, and art.
Storytelling is the core of any culture. Stories are how traditions, ideas, and experiences are shared and passed down from one generation to the next. DBFF is a platform for stories about black lives, black culture and black experiences to be shared, told and lived.
The Denton Black Film Festival creates a space where :
- a minority culture can be a majority experience.
- stories on the margins are given center stage.
- the black experience is valued, validated and celebrated.
Denton, a rapidly evolving arts and culture hotbed provides the perfect backdrop for DBFF on its trajectory to building community, celebrating culture, but most importantly, sharing stories.
The festival features narratives, documentaries, and shorts submitted by filmmakers nationwide and internationally. Screenings are usually held at the historic Campus Theatre in downtown Denton. Main attractions and activities during the festival include a music and art exhibits. Other ancillary events are spoken word and comedy showcases, industry workshops and an artist mixer event.
Harry Eaddy, the festival director says “We are beyond thrilled at the success of our first two years. As we expand our reach to a national audience, our goal is to make DBFF an acclaimed platform for filmmakers from all over the world while maintaining our focus on building and sharing community here in Denton and North Texas at large”.
The Denton Black Film Festival is the brainchild of Harry Eaddy, festival director, and is presented by the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. In 2014, Harry Eaddy approached two staples of the Denton community – Cheylon Brown and Mesha George – with a unique idea to bring an event focused on Black cinema to the region. Together, the trio began dreaming up an event that would evolve into the festival thousands enjoy today. Not long after Eaddy and his fellow founding organizers began collaborating, the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation came onboard as the festival’s founding sponsor.
Today, DBFF exists to address under-representation in film and media by giving Black stories an audience and Black creatives a platform. Sharing culture and building community are the goals of DBFF. Proceeds from the annual festival fund scholarships for African-American students in Denton.
Wednesday, January 23
Thursday, January 24
6:30 pm: Film- Imitation of Life @ Alamo Draftouse – Denton #5 Big Show
7:00 pm: Film- Imitation of Life @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1
Friday, January 25
11:00 am: Workshop- What A Producer Does @ UNT on the Square
1:00 pm: Panel- Mental Health – A Social Justice @ UNT on the Square
1:30 pm: Film- Bias @ Campus Theatre
3:30 pm: Film- College Student Short Films @ Campus Theatre
4:00 pm: Workshop- Bias Workshop (Invitation Only) @ Stoke
6:00 pm: Film- Masterjam and Shorts @ Campus Theatre
7:00 pm: Poetry- Poetry Get Down and Slam @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
8:00 pm: Comedy- Get Your Laugh On! @ Black Box Theatre
8:00 pm: Film- 16 Bars (Invitational Film Selection) @ Campus Theatre
10:00 pm: Film- Blue Diamonds (Mature Content) @ Campus Theatre
Saturday, January 26
10:00 am: Workshop- Creative Resource Expo – 2nd Annual @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
12:00 pm: Film- Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind @ Campus Theatre
12:30 pm: Culinary- Taste of DBFF (Free Event) @ Hickory Street Office
1:00 pm: Film- 1 Angry Black Man @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8
1:30 pm: Panel- Human Trafficking – A Social Justice @ Black Box Theatre
1:30 pm: Film & Workshop- Black Cinema @ UNT on the Square
2:00 pm: Film- Training Wheels @ Campus Theatre
4:00 pm: Film- Frank Blue (R-Rated) @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8
4:00 pm: Workshop- Young Filmmakers’ Focus Group @ UNT on the Square
5:00 pm: Panel- Women, Wine and Wisdom Panel @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
6:15 pm: Film- The Last Lesson @ Campus Theatre
7:30 pm: Film- Obamas @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8
8:30 pm: Comedy- Get Your Laugh On! @ Black Box Theatre
8:30 pm: Film- Alaska Is A Drag @ Campus Theatre
Sunday, January 27
12:00 pm: Film- Black, White & US @ Alamo Drafthouse- Denton #1
12:45 pm: Film- Circles @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8
2:30 pm: Film- Natural Hair The Movie @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1
3:30 pm: Film- The Mayor’s Race @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8
Life Stories: The Quilts of Barbara McCraw
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
December 6- February 15
Join us on Thursday, December 6 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center to celebrate the opening of Life Stories Told Through Quilts: The Quilts of Barbara McCraw the newest exhibition in partnership with the Denton Black Film Festival.
Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am- 5 pm
“My Genesis” by Taylor Barnes
UNT on the Square
January 15 – February 15
The Denton Black Film Festival and UNT on the Square are pleased to announce an exhibition by fibers artist Taylor Barnes titled “My Genesis”. It is an exhibition of large-scale charcoal works on cloth, screen-prints, and assemblage.
Barnes work displays concepts of race, identity, and isolation. This show examines self-reflection and inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today. Genesis references a beginning. Barnes reflects on her life, sourcing from historical iconography and personal narrative to further interoperate these realities of her identity.
Pre- Festival Talk
Thursday January 17, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Denton Black Film Festival Opening Reception:
Wednesday January 23, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Remarks at 7:00 pm.
After the festival:
Thursday January 31, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Renowned quilt maker, Barbara McCraw and fibers artist Taylor Barnes will have a dialogue about their respective exhibitions, fiber as a medium, and the cross-generational subject matter in their work.
Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday – Friday: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm
Staying in Denton for the weekend?
EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
Stay at the recently opened AAA Four Diamond Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, located in the heart of Denton’s upcoming Rayzor Ranch entertainment district. The hotel is complete with a complimentary shuttle and is located near the region’s shops, dining, nightlife and live music. Discounted rates for DBFF guests start at $129+. Click here for special rates. No code is required.
Hotel phone number: +1-940-243-3799
SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT DENTON
Enjoy your visit with the Denton Black Film Festival by staying at the SpringHill Suites Denton with the special DBFF group rate of $99 per night. Click here to reserve. No code is required. Book by Jan. 4, 2019.
Hotel phone number: +1 940-383-4100
NOTE: the western half of parking lot E on this map will turn over to paid parking (at the discretion of its private owner) on Feb. 1. This will not affect crowds parking for the Denton Black Film Festival.
#RideDCTA to DBFF19
The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will provide free rides for people attending the 2019 Denton Black Film Festival. From Wednesday, January 23, through Saturday, January 26, DCTA will host a free ride promotion in which festival-goers can ride the agency’s A-train and Denton and Lewisville Connect Bus system at no cost. The agency will not operate service on Sunday, January 27, which is the last day of the festival.
DCTA Free Ride Promotion 411
To take advantage of DCTA’s free ride promotion for this year’s Denton Black Film Festival, event goers must say the code word “DBFF19” to agency bus and rail operators when they board. The only services that qualify for DCTA’s free ride promotion are the A-train and Connect Bus system inDenton and Lewisville. The promotion is not valid for other DCTA services including the University of North Texas (UNT) and North Central Texas College (NCTC) Campus Shuttles, Highland Village Connect Shuttle, Collin County Transit, Frisco Demand-Response, Denton Enterprise Airport and Lewisville Lakeway On-Demand services, Access and vanpool.
Due to positive train control (PTC) testing and implementation, DCTA has A-train service modifications on Fridays nights and Saturday mornings. Festival goers should keep this in mind when planning their trip. As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations.
How to Get to the Festival Riding DCTA
Getting to the festival riding DCTA is convenient and easy. Check out the information below to see how you can get to the various festival venues:
- Alamo Drafthouse – Denton Connect Routes 4 and 7
- Campus Theatre – Denton Connect Route 7
- UNT on the Square – Denton Connect Route 7
- Black Box Theatre – Denton Connect Route 7
- The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – walk from the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) or take Denton Connect Route 7
- TWU – Denton Connect Routes 5 and 6
- Stoke Denton – A-train and Denton Connect Routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8
- Dan’s Silverleaf – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
- Hickory Street Office – Denton Connect Route 7
If you plan to ride the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line to transfer to DCTA, you will need to purchase a DART local system pass ($6) for that portion of your trip. When you transfer to DCTA, you can ride the rest of the way to the festival free using DCTA’s A-train and Denton Connect Buses using the code word “DBFF19”. When planning your trip, make sure to utilize DCTA’s Transit Tracker system and keep in mind the transfer times between DCTA and DART to ensure you make it back to your desired destination.