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American Black Film Festival Moves from Miami to New York With “Think Like a Man” Sequel and Spike Lee Film

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Romany Malco and Meagan Good in “Think Like a Man Too.” (Screen Gems)

The 18th edition of the American Black Film Festival will make its New York debut next month with films directed by Tim Story and Spike Lee bookending the June 19-22 event, organizers announced last week.

The festival, which promotes work by and about people of African descent, is presented by Film Life, a New York City-based entertainment company. The Miami area was home to the festival for most of its existence. Now, Jeff Friday, the festival’s founder and Film Life chief executive, said in a phone interview that he hoped the move will be a permanent one, with the goal of reaching a larger, more diverse audience.

“Last year proved if nothing else, that black films can be more mainstream,” Mr. Friday said. “We want to encourage audiences to consume, ingest and enjoy black cinema as much as multicultural audiences enjoy other forms of black culture.”

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Short Film “Black Girl in Paris” by Kiandra Parks Heads to HBO

Black Girl In ParisBased on the novel by Shay Youngblood, Black Girl in Paris is written and directed by Kiandra Parks and stars Tracey Heggins (Medicine for Melancholy) as a down-on-her-luck writer who experiences personal and sexual awakening thanks to a savvy prostitute, played by Zaraah Abrahams (who is also in Spike Lee‘s upcoming Da Sweet Blood of Jesus).

After filming in 2012 and touring the festival circuit in 2013, winning the American Black Film Festival’s Short Film Award, the twenty-minute movie is now available to view on HBOGo through March 31st.

article by Jai Tigget via ShadowAndAct.com