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10th annual NC Black Film Festival kicks off

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The 10th annual North Carolina Black Film Festival kicked off Thursday night with CineMixer, a reception at the Cameron Art Museum.

Dozens of short and feature-length films with be screened during the weekend-long festival. They will include narratives, documentaries, and animation.

Films will be screened at the Cameron Art Museum, Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center and Screen Gems Studios.

Critically acclaimed film director Ava Duvernay will be recognized as the festival's Distinguished Filmmaker honoree.

Her feature film, I Will Follow, will be screened at Screen Gems Studios Friday at 10:00 p.m.

"One of the best films I've seen about the loss of a loved one, said Roger Ebert on Durvernay's film. "It isn't sentimental. It isn't superficial. It is very deeply true."

Other films that will be screened during the festival include Night Catches Us directed by Tonya Hamilton, Film Hu$tle directed by Daron Fordham and Waiting for Superman directed by Davis Guggenheim.

Tickets are $5 per screening block and $25 for festival passes, which can be used to view any screening. Youth are admitted free to all age-appropriate screenings.

The festival runs through March 27. For more information on the film schedule, visit www.blackartsalliance.org.

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