The Long Beach Indie International Film Festival, which opened Wednesday, is featuring a suite films that highlight positive images of young African-American men.
More than 90 national and international films will be shown at the Cinemark and the Pike Theaters in Long Beach, Calif., through Sunday, Aug. 31.
The films include “Sol Brothers,” a short film about 33 young men of color as they take part in a college-focused leadership camp. “In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones: Reading, Mercy and The Artificial Nigger,” which is about the staging of Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 short story The Artificial Nigger.
In addition there is the movie, “Take Me to the River,” which is an inter-generational film that explores the history and the music of Memphis, Tenn.
The film festival is the brainchild of Dr. Daniel E. Walker, a filmmaker and research associate with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
Walker created the festival to entertain, educate and inspire. “This is an important statement we’re making about the commercialization of negative images of black men in film, television and digital media globally, ” he said.