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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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    THEATRE
    The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens & Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
    Lantern Theater Company
    November 9th, 2021 - December 19th, 2021
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    FREE
    The Floor Wipers
    The Wilma Theater
    June 10th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
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    MUSIC
    La voix humaine
    Opera Philadelphia
    September 24th, 2021 - September 23rd, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    Code Black Planet - Wilma Hothouse Short
    The Wilma Theater
    February 5th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    THEATRE
    Hold Fast
    The Wilma Theater
    June 24th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    THEATRE
    The Rot
    The Wilma Theater
    June 17th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
    QUICK VIEW
    THEATRE
    Me and the Devil
    Lantern Theater Company
    September 9th, 2021 - February 27th, 2022
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    FILM
    Organ Stops
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 16th, 2021 - July 16th, 2022
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    FILM
    La traviata
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 15th, 2021 - February 10th, 2022
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    FILM
    Save the Boys
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 15th, 2021 - February 11th, 2022
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    FILM
    The Drama of Tosca
    Opera Philadelphia
    June 17th, 2021 - June 17th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    We Need to Talk
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 16th, 2021 - April 8th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    For the Love of Opera: Celebrating RBG’s 88th Birthday
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 16th, 2021 - March 15th, 2022
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    FILM
    Soldier Songs
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 15th, 2021 - January 30th, 2022
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    FILM
    Verlaine, Le Voyage Humain
    Opera Philadelphia
    July 16th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021

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