The 2006 Roxbury Film Festival

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The Festival

Is there Black life in Boston? You bet there is! The 8th Annual Roxbury Film Festival: Featuring Films Celebrating People of Color is one of the best ways to discover it. This year’s festival will take place July 26-30, 2006.

Co-sponsored by ACT Roxbury and The Color of Film Collaborative with assistance this year from the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the RFF is an explosion of creativity in film. RFF shows films that make you laugh, films that make you cry, films that uncover unknown aspects of our history, and films that make you think and raise some questions. RFF has shown all kinds of films, narrative, documentary, animated and silent films. Youth films have been featured as well as films by directors such as Topper Carew, Kasi Lemmons, Robert Patton-Spruill, Craig Ross, Sudz Sutherland, Christine and Michael Swanson and Jordan Walker-Pearlman. In fact, we are known as a filmmakers’ festival – with many filmmakers in attendance who engage in Q & A with the audience after their films are screened.

While the overwhelming majority of films showcased at RFF are written, directed or produced by African-American and other directors of color, we will also screen films by other filmmakers that illuminate stories about people of color. We are inclusive. This policy of inclusion is also shown in the diverse volunteers who work with us each year to make RFF happen.

Celebrity guests at RFF have included actors, Michael Beach, Jamie Hector, Hill Harper, Ernie Hudson, Mel Jackson, Daphne Maxwell-Reid, CCH Pounder, Victoria Rowell, and Billy Dee Williams. We also host panels and workshops on topics important to filmmakers, actors and audience members.

RFF is a competitive festival. Each year, we give awards at our closing ceremony in several categories including Audience Favorite, Best of Festival, Best Short Film, Excellence in Documentary and more. In 2006, we are adding an award for the Best Youth Film.

Fun, educational, inclusive, affordable, and full-of color – that’s what RFF is all about. We look forward to seeing you at the 8th annual Roxbury Film Festival. Check this website soon for updates on featured films and Special Guests.

See you in July!

Candelaria Silva-Collins & Lisa Simmons

Co-Directors, Roxbury Film Festival

Screening Venues / Driving Directions

All festival screening venues are located within a three block section of Huntington Avenue. On street parking in the area is limited. Public Transportation is recommended.

  • Northeastern University – Blackman Auditorium in Ell Hall (346 Huntington Avenue). For directions to Northeastern University, visit their website
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Remis Auditorium. 465 Huntington Avenue. For directions, visit their website
  • Massachusetts College of Art – Tower Auditorium (621 Huntington Ave). For directions, visit their website

Check this website for updated information or email

Festival Awards

Thank you to everyone who made the 2006 Roxbury Film Festival such a resournding success:the filmmakers, the films, the actors, the panelists, the audience, the volunteers and of course the Roxbury Film Festival Planning Commitee.

Festival Awards


The Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking

Thomas Allen Harris


“The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela”

Presented by The Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. and The Color of Film Collaborative

The Award for Emerging Local Filmmaker

John Oluwole Adekoje


“Street Soldiers”

Presented by Kay Bourne, Publisher of the Kay Bourne Arts Report

Best of Festival Award

Paulo Betti



Presented by Eastman Kodak, Inc.

Best of Festival Honorable Mention

Joshua Alafia



The Audience Favorite Award

Byron Hurt


“Beyond Beats & Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in On Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture”

Presented by Video Transfer

The Award for Best Short Film

Adam Schlachter


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