The 2016 BlackStar Film Festival is proud to announce our festival launch event on Sunday July 3, as part of Free First Sundays at The Barnes Foundation! Join festival director Maori Karmael Holmes for a Behind the Screen conversation with renowned filmmaker/entrepreneurs Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch (co-founders of BLACK&SEXY TV) on the craft and business of telling stories about black people for a new generation.
Dennis Dortch is a 2008 Sundance Film Festival Alumni and Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Director for his feature film debut A Good Day to be Black and Sexy. Dennis co-created and directed the hit web series, The Couple (in development at HBO) and Roomieloverfriends (Licensed by BET) for his startup company, BLACK&SEXY TV. As a visionary and CEO, he oversees all productions and growth strategies for the digital network, including new paid subscription service, BLACK&SEXY NOW. The company recently signed a partnership with BET Networks to distribute three of its series on television.
Numa Perrier is an actress, writer, and Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of BLACK&SEXY TV. She starred in and wrote for the network breakout series The Couple (in development at HBO) and is responsible for creating, developing and writing several other popular series for the network including, Roomieloverfriends (BET), Hello Cupid, Yellow, Minute Man, Becoming Nia, Sexless, Rider and Chef Julian. Numa has directed several experimental short films and is in development on her first feature Jezebel supported by the Tribeca Film Institute.
ABOUT FREE FIRST SUNDAYS AT THE BARNES FOUNDATION
The Barnes Foundation offers free admission and programs on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors are welcome to attend talks, performances, and hands-on activities throughout the day. Tickets are required to view the Barnes collection and any exhibitions taking place, but are not required to take part in just the programming for the day. Tickets are limited and cannot be reserved in advance; they are available on site starting at 9 am.
First Free Sundays run 10 am–5 pm, with programming taking place 1–4 pm
Free First Sundays are generously presented by PECO.