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LOS ANGELES – The 30th Pan African Film & Arts Festival kicked off its in-person return and 13-day run with the world premiere of Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America Apr. 19 in Los Angeles, California.

GRAMMY® winning singer Ledisi (Mahalia Jackson) and Columbus Short (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) who star in Remember Me came out to celebrate the premiere along with other members of the star studded cast including Janet Hubert, Vanessa A. Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Keith David, Corbin Bleu and Keith Robinson.  

The film’s writer and executive producer Ericka Nicole Malone and director Denise Dowse also hit the red carpet with their cast.

Academy award winning actor and activist Danny Glover hosted the evening along with PAFF’s executive director Ayuko Babu.

The 30th Pan African Film & Arts Festival Opening Night was sponsored by Stocker Street Creative, Glassdoor and FX Networks.

An encore screening of Remember Me will take place at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on April 29.  Tickets are on sale in the box office.

PAFF30 will take place in-person through May 1, 2022, at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The Festival will showcase nearly 200 films, as well as a slew of accompanying filmmaker Q&As and audience engagement opportunities.

Photos courtesy of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The cast of FX’s acclaimed, hit drama “Snowfall” attended the premiere of its fifth season finale on Wednesday, April 20th in Los Angeles as a part of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival.  

The “Snowfall” Season 5 Finale Premiere was sponsored by FX Networks.

Photos by Koi Sojer/ Snap’N U Photos/MediaPunch.

Thursday, the renowned PAFF Artfest made its triumphant return to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

The PAFF ArtFEST features over 100 established and emerging fine artists and quality craftspeople from all over the world. With an artistic aesthetic rooted in Africa and its Diaspora, featured artists present their creative works using oil on canvas, watercolor and pastels, acrylic paper, glass, ceramics, metal, cloth, plastic, wax, wire, leather, and stone. 

In addition to fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts, the ARTFEST also features the best in designer and traditional fashions, jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories, and so much more!

Representing the perfect mix of both art and culture, the PAFF ArtFEST brings out over 100K+ visitors from all over Los Angeles, across the country, and worldwide. It is an experience in and of itself that guarantees something for every taste and every budget.

Experience the PAFF ArtFEST through May 1st at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The PAFF ArtFEST is curated by Allohn Agbenya, one of the most sought-after artists specializing in hand-dyed, hand-crafted wearable art for men and women.

The PAFF ArtFEST is sponsored in part by grants from The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Photos by Donna Dymally.

On Thursday, April 21, PAFF hosted an in-depth discussion about how the IKEA and PAFF collaboration was born and a conversation with the artists who participated. 

The “All Artists Have A Seat at the Table” campaign saw Los Angeles area IKEA stores give five world-renowned Black PAFF artists an INGO table and four IVAR chairs to transform into fine art. Each created a unique piece of art in their own style around this year’s PAFF theme–Roots: Embrace the PAFF, Enjoy the Present, and Create the Future.

Held in the PAFF Institute Lounge at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the discussion was moderated by Kevin Mathews, Regional Marketing Manager, IKEA North America Services, and featured panelists Allohn Agbenya (ArtFEST Director), Charles A Bibbs, Sandra Zebi, Aziz Diagne, and MOA.

Photos by Venus Bernardo.

On Thursday, April 21, PAFF presenting sponsor Stocker Street Creative’s Development Team hosted a “first look” opportunity to view renderings, preview community plans, and ask questions about the new entertainment studio and creative campus being built in Baldwin Hills.

Photos by Joshua “Coffee” Blake-Ham.

A discussion on the impacts of oil fracking on our public health led by moderator Josiah Edwards,  Sunrise Movement Los Angeles and featuring panelist Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney and Director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystems Project, Veronica Flores, Chief Executive Officer at Community Health Councils, Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles County Supervisor 2nd District, David Haake, M.D., Chair of Clean Break Team, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club, and Kaela Thomas from Black Women for Wellness. (Fri, Apr. 22)

Photos by Donna Dymally.

Actor, activist, and PAFF co-founder tours the Artfest at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on April 25. 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

Photos by M.C. Harris.

Inspired by the legacy of the late Los Angeles-born legendary African American filmmaker, John Singleton, the John Singleton Short Film Competition is the result of a 2019 partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Pan African Film Festival L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson’s embRACE L.A. initiative and is designed to honor Singleton’s cinematic legacy while simultaneously celebrating his unapologetic approach to filmmaking. Filmmakers were invited to submit their live-action short narrative scripts and three winners were awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film. 

The winning films have been selected as the Centerpiece film selection.

Co Founder/Executive Producer: Councilmember Herb Wesson
Executive Producer: Sherri G. Sneed
Winners: TJ Ali “The Lifted”, Chelsea Hicks “Contraban”,
Jenesis Scott & Brandon Hammond “Amaru”

Photos by Koi Sojer.

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