isaiah washington & lacora stephens (screenshot)

Isaiah Washington & EURweb associate LaCora Stephens (screenshot)

*The 22nd PAFF/Pan African Film Festival kicked off 2014 with the 5th annual AAFCA/African American Film Critics Association Award show and EUR was there to cover the red carpet.

AAFCA, founded in 2003, recognizes films with universal appeal to the African-American community and also honors the work of filmmakers and actors of African descent.

Forrest Whitaker, Ava Duvernay, David Talbert, Orlando Jones, Salli Richardson, Louis Gossett Jr., Niecy Nash and many others were in attendance, but 12 Years a Slave and Blue Caprice were the talk on the red carpet.

Our associate, LaCora Stephens, was at the Taglyan Cultural Complex to catch up with producer and actor Isaiah Washington who discussed his “quiet support” for new comer Tequan Richmond in the film that took Sundance by storm, Blue Caprice. He went on to say that, “I’m playing ‘big brother’ as he receives his award tonight.” Blue Caprice is the story of the DC Snipers.

Salli Richardson who hosted the event was also shared her thoughts on her favorite movie, 12 Years a Slave.

“I didn’t even cry when I had natural birth, but the film was so powerful, I cried…I really hope Lupita Nyong’o wins the Oscar for her role,” said Richardson

Fruitvale Station and The Butler were also hot topics for our red carpet celebs while others boasted of new film to be released at the PAFF starring Academy Award winning Mo’Nique and award winning actor/producer Isaiah Washington, Black Bird.  Take a look.