Cinema and Cocktails

Gary International Black Film Festival Eve

Marshall J. Gardner Center For The Arts

The Gary International Black Film Festival will be kicking off their 6th season at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts with Cinema and Cocktails Happy Hour  –  5pm – 7pm

Spend ‘Film Fest Eve’ with us and enjoy nibbles adult beverages, meet and greet filmmakers and get a sneak peek of the fest. FREE event

We will screen a “sizzle reel” including the following short films:


Dir. Chaz Bottoms  (USA  2016 Animated 00:02:06)

To win a bet, a quiet girl must make a friend at a crowded party.

The Process

(USA 2015 Documentary short | 00:12:59)

What role do you play in the fight for social justice and human rights? Art is a weapon. Gary, Indiana activist and performance artist N. Davina Stewart is one of many continuing the tradition of using performance art and teaching  to combat social injustice.  This is her process. What’s yours?

Easy Life

Dir. Arnaud Bettan (France 2016 Narrative short | 00:10:40)

The story of a dad attempting to make his rebellious kid understand how easy his life is compared to some other kids in the world.  To get his message across, he tells a vivid story of a little kid in Africa being turned into a child soldier.

Naija Beta

Dir. Arthur Musa (Nigeria 2016 Documentary short | 00:50:00)

Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students head home one summer to teach technology to high-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos.

For more information about the film festival and full schedule, visit

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“Cinema and Cocktails” is part of our Screenings series.

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