Nation's Largest Black History Month Event Kicks Off with Screening of Judas and the Black Messiah
Pan African Film Festival Announces Pre-Festival Screening
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LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2021 — The nation’s largest Black History Month event and largest Black film festival has announced a special early virtual screening of Judas and the Black Messiah.
The 29th Annual Pan African Film Festival, in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Warner Bros. Pictures, will host a special advance screening of Judas and the Black Messiah on Tue. Feb. 9. Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal. Directed by Shaka King, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, and Martin Sheen. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director and actors.
There are a limited number of tickets available and tickets are first-come, first-served. The public can visit www.paff.org to RSVP.
Judas and the Black Messiah is slated for release in theaters nationwide on February 12, 2021, and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from the theatrical release. It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and has been rated R for violence and pervasive language.
The 2021 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will take place from February 28 through March 14, 2021, and will be entirely virtual. For a complete schedule of events and tickets, please visit www.paff.org.
ABOUT JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Inspired by true events, Judas and the Black Messiah was directed by Shaka King, marking his studio feature film directorial debut. Will Berson & King co-wrote the screenplay, with the story by Berson & King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas. Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King, and Shaka King produced the film. The executive producers were Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall. The film stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal. It also stars Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, and Martin Sheen. The ensemble cast also includes Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Amari Cheatom, Caleb Eberhardt, and Lil Rel Howery.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Sean Bobbitt, production designer Sam Lisenco, editor Kristan Sprague, costume designer Charlese Antoinette Jones, make-up department head/prosthetic make-up designer Sian Richards, hair department head Rebecca Woodfork, production sound mixer Marlowe Taylor, supervising sound editor Rich Bologna and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay. The music is by Craig Harris and Mark Isham.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with MACRO/Participant/BRON Creative, a MACRO Media/Proximity Production, a Film by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah. The film will be released in the U.S. in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12, 2021. It is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and has been rated R for violence and pervasive language.
PAFF is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson (8th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price (9th District); Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas (10th District); California State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, 64th District; Commissioner Willard H. Murray, Jr., Water Replenishment District; U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass, 37th District; U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, 43rd District; Union Bank; Brotherhood Crusade, Groundwurk; FilmLA; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute; Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences; Los Angeles Sentinel; The Wave; KPFK; Black Cultural Events; Immigrant Magazine; KJLH; Our Weekly; okayafrica; L.A. Focus; Envoi, Miss Everything Entertainment, Girl In Charge Public Relations and Empowerment Justice Strategies.
The Pan African Film & Arts Festival is supported, in part, by a grant provided by: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund with the California Community Foundation; and the LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.
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About the Pan African Film Festival
Gearing up for its 29th anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is America's largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 200 films made by and/or about people of African descent from around the world. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live-action and animation short films.
PAFF is a non-profit corporation, founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the TV series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in Pan African Affairs. PAFF is dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art, and creative expression.
The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, and lifestyles in an entertaining way while at the same time, serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
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