Black Bird Film Festival

        The fifth annual Black Bird Film Festival is planning to be back as an “in-person” event in 2021 after going virtual last year. The program is scheduled to take place at Reardon Auditorium on Wednesday, April 28, with doors opening to the public at 6:15 p.m. and the screening of films beginning at 7. The festival showcases the work of student filmmakers.

        Jack Lugar, associate professor of cinema and media arts at AU, said that if present virus conditions hold, an audience of 300 will be able to attend the Reardon event with all appropriate safety precautions being taken.

        “The move from our regular venue to the larger Reardon Auditorium came with some additional expenses, so we’re very grateful to Steve Folgate’s local Allstate agency for a sizable donation that will enable us to stage the festival,” Lugar said.

        Lugar noted that the festival typically features short narrative and documentary films that AU students produce as class and independent projects. Winners, he added, receive trophies that the cinema program has dubbed ‘the coveted Squawkies.’” Trophy costs are underwritten by Lugar Real Estate.

        For more information, please use the Contact link to email Professor Lugar.

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