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The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities, showcasing films by black people from around the world.For press inquiries, please email [email protected]

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Issue 003 of Seen is here! Order or subscribe now at blackstarfest.org/seen⁠"The participating artists, writers, and fil...
11/19/2021
Seen | Issue 003 | BlackStar

Issue 003 of Seen is here! Order or subscribe now at blackstarfest.org/seen

"The participating artists, writers, and filmmakers [in Seen] offer a multitude of critical practices and approaches that help think beyond the restrictions of film and visual culture as it is presently defined.” - Darol Kae

This issue is guest edited by Darol and you can read his full letter from the editor on the site.⁠ ⁠Seen is also on sale at shops in Philly and around the world, including at Harriett's Bookshop right now. Visit the site for the full list of stockists: blackstarfest.org/seen/about

Seen is a journal of film and visual culture focused on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities globally. Issue 003 out now.

Our 10th Anniversary Print Sale is back with a new print from acclaimed filmmaker and artist Kahlil Joseph. This limited...
11/15/2021
Kahlil Joseph — BlackStar 10th Anniversary Print Sale

Our 10th Anniversary Print Sale is back with a new print from acclaimed filmmaker and artist Kahlil Joseph. This limited edition print is taken from “m.A.A.d,” his 2014 short film featuring the music of Kendrick Lamar. Joseph is a Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker best known for his large-scale video installations. Learn more and purchase your print: https://anniversary.blackstarfest.org/Kahlil-Joseph

Print 10 of 12 Kahlil JosephStill from m.A.A.d 2014 8.5 x 11 in. Pigment print Edition of 30 $300 ︎︎︎ Add to Cart Artist...

11/10/2021
Seen — Issue 003 (Cover)

Introducing Issue 003 of Seen! ⁠Guest edited by Darol Olu Kae, with art direction by Caroline Washington, and a cover featuring Sophia Nahli Allison's "Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground." Follow @seen_journal on Instagram for a full list of contributors and more info in the coming days!⁠

Seen is our very own journal of film and visual culture, focused on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities globally, published twice each calendar year.⁠

Subscribe or pre-order today at seen.blackstarfest.org

#SeenJournal

Applications for our Marketing Associate position close this Friday, October 22! 🗓This is a full-time position on our Co...
10/20/2021
Opportunities

Applications for our Marketing Associate position close this Friday, October 22! 🗓

This is a full-time position on our Communications Team that will help to present, maintain, and build the external voice of the organization.

Apply here: blackstarfest.org/opportunities/#marketing

Opportunities

Tickets are now on-sale for the 2021 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival! Join PAAFF this November 4th-14th and wa...
10/14/2021

Tickets are now on-sale for the 2021 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival! Join PAAFF this November 4th-14th and watch more than 100+ Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora films.

Most of the festival will be available online but those local to Philly can attend in-person panel discussions with creators from across the nation and enjoy music and theater by up-and-coming AAPI performers—all while socially distanced, but together. Tickets and passes are available now at https://paaff.org #PAAFF #PhillyFilm #AsiansInFilm

Tickets are now on-sale for the 2021 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival! Join PAAFF this November 4th-14th and watch more than 100+ Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora films.

Most of the festival will be available online but those local to Philly can attend in-person panel discussions with creators from across the nation and enjoy music and theater by up-and-coming AAPI performers—all while socially distanced, but together. Tickets and passes are available now at https://paaff.org #PAAFF #PhillyFilm #AsiansInFilm

“For me, moving forward at the UM, I want to ask: what does a Black lens look like across all kinds of different bodies ...
10/13/2021
Underground Museum Looks to Philadelphia Curator

“For me, moving forward at the UM, I want to ask: what does a Black lens look like across all kinds of different bodies of work, not only Black American artists?” - Meg Onli

Huge congrats to Meg and the The Underground Museum!!

You can also read a conversation between Meg and Erin Christovale — discussing their current exhibit on Ulysses Jenkins at the Institute of Contemporary Art — in our latest issue of Seen: https://seen.blackstarfest.org/A-Fusion-of-Forms

Meg Onli will join the Los Angeles museum as director and curator, co-leading with Cristina Pacheco. Onli’s priority: spending time in Arlington Heights.

10/01/2021
2021 BlackStar Film Festival Recap

Here's another look back at the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival! Thank you again to everyone who came through for our hybrid in-person/virtual experience in August, whether you joined us in Philadelphia or watched from somewhere else around the world. ⁠⁠
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And make sure you’re subscribed to BlackStar on YouTube! Don't miss any of our latest videos — including recordings of all the panels and conversations from this year's festival. ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/blackstarprojects
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Happy Friday!

Ignoring climate change is a privilege that many already marginalized communities do not have. Join the March on Washing...
09/29/2021

Ignoring climate change is a privilege that many already marginalized communities do not have.

Join the March on Washington Film Festival as they dive into the intersection of race and environmentalism. The five-day Festival will honor civil rights legends such as Pauli Murray and Fred Gray, stream poignant films, feature live performing arts, and highlight groundbreaking young activists of today, such as Jerome Foster II, Mari Copeny, "Little Miss Flint,” Naomi Wadler, and more.

Reserve your FREE all-access film festival pass using discount code "MOWFF2021" bit.ly/mowff2021tix

#MarchOn #EnvironmentalJustice #SocialJustice #CivilRights

Ignoring climate change is a privilege that many already marginalized communities do not have.

Join the March on Washington Film Festival as they dive into the intersection of race and environmentalism. The five-day Festival will honor civil rights legends such as Pauli Murray and Fred Gray, stream poignant films, feature live performing arts, and highlight groundbreaking young activists of today, such as Jerome Foster II, Mari Copeny, "Little Miss Flint,” Naomi Wadler, and more.

Reserve your FREE all-access film festival pass using discount code "MOWFF2021" bit.ly/mowff2021tix

#MarchOn #EnvironmentalJustice #SocialJustice #CivilRights

Photos from the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. August 4-8, 2021.Photos by Daniel Jackson and Terre...
09/24/2021

Photos from the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. August 4-8, 2021.

Photos by Daniel Jackson and Terrell Halsey

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We collaborated with Argo to curate a playlist of short films which have previously screened at BlackStar Film Festival!...
09/21/2021

We collaborated with Argo to curate a playlist of short films which have previously screened at BlackStar Film Festival! #BlackStar10

Sign-up for a free 3-month trial to start watching: https://argomedia.page.link/blackstar

Argo is a social streaming platform that focuses on shorts and seeks to support filmmakers. ⁠⁠Learn more at the link.

Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation opens TODAY at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The exhib...
09/17/2021

Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation opens TODAY at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The exhibit's organizers, Meg Onli and Erin Christovale, discussed their curation process as well as the importance of Jenkin's work in Issue 002 of BlackStar's journal Seen. Read the full interview: https://seen.blackstarfest.org/A-Fusion-of-Forms

Our 10th Anniversary Print Sale continues with a new piece from Dr. Fahamu Pecou! There are only 30 prints available of ...
09/15/2021
Fahamu Pecou — BlackStar 10th Anniversary Print Sale

Our 10th Anniversary Print Sale continues with a new piece from Dr. Fahamu Pecou! There are only 30 prints available of Pecou’s “While Seed” and all sales support BlackStar.

Pecou (BSFF13, BSFF17, BSFF20) is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip hop, fine art, and popular culture, and address concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity. He was most recently a participant in the 2020 BlackStar Film Festival with the short film “We Can’'t Cop Cars Without Seeing Cop Cars.”

Learn more: anniversary.blackstarfest.org/Fahamu-Pecou

#BlackStar10

Print 9 of 12 Fahamu PecouWhile Seed 2020 8.5 x 11 in. Pigment print Edition of 30 $300 ︎︎︎ Add to Cart Artist...

"A 2021 study by McKinsey found that the bulk of opportunities afforded to Black offscreen talent comes from shows with ...
09/14/2021
Most Hollywood Writers’ Rooms Look Nothing Like America

"A 2021 study by McKinsey found that the bulk of opportunities afforded to Black offscreen talent comes from shows with at least one Black person in a senior role. In other words, the work of bringing on people from historically marginalized groups routinely falls to people from those same marginalized groups. Black people who do make it into the business are shouldering the burden of diversifying the entire industry." - Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic

Could that finally be changing?

TODAY is the deadline for applying to BlackStar's Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab! This is a year-long fellowship for Black, ...
09/13/2021

TODAY is the deadline for applying to BlackStar's Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab! This is a year-long fellowship for Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers in Philadelphia that will culminate in the production of a short film that will screen at next year's BlackStar Film Festival.

Apply here by midnight: blackstarfest.org/lab

We're thrilled to have received a "Re:Imagining Recovery" grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with a nu...
09/10/2021
Re:imagining Recovery—Introducing our 2021 Grantees

We're thrilled to have received a "Re:Imagining Recovery" grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with a number of other amazing Philadelphia organizations and artists!

Read more: https://www.pewcenterarts.org/2021grants

How is the Philadelphia region’s arts and culture sector envisioning a more sustainable future following the challenges of COVID-19? Our newest grants fund the forward-thinking work of imagining recovery and realizing transformation in artistic and organizational practices.

Applications for the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab are due this coming Monday, September 13! ICYMI, a recording o...
09/09/2021
BlackStar Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

Applications for the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab are due this coming Monday, September 13!

ICYMI, a recording of our September 3 Info Session is now available to watch on our site. Learn more about what's required to apply and additional details about this year-long fellowship with BlackStar! blackstarfest.org/lab#info

BlackStar's inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab will support emerging and mid-career Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists in the Greater Philadelphia area.

"Speaking of the archive is often bound up with an academic approach, leaving me to ponder: does the archive make it nec...
09/08/2021
Archival Impulse (English) — Seen by BlackStar

"Speaking of the archive is often bound up with an academic approach, leaving me to ponder: does the archive make it necessary to appropriate a practice that is alien to our communities? Even when archivists from communities want to work toward the common good, they are in fact separated from those who have not been able to find meaning in the vocabulary of the archive. This exists in contrast to the natural practice of the oral tale, or the direct interaction, which does not need an audiovisual record to legitimize it." - Tzutzumatzin Soto, in #SeenJournal Issue 002

Also available to read in Spanish: https://seen.blackstarfest.org/Archival-Impulse-Espanol

Issue 002 | Spring 2021 | Essay Archival Impulse: the Desire of the Narrator by Tzutzumatzin Soto Lea este artículo en...

Our partners at The Gotham - Formerly IFP have announced the virtual #GOTHAMWEEK2021 program of panels and workshops to ...
09/02/2021
Explore Gotham WEEK on Filmocracy Virtual Festivals!

Our partners at The Gotham - Formerly IFP have announced the virtual #GOTHAMWEEK2021 program of panels and workshops to explore the art and business of 21st-century storytelling through Film, TV, and Audio. There’s never been a more exciting time to push story forward! Head over to festival.filmocracy.com/gotham to grab your tickets, and as a thank you for being part of our community, use code "BSGW2021" for 25% OFF!

The Gotham Week Conference explores the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Whether stories are told through film, TV, online, or new media channels, the Conference is the premiere place to interact with experts on how to connect with audiences and use new models to expand your story’s ...

08/13/2021
Family Life, Rupture & Repair Through Storytelling (On a Move!)

This panel assembles friends and members of the Move! Organization who poetically reinscribe a sense of care, deep recognition, and aliveness against the dominant spectacle of Black death and suffering associated with the bombing, imprisonment, and unreturned bodily remains of the Africa family. Their works (The Bombing of Osage Ave, By Your Side, The Inheritance, 40 Years a Prisoner, Wilson No Goode, and Fly Baby!) address the history of state violence and the intimate tenors of family life contained but on a move.

Read a statement from BlackStar about this panel on our website.

Co-presented by Leeway Foundation and Temple University Department of Theater, Film and Media

With Debbie Africa, Mike Africa, Mike Africa Jr., Louis Massiah, Maori Karmael Holmes, and Ephraim Asili; moderated by Krystal Strong and Deborah Thomas

08/13/2021
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Balancing Power and Care in Doc Filmmaking

In the face of 2020’s intersectional reckonings, a movement of independent filmmakers and other documentary field stakeholders rose up to reshape the nonfiction industry in profound ways — from dismantling barriers in the field to advancing new, non-extractive, healing-centered approaches to storytelling. Last year, a group of colleagues desiring to activate more concrete change within the documentary field came together to craft a framework for values-based filmmaking. Over 100 stakeholders and film participants have weighed in on that framework. Join the Documentary Accountability Working Group as they share the evolution of their vision alongside a filmmaker, a film participant, a funder and mental health professional, all of whose work embodies the spirit of a liberatory approach to documentary film.

With Natalie Bullock-Brown, Sonya Childress, Michelle Lanier, Twiggy Pucci-Garcon, Poh Si Teng and Dr. Kameelah Rashad

BlackStar is proud to present the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab! Uplifting emerging and mid-career Black, Brown a...
08/11/2021
BlackStar Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab

BlackStar is proud to present the inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab! Uplifting emerging and mid-career Black, Brown and Indigenous artists in the Greater Philadelphia area, this Lab will support four filmmakers by making equipment, space, crew, mentorship, funding and critical feedback available over the course of a 12-month program.

BlackStar will act as an executive producer on the short films created during the Lab and premiere them at the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival!

Apply by September 13: blackstarfest.org/lab/

BlackStar's inaugural Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab will support emerging and mid-career Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists in the Greater Philadelphia area.

08/08/2021
Coral Messam in Conversation With Jasmine Johnson

Join Movement Director Coral Messam and professor and practitioner Jasmine Johnson as they consider the intimacies of the moving body in the moving image, the relationship between choreography and cinematography, and the history of representing dance and embodiment on camera. Anchored in a retrospective of Messam�s work in theater and film, this conversation will consider the specificities of story and body to the frame while looking forward to what movement, intimacy, and dance direction might encompass.

08/06/2021
Love + Grit Podcast @ BlackStar

Love + Grit is hosted by Laiya St. Clair, Rachel Ferguson and Justin Pizzi, with music by Philadelphia producer and DJ Dan “Dilemma” Thomas. Joining them in this special edition are Philadelphia filmmakers Nasya Jenkins (From Digital Divide to Digital Equity), Raishad Hardnett and Aidan Un (Sisters of the Soil) and Jeannine Cook, founder of Harriett’s Bookshop and Ida’s Bookshop. Love + Grit explores some of Philadelphia’s best-kept secrets and the locals repping Philly love on a national scale. Learn more about Love + Grit at VisitPhilly.com.

co-presented by Visit Philly

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Issue 003 of Seen is here! Order or subscribe now at blackstarfest.org/seen ⁠ "The participating artists, writers, and filmmakers [in Seen] offer a multitude of critical practices and approaches that help think beyond the restrictions of film and visual culture as it is presently defined.” - Darol Kae ⁠ This issue is guest edited by Darol and you can read his full letter from the editor on the site.⁠ ⁠Seen is also on sale at shops in Philly and around the world, including at Harriett's Bookshop right now. Visit the site for the full list of stockists: blackstarfest.org/seen/about
Our 10th Anniversary Print Sale is back with a new print from acclaimed filmmaker and artist Kahlil Joseph. This limited edition print is taken from “m.A.A.d,” his 2014 short film featuring the music of Kendrick Lamar. Joseph is a Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker best known for his large-scale video installations. Learn more and purchase your print: https://anniversary.blackstarfest.org/Kahlil-Joseph
Introducing Issue 003 of Seen! ⁠Guest edited by Darol Olu Kae, with art direction by Caroline Washington, and a cover featuring Sophia Nahli Allison's "Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground." Follow @seen_journal on Instagram for a full list of contributors and more info in the coming days!⁠ ⁠ Seen is our very own journal of film and visual culture, focused on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities globally, published twice each calendar year.⁠ ⁠ Subscribe or pre-order today at seen.blackstarfest.org ⁠ #SeenJournal
We're thrilled to announce the inaugural class of our Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab, in partnership with Xfinity! Meet the four filmmakers participating in this year-long fellowship: https://www.blackstarfest.org/2021labannouncement/
Applications for our Marketing Associate position close this Friday, October 22! 🗓 This is a full-time position on our Communications Team that will help to present, maintain, and build the external voice of the organization. Apply here: blackstarfest.org/opportunities/#marketing
We're searching for a Business Manager to join our expanding team and provide financial and operations support to sustain our programs! Visit https://www.blackstarfest.org/opportunities to learn more about this position and how to apply.
Tickets are now on-sale for the 2021 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival! Join PAAFF this November 4th-14th and watch more than 100+ Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora films. Most of the festival will be available online but those local to Philly can attend in-person panel discussions with creators from across the nation and enjoy music and theater by up-and-coming AAPI performers—all while socially distanced, but together. Tickets and passes are available now at https://paaff.org #PAAFF #PhillyFilm #AsiansInFilm
“For me, moving forward at the UM, I want to ask: what does a Black lens look like across all kinds of different bodies of work, not only Black American artists?” - Meg Onli Huge congrats to Meg and the The Underground Museum!! You can also read a conversation between Meg and Erin Christovale — discussing their current exhibit on Ulysses Jenkins at the Institute of Contemporary Art — in our latest issue of Seen: https://seen.blackstarfest.org/A-Fusion-of-Forms
BlackStar is hiring! We're currently looking for a Marketing Associate and a Business Manager, with both full-time positions starting in January 2022. Learn more and apply: https://www.blackstarfest.org/opportunities
Here's another look back at the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival! Thank you again to everyone who came through for our hybrid in-person/virtual experience in August, whether you joined us in Philadelphia or watched from somewhere else around the world. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ And make sure you’re subscribed to BlackStar on YouTube! Don't miss any of our latest videos — including recordings of all the panels and conversations from this year's festival. ⁠⁠https://youtube.com/blackstarprojects ⁠⁠ Happy Friday!
Ignoring climate change is a privilege that many already marginalized communities do not have. Join the March on Washington Film Festival as they dive into the intersection of race and environmentalism. The five-day Festival will honor civil rights legends such as Pauli Murray and Fred Gray, stream poignant films, feature live performing arts, and highlight groundbreaking young activists of today, such as Jerome Foster II, Mari Copeny, "Little Miss Flint,” Naomi Wadler, and more. Reserve your FREE all-access film festival pass using discount code "MOWFF2021" bit.ly/mowff2021tix #MarchOn #EnvironmentalJustice #SocialJustice #CivilRights
Photos from the 10th annual BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. August 4-8, 2021. Photos by Daniel Jackson and Terrell Halsey