Capital City Black Film Festival

August 17-20, 2017

Thursday, August 17th at 8:00pm
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Event Description:

CAPITAL CITY BLACK FILM FESTIVAL HONORS ACADEMY AWARD, GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY WINNER LOUIS GOSSETT, JR., AT THE FESTIVAL’S 2017 OPENING NIGHT GALA

Two World Premieres – “Breaking Brooklyn” and “The Reason” – Featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., will be screened at the Festival.

Each year, CCBFF’s Opening Night Gala elevates the arts and honors those who have paved the way for artists and entertainers of color. Louis Gossett, Jr., will receive the Harlem Lights! Living Legend Award at the Gala on Thursday at 8:00pm. The award is named in honor of East Austin’s legendary Harlem Theater, which served African American moviegoers from 1935 to 1973. At that time, the Harlem Theater was one of only seven black-owned theaters in the country. VIP Pass holders will be treated to a special Meet-and-Greet with Louis Gossett, Jr., prior to the Gala.

In addition, “Forgiveness,” a short film written and directed by Satie Gossett, will be screened on Thursday evening. The CCBFF Opening Night Gala will be preceded by a cocktail reception and a “Living Art Gallery” display at 7:00pm.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled that Louis Gossett, Jr., will be with us as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary. His are the shoulders on which we stand as we present the wealth of filmmaking and acting talent that exists in the African American community,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of the Capital City Black Film Festival. “We hold Mr. Gossett, Jr., in the highest regard, as do millions around the world, for his character and integrity, his immense talent and the magic he brings to the stage and screen.”

For more information on Festival Screenings, Events, Panels and Parties, visit online at www.capcitybff.com.