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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
    EXHIBIT BY 8 PHOTOGRAPHERS TO FEATURE MOMENTS OF RESISTANCE SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S...
    Photo Exhibit - Resistance...
    November 2nd, 2017 - December 31st, 2017
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    FILM
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Colonial Theatre
    November 25th, 2017
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    FILM
    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
    The Colonial Theatre
    November 25th, 2017
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    KIDS
    Saturday Family Drop-In Workshop
    Main Line Art Center
    September 23rd, 2017 - December 9th, 2017
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    FILM
    Ma'Rosa | Passport to World Cinema
    Philadelphia Film Society
    November 29th, 2017
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    VISUAL ARTS
    Premiere of Jennifer Steinkamp's "Winter Fountains"
    Association for Public Art
    November 30th, 2017
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    FILM
    A Separate Wind (Viento Aparte)
    International House Philadelphia
    November 30th, 2017
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    FILM
    New Italian Cinema 2017
    International House Philadelphia
    December 1st, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017
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    THEATRE
    National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
    Lafayette College
    December 3rd, 2017
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    FILM
    U.S. Premiere of Mother Cabrini Documentary
    Cabrini University
    December 5th, 2017
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    FILM
    Environmental Sustainability film "The Wisdom To Survive"
    Business Public Management Center
    December 7th, 2017
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    FILM
    Bob le flambeur
    International House Philadelphia
    December 7th, 2017
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    FILM
    Léon Morin, Priest
    International House Philadelphia
    December 8th, 2017
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    FILM
    Frankenstein's Bloody Terror 3-D & Dracula vs. Frankenstein
    International House Philadelphia
    December 9th, 2017
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    FILM
    Le Doulos
    International House Philadelphia
    December 14th, 2017

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