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dotsPAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL ROLLS OUT 2019 SLATE OF MARQUEE FILMS; OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET AT DIRECTORS GUILD ON FEBRUARY 7

Published on February 8, 2019 by Sonya's Spotlight
Actor/Director Danny Glover

The 27th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival celebrates its long-standing legacy as the largest Black film festival in America by announcing a slate of over 190 new black films, and an exhibition of over 100 fine artists and unique crafts. The festival commences Black History Month and the start of the festival with an exclusive opening night screening of Aretha Franklin’s rare concert documentary, Amazing Grace, at the Director’s Guild of America on Thursday, February 7. The festival continues through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Pan African Film & Arts festival has cemented its story as a hub for breakthrough and award-winning films and filmmakers from the US and around the world, featuring a staggering 2019 slate of 36 World Premieres and 99 Los Angeles or US Premieres.

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Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis

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Singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, Ray Parker Jr.

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Actor, Dancer, Director Darrin Dewitt Henson with his Mom

 

Kita Harrison Golden covering the Red Carpet for Sonya's Spotlight Web Mag

Kita Harrison Golden covering the Red Carpet for Sonya’s Spotlight Web Mag

The 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival 2019 Slate Includes:

·        52 Narrative features (9 world premieres and 20 US or LA premieres)

·        24 Feature-length Documentaries (5 world premieres and 12 US or LA premieres)

·        87 Short Narratives (17 world premieres and 50 US or LA premieres)

·        30 Short Documentaries (5 world premieres and 17 US or LA premieres)

·        The films are from 38 countries in 28 languages.

        The films are from 38 countries in 28 languages.
MARQUEE FILMS
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING
“Amazing Grace”
An Alan Elliot Production
Directors Guild of America
Thursday, Feb. 7th / 6pm
(TICKETED EVENT)
In 1972, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, brought producer Jerry Wexler, her backup singers, the Reverend James Cleveland, and the legendary Atlantic Records rhythm section to The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, California, to record a gospel music double-album before an enthusiastic live audience. The album, “Amazing Grace”, went on to become the top-selling gospel record of all time, Aretha Franklin’s most successful album, and one of her most beloved works. Few realized that the sessions that produced the album “Amazing Grace” which are certainly among one of the most exciting musical events ever to take place in a church, had also been filmed. But, due to technical problems and conflicts over rights, the electrifying events had not been seen; until now!
Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland, Reverend C.L. Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, Mother Ward, Sydney Pollack, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger.
CENTERPIECE SCREENING
Little Woods directed by Nia DaCosta
Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater
Wednesday, Feb. 13th / 6:45pm
(TICKETED EVENT)
A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie and Deb, who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from Deb.
Stars: Tessa Thompson, Lance Reddick, Lily James, Luke Kirby
CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater
Sunday, Feb. 17th / 7:00 pm
(TICKETED EVENT)
The grand finale of our festivities. Like Opening Night & Centerpiece this is also a Gala event with red carpet screening, Q&A and after party immediately following.
More Details To Follow
(Note: Film Schedule is Subject to Change. Check Paff.org for Current Schedules)

 

Event Schedule

OPENING NIGHT SCREENING

• Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace”
gospel concert film Directors Guild of America Thursday, Feb. 7th / 6pm COST: $125 ($200 for two)

CENTERPIECE SCREENING

• Little Woods
directed by Nia DaCosta Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater Wednesday, Feb. 13th / 6:45pm COST: TBD

CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING

• TBD
Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater

Sunday, Feb. 17th / 7:00 pm COST: TBD

SATURDAY CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL

• Kid-friendly film screenings, storytelling
and activities for up to 500 children (ages 4-12). Saturday, February 9th and
Saturday, February 16th
10:00am – 12:00pm – Screening
12:00pm – 2:00pm – Arts and Crafts
COST: FREE

SPOKENWORD FEST

• Classic iconic poetry fused with
original spoken word pieces
Sunday, February 10th / 7:00pm – 10:00pm COST: $15.00 advance, $20.00 day of

LOL COMEDY

• Annual comedy show J spot

3650 Manchester Blvd
Los Angeles, 90045
Monday, February 11th / 7:00pm – 10:00pm COST: $20.00 advance, $30.00 day of

PAFF FASHION SHOW

• Top inspired runway slay from today
and African-inspired wearable art.
Arrive early to secure a seat!
Sunday, February 17th / 2:00pm – 4:00pm COST: FREE

SENIOR CONNECTIONS

• Offers weekday afternoon screenings of
select films to retired and active seniors (62+) Weekdays beginning Friday, February 8th through Friday, February 15th / 1:00pm – 2:30pm COST: (1) FREE Screening per senior

(Subject to availability)

FILMMAKERS AWARDS BRUNCH

• Closes out the 12-day festival with a catered brunch where coveted handmade awards are distributedfor winning films.

Monday, February 18th / 10:00am COST: $30.00 advance, $40.00 day of

FILMMAKERS WELCOME PARTY

• A Private networking event for
VIP Guests and Sponsors.
Tuesday, February 12th / 8:00pm
COST: By invitation only. Undisclosed Location.

PANELS AND WORKSHOPS

• All evenings and weekends;
price for workshops TBD
COST: Panels are FREE. Workshop cost TBD.

FEBRUARY 7-18, 2019 | BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW PLAZA | LOS ANGELES CAPAFF Office: 6820 La Tijera Blvd # 200 | Los Angeles, CA 90045 | (310) 337-4737 | www.paff.org

 

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