PHILADELPHIA—The 2nd Annual Black Lily Film & Music Festival for women artists will be held May 1-4, 2008 in University City at International House, World Café Live, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University.
This year’s film festival features cutting-edge cinema from 30 women and trans directors from around the globe. Highlights include the East coast premiere of, Trouble the Water, the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning film directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, which tells the gripping story of an aspiring rap artist and her husband who seize the chance for a new beginning while trapped in the flood waters of New Orleans. Other notable screenings include Stephanie Black’s Africa Unite, about the Marley Family reunion in Ethiopia, and Ava DuVernay’s The is the Life, which chronicles the underground L.A. hip-hop scene in the early 1990s. All film screenings take place at International House.
On the music side, this year there is one jam-packed concert on Saturday May 3 featuring Bahamadia, Ladybug Mecca, Jaguar Wright, Amanda Diva and many more! The Black Lily Honors will be incorporated into the concert. This year’s honorees are: Bahamadia, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Jeri Lynne Johnson, Martha Diaz, Pearl Bowser, Stephanie Black, and Tia Lessin. There is also a hip-hop night featuring all female DJs and emcees on Thursday May 1 with a performance by Invincible. Both concerts take place at World Café Live.
The Young Lily Girls Workshop has already begun with pre-festival classes taking place each Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Carriage House. Girls ages 12-18 are participating in workshops on DJing, film editing, music production and the business of fashion. During the festival the girls will have the opportunity to participate in hand-son master classes and build on the skills they’ve learned in the workshops.
For a complete up-to-date festival schedule, ticket prices, trailers, synopses, and other information please visit the website at www.blacklilyfilm.org.