The mission of the TCBFF is to provide a platform for independent black and multicultural films. The TCBFF also aims to facilitate the growth of filmmakers of color by providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and the business world and recognize the accomplishments of African Americans in Hollywood.
Thursday night, October 6, 2016 was the opening of the 14th annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival (TCBFF) in Saint Paul. I attended It’s a Short Life! the screening of the short films: 22 Years, Last Supper, Wrath of Grapes, The Christmas You Don't Know, Blessed, and Westbound. After each film was screened the filmmakers had a chance to take the stage and there was a short Q&A. The discussion was a nice chance to learn more about the artistic process and engage with the artists.
I especially was drawn to the quirky comedy of Wrath of Grapes, a short film about a detective investigating a death-by-plastic-grape. And standing out on Thursday night was the beautiful cinematogrphay and compelling story of Blessed, which was a suspsence film about a cop who suffers a miscarriage. A special thanks to TCBFF for providing me access to the film screening and for introducing me to the community of film enthusiasts that they have created.
Here's a break down of events so far from social media: