Recognizing Ordinary people doing Extraordinary things
Central Library, Indianapolis
August 13-14, 2021
On behalf of the Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival, I would like to thank you for your support of this special online film festival.
When COVID canceled our inaugural in-person event this past April, we knew we had to design a way to get these amazing films to the public in a safe and responsible way.
With the graciousness and cooperation of twelve filmmakers, we were able to bring the silver screen to your fingertips where you could enjoy these documentaries in the safety and convenience of your home.
It is our pledge and commitment to our viewers to continue to bring you stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and 2021 will serve as that example.
Please mark your calendar to join us LIVE and In-Person on April 9-10, 2021 at Central Library Indianapolis with all new documentaries to screen at Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival 2021.
Eric V A Winston PhD, Director IBDFF
Our mission is to celebrate and promote African American documentaries that might not otherwise be seen. IBDFF works to foster understanding and appreciation for black documentary film by educating and inspiring viewers to discuss pressing issues of today and stimulating cultural discourse long after the films have ended.
We seek to create a venue which filmmakers, storytellers, producers and members of the community can come together to appreciate the showcased documentaries which focus on African-American history and issues that are pertinent to the community. We seek to encourage ways for black films to survive not only as an art form, but to inspire public examples and images worth admiring and emulating. Through this festival, we would endeavor to stimulate the imagination, as the future is more than just technology. We hope that this festival can be a place where imagination thrives and finds reinforcement in a joined community.
In particular, we would like to bring these African-American documentaries to communities that might otherwise not have access. Further, we want to give the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent film making process, as well as the social issues—both past and present—showcased in the films.
Dr. Eric V.A. Winston, Executive Director of IBDFF, is a retired Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio and Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he became involved in the film industry by producing documentaries. These documentaries include Taking Park City, Taking Israel and The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute.
Do you have questions about our festival? Would you like to suggest a film for next year's festival? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon.
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