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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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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Online Theater, Musical Theater, & Screenwriting Classes
    Scattered Seeds Creative Arts
    September 21st, 2020 - December 2nd, 2020
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    KIDS
    Discover the Best Virtual Activities from Partners of the Children's Festival
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    May 13th, 2020 - November 13th, 2021
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    THEATRE
    Remojo Remixed - Virtual Latino Arts Festival 2020
    EsperanzaArtsCenter.us
    September 30th, 2020
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    THEATRE
    American Chameleon: The Living Installments
    Philadelphia Fringe Festival
    September 16th, 2020 - September 30th, 2020
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    FILM
    The Surrogate
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    October 2nd, 2020
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    The Art of Surviving the Apocalypse: Contemporary Myths + New Media for Teens
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine...
    October 6th, 2020 - November 3rd, 2020
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    VISUAL ARTS
    TESTING GROUNDS: exhibition + happenings
    Testing Grounds
    October 9th, 2020 - November 8th, 2020
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    FILM
    Drive In Movie Night with the PSPCA
    Pennsylvania SPCA
    October 10th, 2020
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    FILM
    Culture Films: Ishaare
    Penn Museum
    October 11th, 2020
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    FILM
    HOLY SILENCE | Virtual Film Screening
    Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film...
    October 12th, 2020 - October 13th, 2020
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    FILM
    Wild & Scenic Film Festival
    Pennsylvania Resources Council
    October 15th, 2020
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    THEATRE
    Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Academy of Music
    October 27th, 2020 - November 8th, 2020
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    FILM
    40th Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
    Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film...
    November 7th, 2020 - November 21st, 2020
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    FILM
    Culture Films: Her Words
    Penn Museum
    November 8th, 2020
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    FILM
    Aviva
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    November 13th, 2020

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