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Blackstar Projects

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Promoting film and visual culture by people of color, Blackstar is focused on creating the spaces and resources needed to uplift the work of black, brown and indigenous artists working outside of the confines of genre. The Blackstar film festival, a five day annual festival was developed to celebrate independent films, provide workshops, panel discussions, and a platform for collaboration among artists. To promote media arts and films made by black artists.
Also known as...
Black Lily; Blackstar Film Festival
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Program areas at Blackstar Projects

The Blackstar film festival is an annual celebration of visual and storytelling traditions of the african diaspora and other global communities of color. The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021.our philadelphia filmmaker lab supports four black, brown and indigenous filmmakers by making equipment, space, crew, mentorship, funding and critical feedback available over the course of a 12-month program. Blackstar acts as an executive producer on the short films created during the lab and premieres the films at the following year's festival.the william and louise greaves filmmaker seminar is an annual gathering for black, brown, and indigenous artists working in cinematic realms, with opportunities to share and receive feedback, view curated screenings, and meet industry professionals and funders.

Grants made by Blackstar Projects

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Dave Purchase ProjectsGeneral Support$7,304

Who funds Blackstar Projects

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Surdna FoundationGeneral Support$225,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$126,000
The Ford FoundationGeneral Support To Educate the General Public About the Importance of Film and Media Arts Created By People of Color$100,000
...and 21 more grants received totalling $1,264,611

Personnel at Blackstar Projects

Maori Karmael HolmesBoard Member$36,000
Amadee BraxtonTreasurer$0

Financials for Blackstar Projects

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,110,703
Program services$140,957
Investment income and dividends$117
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$15,726
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$4,267,503

Form 990s for Blackstar Projects

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-03-02990View PDF
2018-122019-08-09990View PDF
2017-122019-05-14990View PDF
2016-122017-10-12990View PDF
2015-122017-10-18990EZView PDF
...and 1 more Form 990

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Data update history
May 8, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $30,000 from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA)
March 23, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
February 22, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
July 28, 2022
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $32,470 from Mid Atlantic Arts
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $100,500 from Surdna Foundation
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Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMedia and communications organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanities
Partially liquidatedTax deductible donations
General information
1901 S 9th St 414
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Metro area
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Website URL
(267) 603-2755
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A31: Film, Video
NAICS code, primary
7113: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
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