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3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival

Kahlil Joseph Program

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Friday 8/1
5:30 pm
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Kahlil Joseph is an award-winning LA based filmmaker. He’s received widespread critical acclaim for his music videos, commercials and short films including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Hilton Als wrote of him in The New Yorker, “Joseph doesn’t make music videos so much [as] visual riffs on the music that, in turn, infuses his very real, present, and fantastical images.” Joseph makes work with the collective What Matters Most who approach the process of image-making and storytelling as craftspeople.


In this special program, in conjunction with the Kara Walker-curated exhibit Ruffneck Constructivists at ICA Philadelphia, Joseph will screen Wildcat, Until The Quiet Comes, Black Up, and M.A.A.D., a new unreleased project featuring Kendrick Lamar.


The films (in alphabetical order):


Black Up is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop records, as well as various pieces of unreleased materials. Filmed in Bronx, NY, Beacon, NY, and various location in Puerto Rico.


Until the Quiet Comes is a short film featuring music from the Flying Lotus album. It was filmed on 35mm in Los Angeles.


Wildcat is a state of mind; an experiment inspired by the composition and performance of jazz music. The characters that populate this world are actual cowboy; and envisioned – angels. The town they all inhabit is real – Grayson, Oklahoma.



Q&A w/Kahlil Joseph & Terence Nance immediately following

Co-presented by ICA

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.