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LANGSTON Seattle Black Film Festival Celebration

Pier 62 | Free
Saturday May 14, 5–9:30 pm
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A celebration of cinematic Black brilliance featuring a selection of short films, music, food, and an interactive experience.

All Ages

Photo by Sunita Martini (Reflections Dance Festival Watch Party 2021)

Golden-glowing string lights hung along an outdoor canopy are visible, both in and out of focus. There is a blurred twilight-blue background.

Pier 62 photo by Sunita Martini: Reflections Dance Festival Watch Party

Join LANGSTON at Pier 62 as we celebrate 19 years of the Seattle Black Film Festival. The event will feature music, food, interactive activities and a program highlighting some of the best short films from recent festivals; with themes of identity, joy and creative exploration. This event is a free, all ages event curated by LANGSTON.

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Enjoy live music with DJ Sean Malik, grab a bite to eat from Chick’n Fix, explore a virtual reality experience by Tana Yasu, and learn more about LANGSTON. Also at the pier: play a game of chess, corn hole, or checkers while you soak up the waterfront views of Pier 62.

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Enjoy a curated list of short films shown at the 2022 LANGSTON Seattle Black Film Festival.

Featured Films

  • Aje Ijo Rivers of Nine – 14 minutes
  • Punctuation Proclamation Film – 7 minutes
  • Eavesdropping on the Elders – 20 minutes
  • Substance – 3 minutes
  • Family Recipe – Kamari Bright – 7 minutes

More Information On The LANGSTON Seattle Black Film Festival

The 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival will once again animate the halls of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s historically Black Central District, April 29 – May 1. The three-day weekend of in-person and video-on-demand screenings, panels, and events will host an international selection of over forty feature films, music videos, documentaries, and short films; showcasing the range and depth of the Black experience on the big screen.The 2022 festival will feature a melanin-rich blend of curated and official selection works from four continents. We’ll kick off on Friday, April 29th at 6pm with our traditional Evening of Black Cinematic Brilliance short film showcase; beginning with a mixer and happy hour, where guests and filmmakers are invited to gather in celebration of Black brilliance. Following the mixer, our short film showcase will begin at 7 pm with a powerful line-up of local, national, and international narratives. We’ll bring the festival to a close on Sunday, May 1st with an exceptional presentation by special festival guests, WACO Theater Center Co-Artistic Directors, Richard Lawson, and Tina Knowles Lawson of the documentary film The Evolution of African Dance and the behind-the-scenes short documentary of the making of Black Terror.

Interested in attending the full at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center?  Purchase Film Festival passes here

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