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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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    THEATRE
    Philly Theatre Week
    Theatre Philadelphia
    February 8th, 2018 - February 18th, 2018
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    FILM
    Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement
    August Wilson Consortium
    February 18th, 2018
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    FILM
    New Africa Center African American History Month 2018 Forgotten Roots: The History of...
    ICPIC New Africa Center
    February 17th, 2018 - February 25th, 2018
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    MUSEUMS
    Film Series: Rare Footage
    Fabric Workshop and Museum
    February 20th, 2018 - March 20th, 2018
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Filmmaking: Introduction to Video
    University of the Arts
    January 30th, 2018 - April 10th, 2018
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    FILM
    Victims of Circumstance Movie Premiere!!
    Phillywood Films
    February 20th, 2018
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    FILM
    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T: American Musical Film Series
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    February 21st, 2018
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    FILM
    Oscar Fever
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    February 21st, 2018
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Screenwriting: Finish Your Next Draft
    University of the Arts
    January 31st, 2018 - April 11th, 2018
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    FILM
    The Watermelon Woman
    Wolf Humanities Center
    February 21st, 2018
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration
    Tyler Arboretum
    February 24th, 2018
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    FILM
    Film Screening: Akeelah and the Bee
    Free Library of Philadelphia -...
    February 24th, 2018
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    FILM
    Philadelphia Independents Animation Screening
    The Plastic Club
    February 24th, 2018
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    FILM
    Hallelujah, I'm a Bum: American Musical Film Series
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    February 28th, 2018
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    FILM
    Trenton Film Society Oscar Shorts Weekend
    Trenton Film Society
    March 1st, 2018

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