On March 20, 2015, African-American Roswell Employee Network (AREN), Wisteria School of Buffalo and the Western New York Minority Media Professionals (WNYMMP) will be sponsoring the second annual Queen City Black Film Festival. The festival is a tribute and a testimony to African American film writers, producers and directors who are making waves in the industry, and encouraging others to do the same.
This year, the festival welcomes special guest Ilham Askia, Wisteria School of Buffalo’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker and Executive Director of Gideon’s Promise* (goal is to provide proper defense for those who don’t have access to it), who will be discussing the role of education as it pertains to disadvantaged youth. Askia will also introduce the documentary “Gideon’s Army” (nominated for an Emmy Award, winner at Cannes Film Festival and featured at Sundance Film Festival), and will touch upon the effects that the film has had on the industry and the nation.
Aside from the feature film, there will be other independently produced short films screened at the festival, all of which were written, produced or directed by African Americans. It is these types of films that allow another voice to enter the industry, while opening doors for others to do the same.
“The audiences that join us for these screenings will share in the discovery of innovative and unique films, and will also have a chance to hear directly from local film experts before and after the screenings,” said Michael Quinniey, Chairman of WNYMMP, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting social and educational opportunities through media for underserved youth residing throughout Western New York.
Queen City Black Film Festival
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*In 1963, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainright that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.