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The Newark Black Film Festival – 40 Years of “Reel” Success

June 25–July 30, 2014

Wednesdays, 7 pm (Adult)

(Youth 1 pm, July 9–August 13)

 Through all of the ups and downs of Newark, NJ, one constant has remained. The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), established in 1974, is the longest running black film festival in the United States.

It is still administered by its founder, the Newark Museum, and planned by the NBFF. The festival provides a forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema.

According to the NBFF, the films selected encompass a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde, for youth and adults.

The festival also features the Paul Robeson awards, a biennial competition which will be held this year.

Past films have included, “Beast of the Southern Wild”, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, “Crash” and many other notable productions.

Past actors are a virtual Who’s Who of Hollywood. Guests have included James Earl Jones, Pam Grier, Danny Glover, Abby Lincoln, Brock Peters, Sheryl Lee Ralph and many others.

The NBFF is free to the public, made possible through a series of corporate and foundation grants.

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