BlackStar Film Festival
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
August 1-4, 2013
Now in its second year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
This year’s festival is bigger than ever with more than 75 feature films, short films and music videos spanning four continents. Screenings includes a wide range of genres — from documentary to experimental to music video — by both emerging and established directors, writers and producers with the goal of drawing focus to films that are often overlooked in other arenas.
Festival highlights include the world premiere of Wangechi Mutu’s The End of Eating Everything, the Philadelphia premiere of Andrew Dosonmu’s Mother of George, David Tosh Gitonga’s Nairobi Half Life, as well as a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s Yelling to the Sky, which includes a Q&A with actors Yolanda Ross and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots.
Most film screenings are scheduled to take place at International House in University City, with additional venues like the Barnes Foundation, Drexel University, Fork restaurant in Old City, Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown and Warmdaddy’s in South Philly.
In addition to four days of screening five to eight film per day, the festival lineup also includes a special honor for the Howard University Film Program, discussion panels, live music, receptions and a screenplay competition.
Tickets to individual films and events, as well as all-festival passes are available online, and start at just $10 per ticket. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets online, click the button below.
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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
- Prometheus Strangling the Vulture
- Swann Memorial Fountain
- The Comcast Center
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- Washington Monument
- Barbara Chase-Riboud : The Malcolm X Steles
- Aero Memorial
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
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