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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
    Kim Kardashian is Dead!
    Slought Foundation
    November 15th, 2019 - January 10th, 2020
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    FILM
    17 2nd Annual It's A Wonderful Life - Benefiting Philabundance
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 17th, 2019
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    FILM
    STREETWISE + TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL Double Feature
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 18th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    After Hours: Escape From New York in 4K!
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 19th, 2019 - December 20th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    The Rise of Skywalker: Use the Force Ticket Package!
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 20th, 2019
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    FILM
    The Rise of Skywalker: Use the Force Package
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 20th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    Sarah Hennies: Contralto
    Bowerbird
    December 20th, 2019
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    FILM
    The Rise of Skywalker Kids Day & Screening
    Philadelphia Film Society
    December 27th, 2019
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    FILM
    Spirited Away
    Bryn Mawr Film Institute
    January 4th, 2020
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    FILM
    The Dark Crystal
    Bryn Mawr Film Institute
    January 11th, 2020
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    FILM
    Wallace and Gromit Shorts
    Bryn Mawr Film Institute
    January 18th, 2020
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    FILM
    Ernest & Celestine
    Bryn Mawr Film Institute
    January 25th, 2020
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Screenwritting: Writing the Short Film
    University of the Arts
    January 27th, 2020 - April 6th, 2020
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Photojournalism & Documentart Photography
    University of the Arts
    January 27th, 2020 - April 6th, 2020
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Film Making: Editing with Adobe Premiere
    University of the Arts
    January 27th, 2020 - April 6th, 2020

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