Black Film Festival starts Friday in Montgomery

Image from "12 Years a Slave" provided by ASU

Montgomery's 12th annual Black Film Festival begins this Friday and continues through Saturday (Aug. 22 - 23){} and is hosted by ASU's{} National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture.{}Here's a look at the schedule, as provided by ASU:

Friday, August 22John Garrick Hardy Student Center Theater at Alabama State University6 - 7:30 p.m."The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom"{}(Not Rated)The Marines of Montford Point fought for the United States in World War II while contending with racial prejudice with American society in general, with the rigid general racial segregation of the American South and with strong initial resistance from the Marine Corps itself.7:30 - 8 p.m.Post-film discussion led by Dr. Melton McLaurin, the film's writer/director and Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Clarence Willie.8 - 9 p.m."Hoodwinked"{}(Not Rated)"Hoodwinked" is an eye-opening look at the hyper-saturated negative racial statistics that promote the premise of black inferiority, and how organizations manipulate data and information for funding, and as money{} extracting propositions.9 - 9:30 p.m.Post-film discussion led by Janks Morton, the film's writer/directorSaturday, August 23The Capri Theatre in Old Cloverdale9 - 10:30 a.m.{}"Killer of Sheep"(Not Rated) Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.{}"12 Years A Slave"{}(R)"12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejifor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in 1840s America. He makes his living as a fiddle player, and his wife is a teacher. He is shanghaied by a pair of nefarious white men, and soon finds himself on a ship headed to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. Solomon bides his time, and waits for the chance to reclaim his rightful name as well as his family.1 - 2:45 p.m.{}"Polly"{}(Not Rated)"Polly" chronicles the adventures of an orphan sent to Harrington, Alabama, to live with her aunt - a very wealthy and influential black woman in a small divided town. Aunt Polly is prim, proper and often cold toward her new charge. Despite many setbacks, Polly's "gladness" game just might thaw the townsfolk and her aunt.2:45 - 3:15 p.m.{}Writer/director Dr. Melton McLaurin and Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Clarence Willie talk on the making of the documentary The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom.3:15 - 4:15 p.m.{}"The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom"4:15 - 5:45 p.m.{}"Hoodwinked"{}(Not rated)5:45 - 6:15 p.m.{}Q&A session with Janks Morton the writer/director of Hoodwinked.6:15 -7:15 p.m.{}"Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change"{}(Not Rated)A group of nuns from St. Louis were among the first to protest the violence in 1965. At a time when church leaders were reluctant to address the treatment of Blacks in the South, these courageous women defied authority to take their message to the streets of Selma.7:15 - 8:45 p.m.{}"20 Feet from Stardom"{}(PG-13)"20 Feet from Stardom" boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting and others. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.9 - 11:20 p.m.{}"12 Years A Slave"{}(R){}