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3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival

Creative Class: Makers Shorts

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Sunday 8/3
11:30 am
$10 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
$5 IHP Members

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  
call 215.895.6590. 

(in alphabetical order)


The Nomad

USA, 2012, 15 min.

Dir. Chie Davis and Leila Dougan


Philadelphia Premiere


Dominique Moody is an L.A.-based assemblage artist, who, despite being legally blind, creates art out of objects that she finds on the streets, at garage sales, flea markets and scrap yards. Now, she is building a mobile home, from scratch, that she will use to travel around the country, building public art along the way. This documentary short is an exploration of her creative process and how her unusual life-experience has come to define her art.



This Building Will Sing for All of Us

Germany, 2013, 29 min.

Dir. Oliver Hardt


Philadelphia Premiere



For Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, the establishment of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is not only a milestone in the recognition of black culture in America, winning an international competition to design this iconic building is one of the defining projects in his young career and the realization of a dream.



Why Do You Have Black Dolls?

USA, 2012, 25 min.

Dir. Samantha Knowles


Philadelphia Premiere



Why Do You Have Black Dolls? is the award-winning debut documentary of filmmaker Samantha Knowles. Inspired by a question asked of Knowles as a child, the short documentary, brings heart-warming and powerful stories of the history, beauty, and pride that is the black doll. The film, which began as Knowles' senior honors thesis at Dartmouth College, reveals that, in a world where representation and self-esteem are at the forefront of sociological debate, black dolls are more than just playthings - they are cultural artifacts that represent the history of the people they depict.


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.