Columbus Black International Film Festival

8/23/18 - 8/25/18

Recurring daily

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$20 - $100

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43210


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The Columbus Black International Film Festival returns to showcase quality films from the African Diaspora in the City of Columbus, August 23-25.

August 23, 2018 
Wexner Center for the Arts
4:30 pm - "The Skin I'm In: Queer Black Shorts"
This program of recent short films explores the nuances of black diasporic experience and queer identities. "The Skin I’m In" includes "A Drop of Sun Under the Earth" (2017) by Shikeith Cathey; "This Ain’t a Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering" (2017) by Taja Lindley; "100 Boyfriends Mixtape (The Demo)" (2017) by Brontez Purnell; "SatisfiedGone" (2017) by Kengné Téguia; and more.

Admission is Free for this event.

7pm "Brother to Brother"
In "Brother to Brother," winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, a young artist (Anthony Mackie) crosses paths with an elderly man (Roger Robinson) who, he discovers, is famed Harlem Renaissance poet Richard Bruce Nugent. A cofounder of the revolutionary journal FIRE!! along with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Wallace Thurman, Nugent was one of the rare openly gay writers of the era, and his experience helps the artist strengthen his own identity as a gay black man in America. (94 mins., HD video)

Evans joins us to introduce the feature film, which received postproduction support from the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio Program.

August 24, 2018
Gateway Film Center
6pm Shorts A
7pm "Lady Wrestler" 

Local author and filmmaker Chris Bournea’s "Lady Wrestler" uncovers the forgotten stories of Babs Wingo, Marva Scott, Ethel Johnson, and Ramona Isbell—Black women from Columbus who blazed a trail in the world of professional wrestling in the 1950s and 60s. Before civil rights legislation and the women’s rights movement, these athletes braved racism and sexism to succeed in a white, male-dominated profession. (82 mins., DCP)

Filmmakers Panel (Panel TBD) following screening.

August 25, 2018
Gateway Film Center
10:00 Shorts
11:00 Feature Doc
1-3 Live Screenwriting Workshop
2:00 "Happy Birthday Marsha"
4:00 Guest Speaker: Nicole Franklin
5:00 Feature, TBA
6:30 Short, TBA
7:30 Shorts, TBA
8:00 Feature, TBA
9:45 Award show