CCBC presents inaugural Africana Studies Independent Film Festival

Mar 18, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

April 17-18, 2015, CCBC Essex
World-renowned filmmaker Haile Gerima
to give keynote address April 18 at 4:30 p.m. 

Baltimore County, MD – The 2015 CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival will roll out the red carpet Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015, for independent films focused on the Black experience.

This two-day screening will be held in the Administration Building Lecture Hall (ADMN 120) at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex (CCBC Essex), 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets, which are tier-priced for one-show; one day or the entire festival (See specifics below), are available from the CCBC Box Office at 443.840.ARTS (2787) or at the door.

The Festival opens at 9 a.m. Friday, April 17, with the acclaimed feature film, “The 12 O’Clock Boys,” chronicling a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore — popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan’s wild, dynamic documentary (three years in the making), their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. A panel discussion will follow immediately after the screening.

On Saturday, April 18, the program begins at 10 a.m. with A tribute to Oscar Micheaux, an American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. It will be followed by the screening of “Body and Soul,” a 1925 “race film” that he produced, wrote, directed and distributed. The film stars Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut. Micheaux is considered the first major African-American feature filmmaker, the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the twentieth century and the most prominent producer of race films.

The Festival concludes at 4:30 p.m. with a screening of “Sankofa,” the best known film by the festival keynote speaker, world-renowned filmmaker Haile Gerima. A leading member of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers, Gerima has produced films, including “Bush Mama” and “Teza,” that have received wide international acclaim. Since 1975, Gerima has also been an influential film professor at Howard University in Washington, DC.

The screening schedule for the CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival:

Friday, April 17
  • 9:00 a.m. “12 O’Clock Boys" followed immediately by a panel discussion
  • 11:45 a.m. "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"
  • 1:30 p.m. Film Shorts - "778 Bullets" and "Across the Atlantic"
  • 3:00 p.m. "Moolaadé"
Saturday, April 18
  • 10:00 a.m. Tribute to Oscar Micheaux, legendary filmmaker, screening "Body and Soul"
  • 12:30 p.m. "Mother of George"
  • 2:45 p.m. "The Forgotten Kingdom"
  • 4:30 p.m. "Sankofa" followed immediately by Keynote Speaker Haile Gerima
The Festival will include a wide range of events including speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and opportunities to network with individuals in the film industry. “Our goal is to create an atmosphere where people can screen great works of art as well as learn more about the independent film industry that focus upon the Black experience,” said Michelle Diane Wright, CCBC professor and the film festival director.

  • Free for all CCBC Students, Faculty and Staff (with valid ID)
  • Non-CCBC Students and Senior Citizens (with valid ID)
    • $3 for each individual film
    • $10 for all four films on one day
    • $20 for entire festival on both days
  • General Admission
    • $5 for each individual film
    • $15 for all four films on one day
    • $30 for entire festival on both days

Tickets are available from the CCBC Box Office at 443.840.ARTS (2787) or at the door.

There are no children’s tickets as the films being screened during this festival are not recommended for children under the age of 14.

The 2015 CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival is made possible by the CCBC President’s Innovation Grant. Other sponsors include the CCBC Student Life Co-Curricular Grant, the CCBC Black Student Union and the CCBC Anthropology Club; support is also provided by the Creative Alliance, Everyone’s Place Afrikan Cultural Center and MICA.

The CCBC Africana Studies Independent Film Festival was created to expose, educate and entertain the diverse audiences of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan region through innovative and groundbreaking independent films that depict the experiences of the African Diaspora. The festival highlights cinema art that has been inspired, created and cultivated by independent content makers throughout the African Diaspora.

For additional information, contact Michelle Diane Wright, assistant professor, History & Africana Studies, CCBC at or visit

On Thursday, April 16, as a special pre-Festival event, free filmmaking workshops, will be held at CCBC Essex.
For information about these workshops, contact Michelle Wright at


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