Oakland Film Festival Honors Black Filmmakers: Screenings part of two weekend events
Tickets are still available for the Filmworks Festival of Film and Video, sponsored by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Inc. The annual event, featuring independent films by black filmmakers, will take place over two weekends, at various Oakland locations, starting Saturday.
An awards ceremony Sunday at the Paramount Theatre will honor this year’s winning film, “Morningside Prep,” by Malcolm D. Lee. It’s a drama about a young man caught in a cultural cross fire between the values of his neighborhood and that of the Catholic prep school in which he’s excelling.
“Morningside Prep,” a 25-minute film, screens in a program of shorts starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St.
After the awards presentation Sunday, the feature film “Blind Faith” will be screened. Originally shown on the Showtime cable station, it is described by festival representative A’da Woolfolk as an intense family drama. Starring Charles Dutton and Courtney B. Vance, the picture will be released theatrically later this fall.
The festival resumes October 2 at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle and moves back to the Oakland Museum for programs October 3 and 4.
The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame has also scheduled an event for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at San Francisco’s Academy of Art College on New Montgomery. Called “Kodak Day,” it’s a free workshop in which Frank Smith Jr. of Kodak will discuss the latest breakthroughs in film stocks and will give away gift packs, which will include a handbook for cinematographers.
Tickets for the programs at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle and at the Oakland Museum are $5. Tickets for the awards ceremony at the Paramount are $10. For more information, call the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame at (510) 465-0804.