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Denton Black Film Festival announces lineup

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The Denton Black Film Festival has announced its lineup of nearly 50 films to be screened at the fourth annual festival slated for Jan. 25-28.

Linda Eaddy, the festival's director of film, has curated a collection that champions student filmmakers, along with highlighting local, national and international independent filmmakers.

"This year's submissions attracted a substantial number of women filmmakers," Eaddy said. "In addition to the feature-length films screening throughout the festival, we've actually dedicated a block to short films produced by women filmmakers for the first time."

VIP All-Access passes and special event tickets are on sale online now at DentonBFF.com. The events will take place at the Campus Theater and several other venues around downtown Denton, including The Black Box and the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center (PAAC).

"There really isn't anything like DBFF in the area," said Harry Eaddy, festival co-director. "This is more than a film festival. It's a cultural experience and we invite any and everyone out to join us."

In addition to film, the festival also features music, poetry and visual arts.

This year's featured musician is Frank McComb, an internationally acclaimed R&B, jazz and gospel recording artist who will perform at 9 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center.

Nationally known, Chicago-born poet Verb Kulture will host this year's "Poetry Get Down and Slam" event for the third year. The slam attracts talented artists throughout the region and has sold out, leaving standing room only, every year. First place winners in the slam win $500 and second place winners win $250.

Opening Night Special Invitational Feature

Steps, directed by Jay Rodriguez, Rock Davis; written by Eddie B. Harris. Executive producers: Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Baumgartner, Eddie B. Harris, Greg Ferguson, Michael Parris

Short Films

· "The 30th of May," directed and written by James William Theres, Chris Windfield

· "40 Seconds, " directed and written by F.G. Moore

· "911," directed by Alison Geussou, Justin Christopher Ayd; written by Alison Geussou

· "Bill 2/19," directed and written by Maurice Simmons

· "Black Reparations Film Project," directed and written by Tuarean Hodge

· "C'est Moi," written and directed by Howard J. Davis

· "Cloudy Daze," written and directed by Kat Albert

· "Colour Me Pretty," written and directed by Jacolby Percy

· "Conversation with Change," directed by Michael Taylor

· "Driving Force," directed by Antoine Allen and written by Carlos Boillat

· "Full Service," written and directed by KPage Stuart Valdes

· "Jake," written and directed by Michael Tyner

· "A Meditation," directed by Joe Petricca

· "On Borrowed Time," written and directed by Mary B. McDaniel

· "Print Shop," directed by Christian Nolan Jones

· "Rolling in the Deep," written and directed by Marcellus Cox

· "Seeds the Short, written and directed by Miriam D Pollock

· "Senior Night," directed by David Delaney Mayer

· "The Sheriff's Children," written and directed by Boedicker

· "Silent Cries: The Prelude," written and directed by Shauntay Cherry

· "Wrath City", written and directed by Raeshelle Cooke

Special Invitation Narrative Feature

· All or Nothin', directed and written by Charles K. Campbell

· La Vie Magnifique de Charlie, directed by Bobby Huntley; written by Nikki Wade, Bobby Huntley

Narrative Feature

· Black Cop, directed by Terry Greenlaw; written by Cory Bowles

· The Lost Café, directed by Kenneth Gyang; written by Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu

· Potato Potahto, written and directed by Shirley Frimpong Manso

· Torments of Love, written and directed by Caroline Jules

Documentary Feature

· Black Fatherhood: Trials and Tribulation, Testimony & Triumph, directed by Maia Porter; written by Khalid White

· Evolutionary Blues, West Oakland's Music Legacy, directed by Cheryl Favio, Mike Munson and Meadow Holmes

· Making Sky Break, directed by Donnie Seals Jr.

· The Uncomfortable Truth, directed by Loki Mulholland

· The Voiceless, directed by Vaness McNeal

· Word is Bond, directed by Sacha Jenkins

College Student Shorts

· "Breathless," written and directed by Anaiis Cisco

· "Decoding Dark Matter," written and directed by Crystal Waterton

· "Dirty Money," directed by Ciara Boniface; written by Mikaela Dapremont, Ciara Boniface

· "Fostered," directed by Christine Williams

· "Full Circle, Never forget where you came from," written and directed by Raymon Knudsen

· "Heart Eyes," written and directed by Michea Bryant

· "Sugar," written and produced by Beeka Regessa

· "The Talk," directed by Emily M. Blake

· "Unheard," directed by Erin Semine Kokdll

College Student Short - Invitational Selection

· "Songs Remembered," directed by Eboni Johnson

Special Invitational Documentary

· For Ahkeem, directed by Jeremey S. Levine and Landon Von Soest

· Talking Black in America, directed by Neal Hutcheson, Danica Cullinan

Closing Night - Special Invitational Selections

· Slikk Muzik - Miracles & Muzik, directed by Jeff Adair

· These Beats Ain't Free, produced by Justin Rhodes

FEATURED IMAGE: People watch a free community screening of Caged Bird: The Life & Music of Florence B. Price hosted by the Denton Black Film Festival, Sunday, January 29, 2017, in Denton, Texas. The documentary explores the Little Rock native who made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra in 1933, when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the Chicago World's Fair. DRC file photo.