Gook

Release Date:   6/16/17 – American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Black & White
Running Time:  94 mins.
Director:   Justin Chon
Studio:  Datari Turner Productions, Birthday Soup Films, Fishbowl Studios, The Foxtrout Studios, Tunnel Post
Cast:  Simone Baker (Kamilla), Justin Chon (Eli), Curtiss Cook, Jr. (Keith), David So (Daniel)
Story:  Eli (Chon) and Daniel (So) are two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. These two brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla (Baker).  As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point in L.A. as the “infamous” L.A. Riots break out.  Source:  abff.com.

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Love By Chance

Release Date:    6/17/17 – American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Romance/Comedy
Running Time:  106 mins.
Director:  Samad Davis
Cast:  Altovise Lawrence, Atandwa Kani, Terri J. Vaughn, Clifton Powell, E. Roger Mitchell, Lil Zane, Carl Anthony Payne II, Desi Banks.

Story:  Two aspiring actors from South Africa who are independently in America trying to crack into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry, meet by chance. Between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a crazy dating scene, who has time for love?  Source:  abff.com.

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Naked

Release Date:  8/11/17; Netflix
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:  Michael Tiddes
Studio:  Wayans Alvarez Productions, Netflix

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Reginald Swope, Loretta Devine, Neil Brown, Jr., Dave Sheridan, Cory Hardrict, Jwaundace Candece.

Story:  Rob Anderson (Wayans) is all set to marry the girl of his dreams (Hall), but can’t quite get to the altar. Every time he comes close, he finds himself waking up naked in his hotel elevator, forced to relive the beginning of his wedding day over and over again.  Source:  Movie Insider Photo:  Teaser-Trailer.com

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Downsized

Release Date:   6/16/17 – American Black Film Festival; August 2017 – TV One
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  84 mins.
Director:  Rhonda Baraka
Cast:  Boris Kodjoe (Michael), Nicole Ari Parker (Ebony).

Story:  Ebony and Michael were forced into a modern “shotgun” wedding after becoming teenage parents, putting their personal goals on hold in order to support their family. The two high school sweethearts manage to overcome the odds and establish a seemingly ideal life for themselves. However, the success that initially was meant to strengthen their family has become the very thing that is driving them apart. As a result, Michael desperately tries to hold onto everything he’s worked his entire life to gain. This leads the family on an unconventional adventure to restore the faith, hope, and trust that initially brought them together.  Source(s):  Shadow & Act; abff.com.

Bruce!!!

Release Date:  6/15/17; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  102 mins.
Director:  Eden Marryshow
Studio:   Pope 3 Enterprises

Cast:  Eden Marryshow (Bruce), Jade Eshete (Kerri), Mallory Sparks (Amanda), Jason Tottenham (Greg), Nancy Sun (Vanessa), Celestine Rae (Whitney), Mlé Chester (Keira).
Story:  Bruce is an asshole. He’s shitty to everyone, until he falls hopelessly in love and is forced to grow up…in his thirties.  Source & Photo:  abff.com.

 

A Hundred Blocks

Release Date:   6/15/17; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  87 mins
Black & White
Director:  Diaunte Thompson
Cast:  David A. Green, Robert D. Jordan, JaMaurae Birden, Tina Gilton

Story:  Jaleel finally has enough cash saved up to leave Oakland and avoid the violent fate of his father, along with so many of his peers. When a friend promises to triple those savings, Jaleel goes against his better judgment and says yes. The added money will let Jaleel realize his goal of opening a gym in the new town—a dream inspired by his father.  The film was produced by NFL running back, Marshawn Lynch.  Source(s):  abff.com; The Wrap.

Traffik

a/k/a Stranded

Release Date:  6/15/17; American Black Film Festival
Genre:   Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  92 mins.
Director:  Deon Taylor
Studio:   Hidden Empire Film Group

Cast:  Paula Patton (Brea), Omar Epps (John), Laz Alonso (Darren Cole), Luke Goss (Red), William Fichtner (Mr. Waynewright), Missi Pyle (Deputy Sally Marnes), Roselyn Sanchez (Malia), Dawn Olivieri (Cara).

Story:  Journalist Brea and her boyfriend John are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. On their way up the coast they stop in a small town and are accosted by a group of men on motorcycles. Barely avoiding a fight, Brea and John continue on their trip, unaware that they have inadvertently come into possession of a cell phone…a cell phone that the bikers are desperate to retrieve. Now, alone in the mountains in an isolated rental home, Brea and John must defend themselves against the bikers who will stop at nothing to get the phone, destroy the evidence it holds and kill anyone who would tell their story.  Source:  abff.com.