The glitz begins tonight for the launch of the Gary International Black Film Festival. The three-day event will feature short and feature-length films in several styles, including documentary, experimental and animation. Filmmakers will also be on hand for discussions with moviegoers.
In 1960 the population of Gary, Indiana, stood at 178,000. But after that zenith, the count was on the downslide. It started out as a trickle, but with each ten-year census, it was clear the number of people leaving the city was mounting.
Ragen Hatcher always knew her father was someone important.“I was kind of born into this thing where there were people at the house all the time,” Hatcher said. “There were these meetings going on at the time and the talk was about Gary.”