Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival: Race & Sport Short Documentary Competition plus a premiere of Brian Banks


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The Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, 100 Edgartown Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Walking on Water Directed by Rhasaan Nichols

The Global Sport Institute will host screenings at the summer's finest film festival!

The Global Sport Institute at ASU has partnered with the 17th Annual RSF Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival presented by Run & Shoot Filmworks for the inaugural competition in celebration of the annual theme, Race and Sport Around the Globe. Together, we invited filmmakers to share their vision of how the power of sport can be translated through the lens of film in a short documentary format. Read more about the event and our film competition here.

At the festival we will debut the winning short documentary from the competition, as well as a premiere screening of Brian Banksstarring Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, and Morgan Freeman.

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.