The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night and runs through the weekend. Before you start thinking, "it's just another film festival," it's not.
15th Annual American Black Film Festival
South Beach plays host to the 15th Annual American Film Festival this week. Founder Jeff Friday joins Trina Robinson to talk about the stand-out film makers and actors it showcases, as well as why he started it. (Published Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011)
Updated at 6:41 PM EST on Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011
It's the whole package: it entertains (in many ways), it educates and it acknowledges people making a difference. It's an outlet for bright filmmakers who want nothing more than to tell a story.
The film festival was founded by film exec Jeff Friday in 1997 and promotes cultural diversity in the film industry. They also know how to share--- by strengthening the film making industry through resource sharing, education, artistic, collaboration and career development. And for the smart career-makers out there, paying them a visit would do you some good: through its film showcases and special contests, it introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and TV industry.
Simply put: both up-and-coming stars such as Jonathan "Lil J" McDaniel and veteran film forces such as Lamann Rucker and Robert Townsend (among many others) will be there. Keenan Ivory Wayans will be there (and honored for his work). You'll get to see engaging films like "Black Gold," "In the Hive" and "The Discarded Boys," and invoke thought-provoking discussion.
But since we're showers, not talkers (okay, maybe not exactly), take a look at all the engaging films and exciting A-listers that'll be in attendance this weekend by visiting ABFF.com. You can also tune-in to Live Miami at 11 this week to get the inside scoop on everything ABFF going down this weekend.
Watch the video for Jeff Friday's take on the ABFF.