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IU Northwest to host Gary International Black Film Festival Oct. 5-7

Independent films to set stage for dialogue, self-reflection, cultural engagement

Tuesday Sep 18, 2012

Indiana University Northwest will host the Second Annual Gary International Black Film Festival (GIBFF) on October 5, 6 and 7 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

The three days of cinema will feature the best in independent film that is by or about Black people throughout the Diaspora. The GIBFF brings film, filmmakers and audiences together for a dynamic weekend of dialogue, self-reflection and cultural engagement, using film as a powerful medium that has the power to tell our stories in an authentic and relevant manner.

The weekend’s schedule:

Friday, Oct. 5

6 p.m. -- Reception

7 p.m. -- Showing of “In the Hive,” an award-winning drama directed by Robert Townsend. Townsend will lead the audience in discussion following the film.

Saturday, Oct. 6

3 p.m. – The matinee event will feature various films from festival entries, shorts and youth films.

7 p.m. – “The Interrupters,” directed by Steve James, tells the moving and surprising story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed.

9 p.m. – “Gun Hill Road,” directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, is the story of a family in transition and a young man exploring his sexuality in an intolerant and judgmental world and his exploration’s impact on his relationship with his parents and himself.

Sunday, Oct. 7

2 p.m. – “Soul Food Junkies,” directed by Byron Hurt, explores the pros and cons of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. The film explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identify and its effects on African-American health.

The Gary International Black Film Festival is sponsored by IU Northwest, Art Works and the Indiana Arts Commission.

A pass to the entire film festival is $50. Individual film admission prices vary. For tickets and prices, visit  For more information about the GIBFF, and to view movie trailers, visit

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