New Hanover County Library to host Black Film Festival

Posted January 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm     Category: LibraryNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Library announces a Black History Film Festival honoring outstanding African American film directors, with a film showing each Sunday afternoon in February 2015 at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington. Because of mature themes these free programs are open to adults only.  The audience may bring their own popcorn and sodas.

To avoid competition with movie theaters, the Library’s film license prohibits announcement of free film showings in the media.  Brief descriptions of the films to be shown follow.  Please see the Library’s online calendar at for the film titles.

February 1:  Gordon Parks’s 1969 directorial debut was the first major studio feature film directed by an African American. Parks adapted his own autobiographical novel for the screen, describing life in Kansas during the 1920s through the eyes of his fictional alter ego Newt Winger.

February 8:  Ossie Davis’s directorial debut of 1970 is based on the novel of the same name by Chester Himes. It’s the story of two hardened cops, Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson, who take on the corrupt Reverend Deke O’Mailey. Hailed as a comedy, the movie stars Redd Foxx, Cleavon Little, and Judy Pace.

February 15:  Maya Angelou’s directorial debut features the talents of Alfre Woodard, Al Freeman Jr., Wesley Snipes, and Esther Rolle in a movie about reconnecting with family roots.

February 22:  In Spike Lee’s 2000 satire starring Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, and Jada Pinkett Smith, a frustrated African American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest of entertainment industry racism, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

To learn more about New Hanover County’s four public library buildings and extensive online resources, which include subscriptions to the African American experience and American Slavery databases as well as streaming video from Films on Demand and Indieflix, call 910-798-6301 or visit

For more information about the Black History Film Festival please contact Librarian Carla Sarratt at or 910-798-6341.

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Release Contact:

Dorothy Hodder
Senior Librarian
(910) 798-6323

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