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    • BlackStar Film Festival

    "By Indie Means Necessary," is the motto for the highly anticipated four-day festival known as BlackStar. Derived from the famous Malcolm X "By Any Means Necessary" speech, the BlackStar Film Festival, now in its sixth season, aims to promote all things blackness though film and visual media. 

     

    Often referred to as the "black Sundance," the popular festival celebrates films from across the African diaspora with all featured filmmakers being of black or African descent, a demographic often not represented in mainstream film.

    The prestige and importance of the event is evident; previous years have seen visits from acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, esteemed civil-rights poet and activist Sonia Sanchez, and political writer Yaba Blay, with this year seeing the return of Academy Award nominated director Ava DuVernay (SelmaThe 13thQueen Sugar) as she's honored with the 2017 Richard Nichols Luminary Award. This year's festival will showcase over 60+ films in venues across the University City area from August 3-6.

     

    Attending BlackStar this year? Let us know all about it on TwitterFacebook and Instagram @Phillyfunguide!

     

    For more information on the BlackStar FIlm Festival, including the full schedule of events, head to their official website.

    Don't miss any of these featured events from the festival! 

    BlackStar Opening Reception - August 3rd

     

    Mix, mingle and network with one of the biggest rooms full of black artists, trailblazers, and supporters this side of Sundance! This year's Reception will be celebrating the opening of the Lossless exhibit, an artistic movement celebrating and exploring the black body and representation, at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (through Sept 8th). Music will be provided by DJ Lushlife, followed by a special performance by Terence Nance and Norvis, Jr.

    BlackStar Dance Party - August 4th

     

    Head to Johnny Brenda's on Friday, August 4th for the official Festival Dance Party! Jam out to tunes from DJ Lean Wit It (Ugly Bass Media, Philly), DJ Foxx Boogie (CTRL Freaks, Philly), and DJ Laylo (A Party Called Rosie Perez/Afrikando, NYC) until midnight at this completely FREE event! 

    6th Annual BlackStar Awards - August 5th

     

    One of the most special events of the festival, the Awards ceremony is to honor the work of black filmmakers, producers and directors that oftimes go unnoticed. This year's ceremony will feature musical performances from Danni Cassette, Cakes da Killa, Jacqueline Constance, DJ Jovi Baby, and Pharoahe Monch. All are welcome to attend!

    Check out these other great film-related events and screenings in the city! 

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    VISUAL ARTS
    JUDY GELLES | Fourth Grade Project
    Pentimenti Gallery
    July 19th, 2019 - September 1st, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Hidden Lives Illuminated
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 15th, 2019 - September 12th, 2019
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    VISUAL ARTS
    Composition in Concert: Opening Reception
    LightBox Film Center at...
    July 9th, 2019 - September 20th, 2019
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    MUSEUMS
    Screenings: I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like
    The Barnes Foundation
    July 3rd, 2019 - September 11th, 2019
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    FILM
    The Philadelphia Blacklist Screenwriters Happy Hour
    Cavanaugh's Headhouse
    April 25th, 2018 - October 16th, 2019
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    FILM
    Special Film Event: From the Archives
    Mercer Museum
    August 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Wet Hot American Summer | BYO Screening
    Philadelphia Film Society
    August 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Cinema in the Cemetery: Beetlejuice
    Philadelphia Film Society
    August 21st, 2019
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    LECTURES & LITERATURE
    Marvel: Universe of Superheroes Panel Event
    Greater Philadelphia Film Office
    August 22nd, 2019
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    FREE
    Schuylkill Banks Movie Night - A League of Their Own
    Schuylkill River Development...
    August 22nd, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Keystone Comic Com
    ReedPop
    August 23rd, 2019 - August 25th, 2019
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    FILM
    Movies on the Block: English Vinglish
    Philadelphia Film Society
    August 23rd, 2019
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    FILM
    Trust
    LightBox Film Center at...
    August 23rd, 2019
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    FREE
    Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars - Avengers: End Game (2019), PG-13
    Chestnut Hill Community Association
    August 23rd, 2019

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    Spend your summer out at one of these great festivals! (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Zoo)
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