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American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announces 2014 University Master Class Series To Be Held During Festival

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 23, 2014 at 5:00PM

American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announces 2014 University Master Class Series To Be Held During Festival
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Film Life, Inc. has announced its lineup of the highly lauded ABFF University Master Class Series to be held during the 18th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in New York City on June 19-22, 2014.  

Aspiring writers, actors and filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in intense workshops led by highly respected film industry leaders and experts such as actor, writer, director Robert Townsend and actor, director, producer Bill Duke.

This year’s Master Class lineup includes, “Bill Duke's Actors Boot Camp,” one of the Festival’s most anticipated, is a 2-day scene study program where performance and the craft of acting is shaped through hands on direction and supportive critique from Mr. Duke. Session I is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and session II, Saturday, June 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

“The Ultimate Pitch,” led by Robert Townsend is designed for those seeking to master the art of pitching. Held on Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, this class will explore techniques for pitching ideas from concept to development, through the different stages of rewrites, pitching to executives at studios and advice on how to close the deal with clarity, precision and confidence. Direct critique will be given to selected class attendees, who pitch their story ideas, idea in order to help refine them.

The “Writing for Television” Master Class, conducted by Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment & Universal Television, Karen Horne, will delve into the fundamentals of writing for television - how to structure and write a spec script, as well as how to develop your TV show idea. This class, held on Saturday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., will also include a special presentation by the Writer’s Guild of America East.                                    

“How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Producing,” led by SAGIndie National Director Darrien M. Gipson, will cover the creative, executive and technical (line producing and production management) responsibilities in all phases of production and distribution, and will provide an overview of a film producer's core responsibilities, including a look at film financing and funding sources. This Master Class will be held on Sunday, June 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon.

“Encouraging serious study of the key disciplines of filmmaking is  essential to creating quality art and is the most important function of ABFF’s Master Class Series,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc., “Learning from seasoned professionals who do this for a living is one way to pick up some invaluable lessons.”

"As a global company, Time Warner is committed to lighting up the world with the best storytelling. And that commitment is the inspiration for the mission of the Time Warner Foundation - to discover, nurture and celebrate the next generation of storytellers," says, Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer & SVP, Time Warner Inc., and President of the Time Warner Foundation. "Through innovative partnerships with leading arts organizations we invest in programs that help develop promising talent from all backgrounds.  And this is why we are so proud to lend our support to the ABFF Master Class initiative and look forward to the 2014 American Black Film Festival in New York City."

The ABFF is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it is widely recognized as an important pipeline bringing new Black talent to prominence both in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

The American Black Film Festival is presented by Film Life, Inc., a multifaceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City. 

Festival passes and tickets are on sale now and for more information, please visit www.abff.com.  

This article is related to: Festival Dispatch, ABFF


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