This year's Pan African Film Festival brought together a host of talented filmmakers with memorable projects. Award winning actor and producer Isaiah Washington, responsible for producing two films and one web series, made a strong impression at this year's festival.
Washington is an advocate for the African American community and since his departure from his starring role in Greys Anatomy, he has focused his energy, creativity and support in producing films about the African and Black experience in America and abroad.
Blackbird starring Oscar award winning actress Monique, is a story about a young choir boy struggling with his sexuality in a small town in Mississippi. The film walked away with a Festival Founders Award- Narrative from PAFF this year.
Washington's popular Blue Caprice film is based on the Beltway sniper shooting of 2002. Starring Washington as the father and Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) as the son, Richmond performed his first major role in a feature film and gave an outstanding performance. This film didn't place at this year's PAFF, but has received nominations for an Independent Spirit Award, Black Reel Award and NAACP Image Award. Screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Blue Caprice received great reviews and a positive response from critics.
For Colored Boys is Washington's first produced web series. The series, exclusively on YouTube, is a narrative about the struggles and everyday lives of many young black males and how they deal with everyday day issues plaguing them. The series didn't walk away with an award at PAFF, but is definitely a must-see.
On the red carpet, Washington talks about his plans on producing more projects in the future telling the Black experience and giving his support to more independent filmmakers and rising actors.
For more details on his future projects, check out his red carpet interview at PAFF.