Black Horizons Festival will launch during BLACK HISTORY MONTH with a month-long celebration of arts and culture and a focus on filmmakers and creatives in Arizona and those connected to the state. An ongoing celebration of arts and culture from an African Diaspora perspective, the festival will take place at multiple locations in Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa, with Harkins Theatres (at Arizona Mills) as the host venue for the film screenings and workshops.
Main events are Feb 4-18, and include: a focus on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness; live storytelling hosted by Rachel Eseoghene Egboro of The Whole Story; the Herizon Awards celebrating Back women in the arts; NAACP Day Civil Rights film fest; a conversation with Black married couples on Black Love Day; a celebration of Frederick Douglass’ bicentennial; and a spotlight on Black entrepreneurs sharing stories of failure. The culminating weekend will start with a tribute to pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux and Marvel’s Black Panther release and conclude with a spotlight on local filmmakers.
We ARE > AIDS – Feb 4
Finalists of the spoken word video contest in honor of NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY (Feb 7) will be showcased with a winner chosen to have their video shared. 4-5:30pm FilmBar, 815 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 | blackhorizonsfest.com
Black Girl Exposed – Feb 9
An artist exposé and exhibit with Leah Marche, Black Horizons Festival founder, and featuring art by Nik Ridley. Plus short films, a special recognition ceremony and a screening of HBO’s 2 Dope Queens “Hair” episode. 7pm EDGY Creating Alternatives, 14 N Robson, Mesa 85201 | blackhorizonsfest.com
Herizon Awards & Black Filmmaker Storytelling – Feb 11
In honor of INTERNATIONAL MONTH OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE ARTS, Black Horizons Festival will recognize and celebrate Black women who are emerging artists making significant impacts in the arts in Arizona. Deserving artists will be recognized from seven categories: Music; Theater; Dance; Film; Literary Art; Visual Art; and Fashion. Nominations accepted through Jan 27. Nominate someone or yourself at https://tinyurl.com/herizonawards. 7pm Harkins Arizona Mills; doors 6:30pm | blackhorizonsfest.com
NAACP Day Civil Rights Film Fest – Feb 12
A 12-hour civil rights film festival in honor of NAACP FOUNDER’S DAY presented by East Valley NAACP. Workshop, presentations, films including the documentaries Talking While Black in America (6pm) and An Outrage (7:40pm) plus the 30th Anniversary showing of Spike Lee’s School Daze (9pm). Benefiting youth and college NAACP chapters. 12noon-12mid Harkins Arizona Mills | blackhorizonsfest.com
Frederick Douglass Celebration – Feb 13
In honor of the FREDERICK DOUGLAS BICENTENNIAL, Phoenix College NAACP/BSU presents the Camel Productions documentary “Frederick Douglass and the White Negro.” It tells the story of Frederick Douglass and his escape from slavery, leading to refuge in Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine. The film focuses on the powerful influence Ireland had on him as a young man and explores the turbulent relationship between African Americans and Irish Americans. Directed by John J Doherty. 11:30am Phoenix College Dome Conference Room, 3310 N. 10th Ave (off Osborn), Phoenix 85013 (The celebration continues Wed Feb 14, 12noon on the Phoenix College Quad) | blackhorizonsfest.com
Black Love Matters – Feb 13
In honor of BLACK LOVE DAY, a night of art, food and conversation. Black couples are interviewed on love, life, culture and community by Alvin Galloway of The Alvin Galloway Show (RadioPhoenix.org) with audience participation plus a special performance and toast to Black love. 7pm Onyx Art Gallery, 1346 W Roosevelt St A, Phoenix, AZ 85007 | blackhorizonsfest.com
#ShareTheFailure: Black Business Edition – Feb 14
Black entrepreneurs and business professionals share stories of failure. 7pm Onyx Art Gallery, 1346 W Roosevelt St A, Phoenix, AZ 85007 | blackhorizonsfest.com
An Evening With Oscar Micheaux – Feb 15
Regarded as “the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century,” Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951) was an author, film director and independent producer. A celebration of yesterday’s and today’s African-American filmmakers with a silent film by Micheaux and live orchestration followed by a panel of Valley filmmakers on the past, present and future of filmmaking. Part of 3rd Thursday as the museum; free, fun and family friendly. Coffee and desserts. 7pm Tempe History Museum | blackhorizonsfest.com
Black Horizons Festival Film Focus Weekend – Feb 17-18
Celebrating Black filmmakers from Arizona and those connected to the state, along with a showcase of other independent filmmakers and historic Black films. 9am-11:30pm Sat, 9am-6pm Sun Harkins Arizona Mills | blackhorizonsfest.com for full list of films.
Events subject to change without notice.