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Amplifying Diverse Voices: A Conversation with Maori Karmael Holmes, Founder of BlackStar Projects

Amplifying Diverse Voices: A Conversation with Maori Karmael Holmes, Founder of BlackStar Projects

Meet Maori Karmael Holmes, the founder, CEO, and artistic officer of BlackStar Projects. BlackStar Projects is the driving force behind the BlackStar Film Festival, an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global communities of color, featuring films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers from around the world.

Maori Karmael Holmes is a renowned curator, filmmaker, and writer, dedicated to championing diverse voices in the film industry. As we delve into her inspiring journey, we explore her passion for film, the impact of influential movies and filmmakers during her youth, and the intersection of her personal journey with the founding of the BlackStar Film Festival.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Maori's approach to documentary filmmaking, capturing authentic narratives while respecting the privacy and dignity of her subjects.
  • Insights into her powerful documentary "Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop" and its exploration of underrepresented voices in the music industry.
  • The mission and significance of the BlackStar Film Festival, as well as the programs and initiatives organized by BlackStar that contribute to a more inclusive and equitable landscape for filmmakers.

Discover the impact of groundbreaking films showcased at the BlackStar Film Festival, pushing boundaries and challenging traditional genres. Gain insights into the evolving independent film community in Philadelphia, the festival's base, and Maori's exciting highlights from this year's program.

Join us for an engaging episode as Maori Karmael Holmes shares her invaluable perspectives on amplifying diverse voices and shaping a more inclusive future for filmmakers.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
BlackStar Projects
BlackStar Projects
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maori karmael holmes
maori karmael holmes
Straight Outta Combahee. Light worker. Founder @blackstarfest + @seen_journal / Host @manylumens / Fellow @annenbergpenn / Curator @pennlivearts