by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS BLACK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
6 p.m. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. $40.
The Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival, founded by Wayne and Angela Burt, has grown from a one-day event to a four-day festival featuring nationally known artists and filmmakers.
This year marks the seventh installment of the film fest, and things get started Thursday with a red-carpet screening of White Hall native Dui Jarrod's film "Lesson Before Love," at 6 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. There will also be live music from Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers.
Friday's lineup starts at 11 a.m. at Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College, with selected shorts, features and documentaries. At Arkansas Baptist, filmmaker Julie Dash screens "Daughters of the Dust" and hosts a Q&A starting at 1 p.m., followed by a screenwriting workshop led by Jarrod at 4 p.m. At Philander Smith, filmmaker and author M.K. Asante screens "The Black Candle," followed by a Q&A, starting at 7 p.m.
There are more screenings and a variety of workshops on Saturday at both campuses. Asante will sign copies of his book "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" starting at 10 a.m. at Philander Smith.
Things wrap up Sunday with a brunch with Dash from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and an awards ceremony and more starting at 6 p.m. at Dreamland Ballroom.
Tickets range from $10-$40 per day, or you can get a festival pass for $75.