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‘Black Cinema Cafe’ to bow

Series to focus on independent filmmakers

BAMcinematek at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will roll out “Black Cinema Cafe,” a new monthly repertory series centering on works by black independent filmmakers, on Jan. 12.

Initial three selections are by first-time filmmakers: Detdrich McClure’s “Road Dogs” in its Gotham premiere; Brian Evans’ “Cold Feet,” which competed in the 1999 Urbanworld Film Festival; and Michael Sargent’s “Personals,” which screened last year at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Independent Feature Film Market.

The series was designed by Acapulco Black Film Festival exec director Jeff Friday and co-producer Reggie Scott to serve as an acquisitions-venue for unattached films, with the larger aim of expanding “commercial exposure for filmmakers of color throughout the world,” Friday said.

“The overall goal of the Cafe is to … build the commercial market for black independent films,” Friday told Daily Variety. “What these films haven’t had yet is a paying audience, which — from a distributor’s point of view — is a more realistic assessment of commercial viability.”

All screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmmakers. General admission tickets are $8.50. For more information call 718/636-4157 or visit http://www.bam.org.

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