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African-American Film Fest schedule

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.)


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.


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.


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).