KANSAS CITY, KS -- ILoveBlackMovies.com announces the Black Movie Hall of Fame Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit will premiere on September 1st at the 3rd annual Kansas City Urban Film Festival kick-off party at the Kansas City Power & Light Entertainment District then be on display throughout the festival (September 2nd - 4th) at the Screenland Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.
The exhibit will travel nationally to film festivals, film events, colleges/universities, conventions, etc. The traveling exhibit will feature photos, graphics and text along with video that will focus on the history of black film, Black Academy Award winners and nominees, black movie comedies, black sports movies, black romantic movies and black movie soundtracks. The goal of the traveling exhibit is to introduce the concept of a Black Movie Hall of Fame and generate interest in the history and preservation of black film. The traveling exhibit will also be used to kick-off a fundraising campaign for the Black Movie Hall of Fame. The campaign is scheduled to begin January 1, 2012.
The vision for the Black Movie Hall of Fame, created by award-winning film critic Shawn Edwards (FOX-TV) and entrepreneur Reggie Harris, includes a grand exhibit hall featuring six specialized interactive exhibits, changing gallery, gift shop, restaurant and bar, 150-Seat theater, 50-seat VIP theater, high-end concession area and bar, research center, outdoor screening wall, production facility, private screening room and walk of fame which will include bronze statues of Oscar Micheuax, Hattie McDaniel, Gordon Parks, Spike Lee, Halle Berry and Denzel Washington. Locations have been scouted in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City as a possible home for the Black Movie Hall of Fame.
"We have discovered that there is a tremendous interest in black film in all aspects all over the globe," says Edwards. "Since our successful website launch in 2008, iloveblackmovies.com has become the number one online community of people who enjoy black movies. The website's traffic has increased each month, each year and currently there are more than 10,000 fans from 35 different countries on the iloveblackmovies.com Facebook page. We recently launched an iloveblackmovies.com YouTube channel which is quickly growing and we are currently in the process of shooting an iloveblackmovies.com TV pilot. The show will be a weekly 30-minute entertainment format program focusing on black film with movie reviews from the top black film critics including myself."
Edwards also stated that there are plans to have an annual induction ceremony that would be televised and a Black Movie Awards each year that would also be televised.