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Bad timing for a good film festival

A full film fall has overflowed: Floyd Rance and Stephanie Tavares-Rance, who are behind the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival, will drop a local version of it into the busiest time of Charlotte's movie year.

The first Run & Shoot Filmworks African-American Film Festival will be held around the city Sept. 18-20, and it should make a splash.

It'll showcase projects from previous Martha's Vineyard outings and feature new work, including screenings of Universal Pictures' “The Express” and HBO Films' “The Black List: Volume One.” The first tells the story of Syracuse University star Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy; the second is a documentary where film critic Elvis Mitchell interviews 20 black leaders.

The fest will offer unseen episodes of Nickelodeon's “The Backyardigans,” and creator Janice Burgess will be here to discuss them. Patrick Graham, president and CEO of Urban League of Central Carolinas, will moderate panel discussions and a town hall meeting; promoter Micheal Kitchen will host a party.

This sounds lovely. But why did it have to come on the same weekend The Light Factory will host a George Romero tribute, the weekend before the Charlotte Film Festival and two weeks before the Reel Soul Film Festival, all of which were already set?

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