African-American Film Fest schedule

09/14/2008 12:00 AM

09/10/2008 6:24 PM

At press time, the Charlotte African-American Film Festival hadn't nailed down all the slots on its program. You can get details at 877-993-8499 or www.runandshootfilmworks .com. Here's the schedule. (We'll give details for the Charlotte Reel Soul Film Festival on Sept. 28.)

Thursday

7 p.m. – Historically Black Colleges and Universities Black & White Reception, Ballantyne Village Theater, 14825 John J. Delaney Drive. $20 for food, wine and film shorts.

“Spent” is about a shopaholic having her day. “The Don of Virgil Jr. High” shows how a nerdy junior high school student finds fame and popularity. “Morning Due” is about the love that binds a couple together before the birth of a child. “Homeless Destiny” depicts a random encounter with a homeless woman that changes four strangers' lives. “Apartment A” is about a dysfunctional family dealing with the potential loss of family members on Sept. 11, 2001.

10 p.m. – Ballantyne Village Theater. $10. “The Black Sorority Project: The Exodus.” This documentary chronicles the life and times of 22 women at Howard University who changed the course of history.

Friday

7 p.m. – Town Hall Forum, Ballantyne Village Theater. Free. Bea Thompson moderates this two-hour forum about socioeconomic and cultural issues relevant to black women in Charlotte. The event has four components: keynote address, panel discussion, distribution of women's resource guide and service activity.

9 p.m. – “Doing the L.A. Thing,” Ballantyne Village Theater. $10. This feature follows five New York-based actors who go to audition for TV pilots in Los Angeles at the urging of their acting coach, only to learn they're the subject of his film.

Saturday

10 a.m. – ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh St. $15 ($5 for ages 6 and under). “Nickelodeon Saturday Kids Morning, Featuring The Backyardigans.” A preview of two episodes of the popular children's show, along with an appearance by the character Uniqua. Creator Janice Burgess will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

12:30 p.m. – ImaginOn. Free. “The Souls of Black Girls,” followed by a discussion. This documentary deals with media representations of African American women and how they shape young girls.

2 p.m. – ImaginOn. $10. “This Is the Life,” a feature-length documentary, chronicles “The Good Life” emcees and the alternative music movement they developed in south central Los Angeles.

4 p.m. – Ballantyne Village Theater. $10. A panel discussion on “The Decline of African-American Media Ownership” will be moderated by screenwriter Ken Rance. He did the upcoming “Chilled in Miami,” with Harry Connick Jr. and Renée Zellweger.

6:30 p.m. – Ballantyne Village Theater. $15. A reception precedes a screening of “The Express,” a film biography of college football star Ernie Davis (the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy).

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