To twist a popular Twitter meme, life comes at you fast — and at the same time, slowly as molasses — in “Quest,” Jonathan Olshefski’s living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade. Inhabiting the loving, creative, occasionally conflicted household of Christopher and Christine’a Rainey with close-quarters warmth that never crosses the line from intimate to invasive, Olshefski’s film doesn’t set out with a thesis to prove. Rather, it finds its resonance as it goes along, stumbling into crisis as spontaneously as its human subjects do, and finally emerging as an essential reflection of social transitions — for better and worse — in Barack Obama’s America. “Quest” gains further accidental power, of course, from hitting screens at the shadowed outset of Donald Trump’s ideologically opposite presidency, which augurs a more compromised future for the Raineys and families like them; such nervy topicality only enhances this superb film’s more crafted virtues. – Variety
BIBFF 2017 OPENING NIGHT FEATURE FILM
“Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall”
Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright – 2017
Todrick Hall launches his most ambitious project yet: the full-scale original musical, Straight Outta Oz. From a small town in Texas to big-time show business, comes an inspiring documentary of grit, perseverance and the redemptive power of art. We watch him struggle to write songs about growing up gay and black in small-town Texas, his difficult relationship with his mom, and the harsh realities of trying to make it in show business. With limited time and budget the odds are against him, but Todrick’s passion and his team of talented performers overcome all obstacles to bring this story to the world.
Join us for this intimate portrial of Todrick Hall: a talented singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation. This event features the Maryland premiere of “Behind The Curtian: Todrick Hall” which will be followed by a discussion with Director Katherine Fairfax Wright and a Special Guest.
BIBFF 2017 CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE FILM
Director: Jonathan Olshefski – 2017 (Feature Directorial Debut)
October 8, 2017 – 7:30 PM Murphy Fine Arts Center Watch Trailer
BIBFF 2017 SPECIAL SCREENING FEATURE FILM
Director: Donnie Seals Jr. – 2017
Zo!, a multi-instrumentalist producer has his most ambitious and personal album to date with SkyBreak. ‘Making SkyBreak’ takes you behind the scenes with Zo! and the crew of talented songwriters, producers, and vocalists who helped create the amazing album. Through the documentary, explore his hometown of Detroit to learn about Zo!’s humble beginnings, tour his home studio in Washington D.C., and travel to a host of cities from Los Angeles to Raleigh, NC.
Join us for this behind the scenes look at the creation of Zo! latest soul album all in the cloak of his hometown of Detroit City. This event features the Maryland premiere of “Making SkyBreak” which will be followed by a discussion with Director Donnie Seals Jr. and a Zo! . The Baltiomre International Black Film Festival is presenting this screening in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
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