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Social Media has helped black artists worldwide get great exposure, but there are drawbacks, said Annie-Marie Johnson, who attended opening night of The 21st Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF Feb. 7-18, 2013).

“Exposure wise it’s been great as an actress, however it has also dampened my ability to earn a living, because in the ether of new media, people don’t believe they have to pay for what they are viewing.” she said. Artists create this product, not only for viewership, but they also do it to make a middle-class living.”

Anne-Marie Johnson on the red carpet at P.A.F.F., Hollywood, CA

The nation’s largest Black film festival has selected some 154 films, representing 34 countries. There are 23 documentaries, 13 short documentaries, 67 narrative features, and 51 narrative shorts. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) continues through Monday, Feb. 18 (Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15, 4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008)

Over the two decades, along with USA entries, the nation’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival has showcased films from such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, South African and Nigeria.

“It’s refreshing, it’s new and material maybe we won’t get in global distribution like it should, so this is a great beginning,” said Johnson, who is working on her next film, “Knock ‘em Dead,” which is comedy-thriller in post production.

Also attending the film fest’s opening night with friend, Actor Blair Underwood, was Writer/Director/Producer Nia Hill, who’s featuring her film, “COLORED MY MIND” at PAFF. “My message to parents with children with Autism, just deal with the genius, because everyone’s minds are colored. Imposing your own ideas might compromised the opportunities that exist,” said Hill.

Opening night of the Pan African American Film Festival, Hollywood, CA  on through Feb. 18, 2013.

Opening night of the Pan African American Film Festival, Hollywood, CA on through Feb. 18, 2013.

01-IMG_3731 06-DSCN1116 15-IMG_3754 18-IMG_3758 22-DSCN1174 23-IMG_3764 Anne-Marie Johnson Reatha Grey, Betty Whites Off their Rockers, NBC 60-IMG_3825 69-IMG_3842 84-IMG_3882 Blair Underwood with wife.

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