Third Annual Gary International Black Film Fest announces 2013 lineup Oct. 18-20

2013-10-09T12:35:00Z 2013-10-09T13:40:22Z Third Annual Gary International Black Film Fest announces 2013 lineup Oct. 18-20Karen Toering, Founder/Director Gary International Black Film Festival

GARY | Independent films from emerging and established filmmakers will make their Gary debut October 18, 19 and 20, at Indiana University Northwest Bergland Auditorium. The Third Annual Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF) offers a powerful lineup of drama, documentary and short films, opening with BLUE CAPRICE, starring Isaiah Washington in an outstanding return to the big screen.

The festival offers a packed 3-day event featuring acclaimed films that were made by filmmakers outside of the Hollywood bubble. Opening Night will feature a reception with music, food and beverage prior to the Opening Night film BLUE CAPRICE. Producer and 2-time Tony Award Winner, Ron Simons, President of SimonSays Entertainment will be on hand for a lively post-screening discussion following the film.

Additional films slated for the fest include a Women in The Director’s Chair panel discussion featuring Victoria Mahoney and her film YELLING TO THE SKY, Andrew Donsunmu’s beautiful MOTHER OF GEORGE, a film that the New York Times calls "Irresistible, vibrant, sensual, downright exhilarating!," THE MAGIC CITY, a coming of age tale that takes a closer look at the foster care system, VETERANS OF COLOR, produced by Dr. Bernard C. Watson, COLORBLIND, the EMMY nominated documentary that takes a critical look at race, and scheduled to close the festival, we bring back hometown favorite Charles Murray with his amazing film, THINGS NEVER SAID for an intimate screening and discussion following its successful theatrical run. Workshops and roundtable discussion allowing a deeper critique in an academic setting are also on the menu for Saturday daytime, along with a youth panel created and produced by young people for young people.

Along with our anchor partners Indiana University Northwest and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, the festival also offers Community Partnership opportunities for organizations and community groups. The festival is proud to announce the newest members to the Community Partnership Family, the IUN Department of Multicultural Studies. Contact us to find out how you can use the festival as a fundraiser for your organization.

With no film theaters in the Gary city limits, residents must travel to adjacent cities and towns to see first-run major Hollywood motion pictures, and for independent film lovers the choices are even slimmer. The Gary International Black Film Festival seeks to bring fresh independent films and filmmakers directly to Gary audiences to help build the city’s “cultural collateral.” The Gary International Black Film Festival is a community led, hometown event that seeks to facilitate genuine dialogue and build community across the aisles and across neighborhoods in Gary.

Tickets are available at the Urban League of Northwest Indiana and at

  • Ticket prices vary, with Opening Night @ $25 and all other screenings @ $10.
  • Full Festival Passes are available: $75
  • Full Day Passes also available: Saturday Pass -$30 (4 films for the price of 3
  • Sunday Pass - $20 (3 films for the price of 2)
  • Senior discount available on all tickets except Opening Night


Reception @ 5:30pm | Film @ 7PM | Post discussion with Ron Simons, SimonSays Entertainment

Join us for music, tasty bites and feast on indie black film and discussion



The striking feature film debut of writer‐director Alexandre Moors, BLUE CAPRICE is a

harrowing yet restrained psychological thriller about an abandoned boy lured to

America into the shadows of a dangerous father figure. Inspired by true events, BLUE

CAPRICE investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of

view of the two killers, whose distorted father‐son relationship facilitated their long and

bloody journey across America.

Isiah Washington stars in what the LA Times calls a “a superb, slow-boil of a thriller”.

Producer Ron Simons will join us in a lively post screening discussion following the film.


10:00 AM-Inside the Industry Talks – Saturday @ 10am | IUN Savannah 205/206 | Free to the Public

Featuring in-depth discussion and critique with Ron Simons, film producer, actor and 2-time Tony award winner, Victoria Mahoney, director “Yelling to the Sky”, and Barbara Allen, Emmy Award winning director of “Colorblind”.

Telling Our Stories – by youth for youth – Saturday 10AM | Bergland Auditorium | Free to the Public

Films made by youth: Young people discuss media images, the impact of film on their peers and youth culture.


Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7


For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic, with a death toll in the thousands and casualties mirroring the losses experienced by the US army in Iraq war over the same period. Allowing its subjects to take centre stage and tell their stories in their own words, Robson-Scott’s film, CHIRAQ is unflinchingly honest in its depiction of life on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in America.

Colorblind: Rethinking Race – Dir Barbara Allen | USA 2013 | Director in Attendance

Colorblind takes an honest look at the effects of racism in America. The goal of the documentary is to bring clarity to the topic by presenting the modern expression of racism, exploring how these negative beliefs are unwittingly fosteredand recognizingthe people and projects that address racial inequality and promote racial healing. Nominated for 2 EMMYS.

3 PM-VETERANS OF COLOR –Dir. Mark Parry | USA 55 Minutes

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7


“Veterans of Color” explores the lives and experiences of African American servicemen and women who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The film provides a unique view into a seldom-told to show more aspects of American history, and into the lives of many of our country's veterans. Featuring excerpts of 31 oral histories from black veterans who were interviewed by the film's producer, Dr. Bernard Watson, this film brings the triumphs and tragedies of black veterans who fought for our country even when our country would not fight for black people.

Screens with The Silent Killer, a documentary short that focuses on the alarming rate of Black men affected by prostate cancer. Featuring interviews with former Gary Mayor Rudolph Clay, who succumbed to the disease in 2013.

5PM-Women in the Director’s Chair: YELLING TO THE SKY – Dir. Victoria Mahoney | USA 2012 | 94 min

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7

Join Victoria Mahoney and Emmy Award winning director Barbara Allen as they take a critical look at women in the male dominated business of indie film. Followed by a screening of Mahoney’s breakout film, “Yelling to the Sky”

YELLING TO THE SKY stars Zoë Kravitz as Sweetness O’Hara, an introspective and shy teenager who tries to blend into the crowded halls of her high school. But an increasingly complex home life and a growing threat at school soon carry her into a world of reckless ambivalence. Trailer

7PM-DREAMS - Dir. Joel Kapity | USA 2012

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7

DREAMS – Dir Joel Kapity| USA 2012

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) Seniors $7

Inspired by true events of four different stories blend together, DREAMS is a twisted tale of emotional journeys rooted in the hearts of four abandoned souls plagued by a haunted past. Propelled by a stellar ensemble cast that includes Angie Stone, Vickie Winans, Geoffrey Owens, Tommy Ford, Terri J. Vaughn, Lou Myers, Llou Johnson, Jazsmin Lewis and Mel Jackson and produced by Marvin Winans Jr.

One of the characters in DREAMS was inspired by an incident that occurred in Lake Station, IN that tore a town and a family apart. Brandon Haywood of Lake Station was killed in a police shooting on Central Avenue. Students at Columbia College, where Brandon was a student, connected with the film’s director, Joel Kapity to create the film.

9PM - (Late Night Popcorn Movie) THEY DIE BY DAWN - Dir Jeymes Samuel | USA 2013 | 51 min

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7


THEY DIE BY DAWN is a film based on the true life African American Cowboys of the old west. With an all star cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Nate Parker, Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington, Erykah Badu, Bokeem Woodbine and Harry Lennix, the film sets out to tell the story of a showdown between the real life characters.


12 NOON-MOTHER OF GEORGE – Dir. Andrew Dosunmu | USA 2013

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7


Having emigrated from Nigeria to marry the restaurateur Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), Adenike (Danai Gurira) finds her Brooklyn neighborhood still steeped in the colors and traditions of their homeland. At the couple’s wedding, Adenike’s imperious mother‐in-law (Bulky Ajayi) confers the conventional Yoruba blessings, including the right of naming their future son George. But as the months pass and Adenike fails to get pregnant, the pressures of family—and a culture that places all responsibility for conception upon the wife—increase, and only her more worldly friend Sade (Yaya Alafia) stands by her side and bears all her secrets.

3PM-THE MAGIC CITY– Dir. R Malcolm Jones | 2014 | Director in Attendance

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7


The Magic City, by Director R. Malcolm Jones, is a motion picture based on hope and resilience played out in a coming of age story laced with sometimes insurmountable tragedies and exhilarating adventures. Characters Tiana, Nia and Amiya initially adversaries, forge a lifelong friendship through hope and adversity in one of Miami’s gritty and unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City.

6PM-THINGS NEVER SAID– Dir. Charles Murray | 2013 | Director in Attendance

Adult $10 | Youth (16 and under) | Seniors $7

Join us as we close out year three with an intimate discussion with Gary’s own, Charles Murray

KALINDRA STEPNEY (Kal) is an emerging spoken-word poetess, someone who willingly speaks her thoughts, but she's an artist who has yet to find her voice. A native of California, Kal has dreams of taking her poems to New York and the infamous Nuyorican stage. Haunted by a miscarriage and saddled with RONNIE, a husband who's angry and without direction - he uses his fists as a form of speech, Kal tries desperately to find an outlet for her struggling voice.

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