BlackStar 2019.

Welcome to BlackStar Day 4! 

Yesterday was, again, nothing short of amazing! BlackStar’s Artisan Marketplace opened up and was buzzing in full-effect. We hosted one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival, a conversation between Spike Lee and Tarana Burke, which sparked further dialogue afterwards by audience members. There was also an inspiring panel on the future of Cinema In The Museum where artists, programmers, and curators assembled to discuss its history and current presence. The night wrapped with three feature films, including The Apollo, a documentary on the world renowned theater and its influence on America’s music, culture, and race. We sure hope you get it all in on this last day and you join us at the Closing Awards Ceremony!

Day 2 video recap - #BlackStar19SoLit
Day 4 Highlights.
Test Pattern

Dir. Shatara Michelle Ford
World Premiere
10:30AM | Lightbox

Test Pattern is set against the backdrop of our national discussion about an inequitable health system, #metoo, and race relations in America.

Q&A with Director and cast to follow.

Shorts Program 12

12:30PM | Lightbox

Ritual as music. Ritual as movement. Ritual as communal practice. Ritual as politic.

Films: Below the Water, Hampton, Mind(less) Body, Practice, A Ritual of Sisterhood, Sweetheart Dancers, The Water Will Carry Us Home
Q&A with director to follow.

Conversation with Marcia Smith

2:00PM | ICA

Join Marcia Smith, the 2019 BlackStar Luminary Award Recipient in conversation with radio and music industry trailblazer Dyana Williams as these two cultural architects get into the layered dimensions of doing the work.

Closing Night Program 

6:00PM | Annenberg Center
Featuring As Told to G/d Thyself (dir. The Ummah Chroma - Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas, and Kamasi Washington), Black To Techno (dir. Jenn Nkiru), and When I get Home (dir. Solange Knowles).

Q&A to follow with Terence Nance and Jenn Nkiru.
ICA members get free admission to this program.

Box Office.
$12 General Admission
$8 Students/Seniors (in person only, ID required)
$6 BlackStar & Lightbox Member (in person only, membership card required).

Note: Free events require online registration; check schedule page for info. 
The BlackStar Audience Awards are an opportunity for you to show your enthusiasm for your favorite films screened in the festival. Vote here.

Ballots are arranged by program. After every screening, click on the link for the program you just viewed. Please rate each film in that program with a score from 1-5 stars with ‘5’ representing your highest opinion. We strongly encourage you to vote right after you attend each screening. If at all possible do not share devices when voting.
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