Support the 2013 BlackStar Film Festival in Philly!

blackstarIn addition to volunteering on the Program Committee I also made a contribution to BlackStar–because I believe in supporting independent film and a wider spectrum of representation for those of us who fall into the margins of the mainstream. Join in helping this unique festival’s second year in Philly a success by making a donation–no amount too small!

This summer, from August 1-4, the 2013 BlackStar Film Festival will expose over 2,000 people to independent films by and about people of African decent from across the world. BlackStar film festival amplifies the often-unheard voices of independent artists who through high quality, genre-defying film are facilitating an exchange of ideas and stories.

Black identity is not small or narrow. Yet often, when we watch movies created by the major studios we see the same stories repeated. Through the screening of over 40 films by independent filmmakers from four continents, BlackStar disrupts stereotypes and creates a visual conversation about the diversity of blackness that carries on long after the credits roll. 

Many filmmakers spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to create brilliant films that never get seen. BlackStar is building an independent infrastructure that connects underrepresented artists with audiences and opportunities. In addition to its many Philadelphia premieres and first-time public screenings, BlackStar hosts panels, networking events, and staged readings of screenplays that are open to the public.

Like the films themselves, the BlackStar festival is a labor of love. An all-volunteer committee of people like you runs BlackStar. We are committed to engaging filmmakers and diverse audiences in an exchange of human experiences.

I am writing to ask you to be a supporter of the BlackStar Film Festival. This year, over the course of four days we will:

  • Hold over 20 public events for over 2,000 people
  • Screen over 40 films by and about people of African decent from across the world
  • Bring independent filmmakers from four continents for film screenings, panel discussions, and important networking opportunities.

The volunteer producing committee of BlackStar has already been working for over a year fundraising, building a submissions process, and creating a marketing plan. We are asking our friends, family and fellow supporters of independent film to join us in helping up-and-coming filmstars shine and promoting the diversity of people of African decent.

  • $75 covers the cost of an all-access festival pass for a youth or student filmmaker;
  • $250 pays for two nights’ hotel accommodations for an independent film maker
  • $500 pays for air travel for one independent filmmaker to come meet their audience.
  • $2,000 pays for a majority of the costs to produce the Program Guide, which is a treasured keepsake for filmmakers and audiences.

No donation is too small or too large. Go online now www.blackstarfest.org/donate to donate.

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