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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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    FILM
    The Philadelphia Blacklist Screenwriters Happy Hour
    Cavanaugh's Headhouse
    April 25th, 2018 - October 16th, 2019
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    FILM
    Pulp Fiction
    Philadelphia Film Society
    June 19th, 2019
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    FILM
    Tongues Untied
    LightBox Film Center at...
    June 20th, 2019
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    MUSIC
    Aniara: fragments of time and space
    The Crossing
    June 20th, 2019 - June 23rd, 2019
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    FREE
    Schuylkill Banks Movie Night - The Karate Kid (1984)
    Schuylkill River Development...
    June 20th, 2019
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    FILM
    Toy Story Kids Day & Screening at the Film Center
    Philadelphia Film Society
    June 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Friday Film Matinees: LGBTQ Pride Month
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    June 7th, 2019 - June 28th, 2019
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    FREE
    Family Flicks
    Free Library of Philadelphia - Fumo...
    June 7th, 2019 - August 2nd, 2019
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    TooManyGames
    Level 4 Event Management
    June 21st, 2019 - June 23rd, 2019
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    FILM
    Nitrate Kisses
    LightBox Film Center at...
    June 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Storyville: Experimental Short Films
    Scribe Video Center
    June 21st, 2019
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    FILM
    Second Chance Weekend - Masters Of The Universe & Howard The Duck - 35mm Drive-In Double...
    The Mahoning Drive-In Theater
    June 21st, 2019 - June 23rd, 2019
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    FILM
    John Cusack: Say Anything
    Academy of Music
    June 22nd, 2019
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Filmmaking: Introduction to Video
    University of the Arts
    June 3rd, 2019 - August 5th, 2019
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Screenwriting: Finish Your Next Draft
    University of the Arts
    June 24th, 2019 - August 12th, 2019

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