On Thursday, July 28 the Roxbury International Film Festival kicked off its 13th year, celebrating the films of people of color. The festival will last through Sunday, July 31st, and will feature a variety of screenings, discussions, panels, and workshops at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
A number of films will be playing throughout the 4 days covering a variety of topics. The opening night feature, The Athlete, is a narrative about the first black African to win an Olympic gold, who ran his gold medal marathon barefoot. Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness, a documentary short, connects the Black Civil Rights Movement with the lesbian and gay marriage equality movement. Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, a narrative short, follows the story of a young African American man who is pressured into a crime by a friend. Make A Movie Like Spike, another narrative feature, follows two best friends from LA the last 36 hours before they are shipped to Afghanistan.
The panels and workshops will cover everything from standard acting and auditioning techniques, to “How to Get an Agent to Read Your Script.”