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The 16th Annual American Black Film Festival Kicks Of In Miami Tonight!

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 20, 2012 6:34 PM
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Vanessa will be covering the festival for S&A, so look out for all her writeups over the next 3 days (she doesn't get there until tomorrow).

Those who are already there, or going to be there, enjoy!

As for the rest of you... in case you didn't already know... the specifics:

The 16th Annual American Black Film Festival kicks off in Miami Beach, FL tonight, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild as the opening night film.

Known as Black Cinema's Annual Retreat, the festival will run from June 20 - 23.

Jeff Friday, ABFF's, Founder, announced that actress Tracee Ellis Ross will serve as this year's festival Ambassador. Other highlights include A Conversation with Salim & Mara Brock Akil, ABFF Celebrates "Think Like A Man, Black Women in Hollywood Panel, HBO Short Film Competition, and the screening of Raising Izzie (directed by Roger Bobb, and Starring Rockmond Dunbar and Vanessa Williams) will close the festival.

Mekhi Phifer will serve as Grand Jury president and will present award at the ABFF Winners Circle.

This year's festival will launch the first Webisode Challenge. According to Friday, the challenge is an initiative to create a platform for digital content. The festival will sneak preview a new Film LIfe TV web series titled The Q&A Show, executive-produced by Friday. The show was created by a young hollywood married couple trying to find a way to work together. Friday described the sketch comedy series as raw and edgy, and one that will "put you in the mind of In Living Color and The Chappelle Show." The Q&A Show will launch on June 24.

For tickets and event/screening schedule information visit ABFF online HERE.

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  • the black police | June 21, 2012 5:13 AMReply

    Whats really good with you, CareyCarey? What made you decide to bless us with these essays?

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    I am of Black African ancestry. I am not married.

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    "I guess you just stand out" Okay BP, who's fooling who? Why don't you just admit it, you want to be just like CareyCarey when you grow up *LOL*. And while you're in your new stance of Mr. Drive-by commenter, I know you've said you're not an American, so tell us (in 2 lines or less) are you a white guy or a brotha from Switzerland who's married to a white woman?

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 9:16 AM

    "Btw, let me ask you, why do you engage in conversations via the Internet?" Its really just a form of discussion. I have discussions everywhere. A blog like this is one of those places.

  • the black police | June 21, 2012 9:13 AM

    I guess you just stand out. I dont think all those other folks CONSISTENTLY write long comments. I'll be amazed when I see a three word comment from you.

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2012 7:11 AM

    And Black Police, I've noticed that when you stretch-out and write a long comment, you've called them "CareyCarey types". What's up with that? I mean, how come they're not Accicental Visitor "types", or Nadine "types", or Jug type word counts? Heck, LeonRaymond ain't got arthritis either. Not to mention some of the 3000 word count of Misha's comments. And Blutopaz don't spare no ink. I mean, I can list several others (i.e. Laura, Cherish, Darkan, Bondgirl, Charles Judson, etc) so why me?

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    Oh NO Black Police, don't try to deflect attention away from Blutopaz putting you in check and spanking your ass. lmao. But essays you say? Well, if you really want to know, it's just what I do. Some folks hunt rabbits and coons, yet others watch hours of TV. You know, it's how they get through their day. Yet I, on the other hand, have lived a life of speaking in front of diverse audiences. So when I put my words down on paper, it's just a natural extention of my need to communicate. And, in some outlets I get paid for what I do. Now don't get me wrong, I've been ni**er rich, but through my many trials and tribulations, I've come to believe that money cannot buy you happiness. I know that's a trite phrase but it's so true. Once a person achieves those material things we thought were so important... that we assigned so much value, then life takes on a different meaning. So in short BP, I write as a form of expressing my feelings and it's sooooooo cathartic. Plus, in this forum, this place called The Cinema Of The Black Dispora, I get the serendipitous reward of talking to folks like you, who loves movies as much as I do (it's one of my utmost passions). And if I can pass on a little wisdom along the way, it's all good in the neighborhood. I hope that answered your question? Btw, let me ask you, why do you engage in conversations via the Internet?

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2012 4:43 AMReply

    OH GOODIE! Highlights include the founder, Jeff Friday pimping his own web series, RAW and EDGY. But wait, there's more "highlights". BET's own Salim & Mara Brock Akil will tell everbody how the game is played. Hey, that may sound funny but they can tell folks how to get that money. Salim credits his wife for inspiring him to leave his job at an outpatient clinic for schizophrenics and manic-depressives (he also worked at a mortuary pumpin' dead folks full of embalming fluid ) so they're sure to be a highlight that everyone can take stock in (true story). But tick-tock the game don't stop... Think Like A Man will be in the house! I wonder if Steve Harvey will drop a few words of wisdom? I wonder if he'll drop the lastest on his new Chicago based talk show? Now don't tell nobody, but check this. Conan has Andy Richter as his sidekick and Jimmy Kimmel has Dicky Barrett. Well, it's not official and you didn't hear this from me, but word is Chicago's and S&A's own Sergio is up for consideration to be Steve's right hand man. Now keep that under your hat. Hey, don't tell nobody but I also heard ( a little birdie told me) the film festival is considering a name change from ABFF to AAISH-F. That's an acronym for African American Intellectuals Stay Home-Festival. The thought behind the change was to prevent "those people" from hissing and booing during the good parts of the movies. Can't have them up in the balcony singing "We Shall Overcome" and "Down With Tyler". But Vanessa is going to be there so we're all good. Stay tuned.

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