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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Capital City Black Film Festival Announces Film Spotlights, Conscious Entertainment Panel, and Pitch Perfect Sessions

— Candice Wilson, Mercedes Cooper, April Reign, Jalene Mack, Tragil Wade and Jacquelyn Aluotto Among Guests —

Capital City Black Film Festival

Last year’s film distribution panel at the Capital City Black Film Festival

Austin, TX — The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) today announced the premiere of the first full episode of OWN’s new docu-series Black Love and spotlight documentary COPWATCH.

The four episode docu-series, Black Love, from filmmakers and real-life married couple Codie Elaine Oliver and Tommy Oliver (The Perfect Guy) and Confluential Films, will screen at CCBFF on Friday, August 18th at 5pm. Black Love takes an intimate look at Black married couples and how they’ve kept their relationships going strong after numerous years.

Featured couples include Oscar-winner Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon, Hollywood power couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, NAACP Image Award-winner Tia Mowry and husband/actor Cory Hardrict, NAACP Image Award-nominee Flex Alexander and Grammy nominated recording artist Shanice, gospel singer Erica Campbell and husband/music producer Warryn Campbell, and many additional couples from around the country. The series is set to debut on OWN on Tuesday, August 29.

COPWATCH is a feature length documentary, directed by award-winning journalist Camilla Hall, that explores the heroic efforts of civilian activists who record the police force while they’re committing injustices. The film, which spotlights on Saturday, August 19th at 10:30am, profiles a group of men from an organization/activist group called WeCopwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality.

In addition to these spotlights and previously announced premiere films, Breaking Brooklyn and The Reason, festival attendees will enjoy competitive film screenings, talkbacks with film directors and casts, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and the 5th Anniversary Awards Gala.

“Pitch Perfect” is back for a second year. These sessions give serious filmmakers the opportunity to present their film, made-for-tv movie or web series in front of our special executive guests: Candice C. Wilson, Executive Director of Acquisitions and Development for CODEBLACK Films (a Lionsgate Company) and Creative Executive for Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network; Mercedes Cooper, Director of Marketing for Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Film Distribution Collective; and Jacquelyn Aluotto, Activist, Producer, Filmmaker and Director of FUBU TV’s Conscious Entertainment Division.

On Saturday, August, 19th at 1:00pm, CCBFF will present a panel on “Conscious Entertainment” moderated by Jaquelyn Aluotto with special guests Jalene Mack, powerhouse entertainment lawyer, actress, producer; and Tragil Wade (sister of NBA Superstar Dwyane Wade), the Executive Director of Wade’s World Foundation.

Festival passes and individual event tickets are currently on sale for CCBFF 2017, taking place Thursday, August 17th, through Sunday, August 20th, at the Austin Convention Center (4th Floor) in Austin, Texas. To purchase passes and tickets, go to www.ccbff.eventbrite.com.


About Capital City Black Film Festival
The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF), celebrating its 5th Anniversary from August 17th–20th, 2017, showcases the best in new Black independent film from the brightest minds in filmmaking. One of the fastest growing film festivals in the region, CCBFF presents screenings, special events and exciting opportunities for people to experience the brilliant works of artists and filmmakers of color from across the globe. Festival passes and individual event tickets can be purchased at www.ccbff.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Capital City Black Film Festival, please visit www.capcitybff.com.


Andrea Anderson
Capital City Black Film Festival
(214) 334-7165