‘Great Debater’ Nate Parker Named Celebrity Host of 19th Annual Pan African Film Festival
Opening of Film Festival Is Just Around the Corner
Festival Set to Engage, Inform and Enlighten Attendees for Black History Month
LOS ANGELES – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) tapped actor Nate Parker to serve as its 2011 celebrity host for its 19th annual film festival. PAFF is set to take place February 16-23, 2011 at the Culver Plaza Theatre, located at 9919 Washington Blvd in Los Angeles. It will kick off festivities with a star-studded opening night on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the Directors Guild Theatre, located at 7920 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
A two-time NAACP Image Award nominee and a rising star in Hollywood, Parker is set to portray the starring role of Marty “Easy” Julian in “Red Tails,” a George Lucas Production, which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen — formerly the 332nd Fighter Group — the first African American pilots in to fly in a combatsquadron during World War II. Nicknamed Red Tails because they painted the tails of their fighter planes the color of red, the Tuskegee Airmen were a distinguished group of pilots who never lost a fighter jet in more than 200 combat missions, a record unmatched by any other fighter group.
In 2007, Parker made quite an impression on audiences in the award-winning film, “The Great Debaters,” directed by Oscar-winner Denzel Washington. He followed that up with a starring role, opposite Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys, in “The Secret Life of Bees.” And last year, Parker gave a powerful performance as the young civil rights leader Ben Chavis — the youngest person to become the executive director of the NAACP – in the movie adaptation of “Blood Done Sign My Name,” based on the autobiographical work of history by award-winning novelist Timothy B. Tyson.