American Black Film Festival in Miami June 12-16
(released 6/11/2024)

The 28th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will take place live in Miami Beach June 12-16 followed by an online segment June 17-24. "We are thrilled and honored to present Denzel Washington with the very first ABFF career retrospective," said Jeff Friday, Founder & CEO of NICE CROWD. "Denzel has been a longtime supporter of ABFF having attended the festival in the early years, so it is truly a full circle moment for us to spotlight his career in this way."

ABFF will open with HBO Short Film Award Showcase. Ben Crump, Morris Chestnut, Nicco Annan, Affion Crockett, Loretta Devine, Frankie Faison and more will make appearances for Spotlight Screenings, Series and Voices of Culture Lineup. Spotlight Screening lineup will feature the world premeries of UnPrisoned (Season 2) with Kerry Washington, Wu-Tang Clan documentary Ol' Dirty Bastard: A Tale of Two Dirtys, and  Down in the Valley starring Nicco Annan of P-Valley and more.

ABFF Comedy Show will be returning this year on Friday evening, June 14 with host Janelle James from ABC's "Abbott Elementary." Emerging stand-up comedians Alfred Kainga, Anthony Oakes, Apple Brown Betty, Mason King, and Rashaun Reese will take the 2024 ABFF Comedy Show stage to bring an evening full of laughter.

"We are thrilled to announce a robust lineup of conversations from industry leading professionals across film, television, music, and more," said NICE CROWD President Nicole Friday. "The Talk Series is a unique first hand experience for all festival goers to hear from industry leaders and truly our favorite part about this festival experience."

Highlights include an exclusive first look of "Tyler Perry's Divorce in the Black" with film stars Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict presented by Amazon MGM Studios, "UnPrisoned" panel following the world premiere with Kerry Washington and Tracy McMillan presented by Onyx Collective; Money & Mindfulness: an intimate conversation with Nia Long presented by Ally, "Friday Night Vibes Goes Off the Field with All American and All American: Homecoming" a conversation with Bre-Z, Daniel Ezra, Michael Evans Behling, Geffri Maya, and Cory Hardrict presented by Warner Bros. Discovery, an exclusive sneak peek at the second season of Hulu's "Reasonable Doubt" with Raamla Mohamed, Emayatzy Corinealdi and McKinley Freeman presented by Onyx Collective, and the "Black & Unlimited Fatherhood Project" conversation on the joys and challenges of being a Black father in the entertainment world with Lance Gross, Carl Jones and David E. Talbert presented by Walmart. After a successful launch at the 2023 ABFF in Miami, the unprecedented program included screenings, panel discussions, and experiential activations. The Black & Unlimited Fatherhood Project will spotlight emerging directors in a creator's competition to champion independent filmmaking while providing a platform to showcase a wide range of stories about Black men as fathers.

This year's Black & Unlimited Fatherhood Project program will include premieres for the top three winners of the filmmaker competition (listed below) and an onstage panel with a well-known artist and their child to discuss fatherhood and their relationship. This year's Black & Unlimited Fatherhood Project program will include premieres for the top three winners of the filmmaker competition (listed below) and an onstage panel with a well-known artist and their child to discuss fatherhood and their relationship.

Three filmmakers were chosen from the submissions for Black and Unlimited Fatherhood Project sponsored by Walmart and each will receive 10,000 dollars, mentorship in the industry as well as attend and have their film screened at this year's festival. The winners include:

After These Messages *World Premiere
A single father struggling with university politics as a professor must choose between his job and his daughter whose desire to be authentically herself threatens their livelihood.
USA | 26 min
Director: Khalid Abdulqaadir
Writer: Khalid Abdulqaadir
Producers: Corey McCartney, Kevin Willmott, Talib Kweli, Khalid Abdulqaadir
Cast: Petey McGee, Sanaa Salaam

Black Santa
Every year Henry looks forward to his job working as a mall Santa alongside his son Otis. But as Otis grows older, this may prove to be their last holiday season as a duo.
USA | 10:06 min
Director: Travis Wood
Writers: Travis Wood, Weston Auburn
Producers: Gabriela Díaz Arp, Kiah Clingman
Cast: Theo Haddon, Andrew Tull, Michael Silverblatt

It Takes A Village *World Premiere
In 1960s Georgia, Lawrence Cooke prepares his son, Isaiah, for his ascension to manhood.
USA | 13:37 min
Director: Joshua Kissi
Writers: Joshua Kissi, Keyla McNeely
Producer: Kegan Sant
Cast: Jackson Abram, Michael Ealy, Nadine Ellis, Mccolm Cephas, Antonio Shamori Washington, Zakai Biagas-Bey, Jamald Gardner, Myron Primes, Newton N Mayenge

"We're honored to continue our partnership with the American Black Film Festival," said D.J. Vaughn, Multicultural Media & Content Lead at Walmart. "Our collaboration in 2023 was a resounding success, and we are thrilled to spotlight the importance of Black fatherhood and the role of Black men in their families and communities. We look forward to another year of empowering emerging directors and highlighting stories about Black fatherhood to mainstream audiences."

Each film will also be featured on ABFF PLAY, the festival's online global platform, and Walmart's Black and Unlimited YouTube page from June 17-24.

Winners of the 2024 independent film awards and talent contest will be announced during the "Best of the ABFF Awards" hosted by three-time Emmy award nominee Dondré Whitfield, Saturday, June 15, in the New World Center.

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