Offered by the Ford Basis, the third annual the Detroit Black Movie Pageant (DBFF) will host its opening evening on September 21, 2022, by celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the movie, “Woman Sings the Blues,” in collaboration with the Motown Museum. The night options a gap evening reception and screening on the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Historical past.
“Woman Sings the Blues” is a 1972 American biographical drama movie directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Vacation. The movie stars Detroit’s personal Diana Ross together with Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers. Ross debuted as Billie Vacation within the movie whereas below contract with Motown Founder Berry Gordy. On the time, she was rising as a solo artist after years with The Supremes. The movie was produced by Motown Productions for Paramount Footage. Ross was nominated for an Academy Award for Greatest Actress. And the soundtrack, which featured Ross singing Vacation’s songs, was successful. Each Ross and Williams gained NAACP Picture Awards for Excellent Actor and Actress in a Movement Image for his or her performances.
Co-founder Marshalle Favors stated she and her husband, Lazar, selected the long-lasting movie as a result of “it’s a famend traditional, and the good efficiency by made it to the massive display screen due to Motown.”
Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry stated, “Motown Museum is delighted to companion with the Detroit Black Movie Pageant to acknowledge the contributions of Black unbiased filmmakers. We’re notably excited to co-host the pageant’s opening occasion and particular viewing of the long-lasting movie, “Woman Sings the Blues”, a Motown Productions movie produced by Berry Gordy starring Diana Ross in her characteristic movie debut, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.”
DBFF co-founder Lazar Favors stated the partnership “provides us an opportunity to assist the Motown Museum because it begins a brand new chapter.”
This yr’s pageant options 86 movies from 14 international locations, together with 12 made by metro Detroit filmmakers. Opening evening will characteristic a brief movie by Academy Award-winner, Steve McQueen. Along with screening nice movies, the pageant will provide networking alternatives with filmmakers, a closing evening awards ceremony and the debut of a “Movie Discussion board” sequence of roundtable dialogues with distribution corporations, skilled actors and different trade professionals. Go to Eventbrite to seek out out extra details about the screenings, pageant passes and tickets.
The DBFF is supported by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American Historical past, Carr Middle, Metropolis of Detroit Workplace of Arts, Tradition and Entrepreneurship, YArts, Motown Museum and Yum Village.
Offered by the Ford Basis, the third annual Detroit Black Movie Pageant (DBFF), which was based in 2020, continues to showcase the voices and tales of Black unbiased filmmakers nationwide. DBFF is devoted to screening wonderful, high-quality movies from seasoned and rising filmmakers that spotlight a spectrum of tales reflecting African American experiences, narratives, and tradition.
For extra details about the Detroit Black Movie Pageant go to: https://filmfreeway.com/DETROITBLACKFILMFESTIVAL