1st Oak Park Black Film Festival at the Guild Theater
St. HOPE CEO Cassandra Jennings said the film festival is an exciting new development in the capital for people to experience different cultures.
SACRAMENTO, California – The first Oak Park Black Film Festival arrives at the historic and newly renovated Guild Theater.
“We can do live productions or you see the screen,” said Cassandra Jennings, president and CEO of St. HOPE.
“We have five days of fantastic films and filmmakers. You will get feature films. You’ll get short films and documentaries about history, life and sports,” Jennings said.
You don’t have to sit in your seat; you can also have refreshments.
“We did some renovations to this during COVID so we could have a concession stand that will serve snacks and drinks depending on the event,” Jennings said. “We also wanted to have a place where we could at least gather and relax and feel comfortable.
Jennings says the black film festival is an exciting new development in the capital for people to experience different cultures.
“This is an opportunity to support up-and-coming filmmakers, and then tell the story from their eyes,” Jennings said. “A lot of times we get the story told by someone else, and it’s not always accurate.”
To that end, former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson plans to host roundtables to promote dialogue.
“Ultimately, we hope that not just our black community, but our entire community will be enlightened and better understand the culture of African American people,” Jennings said. great filmmakers telling their story, bringing history to life.
The Black Film Festival will take place from September 7 to 11. More information can be found HERE.
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