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Black Filmmakers Speak On The Importance Of Telling Black Stories Rooted In Joy
ESSENCE Fest hosted it’s first-ever Film Festival this year, which definitely lived up to the hype. Helmed by Producer and Director Sidra Smith, between screenings of fantastic films and sit-ins with amazingly talented actors, actresses, directors, writers and filmmakers, it’s clear that ESSENCE Fest has created yet another space where Black stories can have their spotlight.
During the ‘Widening The Screen’ segments presented by P&G, audiences had the opportunity to view a series of short films that premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. After the screenings, audience members sat in on a panel with the creative minds behind each of the projects. When asked about their films as well as their inspirations, Jabari Allen, Zoey Martinson, Camrus Johnson,Marshall Tyler, and Moira Griffin shared responses that reflected a general collective sentiment of wanting to tell Black stories and experiences.