BlackStar Film Festival
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
July 31-August 3, 2014
Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
Nicknamed “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, this local festival highlights independent films from emerging directors, producers and writers — all by and about people throughout the African diasporic experience.
With more to offer than just awe-inspiring screenings, this signature Philadelphia film festival will also host a slew of interactive panel discussions with directors, multimedia workshops, networking receptions, parties and much more.
This year, the festival celebrates the relationship between music and film with the theme “Music is the Weapon” with screenings of more than 40 feature and short films from around the world.
Highlights include the Philadelphia premieres of Til Infinity: Souls of Mischief and Time is Illmatic, a block of short films dedicated to hip hop, informative panels with industry professionals and Q&A with filmmakers.
Both the opening reception and closing awards show will feature performances from renowned musicians including Bilal, Ursula Rucker, Mr. Sonny James (DJ Statik), and Matthew Law (DJ Phsh).
A majority of film screenings are scheduled to take place at International House in University City. Additional venues include Scribe Video Center (4212 Chestnut Street), Institute of Contemporary Art, the Annenberg School of Communication and World Cafe Live.
Tickets to individual films and events, as well as all-festival passes are available online. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets online, click the button below.
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36th Street Walk University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104
- World Cafe Live
- Kelly Writers House
- Addams Gallery
- Richards Medical Research Building
- Mandell Theater
- The Drexel Collection
- Fisher Fine Arts Library
- Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University
- The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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