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2014 NBFF

   Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) has become known among its peers as the longest running black film festival in the United States. Throughout the years, it has continued to provide a progressive public forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema. Screening in the summer months, the films that are shown reflect the full diversity of the black experience in America, both past and present.  Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde, for youth and adults.

The festival also features the Paul Robeson awards, a biennial competition which will be held in 2014 and again in 2016.

The Festival is free of charge to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations and corporations. The 2012 Festival season is made possible by a grant from Bank of America. It is administered by the Newark Museum and planned by the NBFF Selection Committee, which includes such notables as screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley, who wrote the screenplays for "Let's Do It Again," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Native Son," "Deacons for Defense" and "Mandela & DeKlerk." Other Committee members, to name of few, include Jeff Friday, CEO and Co-founder of Film Life's American Black Film Festival, and Dr. Clement A. Price, noted historian, author and educator.

Festival Participants 1974-2013

Anthony Abulu

John Amos

Damani Baker
Amiri Baraka
Ras Baraka
Keith Beauchamp
Camille Billops
Carroll Parrott Blue
Donald Bogle
Coach Herman Boone
Pearl Bowser
Charles B. Brack
Cesar Braga-Pinto
Carl Brashear
Jim Brown
Prof. Marcia Wilson Brown
N.L. Akili Buchanan
Charles Burnett
Rev. Gilbert Caldwell
Richard Cammarieri
Roy Capanella, Jr.
Sonny Carson
Pete Chatmon
Benjamin Chavis
Ayoka Chenzira

Jean Claude Chiyuka
Kathleen Collins
Fatoumata Coulibaly
Julie Dash
David Davidson
Bridget Davis
Roy Decarava
Ira Deutchman
Ernest R. Dickerson
Jane Dowell-Barton

Neil Drumming
Ava DuVernay
Amber Edwards
Hafiz Farid
Chris Fetchko
Kim Fields
Lisa France
Al Freeman, Jr.
Marcus Garvey, Jr.
Bill Gaskins

Danny Glover

Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby-Grant

William Greaves
Sam Greenlee
Pam Grier
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Tanya Hamilton
Richard Harding
Thomas Hart
Isaac Hayes
Gustav Heningburg

Felix Hernandez
Chester Higgins, Jr.
Tracey Higgins
Rainette Holomon
Ednah Holt

Reggie Hudlin
Warrington Hudlin
Byron Hurt
Deborah Jacobs
Mayor Sharpe James, Newark
Barry Jenkins
James Earl Jones
Regina Kelly
Skip Kelly
Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani
Jacques Lacombe

Jerry LaMothe
Eriq LaSalle
Malcolm D. Lee
Robinne Lee
Spike Lee
Abbey Lincoln
Laura Lomas
Shola Lynch
Paula J. Massood
Michelle Materre

Reed R. McCants
Matthew Miele
Caroline Memnon, Esq.
S. Epatha Merkerson
Winthrop McGriff
Darnell Moore
Deborah Morales
Luis Moro
Joe Morton
Jess Mowry

James Mtume

Dr. James Mutambirwa
Mweze Ngangura
Gil Noble
Dr. Velile Notshulwana-Mqota

Nell Painter
Euzhan Palcy
Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, Trenton
Gordon Parks
Kae Thompson Payne
William Payne

Brock Peters
Miriam Petty, Ph.D.
The Honorable Bob Pickett
Derrick H. Pitts

Jason L. Pollard

Clement Alexander Price, Ph.D.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Jules Ramsey
Dr. Priscella Ramsey

Tim Reid
Paul Robeson, Jr.
Jeppe Ronde
Noliwe Rooks
Kathe Sandler
Zina Saro-Wiwa
John Sayles
Danny Schechter
Usman Sharif
Bobby Shepard
Darien Sills-Evans
Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Bob Slade

Allan Slutsky
Dornycya Suggs
Percy Sutton
Tobias Truvillion
Dr. Yvonne Thornton
James Van Der Zee
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
Susan Vogel
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker
Richard Wesley
Junius Williams
Giles R. Wright

Newark Black Film Festival Selection Committee

Gloria Hopkins Buck, LCSW
Public Relations Consultant &
NBFF Chairperson

Patricia Faison
Marketing Associate &

NBFF Coordinator
Newark Museum

Jeff Friday
The Film Life, Inc.

Wilma J. Grey
Newark Public Library

LeRoy Henderson
Visual Artist/Photographer/Arts Educator

Steven Kern
Director, Newark Museum

Tynesha McHarris

Lisa Payne

Clement Alexander Price, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Director
of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity,
Culture, and the Modern Experience
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey/Newark

Mary Sue Sweeney Price
Director-Retired, Newark Museum

Jane Rappaport
Former NBFF Festival Coordinator

Bobby Shepard
Director of Photography Film/Video

Ralph R. Waller
Manager of Housing Production
Newark Housing Authority

Richard Wesley

Members Emeriti

Majahid C. Ali
Flora B. Baldwin
James Brown*
John Gregory Clemons
Oliver Franklin
Thomas C. Guy Jr.*
Gustav Heningburg *

Theodore Johnson, Ph.D.
Miriam Petty, Ph.D.


2014 Paul Robeson Award Judges

Gloria Hopkins Buck, LCSW, PR Consultant

Cliff Charles, filmmaker
Hisani DuBose, filmmaker

Ed Durante, filmmaker

Joyce Ann Judd, educator

Frank Hooker, filmmaker
Pam Morgan, Executive Director/Women in Media
Iris M. Orellana, communication & PR/Rutgers-Newark

Henrietta Parker, filmmaker, producer

Wanda Pendelton, educator

Jane Rappaport, former NBFF coordinator

Bobby Shepard, director of photography film/video
Richard Wesley, scriptwriter/filmmaker

Chriss Williams, professor of film/William Paterson University

Eugenia Woody, journalist

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