Seeing movies in the theater helps you avoid watching direct-to-DVD, no-frills versions of popular films, such as One Man and a Baby and Star War. See the reel deal with this GrouponLive deal.
- General admission to the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
- When: April 14–21
- Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
- Door time: One hour prior to showtime
- Click here to view the festival schedule.
- $25 for admission to 5 films (up to a $50 value)
- $49 for admission to 10 films (up to a $100 value)
- $89 for admission to unlimited films, plus admission to the closing ceremonies and viewing of In the Hive with Robert Townsend at 6 p.m. on April 21 (up to a $275 value)
Notable documentaries include The Loving Story (April 14 at 9 p.m.), illustrating Mildred and Richard Loving’s struggle to remain married in the face of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and the landmark Supreme Court case that followed. Short film showcases on April 15 and 18 feature such fictional pieces as the tense thriller Junior, which follows a recently released convict as he seeks revenge against the detective who wrongfully imprisoned him. Why Do You Have Black Dolls? takes a mini-documentary approach to examine the history and community of black-doll-makers.
The evening of April 17 showcases unique Afrofuturist pieces viewing science fiction through Black British, African, and African-American lenses. Pumzi shows a totalitarian society living beneath the dead earth that was once Nairobi, and The Last Angel of History explores the thematic connections between 20th century sci-fi and the Pan-African diaspora.
The Loving Story
On April 21, independent auteur Robert Townsend will take part in a screening of his recent film In the Hive. With a cast that includes Vivica A. Fox and Michael Clarke Duncan in one of his final roles, the movie tells the true story of a North Carolina school determined to help the "throwaway boys" who wont be admitted anywhere else.
In the Hive
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
In 2004, the Langston Hughes African American Film festival began as a simple weekend series. Nearly a decade later, the festival has expanded to feature more than 40 films over the course of nine days. When guests aren’t viewing feature-length movies or documentary shorts, they can attend workshops and interactive events, all focused on celebrating black filmmakers both up-and-coming and established.