Aug 3

6:00 PM
Pearlstein Gallery

It is possible tickets may become available on the day of. Please show up to Pearlstein at least 30 minutes beforehand.

Opening Reception

Join us for the BlackStar Film Festival Opening Night Reception.

Mingle with filmmakers, artists, special guests, cinéastes, and community supporters for a special evening kicking off the 6th Annual Festival and celebrating the opening of the Lossless exhibit.

Music will be provided by DJ Lushlife.

A special performance by Terence Nance and Norvis Junior of 18 Black Girls Ages 1-18 Who Have Arrived at the Singularity and are Thus Spiritual Machines: $8 in an edition of $97,000,000,000,000 will take place at 7:30pm.

Featured Artists:


Under the name Lushlife, Raj Haldar has written and produced some of the most critically-acclaimed indie hip-hop albums of the last decade. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Pitchfork, FADER, Interview Magazine, SPIN, The Village Voice, and more. Over the years, Raj has created with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Styles P, Das Racist, RJD2, and more. With more than a decade of classical piano and jazz percussion training, as well as a strong composition and orchestration background, Raj creates from a far-reaching musical palette, as evidenced by his genre-bending albums. As a DJ, he has been tasked with programming a new, cutting-edge musical experience for Philadelphia Eagles fans at home games for the last two seasons.

Terence Nance

Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  He makes music under the name Terence Etc.  His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Terence is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and his most recent films and performances Swimming In Your Skin Again, Univitellin, 18 Black Girls / Boys Who Have Arrives at the Singularity and Are Thus Spiritual Machines, premiered at Sundance 2016, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Sundance 2017 respectively. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm.

Norvis Junior

Norvis Junior is an artist of multiple disciplines born and raised in Dallas currently living in Henderson, NV. He’s doing his best to get to know himself through the various things he makes. Over the past 3 years Norvis Junior has released 20 Projects and been featured on multiple online publication’s including The Fader (US), Brownswood (UK), Okayplayer (US) and Wax Poetics (US). Currently his plan is squarely focused on bringing a dynamic and unique experience to a live setting by spreading the space gospel of balance and communication. Blessings. Norvis Junior’s music defies traditional genres. So he created his own – “Space Gospel” – a category that, according to Wax Poetics, accurately reflects the way in which his music “stretches the boundaries of rhythm.”