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Black Film Festival returns to Gary for seventh year

The Black Film Festival returns to The Glen Theatre in Gary this year.

The 7th Annual Black Film Festival will bring directors, actors and independent films about the African-American experience to Gary.

The film festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Glen Theatre at 20 W. Ridge Road in Gary. It will be hosted by Gary native and Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts graduate William L. Johnson, who started in the film "Nothing Like Thanksgiving" and the music video "Freedom Ain't Free."

The Glen Theatre will screen the full-length films "Nothing Like Thanksgiving" and "And Then There Were 4" and the shorts "Silent Cries: The Prelude," "The Talk," "Domestic Disturbance," "Bill 2/29," "Rolling in the Deep," "A Beautiful Love," "Pushing Skills" and "Final Interrogation."

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Festivalgoers will be able to ask questions of actors, producers and directors after the screenings. Celebrity attendees include "Final Interrogation" producer and Gary native Ken Lewis; "Domestic Disturbance" lead actor George McGill; "Domestic Disturbance" producer Antonio Jefferson; and child actor Charles Greer IV, who's appeared in "Dreams My Master," "School of Rock," "Legendary Dudas" and "Pushing Skills." People also can meet student film producer and director Maceo Lester, "The Proposal" writer Tara Ratney, and Saquan Jones, who directed "Founders Keeper" and wrote the novel "Weights of the World."

Tickets are $20 for Feb. 16, or $25 at the door, and $15 for Feb. 17, or $20 at the door. A ticket for both nights costs $30 per person.

For tickets, call 219-949-5565 or visit Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall in Gary.

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