Rhode Island is holding its first black film festival this month, as April marks 50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The festival will take place April 14th through the 16th, with workshops and film screenings at Rhode Island School of Design, Beneficent Congregational Church and the Cable Car Cinema.
Festival organizer and Rhode Island native, Ann Clanton, works in Marketing and Public Relations with Toby Arch Communications. She said now is the time to introduce an event like this because of the current climate we are living in.
"I just think people need to understand, need to recognize, and need to appreciate the value in the contributions of people of African descent, primarily African Americans," said Clanton.
She said the theme of the event is "where social justice and film take a seat." "And the thought being that each film was chosen for a reason because it continues the conversation or celebrates the accomplishments of blacks," said Clanton.
Films that will be screened include Cabin In The Sky, Chasing Trane:John Coltrane, Sighted Eyes:Feeling Heart, Spilled Milk, The White House, and Jalen and Joanna: A Lead Paint Story.
Clanton says this festival is the legacy she wants to leave in Rhode Island.