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Minority moviemakers get some screen time at the multicultural answer to WorldFest

Carter feels it all depends on minority moviegoers to step away from their stereotypes of what constitutes cinematic entertainment. "It's very funny, because you take a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That movie itself was an art-house film, and it spilled over into the mainstream because of the [action]. I see brothas, you know, that go, 'I'm gonna go see the movie,' and they can't vibe with it because they're trying to read the subtext and watch the action. They can't do two things at one time, but at the same time, you know, they can appreciate it. I think the audience just has to be mature to a certain level to be able to understand it and be cultivated for it."

The Court: A sort of inner-city Rashomon, Greg Morgan's tense drama may be the best offering from the festival.
The Court: A sort of inner-city Rashomon, Greg Morgan's tense drama may be the best offering from the festival.
The Court: A sort of inner-city Rashomon, Greg Morgan's tense drama may be the best offering from the festival.
The Court: A sort of inner-city Rashomon, Greg Morgan's tense drama may be the best offering from the festival.
Festival founder Stephen Allen
Festival founder Stephen Allen

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The Schedule

Friday, April 6
10 a.m. Tino: Inner City Cop
3 p.m. Taking the Turf
5 p.m. Thug Life

Saturday, April 7
10:30 a.m.-noon: A screening of four shorts
4 p.m. The Circuit
5 p.m. The Court

There are Q&A sessions after each film.

The Houston Multicultural Independent Film Festival runs Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, at the Landmark Greenway 3 Theatre, 5 Greenway Plaza. For more information, call (713)432-7133 or go on-line at www.hmiff.org.

"I think we need to cultivate the black palate," he adds. "We haven't really cultivated the palate in our community for independent-like films….If it ain't got the big stars and the big-budget production values, then we think it's no good. So I think that's a problem that we gotta correct. We gotta get our shit correct."

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