BlackStar News.

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable rest of the summer! BlackStar is excited to share upcoming screenings this month in Philadelphia. 
September 4

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Philadelphia Film Center
Philadelphia • 7:00pm

Acclaimed director Stanley Nelson's newest film Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered in NYC and Los Angeles to sold out shows, and topped the box office at #2 for opening weekend. Now it's coming to Philadelphia for a special screening at the Philadelphia Film Center on Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm featuring a Q&A with Stanley Nelson, moderated by J. Michael Harrison of WRTI.

Use our special BlackStar discount code (online or at the theater) for $9 tickets: BlackStarMD

September 6-12

Vision Portraits
Ritz at the Bourse
Philadelphia • Select Showtimes

Extensive eyesight loss and the possibility of total blindness didn’t shut down queer filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother). Instead, it inspired this profoundly personal non-fiction film, which not only documents his own genetic eye disorder, but shows how three other working artists with visual impairments—photographer John Dugdale, writer Ryan Knighton, and dancer Kayla Hamilton—have adjusted their practices around their changed capacities. For showtimes in Philadelphia, please visit here.

September 18-20

Body of Work - Tina Morton
Scribe Video Center
Philadelphia • 7:00-9:00PM

Tina Morton (BSFF16 alum and member of BlackStar’s program committee for the past several years) is a media activist, documentarian, and an Associate Professor at Howard University. Her work began when she took classes at Scribe Video Center over two decades ago. Morton is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2010), a Leeway Transformation Award (2006) and two Leeway Art and Change Grants (2005, 2006). The retrospective spans Morton's impressive filmography from her early works to community-based media projects and ends with a program of her more recent works. 

Learn more:

March 27-28, 2020

Screening Scholarship Media Festival

Save the date for CAMRA’s Screening Scholarship Media Festival, at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

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