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Film Series Featuring Black Directors At Robinson Film Ctr.

Courtesy: Robinson Film Center

BLACK HISTORY MONTH  FILM SERIES - During  February’s  Black History Month, Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport  will celebrate black cinema  by featuring the work of four contemporary directors.  Dacovan Stone,  a programming assistant with the Robinson explains more.

"We're showing movies that showcase black cinema, specifically black directors.," explained Stone. "We're showing four films :"If Beale Street Could Talk", "Do The Right Thing", "Creed", and "Selma". 

After each film is shown, there will be a panel-led discussion to hear from the audience as to what they thought of the film and its underlying message.

Credit Courtesy: Tanesha Morris, Facebook
Courtesy: Tanesha Morris, Facebook
Tanesha Morris, founder of Shreveport Urban Film Festival

"We want to give everyone a voice to be heard with this , we want to make sure all of our community has a platform," said Stone.

The Black History Month Film Series is presented by the Caddo Parish Commission and Centenary Film Society and coordinated in partnership with Shreveport Urban Film Festival, which was founded by Tanesha Morris.

"We wanted to celebrate black filmmakers that have been nominated for oscars," explained Morris."Barry Jenkings, Spike Lee, we have Ryan Cooglar, and Ava DuVernay; all have been nominated whether it was this year or in the past."

The first film: If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins was shown on Feb 5th.  Morris says the discussion after its showing was thoughtful and engaging.

Credit Courtesy: Robinson Film Center
Courtesy: Robinson Film Center

"We had a great dialogue, conversation about race relations and the issues that we have amongst each other," explained Morris.  "It goes beyond just a white or black type of thing."

Tonight, the next film to be shown is Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” it begins at 6:30pm.    To learn more about the Black History Month Film Series at the Robinson  - RobinsonFilmCenter.org

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.