LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America's largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, has announced Emmy award-winning actorGlynn Turman (Cooley High, The Wire) as the 2010 PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. Taking place Friday, February 12 (7 p.m.) at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles), the PAFF Night of Tribute is a star-studded red carpet affair that is televised on the Africa Channel and shown nationally and internationally throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Other distinguished honorees include: Pioneer Award recipient film directorF. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, A Man Apart); Beah Richards Award recipient actress Tatyana Ali(The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Love That Girl); Canada Lee Award recipient actor Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, Blood Done Sign My Name); Nigerian filmmaker and founder of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima, recipient of the PAFF/African Channel Visionary Award; and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Community Service Award recipient.This year's Night of Tribute will be hosted by the PAFF 2010 Celebrity Host actress CCH Pounder.
The star-studded event will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center located at 4718 Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information, visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737. The PAFF Night of Tribute is sponsored in part by The African Channel and Time Warner Cable.
The 2008 PAFF Night of Tribute broadcast won the prestigious 2009 Vision Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) which honors achievements in television programming diversity.
About the Pan African Film & Arts Festival
Taking place February 10-17 in Los Angeles at the Culver Plaza Theatre (9919 Washington Blvd.), PAFF presents and showcases a broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes of Africans and African-Americans. In addition to the film festival, the PAFF will present its world renowned Art Show February 12-15 at the Westfield Culver Plaza (6000 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City), featuring over 100 fine artists and craftspeople from around the world showcasing the best in Black fine art, sculpture, photography, unique handmade crafts, home furnishings, designer jewelry, designer fashions and accessories that highlight the artistry and beauty of the African aesthetic. For more information, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737.
It is PAFF's goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. The PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
The 18th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Black History Month Celebration and is supported in part by: the City of Los Angeles, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission with support from Los Angeles 8th District Council Member Bernard Parks Sr., Los Angeles 9th District Council Member Jan Perry, Los Angeles 10th District Council Member Herb Wesson Jr., Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, California State Senator Curren D. Price Jr., Assemblymember Karen Bass, and Assemblymember Steve Bradford. The 2010 PAFF is an official recipient of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.
2010 sponsors include: Macy's, Wells Fargo Bank, Mc Donald's USA, Water Replenishment District of Southern California, US Bank, TV5 Monde, the French Consulate, Goethe Institute Los Angeles, PXP, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, United States Census 2010 Road Tour, AARP, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Coca-Cola, Red Tea Rooibos, Ceres, Izze Sparking Juice, Time Warner Cable, The Africa Channel, KPFK, Our Weekly Newspaper, The Immigrant Magazine, LaHitz Media, African Trumpet, Directors Guild of America, Sony Pictures, and 21st Century Fox.