3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival
Little White Lie / Window Dressing Fail
Little White Lie
USA, 2013, 66 min.
Dir. Lacey Schwartz
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — that is, until she discovers that her biological father is actually a black man with whom her mother had an affair. This personal documentary raises the questions of what defines our identity, our family of origin and the family that raises us. While exploring her parents' stories, and her own, Schwartz discovers a legacy of family secrets, denial, and,ultimately, redemption.
Window Dressing Fail
USA, 2014, 6 min.
Dir. Stacey Larkins
An ambitious woman seeking a job, eliminates her African name in order to increase her chances of beinge considered.
Q&A w/Lacey Schwartz & Mehret Mandefro*
Co-presented by Leeway Foundation
The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival is made possible in part due to generous support from the Knight Foundation, Lomax Family Foundation, PECO, Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360°, Wyncote Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, Community Council Health Systems, Leeway Foundation, Miller-Worley Foundation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Skai Blue Media, Red Bull, Aqua Energy, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Mazzoni Center, La Colombe, Spodee, Uber, and individual donors; and in partnership with Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, International House, Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live, Center for Africana Studies at UPenn, Okayplayer, Black&Sexy TV, Little Giant Media, i-g Creative, and Reelblack.