LOS ANGELES, February 23, 2012 – The Pan-African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, had their 20th year of screening with more than 150 films made by or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada.
PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country. This year’s event was held in Los Angeles, Ca. PAFF has led to a better understanding of Afro-American people and creating a more enriched communication between various peoples of diverse cultures, origins, and lifestyles.
With the support of the Africa Channel, this event is like no other.
Established in 1992, PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression. PAFF is having a four-part lyceum series featuring two weeks of intensive workshops on various subjects pertaining to the entertainment industry with leading actors producing new creative styles of marketing including their films, scripts, acting, directing, and distribution.
Honoring actress and original Dreamgirl Loretta Devine is the recipient of the organization’s highest honor, The PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Devine boasts a coveted body of work spanning three decades in the entertainment industry. The short list includes, “Waiting To Exhale,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed,” “For Colored Girls,” “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Jumping The Broom,” and her Emmy Award winning guest appearance on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Loretta Devine also acted in two movies with the late Whitney Houston.
The politics of how people of color are being portrayed today in film and arts are changing with history being made every day as they are currently seen through a different light. Urban communities are creating their own changes in film television and “shorts not waiting” are looking to get recognition from people in the industry of film, television, and movies.
Through PAFF, people of African descent have stepped up to the plate and created their own Sun Dance Festival, The Pan African Film and Arts Festival. PAFF is breaking out of the taboos of blacks being shut out of films. Pretrade is now showing the world a fresh prospective of the new game changer of film festivals.
Whatever the Sun Dance Film Festival will not do or give honor too, The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) will do. This was a glorious event that took place in the heart of the urban community District 33 in Los Angeles, California. For two weeks the PAFF honor some up-coming American and African actors and performers of all talents from around the world.
The Festival consists of different urban game changer film critics chosen to participate in panel discussions about the film distribution and workshops. Regarding the current films of 2012, the focus is to inform and entertain festival moviegoers, industry filmmakers, and the public about the daily hard work that is needed to make it in the business of making entertainment profitable and creditable.
PAFF serves as a cultural vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of Afro-American and African changing times.
Also honored was the hot and sexy up and coming artist Meagan Good. Sharing in the video you will learn about the honor of Ms. Good receiving the Beah Richards Award and producing new projects to come in the future. This was the Pan African Film and Arts Festival 2012 Night Of Tribute Award ceremony. Meagan Good is a true woman of color.
With a grandmother that is “Jewish and African, some have stated it to be considered Creole descent. Her mother’s father is Cherokee and other cultures. Her father’s mother’s Puerto Rican and black, and his father being from Barbados. Meagan is considered a sweet pot of gumbo that pours her heart and soul into her embodiment of work in the game of acting.
To learn more about The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) go to their website. The next festival is being held in Atlanta, go to the site to learn more.
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