The 18th American Black Film Fest
Lapacazo Sandoval | 6/12/2014, 12:31 p.m.
If you’re a young filmmaker and you haven’t been introduced to Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life and the creative life force behind the 2014 American Black Film Festival, don’t fret. Your chance to understand this man’s mission manifests with the screening of 52 films (June 19-22 ).
Starting with a Hollywood bang, it’s the New York premiere of Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man Too” (June 19), followed by a huge gala. This is the eagerly anticipated sequel to “Think Like a Man,” the star-studded romantic comedy based on Steve Harvey’s best-seller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”
Closing the festival (June 22) is the world premiere of Spike Lee’s most recent work, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” a feature film that centers on humans who are addicted to blood.
“My continued commitment to finding and helping to nurture Black filmmakers is a big factor in relocating the festival from Miami to New York City,” Friday expressed. “This city has embraced us with open arms. The multifaceted themes of the roster of films are reflective of the diversity ABFF’s new backdrop, New York City.”
A few other jewels include ABFF’s Spotlight Screenings, and the hotly anticipated premiere of Moguldom Studios’ slick documentary, “A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z,” which tells the story of one of hip hop’s most successful artists and the course of his success through unparalleled, refined business acumen.
Another notable film is “Blackbird,” the story of a young man coming of age in the often restrictive walls of a Southern Baptist church.
The American Black Film Festival is presented by Film Life, a multifaceted entertainment company headquartered in New York City.