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"35 and Ticking" By Russ Parr Selected as Opening Night FilmThe Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to take audiences around the world in eight days and back home again with the premiere of "35 and Ticking" to kick off festivities with a star-studded Opening Night Gala at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre, located at 9919 Washington Blvd in Los Angeles. The event will be hosted by two-time NAACP Image Awards nominatee Nate Parker ("Blood Done Sign My Name" and "The Great Debaters). A screening for the general public will begin at 8:30 p.m."35 and Ticking" is written and directed by Russ Parr, who holds down a day job as a syndicated radio host. The film is a romantic comedy about a group of 30-somethings, trying to figure out their love lives while coping with getting older. The film stars and ensemble cast with Nicole Ari Parker, Tamala Jones, Kevin Hart, Keith Robinson, Meagan Good, Mike Epps, Kym Whitley, Clifton Powell, Jill Marie Jones, Dondre Whitfield and Aaron D. Spear.PAFF, America's largest and most prestigious international Black film festival, will take place February 16-23, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre.
It has selected at total of 121 films, representing 31 countries, 75 feature length films (narrative and documentaries) and 46 short films. The festival will hand out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, please visit www.paff.org or call (310) 337-4737."I am very excited about this year's film selections," says Asantewa Olatunji, the director of programming at PAFF. "I personally believe this is one of the best lineups that we've had in the history of the Pan African Film Festival." She continues, "Over the years, the filmmakers from around the world have become more sophisticated in telling their stories. It's going to be really tough for our judges to pick winners in the film competition."Themed, "Experience Your World," PAFF hopes to take its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world - that is, such countries as Angola, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, South African, Nigeria, and of course, the United States. PAFF hopes these films with global appeal will open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again ... without ever packing a suitcase.