BlackStar News.

BlackStar is excited to share several upcoming festivals and exhibit openings presented by our community partners this month. There are also several upcoming artist opportunities that we encourage filmmakers to check out.
Open Society Foundations Announce 2019 Soros Equality Fellows

Congratulations to BlackStar Founder & Artistic Director, Maori Karmael Holmes, on being selected as a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow! She will create an online platform for the exhibition and critical exploration of film and visual culture by global artists of color.

October 4

Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young: Back and Song
Girard College
Philadelphia • 7:00pm

This kaleidoscopic installation reflects on the manner in which health and wellness are part and parcel of the American black experience from cradle to grave. Back and Song considers the labor and care provided by generations of black healers--doctors, nurses, midwives, morticians, therapists, and health aides--and their histories of contribution to, and resistance of, the flawed and discriminatory structures of Western medicine.


October 4

Via Lux Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Center
Philadelphia • 5:30pm

This FREE event will premiere short films representing the work of hundreds of young filmmakers ages 10-21 from BPA’s school, summer, and workforce programs across the city. They’ll be hosting a Young Creatives Mixer at 5:30pm where young creatives can connect and meet industry professionals, followed by the screening and Q&A from 6-8pm. Free tickets are available here.

November 7-17

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Join PAAFF for the 2019 Festival! For more information, visit here. The team will also be announcing its full program tonight, at the PAAFF Preview Party '19.

New Perspectives Seed Fund

Doc Society's New Perspectives seed fund is an international film fund supporting the development of documentary features on issues of social justice, driven by filmmakers who exhibit a unique perspective granted by their connection to the community or issue at hand.

Applications are due October 30. Apply here!

MDOCS Storytellers' Institute

MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute is accepting applications for its residency. The institute brings together four-five professional documentary practitioners (Visiting Fellows) and 8-10 Skidmore College students and 1-2 faculty/staff members (by invitation) to work on personal projects and engage with the year’s theme. This is a unique opportunity to have a focused period of dedicated time to develop a non-fiction project, with the inspiration of a community of makers and thinkers who are pursuing similar questions and ideas in the beautiful setting of Saratoga Springs. 

Applications are due December 15. Apply here!

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