PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT TO HOST WORLD PREMIERE OF MARIO VAN PEEBLES’ ‘POSSE’ SEQUEL ‘OUTLAW POSSE’

OFFICIAL PAFF 2024

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will close out its 32nd film festival with the world premiere of Mario Van Peebles’ “Outlaw Posse” starring Van Peebles, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cedric The Entertainer today, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD, 4020 Marlton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

In attendance will be actor and director Mario Van Peebles, “Outlaw Posse” cast including Cedric the Entertainer, John Carrol Lynch, Neil McDonough. Other luminaries include elected officials, foreign dignitaries, and celebrity talent

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL:

The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) makes its return to Los Angeles February 6-19, 2024 at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.

Since 1992, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

PAFF is supported in part by the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, LA Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA Councilmember Curren Price, LA Councilmember Heather Hutt, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Senator Steve Bradford, and Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas.

The 2024 PAFF is possible through the generous support of sponsors including Color Creative, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Stocker Street Creative, Disney, Andscape, BET+, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic, Black Alliance for Justice Immigration, Cal State University, Los Angeles.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS CONTINUE SATURDAY AT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

OFFICIAL PAFF 2024

The last weekend of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival.  The film festival will take place at Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD and the ArtFest featuring over 100 fine artists from throughout the African Diaspora will take place at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Below is a highlight of events on Saturday, February 17, 2024. For more information, please visit www.paff.org.

Today, Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD, 4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

10AM - ARTFEST
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
The PAFF  ArtFest features over 100 established and emerging fine artists and unique craftspeople from all over the world. With an artistic aesthetic that is rooted in Africa and its Diaspora, featured artists present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, and stone. In addition to fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts, the ArtFEST also features the best in designer and traditional fashions, jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories and so much more!

Representing the perfect mix of both art and culture, the PAFF ArtFEST brings out over 100K+ visitors from all over Los Angeles, across the country, and around the world.

10:30AM - CHILDREN’S FEST
Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD
A first look at the new season of Disney’s “Marvels Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur “

12 NOON CHILDREN’S FEST
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor Bridge

Screening will be followed by reading and book signing with “Introducing Brave Brown” author Tiffany Jakcson at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (2nd Floor Bridge)

6PM - SPOKENWORD FEST
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor Bridge

Step into a world where words dance like flames and emotions paint the air with vibrant hues! Join PAFF for an electrifying evening of poetic prowess at their Spokenword Fest

Feel the rhythm pulsating through your veins as poets take the stage, their voices weaving intricate tapestries of passion, pain, and resilience. From the raw intensity of spoken word to the melodic cadence of lyrical verse, each performance is a journey into the soul of the Black experience.

PAFF INSTITUTE PANELS

All panels take place at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor, Museum of African American Art
All panels are free to the public

FRAME BY FRAME: BLACK EDITORS GUILD PANEL
12 NOON
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor

Great mentors and editors of film, television, and streaming entertainment will discuss the art and craft of storytelling through picture and sound editing.

COLOR OUR SETS IN STYLE PANEL
1PM
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor, Museum of African American Art

Various crafts within the Art Department will discuss and share knowledge on crafting and making sets come alive. These designers will explain and share how they translate Directing vision and the vision of the writer's words and worlds into moving images. They will share their processes to pick and and breakdown scripts to finalize sets.

MAIN MEN MAKING MOVES PANEL
4PM
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor, Museum of African American Art

Discussion with Black leading men in Hollywood about challenges, triumphs and responsibilities of being the Number One Top Billed Talent on the Call Sheet.  Moderated by Amin Joseph (“Snowfall”)

LEADING LADIES IN FILM & TV
6PM
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd Floor, Museum of African American Art

Discussion with Black leading ladies in Hollywood about the challenges, triumphs and responsibilities of being the top billed talent on the call sheet. Moderated by Novi Brown (“Tyler Perry Sistas”), Vanessa Estelle Williams (“911”), Nicki Micheaux (“Lincoln Heights”), and Tamala Jones (“9-1-1 Lone Star”)

HIGHLIGHTED SCREENINGS

THE RHYTHM AND THE BLUES STARRING LEON
5:20PM
Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD

The true-life story of a blues musician, Eddie Taylor, whose iconic guitar work became the foundation for many of the genres biggest hits. In spite of his tremendous talent he finds himself in relative obscurity as the sideman to his childhood friend, chart topping Jimmy Reed.

Eddie’s fight against the theft of his music, lack of recognition, and industry corruption play against the backdrop of Chicago in the turbulent early 1970’s but his struggles don’t stop there. The British Invasion, landed squarely on the Chicago music scene with young adoring rockers adulation of blues music and its musicians. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Eddie Taylor were sought after and that admiration in some instances took on a predatory nature which has rarely been seen in films. It is played out subtly but truthfully in this episode.

Actor LEON will be in attendance and participate in a Q&A

BEING BEBE
7PM
Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD

Immigrating from Cameroon, where Queerness is criminalized, a young man finds his purpose through performance and eventually becomes the very first winner of iconic reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Marshall Ngwa (aka BeBe Zahara Benet) came to the US in pursuit of education and discovered his gifts in the art form of drag. Filmed over 15 years, the documentary parallels Marshall’s fight to maintain the trajectory of his career alongside a deep connection with his traditional African roots and family.

Award-winning journalist Jasmyne Cannick will be in conversation with Bebe following screening

ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL:

The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) makes its return to Los Angeles February 6-19, 2024 at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.

Since 1992, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

PAFF is supported in part by the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, LA Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA Councilmember Curren Price, LA Councilmember Heather Hutt, LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, Senator Steve Bradford, and Senator Lola Smallwood-Cuevas.

The 2024 PAFF is possible through the generous support of sponsors including Color Creative, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Stocker Street Creative, Disney, Andscape, BET+, Paramount Pictures, National Geographic, Black Alliance for Justice Immigration, Cal State University, Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit paff.org.

Glenís Hunter’s Short Narrative ‘Supa Hair’ Premieres at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Writer and Director: Glenis Hunter
Writer and Director: Glenis Hunter

Director and Writer: Glenís Hunter
Starring:  Adargiza De Los Santos, Isabel Bonilla, Zahaira Curiel, Daniel Martinez, Luz Ozuna, Magda Rivera, Somali Rose
Runtime: 15 minutes
Genre: Short Narrative

SUPA HAIR stars Isabel (Adargiza De Los Santos), Luna (Somali Rose), Carmen (Luz Ozuna), Sol (Magda Rivera), Female Student (Isabel Bonilla), Running Family Member (Zahaira Curiel), Male Student (Daniel Martinez.

Tells the story of Luna, who after her mother’s passing, a young Dominican girl and her sister move to Arizona where she discovers the hair she so deeply despises actually holds an ancient power.

About the Writer and Director

Glenís Hunter is a New York actress, writer and filmmaker based in LA. She is of Dominican, Black and Native American (Shinnecock) descent. She enjoys creating TV pilots and films that explore her culture and also speak to social oppression.

“I wanted to create a story that would teach, inspire and bring confidence to all the boys and girls growing up that were just like me.  My overall goal for this film is to showcase self-love in a new way.” -Glenís Hunter (Writer/Director)

Director and Writer: Glenís Hunter
Starring:  Adargiza De Los Santos, Isabel Bonilla, Zahaira Curiel, Daniel Martinez, Luz Ozuna, Magda Rivera, Somali Rose
Runtime: 15 minutes
Genre: Short Narrative
Producer: German Edward Morales
Executive producer: Ricky Rosario
Producer: Sara Seligman
Music: Chanell Crichlow
Cinematographer:  Gary Jaquez
Editor: Jeff Osborne
Casting: Morgan Robbins, Kellie Roy
Animation director: Anna Cangellaris

‘Sense and Sensibility’, A Hallmark Mahogany Original, Premieres on Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET

Distributor: B.U.F.O LTD.
Starring: Deborah Ayorinde, Bethany Antonia, Dan Jeannotte, and Akil Largie
Executive Producer: Tia A. Smith
Director: Roger Bobb
Producers: Jeff Beach, Philip Roth and Kristina Kambitova
Script Writer: Tim Huddleston, based on the Novel by Jane Austen
Costume Designer: Kara Saun

SVP Programming & Development, Mahogany Originals, Hallmark Media: Toni Judkins

Hallmark celebrates Loveuary with the premiere of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’, starring an all-black cast on Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The television special stars   Deborah Ayorinde (Them), Bethany Antonia (House of the Dragon), Dan Jeannotte (The Royal Nanny) and Akil Largie (The Sandman) star in a beautiful period adaptation in Sense and Sensibility, a new, original movie and Mahogany Original, premiering Saturday, February 24 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Hallmark Channel.  The movie is part of the network’s Loveuary with Jane Austen programming event, honoring the author’s timeless legacy with four all-new original movie premieres, every Saturday in February.  Set in Regency-era England, it features original costumes by Kara Saun (Project Runway) and hair designs by Kim Kimble (Euphoria). Author and historian Vanessa Riley (Island Queen) served as a historical consultant.

Sense and Sensibility tells the story of  how after the loss of their family patriarch, the Dashwood women’s financial circumstances drastically change and they are forced to leave their home for a modest cottage in Devonshire. Soon, practical eldest daughter Elinor (Ayorinde) falls for the equally pragmatic gentleman Edward Ferrars (Jeannotte). Her passionate sister Marianne (Antonia) meanwhile spurns the advances of their steadfast new neighbor Colonel Brandon (Largie) for the much more exciting John Willoughby (Victor Hugo, Riches). When Elinor and Marianne’s romantic prospects do not turn out as hoped, each sister learns to embrace the other’s approach to matters of the heart.

The Feel Good Music Documentary of the Year “Finding Her Beat” Available Now Globally on TVOD/Digital Release

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Finding Her Beat” comes to all digital platforms globally today offering a month of love, music and sheer joy this February!

“Finding Her Beat” is directed by Dawn Mikkelson (“Minnesota Mean,” “Risking Light") and Keri Pickett (“First Daughter and the Black Snake,” “The Fabulous Ice Age”)who  is also the director of photography; produced by Jennifer Weir (Executive Director of TaikoArts Midwest, Artistic Director of Enso Daiko) and  Dawn Mikkelson;  additional cinematography by Shiho Fukada  (“Mosaic Street”), Caroline Mariko Stucky (“Caissa”),  and Dawn Mikkelson; with original music by Me-Lee Hay  (“Better Watch Out,” “Last Tree Standing”) and edited by  Dawn Mikkelson, Sam Kaiser (“Road to Damascus,” “Inside”), Keri Pickett , and Carrie Shanahan (“Irv de Toilette,” Goodbye Hello”).

In the midst of a frozen Minnesota winter, a Japanese drum master and a Korean adoptee from North Dakota join forces to assemble the world’s greatest Taiko drummers in a bold effort to claim a cultural spotlight that has historically been reserved only for men. Their rhythm revolution includes rock stars from the world of Taiko: Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Kaoly Asano, Chieko Kojima, Megan Chao-Smith, and Jennifer Weir   . Through grueling rehearsals, Jennifer weaves together their disparate voices and styles as vulnerability, pain, and joys are shared—and we quickly see bonds of friendship form as these talented women navigate through differences in culture, age, language, and performance styles. As the clock ticks toward their first performance, it becomes clear that their story has become much larger than Taiko.

Through the perspective of the five main artists, “Finding Her Beat”    explores the themes of cultural and racial identity, the challenges professional marginalized gender artists face, the artists’ passion for a subculture designed to keep them on the outside, and the burgeoning hope that this historic event marks the beginning of a new era of Taiko – for everyone. Told both verbally and nonverbally, in silence and thundering percussion, the film organically unfolds in the lived moments of these artists. By providing a character-driven format, not only is the subject matter fresh to the majority of audiences, it creates a challenge and narrative tension for Japanese performers whose traditional culture stresses the importance of the separation between private and public lives. “Finding Her Beat”   artists opened their hearts, followed by a massive public performance – the last before COVID-19 changed the world of performing arts. This is an important story of women paving their own road by banging their own drum.

FORCE of BLUE DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE AT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVALVALENTINE’S DAY

Director: Jeffrey S. Williams
Producers: Jon Cermin and Jeffrey S. Williams
Editor: Jeffrey S. Williams
Narrator: Zach Yeager
Music: Marion Robinson/ Asche and Spencer

Force of Blue, the engaging documentary directed by first time helmer Jeffrey S. Williams, will premiere Wednesday, February 14, 4:00 pm, at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Force of Blue, is a documentary feature that follows the Minneapolis North Community High School football team through the 2020 season; A season on the brink, with schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a city on the edge after the death of George Floyd. The Polars relied on their head coach and three assistant coaches, who happened to be police officers,along with a dedicated group of civilians and law enforcement agents, to guide them through the turbulent times. Force of Blue effectively weaves a sports story with social justice issues to present an enthralling documentary about a unique period in American history. Force of Blue will have an encore performance on Friday, February 16, 6:20 pm, at the PAFF.

About some of the film participants

Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson, is one of the subjects in the documentary.

Director, Jeffrey S. Williams, is a former teacher with LAUSD. He taught at Daniel Webster Middle School and Shenandoah Elementary School for a total of 24 years.

Although Force of Blue is the same subject matter with the Showtime docuseries Boys
in Blue, produced and directed by Peter Berg, there is no connection between the two
documentaries. Force of Blue had started filming a year before Boys in Blue and
chronicles the 2020 football season that was directly after the death of George Floyd and
cut short by the COVID pandemic.

Minneapolis North head football coach Charlie Adams III is the current Director of Security for the Minnesota Twins baseball team.
PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 4:00 pm
Friday, February 14, 2024 6:20 pm
Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw and XD
4020 Marlton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 296-1005

PAFF SCREENING INFORMATION LINK:
https://paff2024.eventive.org/films/659bbad8041a39007c3d571e

FUTURE FESTIVALS:
Rhode Island Black Film Festival
Providence Rhode Island
April 4-6, 2024

WEBSITE: forceofblue.co

Chocolate Milk Nominated for Best First Feature Documentary Screening at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

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Writer, Director and Social Impact Producer: Elizabeth Gray Bayne, MPH, MFA
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Chocolate Milk is a 90-minute feature documentary following three Black mothers living and working in South LA over the course of five years to understand the birth and breastfeeding challenges facing Black families. To find a unique angle to the U.S. Black maternal health crisis, we partnered with over 250 maternal health organizations around the country to collect stories from Black birth families over several years. Chocolate Milk is the culmination of this collaborative approach to community-based storytelling.

5 Very Cool Facts About Human Milk*

  1. It's absolutely free, but surprisingly elusive for working moms
  2. While nursing is natural, it's definitely a learned skill
  3. It cures pink eye, diaper rash and ear infection
  4. It reduces the risk of asthma, diabetes and chronic disease later in life
  5. Black mothers can and do breastfeed with equitable support

Black History Month Continues in Los Angeles 

with Red Carpet Opening of Pan African Film & Arts Festival and IKEA Collaboration ‘All Artists Have A Seat at the Table’

OFFICIAL PAFF 2024
  • The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is thrilled to announce its continued partnership with the global brand IKEA. The two will come together to amplify the creative brilliance of Black artists from around the world as they unveil the 3rd installment of “All Artists Have a Seat at The Table,” a unique campaign that not only shines a light on fine Black Art, but also inspires collaboration in unlikely places, while showcasing the artists behind the work.

  • The 2024 campaign will launch February 8, at 6 p.m. with a red carpet opening and reception at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
  • This glamorous event will mark the official unveiling of the “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” furniture presented by IKEA including a panel discussion by some of its featured artists.
  • The annual event will boast an array of art lovers, film enthusiasts, and some of Hollywood’s top A-listers observing the beautiful artwork, and shopping for unique pieces to add to their collections.
  • PAFF has curated a special group of artists who will display their brilliance by turning wooden dining furniture provided by IKEA, into colorful pieces of functional fine art. Each one-of-a-kind piece will showcase the style and culture of the artists, while also celebrating a brand that has serviced the home décor needs of families across the nation for many years.

WHAT:

Red carpet opening of ‘All Artists Have A Seat at the Table’ Exhibit

WHEN:

Thursday, February 8, 2024 @6 p.m.

WHERE:

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw 3560 MLK Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, 2nd Floor

About PAFF
The 32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) makes its return to Los Angeles February 6-19, 2024 at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to present and showcase a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans.

Since 1992, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAFF has remained dedicated to the promotion of Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expression. Today, PAFF is one of the largest and most prestigious Black film festivals in the U.S. and attracts local, national, and international audiences. In addition, it is an Oscar-qualifying festival for animation and live-action films, and one of the largest Black History Month events in America.

For more information, please visit paff.org.

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RAIN OR SHINE—Nick Cannon, Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and more to Join Black Hollywood in Kicking Off Nation’s Largest Black History Month Event

32nd Pan African Film & Arts Festival Starts Wednesday in Los Angeles with red carpet world premiere of music comedy ‘A Hip Hop Story’
OFFICIAL PAFF 2024

LOS ANGELES - The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will open with the world premiere of the music comedy “A Hip Hop Story” at its 32nd Opening Night Gala.  Once again, PAFF will host a dazzling red carpet gala featuring an array of renowned celebrities, filmmakers, and cultural luminaries setting the stage for a two-week-long celebration of Black culture, storytelling, and creativity.  PAFF will present an unforgettable evening filled with the glitz, glamour, and the magic of cinema with a red carpet of veritable who's who of the entertainment industry, with stars from Hollywood and the global film community coming together to support the festival's mission of showcasing diverse voices and stories.

WHO:
Danny Glover
Affion Crockett
Arsenio Hall
Craig Wayans
Damaine Radcliff
Damien Dante Wayans
Eddie Murphy
Flex Alexander
Fredro Starr
Greg Mack
Martin Lawerence
Nick Cannon
Norm Nixon Jr.
Omar Dorsey
Ras Kass
Robert Townsend
Robin Hemmingway
Shawn Wayans
Snoop Dogg
Lil Rel
Damien Dante Wayans
Novi Brown
Amin Joseph
John Salley
Jahking Guillory
Johnell Young
Comedian Shawn Wayans
Actor/director  Robert Townsend
Comedian Tiffany Haddaish
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Vanessa Estelle Williams
Cory Hardict
Comedian Torrei Hart
Comedian Luenell
Omar J. Dorsey
Nicki Micheaux

WHAT:
Opening Night of the 32nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival World Premiere of “A Hip Hop Story”

WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
5:30PM Red Carpet
7PM Program/Screening

WHERE: Writers Guild of America Theater
135 S Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For more information, please visit paff.org.