What to See at the American Black Film Festival

June 12, 2013 | Homepage

Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys at Sundance
Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys team up for the new film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

Film Life’s star-studded American Black Film Festival (ABFF) returns to The Ritz Carlton South Beach from Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23. The five-day affair will spotlight upcoming new releases and world premieres as well as short film, documentary, narrative, and webisode competitions backed by the likes of Nickelodeon, CNN, and HBO.

The 17th edition of the ABFF opens with The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, starring Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jordin Sparks, Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie, and Jennifer Hudson. The film, powered by executive producer Alicia Keys and director George Tillman, follows two boys who are abandoned in a Brooklyn project.

ABFF's cinephile celebrations will close with the world premiere of Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, releasing nationwide on July 3. Lionsgate shot Hart's stand-up comedy set inside Madison Square Garden: The tour itself made history as one of the highest grossing comedic endeavors of all time.

ABFF has also partnered with the City of Miami's Community Redevelopment Agency to present "Films Over Miami," a showcase of local filmmakers and emerging talent. Movies will screen at the Colony Theatre, Gusman Theater, and Miami Beach Cinematheque. Limited-quantity event tickets are currently available online. Festival passes will be available on-site starting Wednesday, June 19. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

BY LIANA LOZADA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTYIMAGES.COM

 

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