The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest (BFS Film Fest) returns for its second year, and will feature over 50 films including narratives, documentaries, music videos, web series, experimental films and more. The festival is planned over three days: Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st, and will be held at the SNF Parkway Theatre (5 West North Avenue, corner of Charles Street and North Avenue, Baltimore).
The BFS Film Fest says it “centers on black femme filmmakers and re-envisions the black femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film. In addition to screening films that face systemic barriers of sexism, racism and classism, BFS Film Fest strives to foster an intentional community of filmmakers and film lovers alike.”
“Access” is this year’s theme, as in “access to power, access to guidance, and access to love.”
Friday’s opening night will feature Numa Perrier’s film Jezebel. A shorts program dedicated to Baltimore-made films including B. Monet’s documentary Ballet After Dark and Antonio Hernandez’s documentary Indelible: Abdu Ali, will be featured during both Saturday and Sunday’s programs.
Saturday’s programs include Mariama Diallo’s horror-comedy Hair Wolf, and Iyabo Boyd’s surreal and introspective Me Time, as well as a pitch competition for up-and-coming filmmakers.
Sunday’s programs include Tchaiko Omawale’s coming-of-age feature Solace, and Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel’s Happy Birthday Marsha, a documentary about the iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha Johnson, and her role in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
“We’re excited to bring the festival to the place that inspired it,” said Nia Hammond, festival organizer. “It’s a full circle moment, because the Parkway is under new management and looking to reconnect with Baltimore, and we want to help facilitate a new era in Baltimore filmmaking.”
Online ticket purchase and prices are available at Bfsfilmfest.com.