Theatre group hosts academy awards boycott event

Posted at 12:42 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 08:45:59-05

In response to the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within this year’s Academy Award nominees, local film enthusiasts spent the evening paying homage to film makers of color.

Sunday night’s event was hosted at the African American Center of Buffalo and the event highlighted the works of local independent film maker Pete Johnson.

Johnson discussed the challenges he’s faced as a minority in the film industry and discussed his latest documentary the "Blackness Project."

For those at Sunday night’s event, it was a chance to interact with other patrons of the arts all while highlighting and recognizing local film makers of color.

“These folks are diverse and a lot of times they are included in the community,” organizer Terry Alford told 7 Eyewitness News.

“Being the Hollywood of the east people don’t pay attention to them, they don’t frequent their work or go to the plays, these are gems around our community.”

In addition to a Q&A session with a local film maker, event organizers announced the creation of a new film advocacy group called the “Cold Springs Film Club” and a new film festival which will debut in February of 2017.