Sunday, November 29, 2015

Watch indie films celebrating the African diaspora during second annual BlackStar Film Festival

Films celebrating African diaspora screening at second annual BlackStar Film Festival.

Watch indie films celebrating the African diaspora during second annual BlackStar Film Festival

Yelling to the Sky

Celebrate the works of emerging Black filmmakers during the second annual BlackStar Film Festival from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4.

The film festival will spotlight cinematography from the African diaspora with 75 feature films, short films and music videos that encompass various genres, from profound dramas to inspiring documentaries.

Among the many screenings is a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s coming-of-age film Yelling to the Sky, which will precede a Q&A session featuring composer Zakee Kuduro and the film’s star (and The Roots’ frontman) Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.

Most of the films will be shown at the International House in University City, though there will also be screenings at the Barnes Foundation, Drexel University, Fork restaurant, Johnny Brenda’s and Warmdaddy’s.

The film festival, also known as the "black Sundance" will honor the Howard University Film Program and include discussion panels, live music, receptions and a screenplay competition.

Tickets for individual screenings start at $10 and movie-goers may also purchase an all-festival pass to enjoy all the films during the four days.

International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; Drexel University, 33rd and Chestnut Sts.; The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; Fork restaurant, 306 Market St.; Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave.; Warmdaddy's, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7, students and seniors; $125 all-festival pass
More info and full festival lineup here

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Discover great events, festivals, museums, parties, music, restaurants, movies, performances, and art happening in Philadelphia. Want to share an event? Click here to submit an event for consideration on

Gabrielle Bonghi
Kate Bracaglia Music Blogger
Allie Volpe
Tim Reardon
Alex Kacala
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter