January 30, 2019



San Antonio, TX -- The Carver Library is proud to introduce the launch of the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF).  SABIFF will present a local Black independent film showcase featuring a range of indie film and video projects by native San Antonians.  A full day of activities from film screenings, Q&A from directors, and film industry-related panel discussions will begin at 10:30 am and run until 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Carver Library located at 3350 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio, Texas. This event is free and open to the public.


A group of community filmmakers and movie enthusiasts began meeting at the Carver Library in the fall of 2018, with the purpose to create a Black independent film festival in the Alamo City. Birthed from mutual interests, the San Antonio Black International Film Festival was born under the umbrella of Forward Progress, Inc., a 501c3 arts and entertainment organization founded by DeaAnna Brown that “encourages creative dreamers to become authentic artists.”  The mission of SABIFF is to expose audiences in San Antonio and beyond to the myriad of narratives and diverse images of Diaspora peoples.  


The goal is to present a variety of video/filmmakers and film professionals of color to

audiences through their film products, genres, panel discussions, lectures, andtraining. The Carver Library, a staple on the Eastside presents the first of many more SABIFF film festivities to come.


Local filmmakers and their films to be showcased include:  Cedric Thomas Smith presenting his award winning film “Melissa”, Ada M. Babino will screen her documentary “I Don’ Been Through The Snake’s Skin & Come Out Clean,” Aundar Maat and Born Logic Allah will show their film Malcolm X, as well as director Dat Mayne DeeWayne, presenting Free Word, and music video presentations.  A community forum on the importance of Black film along with a panel discussion that goes behind the scenes to unveil the professionals and talent involved in film production. 


“Black History month is a perfect time to introduce SABIFF to the community,” comments Ada M. Babino, filmmaker and a founder of SABIFF. The team behind SABIFF plans to exhibit a more extensive film festival in October that will present films throughout the Diaspora as well as relevant film panel discussions. Babino went on to say, “far too often films by, for and about African peoples are limited to audiences who attend film festival screenings. Our goal is to bring diverse images, stories, and genres to audiences open to learning, viewing, and entertainment in the process.”


“We’re extremely happy to continue SA’s African American film legacy which has largely been forgotten,” said D.L. Tilford Grant, the branch manager for the Carver Library who has partnered with SABIFF as a supportive venue.  The branch named after African American scientist George Washington Carver, has a collection of over 55 thousand volumes including music, CD’s, videos, and audiobooks that specialize in African American studies.




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