1st BlackStar Film Festival
A celebration of film by and about people of African descent
Join us next week for the first annual BlackStar Film Festival taking place August 2-5 at the African American Museum, Art Sanctuary, and the International House, showcasing films by and about people of African descent!
The festival will provide an opportunity to watch artistically innovative and genre-defying films from a unique point-of-view that is not always given attention at mainstream festivals.
BlackStar's mission is to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African Diaspora and to showcase independent film and video works by and about black people from around the world.
The only event of its kind in the city, BlackStar will screen over 40 films, including narratives, documentaries, music videos, and experimental films produced, written, and directed by filmmakers from Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.
In addition to industry workshops and intimate conversations with directors and producers, the festival will be accompanied by receptions, after parties and a market with exclusive pop-up shops. An astonishing number of directors will be in attendance from places far and wide, including Ava DuVernay, Byron Hurt, and Nelson George.
Please visit blackstarfest.org for a complete listing of films, parties, and workshops.
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