Film festival to showcase two Black productions


The Friends of the Daytona Beach Library and Cinematique will present a two-day film festival featuring African-American productions.

Spike Lee’s “Get on the Bus’’ will be shown on March 29.
Spike Lee’s “Get on the Bus’’ will be shown on March 29.

The films will be shown at the Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach. They include:
•“Johnny Tough”: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28. This 1974 “blaxploitation” film is tempered by a social consciousness. It focuses on a young African-American boy who continually rebels against the White establishment, as represented by his teacher. His attitude is not supported by his parents, so he feels that a show of force is his only option. “Johnny Tough” was the first African-American production to reach No. 1 in Daily Variety. Renny Roker, who produced the film and played the boy’s father, will lead a discussion after the screening.
•“Get on the Bus”: 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29. This Spike Lee production follows a group of African-American men who are taking a cross-country bus trip to the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C. Daytona Beach resident Percy Williamson, who attended the march, will lead a discussion after the film.

Food and beverages will be available at the theater.

The film festival is part of the Connecting with the Community series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council. In 2014, programs focused on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year’s programs address contemporary issues and continuing traditions. Connecting with the Community programs are co-funded by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.

There is no charge for the movies, but tickets are required.

To obtain tickets, contact Deborah Shafer at or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.



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