Staff, volunteers, and friends of the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, produced by CSU’s Department of Communication Studies, will join the annual Dr. MLK Jr. March & Celebration in Old Town Square at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017. Participants will march from downtown Fort Collins to the Lory Student Center for a community celebration in the main ballroom.
ACT supporters will distribute 2017 festival information and stickers to attendees prior to the gathering and throughout the march. “There’s no better community event than the MLK Day march and celebration to raise awareness about the second annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival,” says Carol Busch, ACT marketing director. “Every film selected for the festival reflects the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit that defined Dr. King’s fight for social justice.”
The weeklong film festival opens the evening of Friday, April 14, 2017, at the Lory Student Center Theater on the CSU campus where films will screen throughout the weekend. From Monday, April 17, through Wednesday, April 19, films will screen at the Lincoln Center’s Magnolia Theatre in downtown Fort Collins. More than 16 international and U.S. human rights-related films will screen throughout the week. All films curated for ACT have been produced within the last two years.
The festival website, www.actfilmfest.org, will announce films as they are added to the festival. The complete schedule will be announced in early March. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 20, through the festival website. Individual tickets will cost $10 (general audience) and $5 (students), while a 4-pack of tickets will cost $30 (general audience) and $15 (students).
ACT seeks to engage audiences in issues that are often ignored in mainstream cultural productions. Every screening will be hosted by a moderator who will provide a context-setting introduction to the film and will lead a post-screening audience Q&A session with film talent or subject matter experts in attendance. Nonprofit and student organization representatives will table before and after each screening as part of the festival’s Call to ACT initiative, which seeks to connect filmgoers to local projects and campaigns that either directly or indirectly relate to film content.