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Opening: The Pan African Film Festival

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    Opening: The Pan African Film Festival
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    "Blood Done Sign My Name" opens the 2010 Pan-African Film & Arts Festival.

    Congratulations to the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, which opens for its 18th year on Wednesday, February 10th.

    Not only is the movie-art-spoken-word celebration, which is one of our city's premiere movie extravaganzas, fast approaching its third decade, but it recently made headlines when the fest received a grant from the LA Arts Commission, which received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Good news. And more good news: Eight days of movies watching ahead, with over 100 films from points around the globe. And starry events. And other art and fashion and film-centric parties at what is billed as "America's Largest & Most Prestigious Black Film Festival."

    As with the truly big, week-spanning film spectaculars, it is hard to pinpoint particular movies, but "Blood Done Sign My Name," a 1970s-set civil rights piece, opens the fest at the first-night gala at the Directors Guild. There will also be an art market later in the week, plus a fashion show at Westfield Culver City, a Children's Fest, a spotlight on spoken word, and panels aplenty.

    Eye the whole guide to find your films and to-dos.

    The 18th Annual Pan African Film Festival runs Wednesday, February 10th through Wednesday, February 17th. All films show at the Culver Plaza Theatre save the opening night selection.