A Black Film Showcase’ debuts at the Art Center Waco

WACO – Deep in the Heart Film Festival Announces “Reel Stories: A Black Film Showcase” – Three Nights of Documentaries Highlighting the Black Experience

Deep in the Heart Film Festival has teamed up with community partners to present a series of three films accompanied by food, performances, art and guided conversations about the lived experience of black people – on 2, 3 and 5 November at 7:00 p.m. at the Art Center Waco.

This free event features Art Center Waco, Creative Waco, Deep in the Heart Film Festival, Waco Family Medicine, Waco Rowing Club and County Commissioner Patricia Chisolm Miller.

“This event is a great opportunity to experience three excellent and thought-provoking films and to share food and conversations with those directly involved. By bringing together partners from the worlds of culture, media, sport, education and health, there’s relevance for everyone, and we may be curious how we’re each impacted by the real stories behind the “real stories.” Fiona Bond, Executive Director of Creative Waco.

The showcase includes a pair of highly acclaimed documentary films as well as a locally produced ethnographic and scientific research film. These films all offer a unique perspective and approach and all screenings are open to the public. Black-owned businesses such as Sascees and Tru Jamaica will add flavor to the parties. Attendees will also enjoy an exhibit at the Art Center Waco presented by Blaccent, as well as live musical performances.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. As the number of places is limited, participants are strongly encouraged to reserve their place by registering at reelstorieswaco.eventive.org

Wednesday, November 2
Waco Art Center
Doors open at 7 p.m., film starts at 7:30 p.m.

Weaving the oral history of African American elders from historic black churches and communities with diaries, photos, letters, and even music, Unfinished calls on the public to remember our past and consider our “unfinished business” related to racial identity, race relations and systemic racism. This screening will also be purely scientific where the public will be able to participate in the development of the scenario by sharing their reactions to the film. Stephanie Boddie of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, School of Education and Truett Seminary is the creator of the film.

“Storytelling helps us to have new experiences, connects us to the realities of different people or turns our debates into conversations. Unfinished Business invites us to immerse ourselves in the stories of African American seniors with moments of pause to reflect on our own stories. I hope you’ll come prepared to consider ways to bring our stories together to explore our unfinished work on the race. Dr. Stephanie C. Boddie, Baylor University, Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries.

Live music, light refreshments from Sascees and a conversation with Dr. Boddie and McLennan County 2 Commissioner Patricia Chisolm Miller will accompany the film.

A more beautiful thing
Thursday, November 3
Waco Art Center
Doors open at 7 p.m., film starts at 7:30 p.m.

2021 Gracie Award winner, NAACP Image Award nominee, Critics’ Choice Association nominee (for Best Sports Documentary), International Press Academy nominee (for Best Documentary), and named one of the best movies of 2020 by Esquire, A more beautiful thing is narrated by Oscar/Grammy-winning artist, Common; executive produced by NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade with Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder; and directed by award-winning filmmaker (and Olympic rower) Mary Mazzio. The film chronicles this country’s first African-American high school rowing team (composed of young men, many of whom belonged to rival gangs on Chicago’s West Side), all coming together to row in the same boat. Based on the memoir of Arshay Cooper.

“The life lessons and learning offered to his team as high school students on the East Side of Chicago never left and impacted Arshay and his shipmates for the rest of their lives in a positive way. We are honored to have Arshay here to present his film as we are grateful for his direct involvement in the growing youth rowing scene and the upcoming regatta on November 6th. Matt Scheuritzel, executive director of the Waco Rowing Center.

Screening in collaboration with Waco Rowing Regatta. Live music, light refreshments from Tru Jamaica, and Q&A with the film’s subject, Arshay Cooper, scheduled after the film.

Friday, November 4
Waco Art Center
Doors open at 7 p.m., film starts at 7:30 p.m.

Following the deaths of two young women from childbirth complications, two bereaved families are pushing activists, midwives and doctors to tackle one of America’s most pressing crises today: the crisis of maternal health in the United States. Throughout the film, we see these two black families become ardent advocates for maternal health, seeking justice through legislation, medical accountability, community, and the power of art. replica was SXSW Official Selection, Sundance winner Sundance Film Festival winner, US Documentary Special Jury Award: Impact for Change, Full Frame Film Festival: Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to bring replica – such an important and timely film – in Waco. The maternal mortality rate in the United States has seen a notable increase during the pandemic, with the number increasing dramatically for black women in particular. In the most technologically and medically advanced country in the world, giving birth should never be a death sentence. replica highlights not only this tragic reality, but also the resilience of families and a community coming together to shed light on this issue. Darius Ewing, artistic contributor and former Waco City Council, District IV representative.

The filmmaker had to attend. Conversation with Waco Family Medicine to follow. Light refreshments provided. Cash bar available.

This event is supported by a National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grant from Creative Waco.

About the Deep in the Heart Film Festival
Recently named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “20 Great Festivals for Beginning Filmmakers” and consistently ranked in the Top 100 Best Festivals in the World by FilmFreeway, Deep in the Heart Film Festival (DitHFF) brings together our Central Texas community through independent cinema. . Established in 2016, we engage audiences with films from major festivals and Texas talent. We build networks and careers through our education and industry promotion. Add fries and salsa with our own DitHFF magic, and we create one of the most unique experiences on the festival circuit. For more information visit www.deepintheheartff.com and follow us on Facebook.com and Instagram.com

About the Waco Art Center
Art Center Waco is a non-profit art exhibit and educational space located in Waco, Texas. We are a creative force in our community for teaching, displaying, promoting and preserving the vital and diverse visual arts that enrich and inspire us all. To support Art Center Waco, please visit https://www.artcenterwaco.org/donate.

About Creative Waco
Creative Waco is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and support a thriving cultural and creative community in Waco and McLennan County, Texas. As a Waco and McLennan County arts agency, Creative Waco strives to develop effective strategies to grow and support our cultural and creative community. It provides a platform for ‘joint thinking’, allowing community members to set goals, access new funding, assess impact and identify needs.