Philly: Inaugural BlackStar Film Festival Kicks Off August 2nd

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.Blackstar Film Festival

Black filmmakers face quite the challenge in getting their work in front of audiences.  Enter the Blackstar Film Festival, which debuts this year.  The Philadelphia-based film festival takes place August 2-5 at the African American Museum, Art Sanctuary, and the International House.  The festival seeks to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and showcase indie film and video work by and about black people.

The Blackstar Film Festival will premiere several films, including Sonia Godding Togobo's Adopted ID, and Oliver Hardt's The United States Of Hoodoo. Byron Hurt's Soul Food Junkies and Jason Orr's acclaimed Funkjazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade, about the alternative soul scene in 1990s Atlanta, will also make it's Philadelphia debut at the festival.

For ticket information and a complete list of films to be screened, visit