SF Black Film Festival Kicks Off

The San Francisco Black Film Festival begins a weekend of films and performances tonight with a red carpet event and several film screenings.

The festival kicks off its 13th year with a red carpet ceremony at Yoshi's San Francisco, followed by several screenings, including a Mario Van Peebles' film, "Things Fall Apart" starring 50 Cent and Ray Liotta, at Lumiere Theatre.

"Congratulations to the San Francisco Black Film Festival as it provides a platform for known and accomplished filmmakers and actors and also emerging artists," Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

"The festival is significant also because it gives people from around the world an opportunity to visit our multicultural city helping to stimulate our city's film industry," Lee said.

The weekend's events will also include performances by musical artists Hope Briggs, fLO, and Keldamuzik, organizers said.

Films will be screened at various venues throughout the weekend.

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