The screen goes black

Article by: Colin Covert | September 27, 2012 - 1:14 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 this weekend's Twin Cities Black Film Festival at St. Anthony Main. The 15-film series runs the gamut from shorts to features, hits to oddball oldies and documentaries. On opening night? "The Bodyguard" (7 p.m. Thu.), with Kevin Costner as a Secret Service agent who protects a pop star played by Whitney Houston.

The civil rights satire "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" (8:30 p.m. Fri.) stars Lawrence Cook as an ex-CIA operative who joins urban militants to stick it to whitey.

The action continues with "The Black Brigade" (3 p.m. Sat.), a 1970 TV movie about a redneck Army officer leading black troops charged with taking a vital bridge from the Nazis. Richard Pryor, Rosey Grier, Robert Hooks and Glynn Turman star. Also scheduled is "Soul Food Junkies" (6:30 p.m.), a nonfiction look at the traditional black diet. The documentary "Staging Hope: Acts of Peace in Northern Uganda" (7 p.m. Sun.) follows a team of actors, playwrights and activists who use theater to help African children move past the traumatic events they have experienced.

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