Push…Kick: San Franscico Black Film Festival

I have written and spoke about how people need to really start supporting movements particular in film and TV that will display a more balanced view of the African-American perspective(see “It Aint All Tyler Perry Fault” and Tired of What’s on Tv? Peep out these 5 Webseries). I decided to put my money and my pen where my pen where my mouth is and start to highlight different up and coming projects that are worth being donated to on Kick starter, Indiegogo, etc.. I will not just be highlighting African-American produced films but I do want to support quality projects in general. If you are interested in having your project highlighted in this new segment shoot me an email to fromashy2classy@gmail.com.

What is Kickstarter you may ask?

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, ranging from indie films, music and comics to journalism, video games and food-related projects.

In this first edition of Push…Kick I will be highlighting the San Francisco Black Film Festival(SFBFF). There are many Black Film fesitvals all across the country from Tribeca to the American Black Film Festival. San Francisco hosts one as well every year. Learn some more about the SFBFF…

The San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) will celebrate its 13th anniversary June 17-19, 2011.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival was founded with the artistic vision to provide a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. As a competitive film festival, SFBFF identifies filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors that are emerging as talents and established artists who are contributing to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. SFBFF conscientiously expands the notions of “Black film-making” to a global perspective. Hence, film submissions are accepted worldwide from filmmakers and screenwriters who are of African descent or feature actors representing the African Diaspora. SFBFF is managed by a dedicated advisory board of 15 artists, business people, film industry and other professionals

SFBFF has presented 12 annual festivals featuring over 1100 films including features, documentaries, and shorts. Audiences, film submissions, community and business support have steadily grown over the years. In 2002, the Urban Kidz Festival was added to provide young people between the ages of 5-12 the opportunity to view films created by African Americans geared toward young people and their families, and we are looking forward to presenting it again this year!

The mission of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora and to showcase a diverse collection of films – from emerging and established filmmakers. This is accomplished by presenting Black films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, and providing film artists from the bay area in particular and around the world in general, a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed. SFBFF believes film can lead to a better understanding of and communication between, peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

From its modest beginnings in 1998 with $3,000 in funding, SFBFF has grown from a one-day event with an audience of 300 to an five day multiple venue cultural celebration drawing thousands of people. Comprised of film screenings, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, the Urban Kidz film series, opening and closing programs, and the Melvin Van Peebles Award ceremony, which recognizes an emerging filmmaker for risk taking.

An early proponent of the global perspective, the festival has always been ahead of its time. Long before popular culture paid lip service to ‘going global’, we were walking the walk, presenting global motifs and topics from filmmakers around the world.

Check out more of the San Francisco Black Film Festival at www.sfbff.org/ and Go over and support their KickStarter Campaign(here).

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10 responses to “Push…Kick: San Franscico Black Film Festival

  1. Great post. Why don’t you approach Roseann Weiss at the STL Regional Arts Commission to fund a St Louis Black Film Festival? Harris Stowe, Soldan, WUSTL and SLU would offer up venues.

    STL Creatives would support a Kickstarter for a STL Black Film Festival.

  2. Very dope look with highlighting stuff bruh! I am going to have throw in some support for this

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