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Spotlight on local black women in film
Deltas host annual showcase Jan. 17
 
Published Thursday, January 16, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

This weekend, the spotlight will be on black women from the Charlotte region makes strides in film.

The Deltas of Charlotte Foundation is hosting the 11th annual Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase Friday night at Spirit Square. This year’s theme is “As the QC Turns.”

“It started because we wanted to do something for the arts showcasing our community of African-American women,” said Deltas of Charlotte Foundation Chair Tarina Pettiway. “It’s been one of our best events for the past 11 years. We showcase films that are written and produced by African-American women.”

The showcase, which last about 2 1/2 hours, begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, six to eight short films will be presented covering various genres – some comical and others more serious and dramatic.

“The films are pretty diverse,” said Pettiway. “A lot of them are thought provoking and get people talking about issues that are currently facing our society.”

This year, the showcase will also include a panel discussion on the state of African Americans in the film industry. The discussion will be moderated by Charlotte native Calvin Brown Jr., a producer and screenwriter whose long list of credits includes BET’s hit show “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” “Single Ladies,” “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

It’s a discussion that Pettiway expects to continue long after the showcase ends.

“Throughout the year, there is always talk about that one film that folks thought stood out on the night of the showcase,” she said.

Tickets for the showcase are $30. A portion of the proceeds will support Deltas of Charlotte Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to help women in the Charlotte community.

“We are over 20 years old,” said Pettiway. “We develop and implement programs that strengthen the lives of women and families in the Charlotte community… We also give money to foundations and organizations in the area that support that mission.”

In the past, the agency has donated to Project LIFT, Generation Nation, Hope Haven and other agencies in the Greater Charlotte region.

Purchase tickets for Friday’s showcase at www.CarolinaTix.org or email LegacyFilmTickets@gmail.com for more information.

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