Gary native and Gary International Black Film Festival founder Karen Toering sent me an itinerary of films slated for showing at the second annual GIBFF Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at Indiana University Northwest.
The festival collaborates with IUN and its African American and African studies programs and the IUN Black Student Union.
The opening night feature will be the Robert Townsend film “In The Hive” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The film stars the late Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile”) and veteran film, TV and stage actress Loretta Divine (“Jumping the Broom,” “Waiting to Exhale”).
“In The Hive” is based on a true story about an alternative school in North Carolina known as The Hive. Watch the trailer at youtu.be/sFARWl3Q92A.
A host of independent films will be shown throughout the weekend beginning with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, Oct. 6, with feature films from festivals, shorts and youth films.
Toering said features for the festival include a 7 p.m., Oct. 6, showing of “The Interrupters,” the story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed.
The “Violence Interrupters” have credibility on the street because of their personal histories. They intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence. Watch “The Interrupters” trailer at youtu.be/wS5Hjhy1RhM.
Toering said the film “Gun Hill Road” is tentatively scheduled to follow “The Interrupters.” “Gun Hill Road” is the story of a family in transition as a young man questions his sexuality and how his exploration impacts his relationship with his parents.
“Gun Hill Road” was a finalist for the Jury Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and stars Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and Harmony Santana.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, “Soul Food Junkies,” a documentary by filmmaker Byron Hurt, explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine.
This documentary explores the history and social significance of soul food as it relates to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, both good and bad.
There will be more updates on the GIBFF as it gets closer to the festival. Tickets will be available online through Brown Paper Tickets and in person at the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, 3101 Broadway. For more information, visit www.garyblackfilmfest.org or call 200-4243.