Raise your consciousness while enjoying some great films and hands-on workshops at Houstons first Indie Black Film Festival. An extension of the monthly PopCornN-Lemonade.Films screenings produced by Songhai News: The Black Collegiate Voice, the daylong event will feature a range of films that promise to challenge mainstream cinematic depictions of African-American life. Exploring such topics as social consciousness, struggle for power, political climates and hip-hop culture, the nine films on tap include Eyes on The Prize, The N-Word and Black Women on the Light, Dark Thang. A highlight of the festival is the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Actsby Spike Lee, which chronicles the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Two prominent filmmakers (and native Houstonians) Greg Carter and Michelle -Farris-Lewis will also be on hand to lead free workshops on documentary filmmaking. Songhai News editor-in-chief Kymberly Keeton is excited about the inaugural event, and hopes to show there are great African-American filmmakers in the city of Houston. 2 p.m. University -Center-Houston Room, University of Houston campus. For information, call 832-632-4853. $3 to $5.
Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m., 2007