Blackout for Human Rights, the collective of artists and entertainers founded by director Ryan Coogler in the heat of last year’s BlackoutBlackFriday protests, will present its first music and film festival on August 29 in Los Angeles.
A team of organizations across social justice and entertainment including Black Lives Matter, ColorofChange, Dream Defenders, Million Hoodies, Array, The Black List, Indiewire and more have come together to present the all-day event, which features screenings of Sundance award winners “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” and “Dear White People” along with panel discussions, musical performances and an art showcase.
Proceeds will benefit PICO Network and Mobile Justice CA, a Joint Project
Between The ACLU of California and The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
More from the press release below.
The festival kicks off with a special screening of Marc Silver’s Sundance Film Festival awardwinning
documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets,” presented by PICO National Network’s Live
Free Campaign. In addition, there will be a special screening of Justin Simien’s award-winning
film “Dear White People.”
“With Blackout Music & Film Festival, our goal is to create a space for the exhibition and
exploration of art that provides a springboard for critical analysis, community building and
creative collaboration,” said filmmaker Ryan Coogler, founding member of Blackout for
The Signature Artist Showcase includes work from the Smithsonian National Museum of
African American History and Culture, Adrian Franks, Hank Willis Thomas, Synthia Saint
James, Bayeté Ross Smith, Damon Davis, Shikeith, Mariella Angela, Nikkolos Mohammed,
Basil Kincaid, Darryl King, Whitney Alix of Rebel Citizen and spoken word performances by
Leo Breckenridge and actress/musician/artist Amandla Stenberg. The “#SayHerName Voices for
the Cause Music Showcase,” features live musical performances by Grammy Award winner
Lalah Hathaway, V. Bozeman (Empire), PJ (Atlantic Records) and more.
The three featured panels throughout the day will cover a wide range of topics including the
importance of diversity in media representation, the role of art in activism, effective solutions for
racial justice, and more. The storytelling panel featuring actress, Tracee Ellis Ross, The Blacklist
founder, Franklin Leonard, director, Justin Simien, actor, Mo McRae, Entertainment Tonight cohost,
Kevin Frazier and more.
Tickets can be found at Blackout’s website HERE.