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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.


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    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! 

    Photography Summer Camp
    Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
    June 15th, 2020 - August 28th, 2020
    Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. Summer Fun Video Challenge
    Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co.
    July 6th, 2020 - August 30th, 2020
    Discover the Best Virtual Activities from Partners of the Children's Festival
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    May 13th, 2020 - November 13th, 2021
    Virtual Screenings at the Colonial Theatre
    Association for the Colonial Theatre...
    April 24th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020
    Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History
    Athenaeum of Philadelphia
    July 15th, 2020
    Hidden Lives Illuminated: There He Was, There He Is
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    July 16th, 2020
    Shared Stories: The Intersection of Black and Jewish Experiences in America
    Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film...
    July 13th, 2020 - August 3rd, 2020
    A Night at the Movies
    Bristol Riverside Theatre
    August 5th, 2020 - August 9th, 2020
    Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Academy of Music
    October 27th, 2020 - November 8th, 2020

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


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