The 2nd Annual Blackstar Film Festival begins this Thursday, August 1st at various locations in Philadelphia. The festival, curated by Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Maori Karmael, showcases a variety of Black films and individuals for 2013. Last year’s festival was a major success with back-to-back soldout screenings, industry workshops, conversations with directors, receptions, after parties, and even featured an exclusive pop-up shop market.
On Thursday, the kickoff event begins with Little Black Boy Wonder – a dedication to Trayvon Martin – and Question Bridge: Black Males. The festival hailed by Ebony Magazine as the “Black Sundance” will host its first-ever screenplay competition, including a live reading of scripts juried by celebrity judges; Black Thought will be seated on the panel which also includes Dorian Missick and Lisa Cortes. The Howard University Film Program will be honored for excellence in training industry professionals. The festival spearheaded by Maori Karmael Holmes will feature films from emerging and established directors, addressing a host of topics concerning communities of color over the course of four days.
Tickets to all festival events are available online at blackstarfest.org.
BlackStar Film Festival Details:
When: August 1-4
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut streets; The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: $10, general admission; $7, students and seniors; $125 all-festival pass
More info: www.blackstarfest.org