Black film fest starts year with exhibit about Quakertown roots

The Denton Black Film Festival officially starts Friday, Jan. 26 with two venues worth of screenings. 

But organizers are already serving up appetizers for the festival's third year. 

The festival joined a crew of University of North Texas student filmmakers to open an exhibit related to a media project called "Freedman Town 2.0," an augmented reality project, at UNT on the Square, a downtown gallery space.

The exhibit opens Monday, Jan. 8 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 3.

Freedman Town 2.0 allows people to wander the original freedman town — where Quakertown Park stands today...

History of black community in Denton front and center in art exhibit Freedman's Town 2.0

Later this month, the Denton Black Film Festival will open with four days of film about the black experience. The vast majority of these films highlight situations faced outside of Texas, and some were even filmed outside of the United States.

But what of the stories of Dentonites? Since its inception, Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) director Harry Eaddy said one thing lacking from this festival has been the authenticity in a way that is engaging to audiences. But this is an issue no more, thanks to Freedman Town 2.0, part art exhibit, part documentary showing at UNT on the...

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Locals honor, reaffirm MLK's dream of equality for all

Denton paid tribute to the Rev.  Martin Luther King on Monday. Locals gathered at Fred Moore Park, the University of North Texas Union and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center to honor the man they recalled as a pastor, a scholar and a community servant. 

The Rev. Henry Thomas, pastor of Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church in Frisco, gave a grateful account of King's religious work on a national holiday commemorating King's birthday.

"Dr. King lived and died so that black men and white men could walk together," Thomas said, after asking the white and Hispanic attendees to rise in the audience at the...

Denton's new Alamo Drafthouse will be very 'Denton-centric'

Tue, Dec 19, 2017 - 12:04pm

The new Alamo Drafthouse movie theater that's coming to Denton won't look like just another theater in the company's chain.

"We definitely are working on some fun stuff to celebrate the city with the opening," says James Wallace, creative manager for Alamo Drafthouse DFW. "Maybe even a very Denton-centric lobby theme."

Denton will be the fifth location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to score a Drafthouse theater. The Austin-based chain announced over the weekend that it plans to open the eight-screen theater and full-service bar and restaurant in the Rayzor Ranch development on the north side of Interstate 35 in June...

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University of North Texas student and journalism major Jackie Guerrero wrote a letter to Lady Gaga. At the pop star's concert last Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Guerrero managed to get that letter onto the stage, and Lady Gaga read it to the whole arena. Guerrero penned a heartfelt message about Gaga's music keeping her afloat during her high school years, when bullies made her life painful. 

After she finished, Gaga jumped from the stage and invited Guerrero to ask her a question. "You said you want to be a journalist and you want to interview me. You got a question, right?"...