BlackStar Film Festival

Shorts: At the Brink

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Friday 8/5
12:45 pm
$12 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
$6 IHP Member or Blackstar Member
Free IHP Residents (Box Office Only)

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 215-387-5125, menu option 2. 

{break}through
dir. Roni Henderson Experimental United States, 2016, 14 min.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
{break}through is an exploration of the emotional memory of water. We map,on the bodies of 9 dancers, the uprising of South Carolina's waterways during the 2015 floods, in honor and memory of the fallen innocents of the Charleston 9 massacre. This film is a collaboration between renowned choreographer Kwame A. Ross; composer, Venecia Nahai, and director Roni Nicole Henderson. Roni Henderson will be present for Q&A


Dirt
dir. Darius Clark Monroe Short Narrative United States, 2015, 7 min.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
Some things must die to live.

Everybody Dies!
dir. Frances Bodomo Experimental United Stated, 2016, 9 min.

EAST COAST PREMIERE
Based on a dream of filmmaker Josephine Decker and originally part of the collective featureCollective: Unconscious, a commanding Tonya Pinkins hosts a sort of ,macabre TV kiddie show, the lesson of which is that no child is left behind by the Grim Reaper. This segment’s low-grade aesthetic lends a David Lynch-esque air of pop gro tesquerie to the bleak message that mortality among African-American children is unfortunately commonplace.


Love is the message, the message is Death
dir. Arthur Jafa Experimental United States, 2016, 7 min.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
Taking the usher of the black church as its operative formal figure, this film presents a compilation of images that stand as witness to the state of Black America on the eve of the end of Obama.
Arthur Jafa will be present for Q&A


Rigamo
dir. Che Grayson Short Narrative United States, 2015, 13 min.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
In the midst of family loss and tragedy, 6-year-old Kera Moore discovers she has the power to bring people back to life with her tears. However, she soon learns this gift requires an incredible sacrifice.


Savage vs. The Void
dir. Darren Wallace Short Narrative United States, 2015, 18 min.
An afrosurreal voyage into the night of Troy Davis' execution. 


Univitellin
dir. Terence Nance Short Narrative France, 2016, 15 min.

EAST COAST PREMIERE
A modern Romeo and Juliet meet on a city bus. Life is great when you’re in love. However, unfortunately, your fate has already been sealed.
Terence Nance will be present for Q&A