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Wilmington, NC – March 8, 2012 — The North Carolina Black Film Festival will be held March 22-25, 2012, at Cameron Art Museum and the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center.  Screening dates at Cameron Art Museum are Thursday and Sunday, March 22 and 25.  Community Arts Center screenings are Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24.

In its 11th year, the festival will showcase dozens of short and feature-length narratives, documentaries, and animation, with cash prizes awarded for the best films.   A non-juried music video category has also been added to the 2012 lineup.

2012 Honorees

 Eleanor Nichols will receive the festival’s Nova Award for Production Achievement.  She broke ground as a production coordinator/ supervisor on notable films like “Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years” and “Idlewild”.  Eleanor is no stranger to the festival.  Her son, director Anthony Hemingway, is a past recipient of the festival’s Emerging Filmmaker and Zenith awards. 

Cecil Brown will be recognized for his work as a screenwriter.  The Bolton, NC native wrote the Richard Pryor comedy “Which Way Is Up?”  A 35th anniversary screening is set for Friday, March 23, at 9:30 p.m. at the Community Arts Center.

Raleigh actor Mike Wiley, who has garnered international acclaim for his riveting retelling of the Emmett Till story, will receive our inaugural acting award.  Wiley also stars in the 2012 opening selection, “Dar He”, in which he portrays 36 different characters.

Opening night tickets are $10; otherwise, admission is $5 per screening block and $25 for all-access festival passes.

CineMixer – Our opening reception will be held at Cameron Art Museum on Thursday, March 24, from 6-7 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Ken Weeden & Associates.

Kiddy Cinema – The festival will feature a five-hour block of film suitable for young audiences.  Admission is free on Saturday, March 24, from 12-5 at the Community Arts Center.

 Filmmaker Tours – Specially arranged tours of Screen Gems Studios and other film industry venues will be held on Friday, March 23.

Filmmaker Brunch – We’ll dish up a dose of Southern hospitality while our filmmakers talk shop Saturday morning.  Admission is $10 for the general public.


The NCBFF is produced by the Black Arts Alliance, Inc.  Sponsors include the North Carolina Arts Council, the Landfall Foundation, Cameron Art Museum, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Screen Gems Studios, Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, Ken Weeden & Associates, DigiEffects, Coast 97.3, and Colortyme.


Contact:  Charlon Turner, Publicity Chair – 620-3313 – –


Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp ( Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.