The Denton Black Film Festival, which showcases cinematic storytelling that highlights the Black experience through film, music, dance, technology and the visual arts, is back for its eighth consecutive year.
Because of COVID, the DBFF will take place virtually starting Jan. 27 with showings thru Feb. 6, giving attendees the opportunity to experience the festival wherever they have Wi-Fi.
The event has built up an international following that brings attendees and filmmakers from around the world to North Texas to enjoy and experience hidden gems of Black cinema, spoken word and other arts. This year, the Denton Black Film Festival will tell numerous Black stories through 100 independent films that made it through a competitive selection process.
Born in Dallas, 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson is already a household name. She ascended to fame in international track circles in 2019 as a freshman at Louisiana State University, when she ran the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Championships in a blistering 10.75 seconds.
What came next? Expectations, of course, that Richardson would position herself at the forefront of the American delegation to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It didn’t happen, despite the Carter High School alumna managing to surpass her previous time by running the 100 meters in 10.72 seconds at the Olympic trials last April — a time that was later scratched.
Richardson could have gone to Tokyo and competed, for instance, in the 4x100-relay. But instead, she opted out entirely. Having tested positive for marijuana, she had her personal best at the U.S. trials invalidated, making her ineligible to compete in the 100-meter event in Tokyo.
But now, she’s making news of a different sort. She’s the subject of a new documentary short titled Sub Eleven Seconds, which will have its world premiere at the virtual 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Sub Eleven Seconds is directed by the mononymous filmmaker Bafic. Its executive producer is Virgil Abloh, the American fashion designer who created the label Off-White and headed Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection before he died in November at 41.
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from slavery to the present. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 student visits annually.
Due to the surge in COVID cases, the museum is foregoing its courtyard entertainment, resource stations and children’s activities where people would gather in close proximity. Guests are required to wear masks. Sanitation stations will be posted throughout the experience.
“We never miss an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King and all he has meant to us, COVID or not. This year’s celebration reaches visitors coming to the museum and those joining virtually around the world in paying tribute to the man known as the greatest humanitarian who ever lived,” said Faith Morris, chief marketing and external affairs officer.