The 3rd Annual Black Star Film Festival, known by many as the “Black Sundance,” takes place from July 31 to August 1 in Philadelphia. The films’ themes typically center around works by and about people of African descent. This year’s theme is “Music is the Weapon” and the majority of screenings take place at the International House (3701 Chestnut Street.) It’s $10 general admission for each screening or $125 for an all-festival pass.
There are a number of events taking place during the span of the festival that are definitely worth checking out. Don’t miss the opening night reception at the Institute of Contemporary Art. From 7-10 p.m. enjoy a viewing of the Ruffneck Constructivists exhibit at the ICA. Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
With all of the festival excitement it’s hard to narrow down the best events to attend. We’re looking forward to “Arthur Jafa: In Process”. Noted cinematographer whose work includes film credits in prominent films including Spike Lee’s Crooklyn discusses his latest project Dreams are Colder than Death. The cinematographic arts is accessible to those old and young and the youth program event on August 2 at Annenberg at 3 p.m. proves just that. This festival event highlights filmmakers ages 14-22. The filmmakers will be onsite for a q&a. Immediately following the youth program don’t miss a book signing by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela and Andrea Walls authors of Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA Voices writing workshop.
We’re looking forward to the short films as well . On August 3 don’t miss Creative Class: Makers Shorts at the International House. Tickets are $10 for general admission enjoy wide variety of short films which range in subjects about a legally blind artist to a short documentary about the role black dolls play in the psychological development of African -American children.
Looking to grab a post-festival bite to eat? Round up your friends and head to the City tap House (3925 Walnut Street). We love their wide range of craft beers on tap and extensive menu which offers something for everyone.
Getting from The Independent to International House:
Head west on Locust St toward S 13th St and turn right on S. 13th street. Take the blue line towards 69 St. Transit Center to 34th street. Exit the station and head west on market Street towards S. 36th. Turn left on 36th and then right onto chestnut.