The fist-ever Capital City Black Film Festival kicks off this weekend.
Organizers say it's the city’s first festival specifically dedicated to black filmmakers and actors.
The founders got the idea after attending similar festivals in others cities and seeing the unifying impact it had on people.
"That's what we saw around the country, that the audience, the attendees were of all cultures all races." festival co-founder Winston Williams said. "We thought, 'Wait a minute, there are people who want to see films that are made by black people and about black people,' and so we hope to become the foundation for that here in Austin."
More than 40 movies are scheduled to show through Saturday. The screenings and panels take place downtown at the Omni Hotel and Stateside Theater. Click here for more information.