BlackStar 2019.

Welcome to BlackStar Day 3! 

On Friday, BlackStar returned with another jam-packed day! We opened with Yoga at ICA, a festival treat you can look forward to each day. There were riveting conversations focused on topics ranging from how to create immersive content, to the contemporary projects of Afro-Latinx artists and cultural workers. The night ended with Questlove and Black Thought, of Philly’s very own The Roots, sharing a sneak peak of their docu-series Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America. We hope you enjoy all of the exciting conversations, shorts, and feature programming that continue today! 

Day 1 video recap - #BlackStar19SoLit
Day 3 Highlights.
Artisan Marketplace 

Produced by our longtime partners, The ARTisan Café, the 2019 Marketplace will feature independent artisans selling art, apparel, accessories, décor, and more.

To preview a list of vendors, click here.
Cinema in the Museum

4:00PM | ICA

The artists, programmers and curators assembled in this panel will discuss the history of the moving image in the art institution, what it means for filmmakers working in a range of exhibition and online distribution platforms today and how film may allow us to think beyond the collector’s perspective as a form which can transcend physicality.

Youth Program 3: Silence Sam

Dir. Courtney Symone
Philadelphia Premiere
6:00PM | Pearlstein

This participatory hybrid documentary was made by students at the UNC School of Media & Journalism. It follows the student-led movement to remove the statue and the systemic silencing of student activism by university administrators.
Q&A with producer to follow.

The Burial of Kojo

Dir. Blitz Bazawule
9:00PM | Lightbox

The Burial Of Kojo follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. 
Q&A with Blitz Bazawule to follow.

Did you catch us in the news?
Box Office.
$12 General Admission
$8 Students/Seniors (in person only, ID required)
$6 BlackStar & Lightbox Member (in person only, membership card required). This also applies to Scribe Video Center members for The Apollo screening. 

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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