After a year that brought an onslaught of fear and unrest, the need for restoration, connection and community rebuilding is felt more now than at any other time. Out of the ashes came movements for liberation and a strong desire for connection with one another that has not been felt in a long time. Greenwood Film Festival (GFF) seeks to provide a safe space where individuals can enjoy themselves again in the film community that will showcase pioneers of today, by unearthing lessons from the past to inspire solidarity for our future. The festival runs from June 12th to June 14th, 2021 at the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave., Tulsa, Ok 74120; Circle Cinema, 10 S. Lewis in Tulsa, Ok 74104; and online at greenwoodfilmfestival.com. Find a full schedule and ticketing information at the link.
Black Wall Street: An American Nightmare, written and directed by Dennis Delemar will be featured at GFF. The short film, set in 1905, follows O.W. Gurley, founder of Black Wall Street, through a dream of what the future holds for Black America.
The Festival will also feature local filmmakers like Trey Thaxton’s Welcome To Tulsa in its GFF Short Showcase. GFF will screen powerful and poignant films like Restoration: A Concert Film, a creative storytelling journey about farmland ownership directed by Native Son, and Issues of the Heart, a powerful love story of triumph in marriage.
Workshop Speakers include writer, Sheryll Atkins, known for Moesha, Sister Sister and Hip-Hop Harry, Markeia Jones, Production Coordinator known for Bigger Season 2, Undercover Brother 2, and Ready 2 Love and Edwin Walker, actor, and producer known for Empire, ATL, and Chicago PD. Select Community Partners include Frios Gourmet Pops, Black Wall Street Tees & Souvenirs, Trabar and Associates, and Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
Greenwood Film Festival will not just commemorate the tragic events of 1921, but continue to build a strong and vibrant art, culture, and film community in the Greenwood District. The Festival will give local filmmakers and others a platform to connect with their community, encourage identity, increase film-making skills, ownership and engage in hot topics in the Let’s Talk Panels.