Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Oakland 2009 Black LGBT Film Festival Cancelled

It is with much disappointment that we inform the community that this year's annual Oakland Black LGBT film festival that was scheduled to take place August 13-17, has been cancelled.

In March we learned from the Speakeasy Theaters owners that they would be going out of business at the Parkway Theater location (see video below). As we scrambled to find new theaters, we were told by the then owners of the Parkway that they were now operating out of the Cerrito theater in El Cerrito (close to Oakland). We took a look at the new space (which was very nice) and decided to move forward with a plan to temporarily move the festival to the Cerrito location.

We then were abruptly notified by the owners that the Cerrito was also closing its doors. (see this link for complete article in East Bay Express about what happened).

Rather than try again to scramble to find another theater, we decided to cancel this year's festival and focus on producing another quality film festival next year.

We appreciate your past support and look forward to your support at our 7th Festival in 2010.

Thank you,
Debra Wilson
Joe Hawkins

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