VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
The Arizona Black Film Showcase event is comprised of two days of educational workshops, film screenings, an awards ceremony, and vendor festival.
The Arizona Black Film Showcase is a non-profit association. The mission is to become the premier, national media arts event dedicated to supporting Black film professionals through educational and networking opportunities. We believe that "Black Film is American Film" and that Black Films have a significant impact on the broader Film and Television Industry.
This annual, competitive film showcase is dedicated to supporting, celebrating and promoting the dynamic works of Black filmmakers locally and nationally. The Showcase solicits independent feature film entries created for under $1,000,000 and short film entries created for under $100,000. Additionally, the Showcase provides Black directors, writers, producers, actors and other industry talent a forum to network and share in their cinematic experiences.
event attracts two groups of attendees. The primary group is comprised of
minority, namely Black, filmmakers pursuing further education about the craft
and business of the industry. The second group is comprised of passionate film
enthusiasts who thirst for authentic and positive portrayals of
African-Americans in film and media arts in general.
Submission deadline: January
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Chandler, AZ 85225
Founded in 2004, OneNightCinema was created by Valley film buff Randy Montgomery in an effort to showcase foreign and independent films that normally would not have been screened in the
Phoenix Film Festival is an international event held annually in the Spring to celebrate independent film and filmmaking. The
Phoenix Film Festival runs within the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The Phoenix
Film Festival is the largest attended festival in
Monday through Thursday:
· HEARD MUSEUM FILM FESTIVAL
goers will have the chance to view the work of some of the finest emerging and
established indigenous filmmakers in the world. Held on the museum's
spectacular grounds in downtown
culture and innovation in an unparalleled experience. The three-day event will kick off with a gala evening celebrating the work of keynote film celebrating cultural diversity and dramatic landscapes.
Info Phone: (602)252-8840
The Scottsdale International Film Festival is a four day event that takes place in late October through early November each year.
The Scottsdale International Film Festival concluded its most successful year yet as over 5,000 area
residents enjoyed a selection of the best international films. The desire for international films in the Valley is undeniable as the Festival
continues to grow each year. This growth is thanks to loyal attendees, new audience members, Festival sponsors and volunteers, and local
media who continue to provide essential support.
The Festival included a student competition along with 35 screenings of full-length features, many of which sold out. The 5-day event is a
wonderful combination of outstanding cinema and exciting celebrity-attended parties. It attracts film connoisseurs along with amateurs looking to learn more about film.
Scottsdale International Film Festival’s mission is to be the undisputed
Phone: (602) 410-1074
US FILM FESTIVALS
· AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market in July dedicated to
strengthening the independent Black filmmaking community. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Friday, President &
CEO of Film Life, the festival was born out of a belief in the need to stimulate independent Black film development and
promote cultural diversity within the film industry.
A platform for African-American filmmakers to showcase their work, the ABFF features panel discussions, workshops,
seminars and, of course, screenings. The festival has four main film sections: competitive feature films, noncompetitive
feature films, the HBO short film competition and the documentary section. Morgan J. Freeman,
Russell Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Denzel Washington, Eriq LaSalle and John Singleton have graced the scene at past events.
ABFF c/o film Llife
· SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
San Francisco Black Film Festival
The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African
cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films - from emerging and established filmmakers.
This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes,
and providing filmmakers particular a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. The San Francisco Black
Film Festival believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, people of diverse
cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
8th Annual San Francisco Black Film Festival Contact Information
San Francisco Black Film Festival
· INDEPENDENT BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Independent Black Film Festival Celebrating Diversity in the Arts IBFF presents an exploration of discovery through
soul stirring and spirited independent film contributions that open the hearts and minds of movie lovers. With eyes on the
success of nouveau talent, IBFF is a personable and intimate networking marketplace for industry connections and socializing.
The Independent Black Film Festival will provide independent filmmakers the opportunity to screen feature, short, documentary
and animation film projects to a culturally diverse audience. The festival's conference program offers attendees the opportunity
to participate in informative and career-enhancing panel discussions and workshops led by top industry professionals.
Anchored by the crafts of screenwriting, music, animation and gaming, IBFF will continue to celebrate Artists who use their
freedom of expression to explore socially relevant topics. The Independent Black Film Festival is dedicated to helping discover new
screenwriters, gamers and musicians in the
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The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 6-day celebration of black cinema drawing together
established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists
Spike Lee, Anthony Anderson, Eriq
LaSalle, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan,
Nicole Ari Parker, the festival has become an annual mecca for the Black Hollywood creative community.
The festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers through a public
exhibition and competition program. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching
independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.
The Houston Black Film Festival was founded in 2004 to bring a collective, cohesive and creative environment for the
Houston, Texas Film Mecca; the fourth largest metropolitan city in the nation. Our focus is to proactively enhance the
process of developing, producing and distributing films by black filmmakers. Its goal is also to bring a unique dominion
to films by providing a program that will directly impact the viability and quality of films introduced to the market by the implementation
of such ‘special projects’ as The Book to Film Screenplay Search Project which aims to become an amenable bridge between
proven published authors and filmmakers to bring a book to film adaptation and final projects into fruition.
1-877-827-1302 FESTIVAL CONTACT#
888-898-9297 ext 84
firstname.lastname@example.org- request for media credentials
email@example.com about status of film submissions.
DATE: June - Aug
Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival has become known among it’s peers as the longest running
festival in the
hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers, and film buffs who enjoy African American
and African Diaspora cinema. Screening in the summer months, the films shown reflect the full diversity of the black
formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde.
The Festival is free of charge to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations, and
corporations. It is administered by The Newark Museum, and planned by a Selection Committee, which includes such
notables as screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley, who wrote the screenplays for “Let's Do It Again,” “Uptown Saturday Night,”
“Native Son,” “Deacons for Defense,” and “Mandela & DeKlerk.” Other Committee members include Jeff Friday, CEO and
Co-founder of Film Life’s American Black Film Festival, and Dr. Clement A. Price, noted historian, author and educator to name a few.
· TWIN CITIES BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
We are Seeking:Bold, fresh and innovative films…documentaries, comedy, shorts, animations,
premieres, romance, horror, sci-fi, etc. ( made by or about people of African descent &
Multicultural films that reflect our community depicting positive and realistic images)
· BLACK INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
EnTime Entertainment presents…'THE STUDIO"
An impromptu / open mic for vocalists & poets that perform with a live band.
Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @ Majerle's 9 Lounge, Downtown Phoenix
R&B/Soul :: HipHop :: Urban Jazz
What you get at 'The Studio"
- Intimate Atmosphere
- Live Entertainment
- Mature Audience
- Food & Drinks
- Soulful Encouragement
More info :: www.EnTimeOnline.com
EnTime Entertainment "All good things happen withEnTime"
· THE POETRY JUMP OFF
my name is
There is a local soul food cafe, Lil Mamas Soul Cafe, that holds Open
Mic Poetry every Tuesday and Friday nights. I host it along with a
poet by the name of Karolina Breeze. We have been holding it for
about 2 months now and it is a really nice atmosphere we have.
There are a lot of local singers, poets, comedians, rappers and just
anyone who is open to get on the mic and share with us. We also have
a commercial that plays on 99.3 around
Lil Mamas Soul cafe serves soul food such as chicken and waffles, fried and
smothered porkchops/chicken and more...you can get more of the menu
and information @ www.lilmamassoulcafe.com
· CHICAGO-STYLE STEPPIN'
The Desert Steppers would like to announce a Message Board for Steppers!
All who are even mildly interested in Steppin can access the Message Board
and hook up with Steppers and Steppin Events in your local area and all over the country!
This is a great way to keep in touch with other Steppers on a daily basis.
· AFRICAN DANCE FOR FITNESS
Class: Every Saturday afternoon -
Treat yourself to a dynamic work-out.
African drummers featuring Frank Thompson, John Mouzon & others on drums.
(The drums will lift you off the floor!)
AYC is a beautiful mirrored studio with wood floors.
Ayo Sharpe-Mouzon has taught ongoing classes in seven cities in the
Ayo is an intuitive teacher who teaches for all levels.
Phone #: 480-233-3880
This class is open to teen-agers & adults (13 & up!) $10.00 per class
GHANAIAN RHYTHMS WITH UNCLE C.K.GANYO,DIRECTOR( ADZIDO)
Weekly: every Mon Wed Fri from to at 30 West Culver # C. For info call 602-253-5920.
He also teaches at
KAWAMBE AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE ENSEMBLE, MARK SUNKETT,DIRECTOR.
Weekly:Every Thursday at and every Saturday at , and every Wed at for children. Classes are at East Lake Park.For more info call 602-962-7547.
World Class Dance:
African American Jazz (African Swing)
Classical Dance of India
West African y mas
Registration New Dress Code and Fees, Call: 628-7785
This program is directed by Barbea M. Williams, Artistic Director of the Barbea Williams Performing Co., Inc. Ms. Williams is an award-winning actress/choreographer dedicated to sharing diverse ethnic dance and theatre traditions that derive from the African and African Latino Cultures. The Company offers ethnic dance/drum classes, residencies, performances, lecture/demonstrations.
Call for more Information: (520) 628-7785, For Children, Teens, and Adults.
Ask about Dress Code and Fees.
Free West African Dance Class
Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre offers a "Free" West African Dance Class open to the
general public each Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in the Gym at Eastlake Park, 16th Street and Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ.
There's plenty of room for all - men, women, and children. Please come and join us.
For questions, please call Kawambe-Omowle at (602) 252-6204.
Mail Address: P O Box 20491 Phoenix Arizona 85036
Dedicated To Preserving The African And African American History In
Remember The Past, Enjoy The Present, Embrace The Future....
· AFRICAN AMERICAN MULTICULTURAL MUSEUM
Times: Wednesday-Friday , Saturday-Sunday
newly-opened African American Multicultural Museum is
venue dedicated to African American and other cultures whose mission is 'Fellowship
through Education.' The museum’s co-founders, Edward and Kay VanDyke, had long dreamed
bringing an African-American museum to
members, opened the museum in south
from donors' personal collections of African masks, painted Egyptian papyrus, drums
and a well-recognized painting from the Cosby Show.
The museum gift shop features books about African-American history, contributions of
Black veterans, and the evolution of music from slave days to jazz, and jewelry made
of bone, mother-of-pearl and coral. Many other cultures will be featured at the museum
in future exhibits.
Africana features Ethnic Art, collectables, and a large selection of contemporary
framed gallery prints and custom framing.
Spectrum Mall (Formerly Christown Mall) 19th
Would you like to visit
The Zuva Gallery represents
Tomb shape bronze sculpture listing key milestones in
Phoenix’s civil rights and African American history; 16th & Jefferson
Celebrating Native American cultures, history and art. One of
the nation’s premier museums devoted to Native American culture; museum
features a collection of 32,000 objects, guided tours, videos
of cultural traditions, hands-on craft activities, library and cafe. http://www.heard.org
· CONSORTIUM of BLACK ORGANIZATIONS and OTHERS for the ARTS(COBA)
COBA is a consortium of organizations and others whose purpose is to promote an understanding of and support for African and African-American Arts and Artists, including but not limited to, the visual, performing and literary arts. It seeks to inform the public about African and African American arts and artists through workshops, tours, lectures, informal discussions, and the biennial African Heritage Recognition Dinners. We encourage all to produce art, perform, to learn to appreciate beauty in the environment and improve the aesthetics of the community and the quality of life for all.
· Enhancing public awareness of diversity in the arts with specific emphasis on the arts of Africans and African-Americans.
· Educating a culturally diverse public, with emphasis on African- Americans, about the rich and unique culture and heritage surrounding African and African-American arts through lectures, symposia, classes, interviews, exhibits and performances.
· Providing support for and encouraging the improvement, growth and development of African and African-American arts and artists through scholarships, grants, exhibits, performances and venues for working and performing.
diverse partnerships and collaborating with "others" (existing
organizations, businesses, schools and individuals in the community) to further
Membership is open to all individuals and organizations.
South Mountain Views Hosts First Friday Fine Art Show
South Mountain Views Fine Art Show represents some of the best talent in the
area. The event is chiefly a way for my company to give back to the
community," Smith stated. He further explained that some of the proceeds
from the event would be given to a pre- selected art department within the
Smith invites corporate businesses and organizations to become sponsors on- going as the project continues." The South Mountain Views Fine Art Show was a great success in January with patrons from many surrounding cities attending. The event was near building capacity. Some patrons were so enthralled with the art and discussion that they stayed on while the show's assistants were packing". An exhibit presented by Digital Art by Robert Smith will be an event that should not be missed. This February's featured artist is local favorite- Shakur.
first Friday of the month)
Donations: $10 single $15 couples
Jazz, Refreshments and select wines will be served. RSVP is suggested
Coordinator/Media Contact: Angela Brooks
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Calling all Weavers and Fiber Arts enthusiasts! Looking for
other Weavers or Weaving
Newbies in particular! I use a four harness floor loom. How would Sunday afternoon or a
weeknight meeting work for you? . Please email Linda at email@example.com with your
interests and please specify which type of meeting works for you. I am looking forward to
hearing from all of you!
Phoenix Chapter meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday at the Greater Progressive
at . If you are interested in Gospel music and want to be an active
participant in sharing this gift to the world please come and join us.
The church address is
reasonably priced at $40.00. For additional information please
contact Reverend Steve Sanders at (602) 304-0290 or Minister Carolyn
O'Neil at (602) 264-7157.
sing unto the Lord a new song: for He hath done marvelous things.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord throughout the land. (Psalms98 & 100)
Soul Entertainment is the newest and hottest Gospel Record
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· Chocolate Tree Music Group: "An Independent Flavor"
"Chocolate Tree Music Group is an independent label and subsidiary of "BLUHOUSE" corp
with some of the hottest acts and talent to come out of the
encompasses rappers, singers, producers, writers, choreographers, video directors,
DJ's, graphics arts designers, website designers and engineers. Our slogan is:
"An Independent Flavor"
We encourage those who seek to be able to succeed in their chosen profession to
joint us as we strive to eliminate the middle man and produce quality products
and services for our customers at a reasonable cost. We believe that no one
should benefit from your skills more than YOU!!"
An Independent Flavor
Max R. Tannis
Senior Vice President
Marketing and Promotions
Chocolate Tree Music Group
(602) 903-5165 Main Office
(602) 903-5185 Direct
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the beginning of the long hot summer of 1970, a City of Phoenix Parks and
Recreation Supervisor named Helen Katherine Mason noticed the distinct absence
of one rich and resonant voice within the
1970 The Black Theatre Troupe, Inc. has evolved into a company that has
promoted excellence in the performing arts with an emphasis on people of color.
As the only professional African-American theatre company within the
four-corner states, The Black Theatre Troupe conducts educational workshops and
produces quality plays which reflect the African-American experience and help
to illuminate the culture to the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout
Arizona. The Black Theatre Troupe, performs in their own
mortgage-free facility in downtown
The work of The Black Theatre Troupe is a strong collaborative effort of artists, staff, board members and the community. Through our work, we support the development of multi-ethnic artists, designers and technicians, Serve as an educational resource as the only professional African-American theatre company in the four-corner states region, Reflect the cultural diversity of the community, artistically and operationally, and Conduct business with integrity and financial responsibility.
of the Black Theatre Troupe's programs are "community based." BTT is
a community based arts organization. Within the structure of the organization
are several unique and creative components that encourage community
participation and community educational development one of the most significant
is the Saturday's Children Theatre Workshop a project that has operated for the
past 20 years and focuses on youth ages 7-17. Beginning in fall 2002 the
program will undergo a complete and strategically planned change to include a
more diverse series of classes, activities, productions and instructors. The
goals of the program include art appreciation, art performance, and safety and
values for youth at risk. This program was one of the first in the City of
- 602 258-8128
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Fax - 602 253-3690
Box Office Black Theatre Troupe - 602 258-8129
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ARTLINK : 1ST FRIDAY
A fun filled night of art and conversation
with the artist awaits you each First Friday in downtown
Nearly 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the
Feb , free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com
INDIAN ARTISTS OF
The greatest living Native American artists will display and
sell their works at Rawhide's new Gila River Indian Community location.
Proceeds benefit the Arizona Indian Arts Alliance. January,
$8, free for kids 12 and under, 866-398-2226. http://www.indianartistsofamerica.com
January, free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com
SUNDAY A'FAIR :
A free afternoon arts festival,
featuring performances by Valley entertainers, arts and crafts, activities for
children, and docent-guided tours of the sculptures. January - April free. http://www.scottsdalearts.org Scottsdale Civic Center Mall,
SURPRISE STADIUM WINTER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL :
January, free, 480-488-2014. http://www.magicbirdfestivals.com
See innovative art in various media, from painting to sculpture to music. February Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-787-6500.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts is presented each Fall and Spring. In 2006 the Spring Festival will be held March 31st through April 2nd. Fall Festival will be held from December 1st through December 3rd. The hours of the Festival are to dusk. There's no admission charge.
of the Largest in the Southwest Every year, twice per year, downtown