Will Packer returns to the hill with Friday Night Movies on the Yard

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Grab your popcorn and blankets! Florida A&M University alum and filmmaker Will Packer announced his return to the Hill with his “Friday Night Movies on the Yard” event featuring various films for the entirety of April to celebrate Black filmmaking excellence.

 In collaboration with Will Packer Productions and Universal Studios, “Ride Along,” “Little,” “Girls Trip” and “Straight Outta Compton” will all be screened weekly at the Will Packer Performing Arts Amphitheater beginning April 5.

 Following the success of his multiple award-winning films, Packer says he wanted to give back to his alma mater, where he got his start with his first film “Chocolate City.”

 “I made these films to be watched on a big screen with a community,” Packer said in an Instagram post. “And I’m thrilled to come full circle and curate this special shared experience at FAMU.”

 In addition to celebrating Black success in the entertainment industry, FAMU President Larry Robinson says Packer’s events provide a safe and fun on-campus experience for students seeking fellowship with their peers.

 “This series is another thoughtful way for our students, faculty and staff to welcome the community to share and enjoy our wonderful campus,” Robinson said in an interview with FAMU News.

 Like Robinson and Packer, FAMU students are also enthusiastic about the movie nights. Aurea Hughes, a third-year political science scholar, is excited by a sense of community and strengthening the bonds of the FAMU community and alumni.

 “The relaxed atmosphere of watching a film together allows individuals to comfortably ease into socializing without the immediate pressure of immediate conversation,” Hughes said. “Post-screening discussions become natural conversation starters as everyone shares a common experience and interest.”

 Aida Richardson, a first-year sociology scholar, said that the event will serve as a time of good, clean fun before the stress of finals.

 “Having these events just gives students a chance to be outside and unwind,” Richardson said.

 The event also provides a chance for students to engage with school alumni on a deeper level.

 “It’s really easy to get disconnected when you only see each other during homecoming,” Xavia Jones, a third-year environmental science scholar said. “So you need to keep that bond.”

 On April 12, “Little” featuring actresses Marsai Martin, Regina Hall and Issa Rae will be screened. Seating will begin at 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8 p.m.

 The Will Packer Amphitheater is located at 1675 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32301.