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Will & Heather Packer Host Private, A-List Screening of Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation'

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Rapper/actor Big Boi, left, with Will and Heather Packer at private screening of Nate Parker's 'Birth of A Nation'

(ATLANTA) Famed film producer, Will Packer, and his wife, Heather Packer, hosted a private A-list screening of the upcoming Nate Parker film, The Birth of a Nation, at their home in Atlanta, GA.

The evening kicked off with a light reception, complete with full bar and passed hors d’oeuvres, and transitioned into the Packer House theater where Will and Heather welcomed guests into their home and shared why they felt it necessary to host this film. They also spoke about the importance of historical presentations like his mini-series reboot of Roots and The Birth of a Nation.  Liquid Soul CEO, Tirrell Whittley, then took the stage and thanked everyone for being at the forefront of support for this amazing film. 

In the audience: Ambassador Andrew Young (Civil Rights and Political Icon); Ludacris (Rapper, Fast & Furious franchise) and Eudoxie BridgesBig Boi (OutKast); Kandi & Todd Tucker (Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta); Michael Ealy (Actor, The Perfect Guy); Naturi Naughton (Actress, Starz’Power); LeToya Luckett (Singer/Actress); Chaka Zulu (Music Exec/DTP); Rob Hardy (Film/TV Director/Producer); Ceasar Mitchell (President, Atlanta City Council); Ebony Barley (Director of Special Events, City of Atlanta); and many more!

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis. 

The Birth of a Nation opens nationwide on October 7.

 

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Plan now to see new Birth of a Nation film to be released October 7

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Set in the antebellum South, this new movie that audaciously takes the title THE BIRTH OF A NATION, as in the 1915 race movie by D.W. Griffith, follows slave and preacher, Nat Turner, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat Turner’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. No doubt there will be comparisons of the preacher's role in traditional religion today but let me not digress. As Nat Turner witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - he orchestrates a slave rebellion in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Nate Parker wrote, stars, produces and directs the film which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Set for an October 7, 2016 release, see it in the theatre. Use it as a teachable moment for your older teens and young adults, regardless of ethnicity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


McDonald's Challenges You To Create 90-Second Film Illustrating Mantra: "Deeply Rooted in Your Community"

 

 McDonald's "My Community" Video Competition 

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McDonald's ABFF and Barbershop: The Next Cut film director, Malcolm D. Lee are excited to return with this national video competition for rising filmmakers for the second year! McDonald's challenges you to create a 90-second film that illustrates McDonald's 365Black mantra, "Deeply Rooted in Your Community." Submissions will be critiqued on creativity, implementation of concept and quality.

Three finalists will be selected to attend the festival, screen their story before the festival audience, where one winner will be selected. In addition, finalists will have an exclusive opportunity to experience a mentor session with critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee (Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Best Man Holiday and The Best Man).

The following provides general submission information for the McDonald's Lovin' Video Competition:

  • Video must not exceed 90 seconds in length.
  • Video must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or constitute copyright infringement.
  • Video content must be family friendly in line with the image of McDonald's.
  • Video must not contain third-party brand names, trademarks, photos, artwork or music.
  • Video must not be exhibited publicly at any time prior to the close of the 2016 American Black Film Festival/ June 19, 2016 and will be disqualified if in breach.
  • Video must be submitted via a private online URL link (for example an unlisted YouTube video, a password protected Vimeo, etc.), along with password if applicable and your completed submission form, to be emailed to: submissions@abffventures.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, April 15, 2016. Email subject to read: McDonald's Video Entry. Deadline: April 15, 2016

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!   For more information on the 2016 ABFF visit abff.com.

 


Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Dr. Dre and more A-List Celebs attend 'Miles Ahead' Premiere in LA sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila

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Last night's premiere of Miles Ahead at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles, sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila, brought out celeb supporters of Don Cheadle who wrote, starred and directed the Miles Davis Biopic.

Along with co-star Ewan McGregor, Don chatted with attendees till the very end of the event over Dobel Tequila cocktails including Lenny Kravitz who was seen greeting Frances Davis, the real first wife of Miles Davis. Dr. Dre who showed up in a tricked out SUV that had to be parked right outside the theater. Following the screening before the Q and A session,  Dre slipped out to throngs of NWA supporters that seemed to show up out of nowhere.

Also spotted at the A- List Communications produced event were Empire's Jussie Smollett, Alfre WoodardDavid Alan GrierGarcelle BeauvaisAloe BlaccRegina King, and ever so handsome Michael Ealy to name a very few.

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GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU AND AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL RETURN TO MIAMI JUNE 15-19, 2016

MIAMI, FL -  Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME and American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Founder Jeff Friday officially announced yesterday the return to Miami of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) June 15-19, 2016.  The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings and an extensive schedule of events and networking opportunities to be announced in the months ahead.  The highly anticipated ABFF is considered the nation's largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts.  "We are thrilled with the return of the American Black Film Festival to Miami and look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees expected for this highly anticipated event," said Talbert. "The diverse multicultural fabric of our community will provide the ideal setting for the festival's 2016 milestone celebration."    The 2016 ABFF will coincide with the GMCVB's fourth annual Miami Film Month and includes a commitment by the ABFF to hold their annual event in Miami for the next three years.  "I am so happy to celebrate the American Black Film Festival's 20th anniversary in Miami next year," said ABFF Founder Jeff Friday.  " Aside from being one of the most desirable destinations in the world and a big attraction for festival-goers, the community has always embraced ABFF and its mission to showcase and provide a platform for African Americans in film and television.  2016 marks our eleventh festival in Miami and I'm proud to call the GMCVB a committed partner. We look forward to the celebratory four day weekend with tremendous enthusiasm - it's great to be back!"  
 
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Pictured left to right: Bruce Orosz, GMCVB Chair; Jeff Friday, Founder American Black Film Festival (ABFF); Elijah Wells, ABFF Community Showcase winner and Overtown Miami filmmaker; Connie Kinnard , GMCVB Vice President Multicultural Tourism and Development; William Talbert, GMCVB President and CEO; and City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

 
 

The Miami people don't see [Parental Advisory]

Raw. Explicit language. Real. Powerful. Covers a lot of subjects. The Field: Miami. The Miami people don't see. 

 

 

 

 

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[TIME SENSITIVE] Invitation to special advance screening of the controversial new movie "Belle"

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Local news anchor Constance Jones and Fox Searchlight are hosting a special screening of BELLE this coming Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Regal South Beach, 7:30pm. 

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Because it is private event, a ticketing system is not being used but a special guest list is being created. RSVP by emailing your name to BelleFloridaScreenings@gmail.com. The deadline is Monday May 12, 2014.

 

 

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Painting of Dido Belle with her cousin Elizabeth, formerly attributed to Johann Zoffany

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Spike Lee's mini-documentary on Miami Northwestern's former QB Teddy Bridgewater

 

Check out this very touching  video of Miami's Teddy Bridgewater and his mother, Ms. Rose Murphy. When Teddy was a little boy, he like many other young black boys, dreamed of becoming a professional football Player. Teddy also told his mother he would buy her mother a pink Cadillac Escalade when he went to the pros. As a nine year-old, he didn't know his mother would later be diagnosed with breast cancer. The signature color of the breast cancer awareness campaign is pink.

Of the hundreds of thousands of young boys throughout the United States who dream of playing sports, Teddy has succeeded and accomplished all of his goals thus far. Cadillac has partnered with famed film director Spike Lee to make a documentary on Teddy's life. If the film is anything like this clip we see here, the viewers should be proud of Teddy Bridgewater, his mother and his entire family. Be prepared to cry.

A side note not to be ignored is the incredible positive publicity this video/mini-documentary generates for Miami Northwestern High School. Prayerfully Teddy Bridgewater will be a role model for many children in Miami's inner-city and beyond.

 

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JET Magazine Rides Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart

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CHICAGO, Ill. — As actors Ice Cube and Kevin Hart prepare for the release of their film, Ride Along, the two sat down with JET magazine to discuss making the film, mixing business and entertainment, and building their legacies in Hollywood.

Cube, who has established himself as a hip-hop artist, record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, and director, not only stars in the action-comedy, but is also one of its producers.

“From 48 Hours to Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, I wanted Ride Along to have the same kind of feel as those movies,” said Cube responding to what movie-goers can expect from the film.   

Hart, who has established himself as a mainstream comedian and actor, is anticipated to deliver the same “belly-busting” humor fans expect, if not more.  However, while known for jokes and laughter, Hart is serious about his craft and discusses in detail the sacrifices made during his climb to stardom.

“I took a gamble when I quit my job, which meant putting my all into stand-up comedy,” said Hart.  “When you don’t have a backup plan, you work as hard as you can because you know there cannot be a negative outcome, only positivity.  When you let go of other things, you help yourself to evolve into great things.”

Readers can read the article in its entirety and more in the January 27 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands January 6. Ride Along hits movie theaters on January 17. 

 

Photo: Johnson Publishing Company

 

 


ABFF "American Black Film Festival" Is Now Accepting Feature And Documentary Submissions For 2014

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NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ -- Film Life announced that it is seeking exceptional narrative feature and documentary films made by or about people of African descent for consideration for the 18th annual ABFF (American Black Film Festival). The 2014 ABFF is scheduled to take place in NYC, next June 19-22.

"2013 has certainly been a tremendous year in Black cinema, providing great inspiration for Black artists. We are looking forward to the promise of even more original and dynamic work to emerge on the independent front in 2014," states Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.

Films must be completed post January 1, 2013. Documentaries should have a minimum running time of 45 minutes, and narrative features a minimum of 72 minutes. Submission deadlines are February 7, and March 10, 2014, respectively. For full eligibility criteria, please visit www.abff.comor www.Withoutabox.com where submissions are being accepted online only.