[Los Angeles, CA] August 10, 2015 – “Sunshine, Noodles and Me” Co-Directed by Joyce Fitzpatrick and
Brian Shackelford and starring Cheryl Ash-Simpson who also served as executive producer announced today that their documentary,“Sunshine, Noodles and Me” has been invited to the third annual Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF), an Austin, Texas-basedorganization dedicated to films written or directed and produced by Black filmmakers, films with Black actors in principle roles or that are about Black characters, subject matter or issues related to the Black community.

“Sunshine, Noodles and Me” is the story of a woman who discovers she has breast cancer 3 days before her wedding and her plans to move to Southeast Asia [Malaysia].

“Sunshine, Noodles and Me” is among 60 films that will be shown throughout the three-day festival that includes networking, panel discussions, workshops, dynamic film screenings and parties. 

Co-Director Joyce Fitzpatrick said, I’m elated that our film has been selected to participate in such a prestigious festival.  We hope it inspires and gives hope to those who are affected by this disease.”

Executive Producer Cheryl Ash-Simpson said, It's a dream come to screen at CCBFF! It is my hope that the doc will inspire ananyone dealing with adversity and especially Breast Cancer.  Thank you CCBFF.

The Festival will begin this year with Harlem Lights!, which includes a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m., August 13, 2015 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX. Harlem Lights! highlights the history of Austin Area African Americans in film, will feature live music, rare photographs, film clips, local actors and will be hosted by film, television and theater veteran Julius Tennon. This historical presentation honors Austin’s own Harlem Theater and lifetime achievement awards will be given to Austin's own Tennon, actress, comedian, music performer “Damita Jo” LeBlanc, and jazz musician Gil Askey, one of the architects of the famous Motown sound.

“This year’s films represent the rich talent we have in this country and around the world both in front of and behind to camera,” said Winston G. Williams, Executive Director of CCBFF. 

Tennon, Co-President and Producer of JuVee Productions, and his wife, award-winning actress Viola Davis, have been supporters of CCBFF since its inception because they felt having a Black film presence in Austin was long overdue.

“Black films are important because they give African-American artists a place to showcase their work to our community, and to the wider communities across the country,” said Tennon. “They serve to shine a light on our stories and struggles, but more importantly, our success. They show that we are a force, and what we have to say stands for something.”

Each year CCBFF has used opening night to elevate the arts. This year local, influential organizations are adding to the prestige, including partnerships with the Austin History Center, the Texas Preservation of Black History Project and the African American Cultural Heritage District.

After a tremendous inaugural year in September 2013 and experiencing unexpected growth in 2014, CCBFF continues to grow, going from two to five screens with a diverse slate of feature films, documentary/feature films, short films, documentary/short films and music videos. The film ratings will range from G through the maximum of R.  


Capital City Black Film Festival  


Thursday, August 13, 2015, Friday, August 14, 2015, and Saturday, August 15, 2015. 


Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704 

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Joyce Fitzpatrick at:; Brian Shackelford and Cheryl Ash-Simpson at: 

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About the Capital City Black Film Festival:

Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is a Texas film festival based in Austin, the Capital of Texas. The festival’s goal is to bring together talented African Americans involved in media and the film industry to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their work in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin and in Texas. 

About the Production Team of “Sunshine, Noodles and Me”
“Sunshine, Noodle and Me” is co-directed and co-produced by Joyce Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford of TunnelVizion Entertainment. The producing and directing duo have collaborated on a variety projects, including several TV pilots, web series, and documentaries. Their web series, “Identity Confirmed,” won third place in the mobile challenge of producing a three-minute film shot with a mobile device. It was also an official selection in the 2014 SoCal Film Festival. Also, their mockumentary, “Animal Control,” nabbed the Golden Kahuna Award from the 2012 Honolulu Film Festival, and showcased as a Programmer's Choice selection at the 2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF).