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Detroit Black Film Festival launches with acclaimed native Detroiters

A conversation with actress Mara Hall

The festival will feature a celebrity interview with Mara Hall. Hall has worked on a number of independent projects as well as having choice roles on such popular TV shows as “Saints & Sinners,” “Scandal,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” In her latest role, she portrays Darcia Lancaster on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit nighttime drama, “Ambitions.” In addition to acting, Mara has been flexing her writer-producer chops by developing a short film titled Juicy Ladies that was selected for the Langston Hughes Black Film Festival and made its television debut on Aspire TV.

Festival co-directors Lazar and Marshalle Favors will debut the Detroit Black Film Festival Sept. 18-19, 2020, in partnership with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship. The festival will showcase 30 short and feature length movies created by African American independent filmmakers. The organizers aim to elevate narratives that center the experiences and culture of Black people globally. For more information regarding the festival, visit

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