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Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival

AUGUST 10, 2020

Mark your calendars and get your popcorn ready for the first-ever online Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival (IBDFF) on August 28-30, 2020. This free event, entitled Alone Together Online, will feature screenings of 12 documentary films directed or produced by Black filmmakers and creators and focusing on issues pertinent to the African American community. 

IBDFF’s mission is to “celebrate and promote African American documentaries that might not otherwise be seen” and to “foster understanding and appreciation” for these documentaries. Throughout the month of August, visit the IBDFF Facebook page to read biographies, watch trailers, and participate in discussions leading up to the festival.  

Friday Evening Feature Presentation 

The festival will kick off with the screening of “The Vision: The True Untold Story of the Women’s Basketball Association,” directed by Lightning Ned Mitchell, the founder of WBA. This film can be screened through the IBDFF website

Saturday Screenings

These eye-opening documentaries cover a wide range of topics that will inspire cultural discourse and understanding. You can access the following screenings through the IBDFF website when the links go live on Saturday, August 29: 

  • “The Poetic and The Visual,” directed by Camille DeBose
  • “Ready Set Adult,” directed by Zanah Thirus and Michelle A. Daniel
  • “Squeegee,” directed by Khalid Ali
  • “Black Unscripted,” directed by Rachel Hardy
  • “Our World War II Fathers,” directed by Leslie Easter
  • “Michael Carvin: No Excuses,” directed by Oscar Sanders
  • “The Forgotten Ones,” directed by Tracil McGregor
  • “Ballet After Dark,” directed by Barbara K. Asare-Bediako
  • “No Lye,” directed by Bayer Mack
  • “Was The Street Life Really Worth It?,” directed by Marcus B. Simmons
  • “The Color of Skin,” directed by Jessica Scott

Sunday Winners Announced

Join in the celebration on Facebook to show gratitude to the filmmakers and see who won awards in each category. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate art, entertainment, and the Black community. 


Jessica Young is an English teacher and freelance writer. She enjoys playing euchre, rolling around in her minivan, and going on adventures with her husband and two young sons. As a proud Indy native, Jessica loves telling others about these exciting adventures so that their families can enjoy them as well. You can read all about her family’s adventures on their blog, Circle City Adventure Kids.

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