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More Than Entertainment Mario Van Peebles "Outlaw Posse" 'Edutainment' Slated at San Francisco Black Film Festival
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Mario Van Peebles 'Edutainment' @ SFBFF
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San Francisco's Own Mario Van Peebles Comes Back to the Bay Joining the  2024 San Francisco Black Film Festival with the screenings of "Outlaw Posse," "Panther," and "Armed"

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The San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) proudly announces the participation of acclaimed filmmaker and actor Mario Van Peebles in its 2024 edition. Van Peebles will present three of his powerful films, "Outlaw Posse," "Panther,"  and  "Armed" showcasing his unique cinematic vision and commitment to social justice.

"We are so pleased to have Mario Van Peebles join us and the Van Peebles legacy is embedded in San Francisco and the San Francisco Black Film Festival, said Cree Ray, San Francisco Black Film Festival Executive Director.  "It's a full circle experience, Melvin Van Peebles was honored by my grandmother Ave Montague, founder of the San Francisco Black Film Festival in 1998; In 2011, two of Mario's films "Things Fall Apart," starring 50 Cent, Lynn Whitfield, and the late  Ray Liotta, "Redemption Road" with Tom Skerritt, Morgan Simpson, Kiele Sanchez, Taryn Manning and late actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Luke Perry, kicked off my Dad, Kali O'Ray's successful leadership of the San Francisco Black Film Festival and now a film with Mario and his son Mandela Van Peebles is once again affirming the San Francisco Black Film Festival, with our social justice foundation, 'Healing the World One Film at A Time,' added Ray.

"Outlaw Posse"  Saturday, 16th at the Kabuki Theater, 3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. with live in person Q & A with Mario Van Peebles, 8-9 p.m. after  "Panther "screening

Kicking off the third day of the festival at the Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post Street in San Francisco, SFBFF will screen Mario Van Peebles' "Outlaw Posse." This highly anticipated film blends the Western genre with a profound social message, exploring themes of racial justice and redemption. "Outlaw Posse" is set in the post-Civil War era, following a group of African American cowboys as they seek justice in a lawless land. The film not only entertains but also highlights the often-overlooked contributions of Black individuals in American history. Watch the trailer for "Outlaw Posse": ( https://youtu.be/cu2qCWr3zxc?si=0nAlp62SKmwRR5Iu).

"Outlaw Posse" features a stellar cast that brings this powerful story to life. Leading the ensemble is Mario Van Peebles himself, joined by notable actors such as Michael Jai White, a martial artist and actor renowned for his roles in "Spawn" and "Black Dynamite," and LisaRaye McCoy, known for her work in "The Players Club" and "Single Ladies." The film also stars TV host of ABC's "The View," Whoopi Goldberg, celebrated for her role in "The Color Purple" and "Sister Act," Edward James Olmos, acclaimed for "Stand and Deliver" and "Battlestar Galactica," Cedric, the Entertainer, known for "Barbershop"
and "The Neighborhood," Clifton Powell, known for "Ray" and "Next Friday," and Danny Trejo, famous for his roles in "Machete" and "From Dusk Till Dawn." Their performances, combined with Van Peebles' direction, promise to make "Outlaw Posse" a memorable and impactful film.

With his new western "Outlaw Posse" which David Roach premiered at the Oakland International Film Festival, Van Peebles shows not only how 'wild' the West was but also how incredibly diverse. "It wasn't just black" folks, said Van Peebles, "All people of color played a part in building this country including sisters like stagecoach, Mary played by Whoopi Goldberg. "

"Ever since my father started making films in San Francisco when he was a cable car operator, the Van Peebles family has been in the business of 'edutainment.' Movies that entertain but hopefully start a conversation. This time I'll be at the San Francisco Black Film Festival in person to show three of my films Outlaw Posse, Panther and Armed. We will get to continue the conversation live with the audience which is especially exciting during an election year like this one, " joked Van Peebles.

"Panther," Saturday, June 15th at the Kabuki, 5:30 p.m. with Live In Person Q & A with Mario Van Peebles at 8:00 p.m.

The San Francisco Black Film Festival's screening of "Outlaw Posse" at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday precedes showing of Van Peebles' landmark film "Panther" that will be screened at 5:30 p.m. This film delves into the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, portraying the struggles and triumphs of the movement. "Panther" offers an unflinching look at a pivotal moment in the fight for civil rights and social justice in America. Watch the trailer for "Panther:" https://youtu.be/6_K3LUtw0sY?si=ysrhjJzWd2JhvNPn. A special treat for the audience will be a Q & A with Van Peebles scheduled for 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

"Armed" at the San Francisco Main Library (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mario-van-peebles-armed-at-the-sf-public-library-tickets-918582343517?aff=ebdsoporgprofile&_gl=1*qd9zno*_up*MQ..*_ga*MTU0MzkzMjQ2Ny4xNzE3NzkzMjI0*_ga_TQVES5V6SH*MTcxNzc5MzIyNC4xLjAuMTcxNzc5MzIyNC4wLjAuMA), 1:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16th, followed by a live in person Q & A  with Mario Van Peebles

Sunday, Father's Day at the San Francisco Library, 100 Larkin Street: In "Armed ,"a former U.S. marshal discovers that all of the survivors of his old unit are experiencing the same symptoms simultaneously and there may be a larger conspiracy at hand. The action thriller film written and directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Van Peebles, William Fichtner, Ryan Guzman, Charles Halford, Sam Littlefield, Brad Carter, Columbus Short, Laz Alonso, and Jemma Dallender, also has a cameo appearance by CNN Host Van Jones of the Bay Area.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/jw_UQdOzyy4?si=TBJ1Z-uz1YYp5ZF4

Mario Van Peebles: A Legacy of Impact

Mario Van Peebles, son of the legendary filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, has carved out his own remarkable career in Hollywood. Known for his work both in front of and behind the camera, Mario has directed and starred in numerous influential films and television series. His directorial debut, "New Jack City," remains a seminal work in urban cinema. Following in his father's footsteps, Mario has continued to create films that challenge societal norms and shed light on important social issues.

Melvin Van Peebles, often referred to as the godfather of modern Black cinema, broke new ground with his film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a trailblazer in the Blaxploitation genre. Mario's work continues this legacy, pushing the boundaries of storytelling and advocating for representation and justice.

The Social Justice Aspect of "Outlaw Posse

"Outlaw Posse" is more than just a Western; it is a poignant exploration of racial inequity and the fight for justice. The film's narrative is deeply rooted in historical truths, portraying the real-life struggles of Black cowboys who were often written out of history. By bringing these stories to the forefront, Van Peebles challenges audiences to reconsider the traditional Western narrative and recognize the diverse fabric of American history.

San Francisco Black Film Festival: Celebrating Diversity and Healing Through Film

The San Francisco Black Film Festival, now in its 26th year, continues its mission to celebrate African American cinema and provide a platform for Black filmmakers. With the theme "Healing the World One Film at a Time," the festival aims to foster understanding and unity through the power of storytelling. Featuring a diverse lineup of films, panel discussions, and workshops, SFBFF remains a crucial event for filmmakers and audiences alike.

For more information about the San Francisco Black Film Festival, visit the official website www.sfbff.org . For a schedule of the more than 75 films in this year's festival visit: https://www.sfbff.org/films.

Opening Night

The San Francisco Black Film Festival Opening Night will be Thursday, June 13th at the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC) with "Timeless: A Virgin Island Love Story" by Edward La Borde, Jr. and multi-platinum recording artist and music producer D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone unveils a tale of two enthralling love stories, set in different eras yet fascinatingly interwoven; For Special Events Visit: https://www.sfbff.org/events.


Sponsors for this year's San Francisco Black Film Festival include:
The San Francisco Foundation; African American Art & Culture Complex; AATCLC (African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council); SFHDC (San Francisco Housing Development Corporation); San Francisco Arts Commission; California Arts Commission; The Dream Keeper Initiative of San Francisco; SF GIANTS; The Academy of Art University; Durban International Film Festival; SFJAZZ; NOSACONN; Hotel Nikko; Hylife O'City Productions; and others. For a complete list of sponsors visit: www.sfbff.org.


Outlaw Posse Trailer-( https://youtu.be/cu2qCWr3zxc?si=0nAlp62SKmwRR5Iu)
Panther Trailer-( https://youtu.be/6_K3LUtw0sY?si=ysrhjJzWd2JhvNPn)
Armed-" (https://youtu.be/jw_UQdOzyy4?si=TBJ1Z-uz1YYp5ZF4)

2024 SFBFF Fact Sheet-(https://hype.news/wright-enterprises-us/san-francisco-black-film-festival-2024-fact-sheet-mg3zfexn)

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