Laurean D. Robinson, MA
June 14, 2017 9:05 PM
If you haven’t realized, I am an immense film enthusiast since I was a kid.
There’s something about quality cinema that transports the viewer to exotic locales of adventure and marginalized narratives that you never know about if you didn’t buy that movie ticket. There’s something so reassuring about that in a world of uncertainty.
From watching The Wiz every Thanksgiving and Christmas to staying home with your parents to watch the two-night network broadcast of The Jacksons: An American Dream, black cinema creates a self-affirming narrative of the African American Experience that often gets muted (or worse, generalized) by mainstream media.
At the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival, these narratives from marquee networks like HBO and Turner are embraced and empowered by such heavyweight filmmakers and showrunners like the prolific Spike Lee, Will Packer, Malcolm Lee, Mona Scott-Young and so many more. But the festival’s true strength lies in its fostering of new independent filmmakers through its numerous workshops from industry giants, the HBO Short Film Competition, and World Showcase of international films for public consumption.
So Wednesday is officially the first day of the film festival which equipped the press and ticketholders with their much-needed program with the schedule of films and events that opens with the exclusive premiere of Universal Pictures and Will Packer Productions film Girls Trip and will culminate with a screening of Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Morgan Creek Productions’ latest summer sensation, All Eyez On Me.
But those films only bookends to a massive collection of panel discussion, master classes, film screenings and so much more.
Wednesday, June 14
- 11 AM: Visit Registration Welcome Center to collect Festival Press Credentials and promo materials
- 1 PM – 4 PM: Attend “Welcome to Miami” Mixer at Peter Lik Gallery
- 6 PM : Shuttle Bus Pick-Up to Olympia Theater for Opening Film Screening
- 6:35 PM: Red Carpet Officially Begins for World Premiere of Girls Trip
- 8 PM: Opening Night Remarks from ABFF Founder Jeff Friday and Sponsors at Olympia Theater
- 8:30 PM: World Premiere of Girls Trip
- 10: 30 PM – 3:00 AM: Opening Night Reception at River Yacht Club
As for tomorrow, all I can tell you that there will some VERY interesting film screenings, EXCITING seminars led by some VERY recognizable stars and industry movers and shakers so stay tuned on ALL my social media platforms.
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