Back for a 10th year, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival packs a week-plus of films into its refurbished Performing Arts Center.
Opening the fest: 1984's sci-fi satire The Brother from Another Planet (with star Joe Morton in attendance!).
Closing the fest: In the Hive, a new film from Robert "Hollywood Shuffle" Townsend.
In between: a ton of stuff worth seeing, including the documentary The Loving Story (about Mildred and Richard Lovings’ quest to live together as a mixed-race married couple in the state of Virginia), the Afrofuturist science-fiction program, and an LGBTQ showcase.
(Of special note: Charles Murray's Things Never Said, an engrossing, complex marriage drama built around the world of performance poetry and featuring a beautiful lead performance by Shanola Hampton. The film alternates between great, small moments of life-as-it-is-lived and huge, sudden moments of serious drama, and it's arresting, thanks in large part to writer-director Murray's grace in capturing his characters' moral complexity. It's an infidelity drama with a hundred identifiable angles of empathy, and it will be super-fun to watch in a crowded theater, so go. (And if you're feeling the performance-poetry vibe, also check out White Space, Maya Washington's elegant short film about an ASL slam poet's open-mic debut.)
Full info on the festival and its schedule of films right here.