Danielle Longueville

With the new year in full swing, Denton’s repertoire of festivals, both big and small, seems to grow and grow every year. In 2013, we had Oaktopia. This year, we have the first ever Denton Black Film Festival. Who knows what next year will bring? Read on and find out about the inaugural film festival that starts this Friday on the Denton square.

This Friday, January 30th will serve as the day Denton welcomes the first ever Denton Black Film Festival, a 2-day series dedicated to showcasing award-winning, independent films many of which have Texas roots. These films are set to entertain, educate, inspire, and communicate Black cultural themes to the broader community. All of which they hope will reflect the cultural mindset and changes through several generations of film-making.

DBFF will present their chosen collection of films inside Denton’s historic Campus Theatre including “Dear White People,” a satirical piece on race relations in the age of Obama. Speaking with Clarissa Cross, UNT Communication Senior and Marketing Chair for DBFF, Cross pride’s the festival’s opportunity to, “offer the works of local, national and international filmmakers that are often not seen by a broad audience, and may not be recognized through major theatrical release. Never before have [these films] been available for viewing at one single event.”

Oh, and did we mention there’s free wine?

Y’all heard right. A free wine tasting courtesy of Freixenet will be offered in the Campus Theatre lobby area at 6:30pm the Friday evening of the festival. Free booze always makes every event better in our opinion.

With this and the upcoming Thin Line music festival, there’s gonna be tons of movies and documentaries in Denton. Get your thumbs prepared for pointing up or down, y’all.

Tickets are available for purchase now online. You can also follow them on Twitter  @DentonBFF and at their Facebook page.