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18th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival Opens With World Premiere of 'Blood Done Sign My Name'
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America's largest and most prestigious Black film and arts festival, hosted the world premiere of Blood Done Sign My Name as their Opening Night feature presentation.   Blood Done Sign My Name , which opened nationally on February 19 th from Paladin, stars Nate Parker as notable Civil Rights activist Dr. Ben Chavis, along with an ensemble cast that includes Lela Rochon, Omar Benson Miller, Afemo Omilami, Golden Globe- winner Ricky Schroder, Nick Searcy, Michael Rooker, Darrin Dewitt Henson, and Gattlin Griffith. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling book by Timothy Tyson and is written and directed by Jeb Stuart. The event was hosted by award winning actress CCH Pounder (Avatar, Brothers) on Wednesday, February 10 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, CA. PAFF's Opening Night Gala is one of the most glamorous red carpet Hollywood film events that attract Hollywood A-list celebrities and kicks off one of America's largest Black History Month events. For more information, please visit www.paff.org.

Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) founder Ayuko Babu, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, PAFF 2010 Celebrity Host actress CCH Pounder (Avatar), and Dr. Ben Chavis, Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) at the World Premiere of BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, the epic civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and scholar Timothy Tyson at the opening of the PAFF in Los Angeles, CA Feb.10, 2010. (Photo: Ian Foxx) Nate Parker, (who played a leading role in The Great Debators and stars in George Lucas' forthcoming Tuskegee Airmen saga, Red Tails,) alongside actress Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale), and Dr. Ben Chavis, Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) at the World Premiere of BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, the epic civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and scholar Timothy Tyson at the opening of the Pan African Film & Festival in Los Angeles, CA Feb.10, 2010. Parker stars as Dr. Ben Chavis in the film. (Photo: Ian Foxx)

Nate Parker, (who played a leading role in The Great Debators and stars in George Lucas' forthcoming Tuskegee Airmen saga, Red Tails,) alongside actress Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale), Dr. Ben Chavis, Co-Founder, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), Mweze Ngangura, the distinguished Congolese (Pieces d'Identites) filmmaker, and Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) founder Ayuko Babu at the World Premiere of BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, the epic civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and scholar Timothy Tyson at the opening of the PAFF in Los Angeles, CA Feb.10, 2010. Parker stars as Dr. Ben Chavis in the film. (Photo: Ian Foxx) 

Golden Globe-winner Rick Schroder, (Lonsesome Dove, NYPD Blue) with cast mates and supporters on the red carpet at the World Premiere of BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME, the epic civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and scholar Timothy Tyson at the opening of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles, CA Feb.10, 2010. Schroder stars as Tyson's father, Reverend Vernon Tyson. Film also starts Nate Parker and Lela Rochon (Photo: Ian Foxx) 
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