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The 9th Oakland Int'l Black LGBT Film Festival during Black History Month! February 15-17 at the NEW Parkway Theater!
The Oakland Black LGBT Film Fest Is Back!!!
Black History Month Return!
In 2003 Oakland Int'l Black LGBT Film Festival founders Debra A. Wilson and Joe Hawkins decided to do what many thought was impossible – create a film festival dedicated to showcasing films about the lives of lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people of African descent in Oakland.
The festival started as a two-day event screening only four feature films and a few shorts at the Parkway Theater. By the third year the festival expanded to a four-day event screening nearly 60 films to sold out audiences. By the seventh year, the Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival had become the largest film festival of its kind in the world attracting film producers, directors, writers, actors, and lovers of film, from around the country.
In 2009, the old Parkway Theater suddenly closed, leaving the Black LGBT film fest along with various other festivals held there, without a home.
In 2010, Co-founder Debra Wilson produced the 8th and final film festival at the Rialto Theater, in Berkeley. But it was clear that Oakland is where the festival belonged.
In 2011 Joe Hawkins learned that the New Parkway Theater would be opening at a new location and immediately contacted the owners.
We are happy to announce that the 9th Oakland Int'l Black LGBT Film Festival will debut at the all New Parkway Theater during Black History Month, February 15-17, 2013.
This will also be the New Parkway Theater's first ever film festival.
Please stay tuned for the film schedule and other details, save the date, tell your friends, and join us as we embrace our new Parkway home for a new beginning!
The New Parkway Theater is located in the Uptown/KoNo section of Oakland, near the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 24th Street:
474 24th Street
The New Parkway
474 24th St
2111 Franklin St
Flora Restaurant and Bar
1900 Telegraph Ave
The Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Ave
1703 Telegraph Ave
Bench and Bar
510 17th St.