Friday, February 6, 2015

Pan African Film Festival 2015: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The Stars Show Up to Support Praiseworthy Documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Loretta Divine 
Richard Gant  
The red carpet was on fire at the opening night screening and VIP reception for the 2015 
Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles California. 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution made it's Los Angeles debut one week after making its mark at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Written and directed by accomplished filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the Black Panther documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1973. The film dedicates the entire 116 minutes to exploring the motivations that triggered the rise of this urban based revolutionary youth movement and also exhibits FBI files which documents J. Edgar Hoover's tactics in using Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program) to decimate the Black Panther Party and its accomplishments. The film features well known Black Panthers such as Huey Newton, Kathleen Cleaver, Eldridge Cleaver, Michael McCarty and Bobby Seale. 
Serayah McNeil (Empire)
Actors Isaiah WashingtonJimmy Jean-Louis,
Richard Gant,
 actresses Loretta Divine and
Jimmy Jean-Louis  

Serayah McNeil
(Empire) Councilmember Curren Price were just of a few well known faces to flatter the runway of the very well attended opening night events and film screening for the 2015 Pan African Film Festival.

Isaiah Washington 
After the first theater was filled to capacity, another theater was utilized to handle the overflow. The overflow theater quickly filled up as well with an audience eager to absorb information about this riveting documentary and its game-changing subjects.
Serayah McNeil (Empire) 
The Pan African Film Festival which is now celebrating its 23rd anniversary will run from February 5th thru the 8th at the CineMark's Rave Cinema at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California. 
Yougnesse Williams
(Photography - Richard Gant, Loretta Divine, Serayah McNeil, Isaiah Washington on the
Red Carpet, by Yougnesse Williams -  JimmyJean Louis' photo is from his official website

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