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Codeblack Films Takes Three Features To ABFF 2013, Including One World Premiere

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2013 10:06 AM
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CodeBlack ABFF 2013

CodeBlack Films will be making a splash at this year's American Black Film Festival, which starts today, June 19, and ends on Sunday, June 23.

The Jeff Clanagan-run Codeblack (a Lionsgate company) will screen 3 films at the festival - 1 of them making its world premiere: Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which is the festival's closing night film on June 22.

Codeblack did very well with Hart's last concert movie, Laugh At My Pain, in (2011); Let Me Explain is scheduled to debut commercially in theaters on July 3, 2013, after its ABFF premiere.

The other 2 films the company will screen at the festival this week include:

George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, the festival's opening night film, which stars Jennifer HudsonSkylan BrooksAnthony MackieJordin SparksJeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, in a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.

The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, and by co-produced by Alicia Keys.

Read our review of the film HERE.

Charles Murray's feature debut, Things Never Said, which stars Shanola Hampton, Omari HardwickElimu NelsonTamala JonesDorian Missick and Michael Beach.

In the micro-budgeted drama/romance, a young woman struggles to realize her self-worth, purpose and potential via spoken-word poetry.

Things Never Said is produced by Omar Albertto and Brian Lewis.

Read our review of it HERE.

See the poster art below for screening details for each film this week at ABFF:

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  • KarateInYoFace! | June 19, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    I think JEFTCG is right. These black so-called movies that I've never seen and have no way of judging fairly are definitely aimless. I think we should all be able to prejudge things by the bad examples that came before it without recourse, which is why all black people are criminals in my eyes. If one of you robs a liquor store, surely all of you must rob liquor stores. But I digress.

    I mean, really, why do black films suck so much? The producers have the exact same resources as big studio films. Even the traditional indies are miles beyond what Negroes do with their so-called films. If Wes Anderson can make a movie like Rushmore for $20 million, why can't a director make something like that for the $30 million that I'm sure that ridiculously titled, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete must have cost? So what, it was a hit at Sundance, the reviews for it have been great, people seem to love it and the performances are getting rave reviews. That means nothing unless you're racking it in like Kevin Hart (who is just a Louis CK wannabe, let's face it black people. I guess liquor stores aren't the only thing you people rob.)

    Anyway, you people should listen to the JEFTCG's of the world. Guys like us think Hollywood should stop giving you blacks money to make movies. You can still be in them on occassion, maybe as the black judge or the tech guy, you know, real life jobs to aspire to. But tou make terrible films that no one wants to see. Please stop. Stick to making terrible music that no one wants to listen to.

  • CC | June 19, 2013 8:21 PM

    Okay INTROSPECTIVEMAN, you got me, my hands are raised in the air, I stand accused, but I am not mad. However, I did miss the sarcasm.

    However, in reference to "opinions", it's true, they're are not per se "facts", however, when said opinions are supported by solid data and concrete evidence, they tend to SMASH/TRUMP/BLOW OUT OF THE WATER those porous opinions that are as thin as a wet paper bag. Consequently, those holding the soggy soaking mess Have 2 important options. They can concede, tap the mat and surrender, or they can cry, point fingers and blame others for their lapse of critical thinking. You my friend have chosen your bed... and I won't wanna be ya.

    See you at the movies.

  • IntrospectiveMan | June 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    Wow, CareyCarey. That's a lot of vitriol. You're mad, and you don't even know why, do you? I'll tell you why.

    You wrote: "some of the "black" films (not limited to those in this post) highlighted on this blog, are mediocre at best."

    So you, in effect, you expressed the same sentiment expressed in Karateinyoface's post (which is satirical, btw) before Karateinyoface did. That anger you feel, is self-realization. Notice, I did not say self-hatred.

    You also wrote: "when some have the courage to tell the truth in this forum, they're immediately called haters (I've never quite understood why that is?)"

    Opinion is not truth, CareyCarey.

    And that's why you're mad.

  • CareyCarey | June 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Hey KARATEINYOFACE, psssst, get closer to the screen so you can get the full force of this personal message.

    Ready.... BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS AND SUCK THE PINK PART OF MY ASSHOLE! Ain't nobody tryin' to hear that dumb sh*t. Besides, it's people like you who give white folks bad names like crackers, peckerwoods, pale face, fork tongues, wannabe black, inbreeds and racist motherfu*kers. So go cry to your mother (and leave well enough alone) with her 2 dollar pu**y and rubber asshole. Damn, your father should have jacked you off on the public bathroom wall where he met yo momma.

  • JEFTCG | June 19, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    Haven't been to ABFF since 2006 and here's why. Of the three, Kevin Hart's the actual moneymaker. The other two: independent aimlessness with Hardwicke (again) and B-Movie Tillman. However, as I have not moved to Ghana yet, I will support all three when available (on video.)

  • CC | June 19, 2013 6:47 PM

    @ INTROSPECTIVEMAN, don't get mad at me, I'm just delivering a message to JEFTCG. Besides, in reference to staying on topic, it's all good in the neighborhood, one discussion leads to another, that's the natural ebb-n-flow of conversation. One shouldn't be afraid to support their opinions when challenged. This is not the place for the weak of heart.

    So, the answer to your questions is, NO-YES-YES and HELL YES. What exactly do YOU want to know about them? Or school me, what do YOU know about them that you're assuming I don't?

  • IntrospectiveMan | June 19, 2013 6:17 PM


    Not you too. Have you seen the films? Do you know anything about Codeblack? ABFF? Lionsgate? Please...stay on topic.

  • CC | June 19, 2013 6:00 PM

    "Zing! Let me stop hatin and get back to my job at the post office. Close me out, waitress!"


    JEFTCG, I must say that line and the rest of your "rebuttal" are some of the best of the week. And, even it no one else will say it, I will. You're making perfect sense AND you're holding your own up in here. I mean, some of the "black" films (not limited to those in this post) highlighted on this blog, are mediocre at best. Yet, when some have the courage to tell the truth in this forum, they're immediately called haters (I've never quite understood why that is?).

    Anyway... Waitress, JEFTCG's money is no good in here today, give me his ticket!

  • IntrospectiveMan | June 19, 2013 5:56 PM

    JEFTCG, my reply was completely satirical. And here's some more for you:

    Your hatingness is not civil, nor does it serve. It's people like you that makes me wish websites like would post a temporary moratorium on comments sections, so the trend could extend beyond easy hate.

    You missed the whole point of this piece. Codeblack picking up these films and screening them all at ABFF is a win for Codeblack, and a win for these three films, and the filmmakers behind them.

    --Not about your opinion on films you haven't seen, not about you moving to Ghana, nor your home video plans.

  • JEFTCG | June 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    @Introspectiveblackman-- Clearly, you're not a satirical writer (nor a "Mad" Magazine reader.) A noble concept, I suppose; you have something in common with Tyler Perry (and many others who write black movies.) Perhaps you're correct in your assessment of my personality; like you, I should learn to only accept words at a face value... I'd certainly be less disappointed with "Being Mary Jane."

    Zing! Let me stop hatin and get back to my job at the post office. Close me out, waitress!

  • IntrospectiveMan | June 19, 2013 4:46 PM

    @JEFTCG - If you had a clue, you would know that the poster is not decrying Ice Cube, but is making a sly reference to his solo debut seminal album "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted", and directing the refrain of the eponymous track "The N*gga Ya Love to Hate" at YOU, JEFTCG, because you are a hater.

  • JEFTCG | June 19, 2013 3:35 PM

    @fuicecube!-- "Hate"? My friend, that's not "hate", that's "general consensus". I am but a humble civil servant who tires of the seemingly endless mediocrity of (black) filmmaking, however I will support nonetheless (with heavy sighs and minimal burden to my purse.)

    By the by, how can you call "hate" with an on-screen name "F U Ice Cube"? Ice Cube is cool, man. Don't be hatin on the Cube.

  • FUICECUBE! | June 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    You feel better now? You get all the hate out? If not, don't worry. All of the above mentioned filmmakers will be back with more for you to hate soon.

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