Random thoughts on some random (wonderful) things like : Black Star Film Fest, Shadow and Act, AFFRM

Some days are like no other. Infact every day is a unique gift like no other so lemme get real with that earlier statement. Yes I. Watching the city come alive in Philadelphia, PA where the inaugural Black Star Film Fest is underway. I submitted Missed to this festival just for the opportunity to link up formally with this network of Black and African Diaspora Filmmakers, curators, festival organisers,  cinephiles and activists, thinkers and people who fully recognize that yes we can(!) reach out to our audiences and make the community strong, from supporting our filmmakers to bringing their work to the audiences, by attending their screenings and blogging about the experience, we do have the ability to own the machinery that will bring all our collective stories to the right audience, that being ourselves. So hailing up all lovers of African Diaspora cinema, it’s happening, the times are a’ changing. With blogs like Shadow and Act on the Indie Wire network keeping us all in the loop with everything current and fresh in the Cinemascape, Ava du Vernay’s  AFFRM network doing the legwork to get black films out to the right audiences, and peeps from CineCaribes driving all the way out to Philly from NYC to support New Caribbean Cinema,  it’s definitely a good time to be black and sexy (big up Dennis Dortch 🙂

Anyhoo folks, checkout the scheddy, Missed screens in the shorts section at noon, followed by a talk with Avaa Du Vernay about AFFRM and her awesome new film Middle of Nowhere. I finally got to watch Restless City last night big up to Nicole Grey our Better Mus Come and NCC comrade whose performance is especially haunting in this film. Bradford Young certainly captures the beauty of this universe with his brilliant cinematography, and Mr Dosunmu, what can I say but you have transferred your passion  for making stunning photographs right across to this genre, and your directorial choices made this slow burn of a climax especially painful. Congratulations Black Star Film fest, Year 1 is definitely making an impact.

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