From February 6-17, the 22nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) returned to Los Angeles. Dedicated to promoting racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression, this PAFF presented 150 new films and the works of over 100 fine artists and craft persons to showcase the diversity and complexity of people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada.
On February 7, the PAFF filmmakers were invited to a brunch in the atrium of DGA headquarters where DGA African American Steering Committee Co-Chair Oz Scott spoke to them about the advantages of DGA membership and DGA Special Assignments Executive Daniel Tenkman was available to answer other questions about the Guild. Scott was also joined by AASC Co-Chairs Carl Seaton and Jeff Byrd who spoke more about the Committee and its goals. Also speaking at the event was DGA Director-member Charles S. Dutton (The Obama Effect) who was honored this year with PAFF's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The DGA has served as a sponsor of the festival for more than a decade. For more information about PAFF visit their website at http://www.paff.org.