Black History Month Spotlight: Natalie Morrow

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Lindsey LaBelle
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While attending a film festival in Miami, Natalie Morrow saw an opportunity for cultural and artistic enterprise in her own community.

Morrow is founder of the Twin Cities Black Film Festival, a discovery and showcase event for emerging filmmakers of color.

At every home game during Black History Month, the Minnesota Timberwolves have honored leaders who share their pride and in turn, enrich their community.

“I am so very honored. This was a great, prestigious honor for Black History Month,” Morrow said. “When I went to that film festival in Miami, I thought, you know, we need something like that. So I went home and did my research.”

The Twin Cities Black Film Festival provides a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work to the multicultural Twin Cities community and also industry professionals from around the world who discover emerging talent.

“The Twin Cities community is great, they're always open for the new ideas and different things that we put out there for them to see,” Morrow added. “I do enjoy that, and that's why we've done it for almost 11 years. Each year, we try to get a bigger and better crowd, so I really do appreciate the community.”

In 10 years, the Festival has showcased over 300 filmmakers, 450 films, short films and documentaries, and has garnered over 200 unique sponsors. The Festival is set to celebrate its 11th year on Sept. 26-29 at the Showplace Icon Theater in St. Louis Park.

Morrow appreciates working with all of the Festival’s generous sponsors, and not to mention, meeting a few famous faces. Among them, Nate Parker was most recently seen in Arbitrage and Red Tails, Adam Rodríguez in CSI Miami, and Pam Grier, best known for playing Jackie Brown in 1997.


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