This year’s Black Film Festival, from the African American Museum of the East End, will take place on Saturday at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill from 12:30 p.m. until the evening.
Five films will be screened. “Raising Izzie” is about two young girls who struggle to stay together on their own without their parents, and a couple who long for children. Directed by Roger M. Bobb, it will be shown at 12:30 p.m.
“Purlie Victorius” is a 1964 film starring Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, from a play written by Mr. Davis that premiered on Broadway in 1961. It follows a black preacher and a young girl’s efforts to con a plantation owner he once served. Nicholas Webster was the director, and Alan Alda can be seen in his first film role. It starts at 2:25 p.m.
“The Last/First Kiss” is about a couple in their 20s who have a spontaneous and brief romance after meeting in a park. The short film was directed by Andrea Ashton and will be screened at 4:15 p.m.
“The Learning Tree,” from 1969, is about African-Americans growing up in segregated Kansas in the 1920s and 1930s. It was written and directed by Gordon Parks from a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. The first Hollywood studio film directed by an African-American, it will start at 5:15 p.m.
“Hoodwinked” is a documentary by Janks Morton, who will be on hand for a discussion at 8 p.m. following the 7:15 screening. It examines what shapes the perception of black men and how they see themselves. A number of black scholars from universities such as Syracuse, Columbia, and Howard discuss the statistics and stereotypes that affect the self-image of African-Americans and particularly the young.
Admission is $20 for all five films, including refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 283-5072. The museum is also seeking support for its programs, and donations can be made to AAMEE at P.O. Box 2263, Southampton 11969.