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Black Star Film Festival!
Aug 6, 2012 | News Archive
Black Star Film Festival!

This past weekend marked Philadelphia's first annual African Diaspora Film Festival hosted at the International House. Over 40 films were featured and discussed by Director of Festival Maori Karmael Holmes. In it's first year running, Maori curated the films, choosing from films that were played at Sundance- like "Middle of Nowhere" by Ava Duvernay, and films that had little to no exposure- like RESTLESS CITY. The focus on black independent films definitely attracted a huge turnout, with little advertising. But thanks to social media, and other exsisting networks, most lectures and film screenings were packed! 

WURD's own Sara Lomax-Reese was on the ground and spoke with Phill Branch, creator of the Punanny Diairies http://www.facebook.com/ThePuNannyDiaries, which profiles a young female's journey through celibacy. It's a funny internet comedy that is totally unfunded but was a hit at the festival! Ms. Lomax-Reese also chatted with Nadine Patterson, who is the director of Tango Macbeth, which is about a dance theater company whose cast members are immersed in the intense Shakespearean dramas. If that's not interesting enough, its a fusion of the African Diaspora's perception of 16th century drama! In the audio clip, Nadine Patterson talks about the creation of Bounce TV http://www.bouncetv.com/, a new African American cable network that is promised to deliver more cultural based programs and t.v. sitcoms.

We hope you at least caught some of the action! If not, enjoy this short audio clip and photos courtesy of Stephanie Renee, host of the Mid Morning Mojo!


Listen to VOICES FROM THE BLACK STAR FILM FESTIVAL




Sara Lomax-Reese, Ava Duvernay and Stephanie Renee at the Black Star Film Festival 











Posted By: Melissa Henderson

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