The Oklahoma Black Film Festival (OBFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness among African Americans and minorities about the professional film industry opportunities in Oklahoma through educational programs, partnering up with inner city schools and hosting a yearly Adult and Youth film festival.
Recognizing the lack of information aimed at the Black and minority film community relating to film projects, history and future trends, Lazara Leonard Gonzalez and Anthony Crawford, Jr., two innovative artists, saw the need of Black filmmakers in the Oklahoma area.
As Oklahoma is in the center of the United States and dead center to the entertainment hub, they both wanted to add to the small pool of film festivals that serves the local and global black demographic that could help design programs and events to support, educate and train Black youth and adult filmmakers on film-related topics and broader industry issues.
OBFF is more than a Film Festival. Our intention is to create a platform where Black and Minority filmmakers can have a valuable experience while remaining diversified and encouraging the collaboration between filmmakers, no matter their race.
Their goal is to build a pipeline that will not just lead to more film projects coming into the Oklahoma area, but to also assure that every movie has minority representation. Whether it is in front of the camera or behind it. They are intentional about offering programs, speakers, workshops, events and support systems to enhance creative careers, businesses and brands.
They are looking forward to the development of OBFF's partnership program. Where OBFF will provide local filmmakers with funding for their projects and work with our youth to give them more outlets and resources to grow within the film industry, music industry, and/or political campaigns."
But the best part of OBFF is our need to create unity and understanding by using our Film Festival platform to offer its supporters a first hand experience through educational programs and through events like the "Black Vintage Film Era ". Please visit the event tab on our site to learn more.
Lazara Leonard Gonzalez has been in the entertainment industry for over 14 years. She has had the pleasure of working with some amazing individuals and the pleasure of helping many talented individuals find their natural acting talent.
I have worked as an actress, model, acting coach, director, writer and producer. I have always wanted to produce and direct my own projects and finally after 14 years I left Hollywood and all my accomplishments behind. I have moved back to Oklahoma to finally follow my dreams.
Anthony Crawford, Jr. is a native of Los Angeles, California. He came to Oklahoma in the fall of 2007 to attend Langston University. After graduating in May of 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, he decided to make his mark in Oklahoma City. He's a well renowned poet, author, screen writer, co-host of Dope Poetry Night, educator, actor, and editor.
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Camille Landry is a writer, community organizer, and human rights activist. She is the co-owner of Nappy Roots Books, Oklahoma's only black bookstore, which is a gathering place for a wide assortment of grassroots organizations, a provider of academic, cultural, literary and social programs for children and adults, and a center for literacy and learning in OKC's black community.
Dianna Freeland is a human rights activist, jewelry maker and was the owner of the1st all black franchised modeling and acting agency. Ms. Freeland, as a model, has traveled the world but her cherished memory is opening and running a gallery studio in Germany.