Bennett College Hosts Black History Film Festival

February 19, 2016

Greensboro, NC - Beginning Monday, February 22, Bennett College will host its first Black History Media Festival 2016 in honor of Black history month and the college’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The film festival is a week-long series of events sponsored by the Bennett College Journalism and Media Studies Department (JMS) that offer participants a peaceful atmosphere to indulge in films, history and open discussion.

“This year’s event will culminate in tribute to Gordon Parks,” said Tom Lipscomb, organizer and assistant professor of journalism at Bennett College. “Gordon Parks contributed greatly to the development of media across several platforms. Several prominent media creators close to Parks will be a part of this event including actor Antonio Fargas, photographer David Parks, lighting artists Christian and Jeffri Epps and producer Shep Morgan.”

Fargas is known for his role in the television show Starsky & Hutch, and Foxy Brown, and Everybody Hates Chris. Below is a list of the film festival events:

February 22

  • 5:00 pm: Gathering to remember the Selma bridge walk and support voter rights in David Dallas Jones Student Union.
  • 5:45 pm: March reenactment to the Global Learning Center (GLC).
  • 6:00 pm: Screening of Selma in GLC Lecture Hall.
  • 8:00 pm: Talk back with Christian and Jeffri Epps.

February 23

  • 9:00 pm: Screening of Everybody Hates Chris and Foxy Brown starring Antonio Fargas in JMS screening room. Snacks provided.

February 24

  • 6:00 pm: Screening of 12 Years a Slave in the GLC Lecture Hall.
  • 8:00 pm: Movie discussion.

February 25

  • 11:00 am: ACES panel discussion on the career of Gordon Parks with Shep Morgan and Paul Brock in the chapel. Gordon Parks’ friends share and remember Parks at a special ACES presentation. Panelists include NABJ founder Paul Brock and producer Shep Morgan. Morgan and Brock will discuss their work with Parks on Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey, the first movie based on the novel 12 Years a Slave.
  • 2:00 pm: Screening of Leadbelly in the JMS screening room with the movie's producer David Parks.
  • 6:00 pm: Double feature of Moments Without Proper Names and Solomon Northrup's Odyssey in the GLC Lecture Hall. Roundtable discussion with David Parks, producer and son of Gordon Parks; Shep Morgan, producer who has written and directed specials for NBC, PBS and CBS; Paul Brock, founder National Association of Black Journalists; and Andre Key, assistant professor of history at Bennett College. Moments without Proper Names (1987) - This documentary showcases the life of Gordon Parks. Hear from Parks in his own words about his contributions to the country. Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey (1984) - The Bennett community will be able to screen this rare, award-wining film directed by Gordon Parks for PBS. It is a part of a series of films created to showcase important historical stories of heroic African-American leaders. It is based on the novel 12 Years a Slave.

February 26

  • 6:00 pm: Double feature of Denmark Vesey's Slave Rebellion and Shaft at GLC lecture hall. The panel discussion will feature Antonio Fargas and be hosted by Prof. Lipscomb and BelleAire Radio's Ke'Arra Kelly. Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion (1982) - This important film documents the planned rebellion of a group of slaves in Charleston, SC led by free man Denmark Vesey. Shaft (1971) - Through his work in this film, Gordon Parks was the first African American director to direct a major Hollywood studio film.
  • 9:30 pm: Shafter Party in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Dress in your favorite 70s outfits for music, prizes, dancing and fun to close out the festival events.

The film festival events are open to the public. For more information, call Tom Lipscomb at 336-549-4943.

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