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Feb 11th

Black Film Festival is platform for independent filmmakers

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josephOn Saturday May 8, Minneapolis’ own Fine Line Music Café is getting a Hollywood makeover with an East Coast twist, by hosting a Fashion Show Fundraiser to benefit the 8th Annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival scheduled for this October 15th – 17th.

TCBFF, founded in 2002 by Natalie Morrow, was created to give Independent African American filmmakers a platform to showcase their work within the community while providing opportunities for national exposure. The organization is also responsible for splicing the flair and magnetism of urban Hollywood with our upper Midwest flavor, to narrow the gap between tinsel town and our own backyard.

Apart from the annual Film Festival, through Morrow’s work with the TCBFF, Minneapolis has been fortunate enough to attend a multitude of premiere events hosted by the company, that celebrate African Americans in motion picture, literary and performing arts.

In the past, the events/workshops held by Morrow have been occasionally hosted by a celebrity guest speaker. Prior keynotes have included Hill Harper, Nate Parker, and many others. The events, which vary in design, can be as relaxing as a preview screening of a film, a book signing, to last year’s Madea Rally at the Favor Café on Lake Street, which was organized by Morrow and Lionsgate Films to promote the opening of Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.

All the events, although individually packaged to promote a single cause, work in unison to provide an overall excellence; the importance of exposing the Twin Cities to positive dimensions of African Americans in the arts.

This year’s Hollywood Fashion Show will be hosted by Essence Magazine’s April “Eye Candy,” Joseph Nevels. The event is sponsored by Jay Z’s Rocawear Clothing Company, and will feature the entire line as it makes its way down the runway. Other sponsors include Juicy Couture, Aveda and more.

Tickets are priced at $20 per person. VIP tickets are $50, which include a gift bag, preferred seating, movie passes to Death at a Funeral, and a Meet and Greet with Mr. April himself, Joseph Nevels.

Supporting this Fundraiser aids the Twin Cities in having that continued voice in a very vocal industry. TCBFF continues to deliver the message, and it is up to answer the call. … especially the call for fashion.

For more information/tickets, please visit or call (612) 309-3818.

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