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3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival

Closer: Relationship Shorts

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Thursday 7/31
2:10 pm
$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)


195 Lewis

USA, 2013, 15 min.

Dir. Chanelle Aponte Pearson


World Premiere



Entrepreneurial artist, Yuri Battle, finalizes her premiere exhibition, PaperOverPussy!?, while navigating the many wiles of the many women in her world. Tensions between Yuri and her long time primary partner, Camille, escalate as Yuri falls hard for her new uptown girlfriend. Meanwhile, Camille busies herself making sure her little sister Anne keeps her head in the books and not between the legs of a woman in yellow. The balance maintained at 195 Lewis tilts when Yuri's college friend, Kris, pops up on the stoop in need of a place to crash.



The End Again

USA, 2014, 10 min.

Dir. Crystle C. Roberson


Philadelphia Premiere




The End Again, a prequel to the feature film OPENENDED, is a meditation on a couple's last day together as they end their five-year relationship. It’s moving day for Joe and Jane, but knowing that it's over doesn't make it any easier to shut the door on their relationship and move on. Throughout the day, they muse on shared memories and rehash old arguments.  But when its all said and done, the end has come. Or has it?



Jamaica T. Jones

USA, 2014, 18 min.

Dir. Nzinga Kadalie Kemp


World Premiere


Jamaica T. Jones is an eccentric twenty-something with an attitude and a major problem -- she believes the end of the world is coming, for her personally. After finding herself jobless, on the brink of homelessness, and nearing the end, Jamaica seeks answers from Juanita the Fortune Reada, a storefront tarot card reader, who tells her there’s only thing she can do if she wants to survive the end of the world -- be nice at all costs -- which is the ultimate challenge for Jamaica.



Just The Three Of Us

USA, 2014, 13 min.

Dir. Angela Tucker


World Premiere


Regina and Hank have been married for 50 years and, as with many long marriages, the passion quietly fizzled out a while ago. While Hank refuses to admit the limitations of his health, Regina finally, desperately realizes her need for an emotional connection at any cost.



She Believes

USA, 2014, 10 min.

Dir. Herman Mcglown


None Premiere


Vernon McBride and Holy Moses are both valiant men who courageously set out into their daily lives facing the challenges that lie ahead. Vernon, a contract soldier, and Holy, a business professional, share a parallel world adjoined by a divine presence. Coincidentally, both men's personal successes are anchored by the women in their lives who serve as guardian-mates. She Believes, a conceptual short, directed, written, and starring Herman Mcglowns a beautiful and sincere performance by Deborah Ayorinde (Django Unchained, The Game, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns).


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.