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"Soul Food" and other delights: Twin Cities Black Film Festival 2012

Posted by: Colin Covert under Movies, Theaters Updated: September 20, 2012 - 2:56 PM

 Do you want a $100 all-access Oprah Pass, a $75 Tyler Perry Pass or a $35 Lena Horne Pass? Those are the increments offered for the 10th Annual Twin Cities Black Film Festival, running Sept. 27-30 at St. Anthony Main.

The 15-film series runs the gamut from shorts to features, popular hits to oddball oldies and documentaries. The opening night feature is “The Bodyguard,” with Kevin Costner as a former Secret Service agent who signs on to manage personal security for a pop star played by Whitney Houston.

Featured on Friday is the civil rights satire “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” starring Lawrence Cook as an ex-CIA operative who joins a crew of urban militants to stick it to whitey.

The action continues Saturday with “The Black Brigade,” a 1970 TV movie about a redneck Army officer leading a squad of black troops charged with taking a vital bridge from the Nazis. Richard Pryor, Rosie Grier, Robert Hooks and Glynn Turman star. Also scheduled is “Soul Food Junkies,” a nonfiction look at the history and health effects of the traditional black diet.

Sunday there’s the documentary "Staging Hope: Acts of Peace in Northern Uganda" is a documentary film that follows a team of actors, playwrights, and activists who use theater to help African children move past the traumatic events they have experienced.

Individual tickets are $8 - $10, available at the door. For a complete schedule, visit TCBFF.org.

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