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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! 

    QUICK VIEW
    VISUAL ARTS
    THOMAS JACKSON | New Work
    Pentimenti Gallery
    September 13th, 2019 - October 26th, 2019
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    FILM
    The Philadelphia Blacklist Screenwriters Happy Hour
    Cavanaugh's Headhouse
    April 25th, 2018 - October 16th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    It Came from the Archives
    Archives Month Philly
    October 16th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    Lightbox Film Center Presents: Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller
    LightBox Film Center at...
    October 18th, 2019 - December 7th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    Shorts In The Fall - Film Festival - Two Nights of Short Films At The Drive-In
    The Mahoning Drive-In Theater
    October 18th, 2019 - October 20th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    An American Werewolf in London
    The Colonial Theatre
    October 18th, 2019
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    KIDS
    ANNIE SING-ALONG
    The Kelsey Theatre
    October 19th, 2019
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    FREE
    Annual Open House
    Dickinson Theatre Organ Society
    October 19th, 2019
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    KIDS
    Ghostbusters II
    The Colonial Theatre
    October 19th, 2019
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    FILM
    Mary Poppins
    LightBox Film Center at...
    October 19th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller – Program One
    LightBox Film Center at...
    October 19th, 2019
    QUICK VIEW
    FILM
    Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller – Program Two
    LightBox Film Center at...
    October 19th, 2019
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    FILM
    Tomb of Ligeia with Special Guest Elizabeth Shepherd
    The Colonial Theatre
    October 20th, 2019
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    FILM
    Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller – Program Three
    LightBox Film Center at...
    October 24th, 2019
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    THEATRE
    Not Yet Rated: An Improvised Horror Comedy
    Philly Improv Theater
    October 24th, 2019 - October 31st, 2019

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