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The 28th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Baldwin Hills thru Feb 23

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BALDWIN HILLS — Celebrate black history month by voting with your dollars for black filmmakers. The 28th annual Pan African Film Festival in Baldwin Hills is absolutely packed with events and films worthy of our attention.

click here to see a PDF of the event schedule

On Wednesday Feb 12th The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a film by Joe Talbot, was screened at Cinemark BHC (on the property of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza), followed by a reception.

The film is described as “A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and ordinary people.” Starring Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors, with a cameo appearance by Danny Glover, the film won Best Independent Film from the African-American Film Critics Association, and the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

The Festival highlights also include the John Singleton Short Film Competition: Inspired by the legacy of the Los Angeles-born and legendary filmmaker, this short film competition is the result of a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the Pan African Film Festival and embRACE L.A. under the initiative of LA City Council President, Herb J. Wesson Jr.

According to the official website for the event “The program’s goal is to engage a citywide conversation about race and racism while challenging and changing inequities. In honor of the cinematic achievements of John Singleton and his commitment to the South Los Angeles community, we celebrate his unapologetic approach to film making that centralized Black characters in humanizing stories about the often-routine circumstances of individuals in society that were mostly ignored or exploited beyond the point of recognition.”

Three filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film of their winning screenplays.

Short films are screened either grouped together or with a feature. All foreign language films are presented with English subtitles. Films are not rated. Parental discretion advised. Scheduled films may be substituted with another similar film for technical reasons.

The Pan African Film Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of cultural diversity and education through the exhibition of positive and realistic media images.

Locations: 

ArtFest, SpokenWord Fest and Fashion Show: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (At the corner of Crenshaw and King)

All PAFF Screenings: CINEMARK 15 BHC: 4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (On the grounds of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza)

PAFF is sponsored by Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr.; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8); Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; Cinemark 15; the Directors Guild of America (DGA); FilmLA; Sony Pictures; Brotherhood Crusade; as well as the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Questions? Email: info@paff.org or CONTACT PAFF

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‘Death and Bowling’ Film by Trans Artists to Premiere at Arclight – Mar 29

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UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.

HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance is set to premiere Death and Bowling, the debut feature by transgender filmmaker Lyle Kash. The film was made by over 40 transgender artists and their collaborators.

Kash’s team goes by the name T4T ProductionsT4T stands for “trans for trans”, an abbreviation born out of bygone Craigslist personals ads. 

Slamdance announced “ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance are proud to present a four-day festival of new films, with a focus on filmmakers and stories from California. The event will also feature live music performances, daily educational workshops and selected works from Slamdance’s (D)igital (I)nteractive (G)aming program.” 

Transparent producer and filmmaker Zackary Drucker will present the film and host a Q and A following the screening.

In a February 27th interview in The Advocate, Kash notes, “usually, I say that Death and Bowling is the story of two trans men who meet at the funeral of the captain of a lesbian bowling league in Los Angeles. On paper, it is definitely about that. But Death and Bowling is just as much about that as it is a coming-of-age tale of a leather jacket. Put another way, it’s a straightforward story about what it’s like to have holes.”

The production team behind the film says they are committed to putting trans people in front of and behind the camera lens, and casting trans people in both trans and non-trans character roles.

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HEY DEATH AND BOWLING FAM: go give @disclosuredoc a follow, and support more #t4t filmmaking. DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN “is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose (2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest beliefs and anxieties about gender. Disclosure shows both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of film and TV when their voices are centered.” ❤️🎥❤️ 📸: @kingtexas

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“We created a set in which trans people have creative autonomy, access to the film industry, and control over trans narratives,” comments producer and trans NYC filmmaker Ariel Mahler.  

 WORLD PREMIERE to be held March 29th at 6:30PM at ArcLight Hollywood hosted by Slamdance as part of the inaugural Slamdance Emergence LA festival. 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

To learn more, visit www.t4tproductions.com

Instagram: @deathandbowlingmovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathandbowlingmovie/ 

Twitter: @lylekashtweets

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WeHo Women’s History: ‘LA Woman Rising’ Screening with Director – Mar 7

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the City of West Hollywood, it’s Women’s Advisory Board, and WeHo Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a screening of the film LA Woman Rising, produced by actor Rosario Dawson. 

The film is described as “50 Los Angeles women revealing what motivates them to wake up each morning. Director Nana Ghana gracefully captures the morning rituals and untold stories of uncertainty, struggle and success. Considered a love letter to the real and diverse women of Los Angeles, LA Woman Rising is a distinct celebration of the female voice.”

Special guest speakers include the film’s director Nana Ghana. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested at www.wlcmovienight.

Saturday, March 7, 6pm

West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

The City presents two Women’s History events on March 7 at the WeHo Park Auditorium. Come by from 12pm -3pm for a flamenco show.

Free parking for both events will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard with validation at each event.

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WeHo HRSS Presents ‘Tsirk (Circus)’ Film Screening & Panel – Feb 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.

This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.

Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.

Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.

Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.


For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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