Philadelphia Latino Film Festival This Week; Black Star Film Fest Announces August Dates

Now in its fifth year, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival gets started later this week with three days of screenings free and ticketed alike, at two locations on Broad Street: The Kimmel Center and University of the Arts' Terra Hall. And what's on offer is a pretty great sampling of docs, dramas, comedies and shorts from all over the Spanish-speaking world, and then some. Keep an eye on Nikkei, a doc that tells of one family's epic journey from Japan to Peru to Venezuela during the WWII era, and Los Vacas Con Gafas/Cows Wearing Glasses, a Puerto Rican dramedy that seems to hit a variety of notes in a Gondry/Allen/Almodovar sweet spot.

Not to be outdone, the Black Star Film Fest, another groundbreaking upstart in Philly's growing film fest scene, just announced its partial lineup and August 4-7 dates this morning. Notable in this year's program: A tribute to director Julie Dash and a festival-wide theme of "Migration." More info is sure to come — Black Star's opening night party will be at Johnny Brenda's on August 4th.