A filmmaker rewarded at the Black Documentary Film Festival

The Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival (IBDFF) will present local filmmaker Jerald Harkness with the Spotlight Award at the 3rd annual film festival on August 26.

This is the first year of the IBDFF Spotlight Award, which will be given annually to a Black filmmaker who demonstrates “excellence and dedication to their craft” and tells “untold stories about the Afro experience. -American”.

Harkness is the CEO of Studio Auteur, a content creation company specializing in documentary filmmaking, and has over 25 years of documentary production experience. He will receive the award for his documentary “The Glories of Our Journey: A Community Story,” which tells the story of John Hope School No. 26 and its importance to the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.

IBDFF founder Eric Winston created the film festival to showcase the work of black film artists and to create a more accurate media portrayal of black culture in Indianapolis.

“We want to make sure that we bring films to the community that shed a positive light on the African-American community,” Winston said.

There will be screenings of documentary films from August 26 to 28.

Harkness will receive his award at a reception at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St. There will be food at the reception and a screening of Harkness’ documentary. WTLC radio host Tina Cosby will moderate the reception. Tickets are available at ibdff.com.

The next two days, August 27 and 28, are devoted to the screening of local documentaries on blacks and minorities. This will include “Breathing Black,” a documentary about nine Baltimore black people and their journey to find happiness during the pandemic. Another documentary, “Becoming Black Lawyers,” follows five black college students as they discover what it takes to become a lawyer in the United States.

Some filmmakers will be present for Q&A sessions.
Winston is delighted with this year’s documentary screenings and encourages people to attend the film festival.

“Come and be a part of this,” Winston said.

Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of each film. For details on the screening schedule, visit ibdff.com.

Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival Schedule:

August 26 — Featured Reception and Screening
When: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St.

August 27 – Full Screening Day
When: 10am-9pm
Wheree: Indianapolis Art Center

August 28 – Full Screening Day
When: 10am-9pm
Where: Kan-Kan Cinema and Brewery, 1258 Windsor St.
For details on the screening schedule, visit ibdff.com.

Contact religious journalist Abriana Herron at 317-924-5243 or email [email protected]ecorder.com. Follow her on Twitter @Abri_onyai. Herron is a member of the Report for America body and writes about the role of black churches in the community.

Darcy J. Skinner