BlackStar Projects

9 Feb 2021


Film still from As Told to G/D Thyself, 2019. Courtesy of Terence Nance.

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. It has screened films by Gabourey Sidibe, Janine Sherman Barrois, and Darius Clark Monroe and hosted panels featuring Spike Lee, Tarana Burke, and Bradford Young. The organization also hosts screenings, exhibitions, seminars, and other programming throughout the year and produces a journal of film and visual culture. BlackStar’s programming focuses on overlooked artists and work that is experimental in aesthetics, content, and form. In 2020, BlackStar received a Center Project grant for Swarm: Terence Nance, the first solo exhibition of Black filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance. In 2021, the organization received a Re:imagining Recovery grant to create a customized online platform that will enable BlackStar to present its film screenings, live conversations, and other programs to a global community of BIPOC filmmakers, artists, critics, and film audiences.