BlackStar Projects produces the annual BlackStar Film Festival, a Philadelphia film festival centered on films by and for Black, brown, and indigenous people, often referred to as “the Black Sundance.” Since its inception in 2012, the festival has showcased over 400 films from nearly 20 countries and five continents. The organization also hosts screenings, exhibitions, seminars, and other programming throughout the year and produces a journal of film and visual culture.
Black filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance’s first solo exhibition sheds light on his interdisciplinary film and media work, including Random Acts of Flyness—the Peabody Award-winning HBO series that examines contemporary Black life in America—and semi-animated feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. Maori Karmael Holmes, artistic director and CEO of BlackStar Projects, curates the installation of a decade of Nance’s work. Presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the exhibition reflects Nance’s interdisciplinary style that comprises live-action film, animation, photography, sound, performance, and installation. A series of public programs include performances, screenings, panels, and artist talks. An accompanying catalogue features texts from Nance and his collaborators and images from the installation works.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.