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Mon

Jan 30

2017

DBFF: Poetry Slam showcases a Night of Emotions

Last night, I had the privilege to go to Denton Black Film Festival’s “Poetry Slam” at the Black Box Theater. I have never been to any kind of poetry slam, so I was bubbling with excitement and anticipation to attend. Unsurprisingly, the buildup was worth it, because it exceeded my expectations. This festival never seems […]

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Thu

Jan 26

2017

DBFF: Blay Reflects on Decades of Grief with “KWTXR”

It’s a chilly January night at UNT on the Square, and dozens of art fans, film festival leaders and curious passersby have huddled closely around one man: a seasoned Fort Worth artist whose mixed media exhibitions have drawn rave reviews across the metroplex. Fort Worth’s Christopher Blay is the featured artist at this year’s Denton […]

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Wed

Jan 25

2017

DBFF: Forgiving Chris Brown: A Story of Revenge and Friendship

In this amusing and familiar tale between three best friends, Forgiving Chris Brown, brings together pop culture and vengeance all while making the audience laugh in its Texas premier. The dark comedy focuses on an entertainingly relatable story of girl power and revenge. Friends nicknamed, “Rihanna,” “Hallie” and “Tina” seek to get payback on “Chris […]

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Tue

Jan 24

2017

DBFF: Ball Is Life and Padlock Men show struggles of past and present

The Denton Black Film Festival offers a glimpse into the struggles of the present and past. Although the films Ball is Life and Padlock Men differ tremendously, each film uniquely presents the battles fought to overcome lives overwhelming obstacles. Ball is Life Ball is Life opens on teenager Penny, as she paces back and forth […]

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Mon

Jan 23

2017

DBFF: Behind Closed Doors, Reach uncover emotions and define freedom

Behind Closed Doors “Behind Closed Doors” is a great short film that will be showing at the Denton Black Film Festival. It is written by accredited filmmaker Max Cole with the help of Makeda Hardy, about a couple who attempt to wrap their minds around the fact that their son has told them that he […]

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Mon

Jan 23

2017

DBFF: Jackson is a sobering depiction of a healthcare crisis

When Maisie Crow’s Jackson begins, Shannon Brewer is dealing with an onslaught of pro-life advocates picketing the women’s health clinic where she works. The film is set around 2011, when President Obama is running for reelection and states have begun enacting strict abortion restrictions that made it difficult or impossible for women to receive an […]

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Sun

Jan 22

2017

DBFF: Bus Stop and Reel Inspiration simmer and sizzle on the screen

The films at the Denton Black Film Festival generally offer searing social commentary, and this year’s slate is no different. Short films like Bus Stop and Reel Inspiration show that a talented filmmaker can craft something beautiful and effective in under 10 minutes, and the men and women behind the scenes on both of these […]

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Sun

Jan 22

2017

DBFF: Strange Fruit and Cream: Short Films with a Lasting Impact

The Denton Black Film Festival has a history of short films that engage and invest the viewer as much, if not more, than feature-length films and documentaries. This year, Cream and Strange Fruit are among those that tell their stories and state their views in less than 15 minutes. Both are centered around and directed […]

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Sat

Jan 21

2017

DBFF: Color Blues, The Closet, Heroes of Color all showcase power of shorts

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 […]

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Sat

Jan 21

2017

DBFF: Life Is Too Short shows the importance of appreciating life

If you’re scouting for a film amongst the Denton Black Film Festival that makes you reflect, I would highly recommend watching “Life is Too Short.” This drama feature, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Antoine Allen and co-written with Marquis C. Mosley, sheds light on the lives of five New Yorkers who are blind to […]

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