Gary International Black Film Festival enters third year

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z 2013-10-16T15:40:10Z Gary International Black Film Festival enters third yearEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

A mix of storylines, emotions and characters will be seen on film next week in Gary.

For the third year in a row, The Gary International Black Film Festival comes to town Oct. 18 to 20.

Diverse movies, featuring a collection of dramatic works, documentaries, shorts and more will be seen at Bergland Auditorium, Indiana University Northwest, in Gary.

"There are a lot more films of local interest this year," said Karen Toering, founder and director of the festival.

One of the films she's particularly proud to be showing is "Veterans of Color; Courage. Adversity. Triumph." The movie, which will be screened at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, is based on interviews with 31 African American men and women who served in the U.S. military. Also being shown will be "The Silent Killer," which features the late Gary mayor Rudy Clay.

"We also have 'Things Never Said,' directed and written by Charles Murray, a 1983 grad of Roosevelt High School," said Toering. She said "Things Never Said" enjoyed a successful theatrical release recently.

Toering, a Gary native who now lives in Seattle, Wash., said she's honored to have a high quality of films on the roster. "And this year we have more narrative films than in the past." Documentaries always have a place in the fest but the amount of narrative films has definitely increased.

According to Toering, it's a great opportunity for the community to attend the festival and get the chance to talk to filmmakers, movie fans and others about the creative works.

"Having that shared experience is at the heart of what we do," Toering said.

Sponsors of the fest are Indiana University, The Urban League and NWACP.

Among films on the roster are "Yelling to the Sky," by Victoria Mahoney; "Mother of George," by Andrew Donsunmu and "The Magic City."

"I've always been fascinated by digital storytelling," Toering has said. "And I love supporting people that make film."

An opening night reception will be held Oct. 18 featuring music, food and beverages. "Blue Caprice" will be screened that night and stars Isaiah Washington and TeQuan Richmond. A post-screening discussion will also take place.

Various workshops and discussions will also be featured during the fest.

FYI: Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com and at Urban League of Northwest Indiana, 3101 Broadway. Ticket prices vary, with cost for opening night film and reception being $25. Other screenings are $10. A full festival pass for three days is $75. Full day passes are also available. A Saturday pass is $30 while Sunday pass is $20. Senior discounts are available for all days except opening night. Call (219) 200-4243 or visit garyblackfilmfest.org for more information.

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