The 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN), the 6th annual edition, takes place Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3, 2013.

The competitive festival’s lineup, chosen by a panel of experienced judges, include a several Tennessee-based films, like the short film The Exchange, directed by Tennessee native Robert Poole, starring Michael Beach, which tells the story of Brian Tilghman who is desperate to solve the seemingly irreconcilable problems in his marriage and seeks the help of a mysterious fixer who handles situations like his for a hefty fee.

Also in this year’s lineup is Mabon “Teenie’ Hodges – A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original – a documentary that details the life of “Teenie Hodges,” an accomplished writer and musician who wrote some of Al Green’s greatest hits. 

And lastly, The Prisonaires, a documentary that tells the story of five amazing men in the Tennessee State Prison located in Nashville, who captured the hearts of officials with their music. 

The festival also welcomes Jono Oliver who will screen his feature length film Home, this heart-warming drama starring Gbenga Akinnabe, which film tells the story of a man recovering from mental illness, trying to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged son. 

Awards will be given in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best Feature, Best Short, Best of Festival, Best International Film, Honorable Mention and the Founder’s Award.

“Independent films by African-Americans have increased in visibility and have made a visible imprint in theaters and major film festivals across the country with such films as Fruitvale StationBlue Caprice, 12 Years a Slave, and Winnie Mandela. IBFFN contributes to this momentum by encouraging aspiring filmmakers to submit their work to our festival and other film competitions around the world,” says Hazel Joyner-Smith, IBFFN Founder. “We understand how important it is for our filmmakers to have a venue to show their work and that is our mission.”

Look for individual highlights of films – specifically those we haven’t already covered. 

2013 Official Selections


Curdled, Directed byYolanda Geralds

Elegy for a Revolutionary,  Directed Paul Van Zyl

The Exchange, Directed by Robert Poole

Haze, Directed by Curtis Adair Jr.

The Painter, Directed by Nate Townsend

The Rebel Prince, Directed by Fabian Davis

Solstice, Directed by Reggie Gaskins 

Sweet, Sweet Country, Directed by

Thinner Blood, Directed by Jon Reino

Ying and Yang, Directed by Kevin Darnell Walker 


Mabon “Teenie” Hodges – A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original,  

Directed by Susanna Vapnek

Melvin & Jean: An American Story, Directed by Maia Wechsler

Mr. Stokes’ Mission, Directed by Fabrice Emerimana

Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing, Directed by Julie Cohen

The Prisonaires, Directed by Cass Paley

Take Us Home, Directed by Michael Wood  

True Delta, Directed by Lee Quinby and Daniel Cohen

Why Do You Have Black Dolls? Directed by Samantha Knowles 


24 To Score, Directed by David Schewe

Cass, Directed by Hugh Schulze  

Four of Hearts, Directed by Eric Haywood

Home, Directed by Jono Oliver

MisunderstoodThe Cookie Gilchrist Story, Directed by Carlton Chester Gilchrist

Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Films as well as other festival events will be announced soon.
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