If you're a movie goer or film enthusiast, the 21stAnnual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will make you feel like a kid in the candy store. So many films to choose from, 154, along with dozens of documentaries that tackle such issues as HIV/AIDS, bullies, racism to autism.
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Writer/Director/Producer Nia Hill says the message to parents of austic children in her doc, “COLORED MY MIND” is, "deal with the genius."
The docu-feature, which also has Blair Underwood to dramatize the story, focuses on five
women: an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker. They guide us into the overlooked world of autism, in
particular in the Black and Brown communities. Through these ladies, Hill
uncovers the truths about why some Black and Brown children are not receiving
the same medical diagnoses or are misdiagnosed.
Also attending the opening night (Feb. 7) at the Directors Guild of America facility was Actress Annie-Marie Johnson, “This film festival obviously honors filmmakers of color and we don’t get this much exposure in the traditional film festivals,” she said.
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The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's Celebration of African American Heritage Month. PAFF is sponsored by Union Bank; Macy's; Wells Fargo Bank; General Motors; Sony Pictures, CareMore; Water Replenishment District of Southern California; South African Airways; the National Film and Video Foundation; One Village; Addco Party Rentals; TestFlick; O.N.E. Coconut Water; Dama Tequila and Mascarade Liqueur; the Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; as well as Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Second District) and Los Angeles City Council members Bernard C. Parks (District 8), Jan Perry (District 9), and council president Herb J. Wesson Jr. (District 10).Opening night featured Forest Whitter's new film, Vipaka
“Vipaka,” starring Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie Set to Premiere WHO: The cast & crew of “Vipaka”
The cast and crew includes:· Philippe Caland – director/producer/writer, “Boxing Helena”· Nina Yang – producer· Jeanine Rohn -- producer Plus, other familiar faces from tv and film, including:
· Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield – PAFF celebrity host
· Danny Glover – actor and founder of PAFF, “Lethal
Weapon” franchise· Robert Townsend – actor/director, “Diary of a Single Mom”· Kevin Frazier – tv host, “The Insider”· Terrence J – tv host/actor, “E! News” “Think Like a Man”· Laz Alonso – actor, “Deception”· Kim Coles – actress/comedienne, “Soul Man,” “Living Single”· Vanessa Bell Calloway – actress, “Holla II,” “Hawthorne,” “Coming to America”· Brian White – actor, “9ine,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “The Shield”· Eriq LaSalle – actor/author, “ER”
· Kym Whitley – actress/comedienne, “Animal Practice,”
“Let’s Stay Together”
· Rochelle Aytes – actress, Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s
· Anne Marie Johnson – actress, Tyler Perry’s “House of
· Kelitta Smith – actress, “The Bernie Mac Show”
· Terence Bernie Hines – actor, “My Name is Earl,”
“Raising Hope”· Jimmy-Jean Louis – actor, “Toussaint L’Ouverture,”
“Heroes” “Phat Girlz”
· Leon – actor/international reggae singer
· Luenell – comic, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America
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· Sherese Fletcher – reality star, “Hollywood Exes”
· Andrea Kelley – reality star, “Hollywood Exes”
· Judge Joe Brown – tv court personality
Check The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) website (www.Paff.or) for dates and times of film screenings.