|Reathea Grey, P.A.F.F. opening night|
This year, the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival has shown some 154 films, representing 34 countries. There are 23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts.
2013 21st Annual The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) continues through tonight, Monday, Feb. 18 (Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15,4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
Over the two decades, along with USA entries, the film fest has showcased films from such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African and Nigeria.
“It’s refreshing, it’s new and it's material that won’t get into global distribution like it should, so this is a great beginning,” explained Johnson, who is working on her next film, “Knock ‘em Dead,” which is a comedy-thriller in post production.
Also attending the film fest’s opening night at the DGA(Thursday,Feb. 7,) with friend Actor Blair Underwood, was Writer/Director/Producer Nia Hill, who’s featuring her film, “COLORED MY MIND” (2012) at PAFF.
The docu-feature is on five women; an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker. They guide you 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.
“My message to parents with children with autism is, just deal with the genius, because everyone’s minds are colored. Imposing your own ideas might compromise the opportunities that exist,” said Hill.
“I came out to support Nia my friend and this festival, which I have for years,” said Blair Underwood. “Film festival organizers have a lot of passion and unfortunately you won’t see films like these except right here at the PAFF.”
The COLORED MY MIND screening was one of the most talked about at the PAFF.(Feb. 9 and Feb. 11th) at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Rave Cinemas, Los Angeles.
Among the many stars and dignitaries on the red carpet were: Legendary Mother Love, radio talk show host (http://www.latalkradio.com/Motherlove.php); PAFF Founder and board member Oscar Williams with Beverly Scott, UCLA; Filmmaker Megan Ebor, husband Joe, who is featuring a short doc, “EVEN ME”, which raises awareness of HIV/AIDS, (2012 24 min., Sat and Sunday) and Reatha Grey, Betty Whites Off the Rockers, NBC, to name a few.
Caribbean music was provided by Russ Henry, Steeldrum music and the crowd kept warm with delicious,organic African Red Tea. Rooibos Tea House, (www.africanredtea.com).
The Festival runs ends on February 18. For film schedule and times
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