NC Black Film Festival offers hope through movies

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Submitted: Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:45am
Updated: Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:47am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 13th NC Black Film Festival took action Thursday night at the Cameron Art Museum.
After the ‘Cinemixer,’ where organizers met with filmmakers and viewers, they all watched ‘Things Never Said.’ Directed and written by Charles Murray, it's about an aspiring poet in a troubled marriage who sparks with a new man who helps her find her artistic voice. 
Organizers said to help the Black community deal with violence and discrimination, they use art in the form of movies. The festival is an outlet for African American filmmakers and actors. Organizers said the art helps them show and process their struggles and triumphs in a positive and inspirational way.
"I think the arts is a good way to share your pain, share your sorrows, share your joy whether it's film, whether it's theater, whether it's visual art,” said Charlon Turner, the NC Black Film Festival director. 
“I think it's a very important part of every community and I think it's a strong part of the Black community. Over the years through all the trials and tribulations, I think it's a strong way in how we've survived."
All of the films are either written, directed, produced or acted by African Americans or feature subject matter that relates to their culture.
The festival continues through Sunday. For a complete schedule, click here.


  • Old Guy says:

    How is the North Carolina Black Film Festival not a racist term. If there were a North Carolina White Film Festival the crap would hit the fan with the Black Community and the NAACP. I don’t quite get it. If all other races are not involved then how is this not a racist event? Please someone explain this to me so that I may understand the society we live in.

  • guesty says:

    According to the naacp, only white people can be racist. All other races can have race exclusive events and it is ok.

  • USA says:

    Of course the NAACP and all the other “only black events” are racist! Society knows this and yet these organizations actually receive our tax dollars! Just calling it like it really is people!!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    and supporters put their time in efforts into real problem solving by addressing the rising crime and attack issues among the African American youths?

    Why not feature films on gang bangers getting high on drugs; enjoying baby mamas; and then meeting death and the Devil?

    Why not get into the neighborhoods such as Creekwood and feature open air film presentations? Likely need to schedule after midnight.

    But no, avoid the real issues in your society. Just like all those feel good walkers who march over some incident which took place over 100 years ago.

  • Angewidert says:

    I’ll all in favor of programs that would actually help the black community, or any community, but to ignore the disconnect between the stated goals of this festival and this particular film is to truly ignore the elephant in the room.

    According to the description here, this is a film about:
    . An aspiring poet (a field of endeavor that earns so little money one usually has to rely on others for support)
    . Sparks with a new man (cheats on her husband while still married)
    . Who helps her find her artistic voice (which must mean that, prior to that, she wasn’t really even a poet or she would already have had an artistic voice)

    How does that possibly help the Black community deal with “violence” and “discrimination”? How is that even connected to “violence” and “discrimination”?

    What I see here is a film festival hiding behind politically correct artsy-fartsy blather to try and make their film festival more successful by attaching it to a noble, politically correct ideal.

    No one should be using political correctness as a commercial tool just to enhance their own success. That includes this film festival.

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