Dinner For Two

Release Date:  2018
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Orlando Bishop
Studio(s):   Swirl Films, TV One
Running time:  Unknown

Cast:  Tristan Mack Wilds (Chris), Chaley Rose (Angela), Shaun Baker (David), Brooklyn Summers (Jay), Skylar Brooks (Aisha), Kron Moore (Gloria), Naomi Mack (Renee).

Story:   When Christopher lost his one true love, Angela, his life became a complicated mess. He has a simple solution: Tonight, he will prepare his Last Supper. He will play his dinner music, the soundtrack of their love, of their life together. He will eat his meal, a meal they shared so many times.  And then he will take his own life, “un-complicating” things for good. Angela shows up to stop him. She has a simple message: “Live.”  He has a simple response:  “I want you back.” But as they both know, and as we will learn as they break bread over broken hearts, things between them are never as simple as they seem.  Source:  ABFF official site.  Photo Source:  TV One.

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A Boy.  A Girl. A Dream.

Release Date:  (2018)
Genre:  Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Qasim Basir
Studio(s):   Datari Turner Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Films
Running time:  89 mins.
Cast: Omari Hardwick (Cass), Meagan Good (Free), Jay Ellis, Dijon Talton (Naqeeb)

Story:  On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass, an L.A. club promoter, meets Frida, a beautiful and spirited Midwestern visitor dealing with a difficult breakup. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers. Nothing will ever be the same again.  Source:  ABFF official site.

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The Flea

Release Date:  6/13/18 – 6/17/18; American Black Film Festival
Genre:   Comedy
Rating:  NR
Director:  Nicanson Guerrier
Studio(s):   SafeBox Entertainment
Running time:  90 mins.
Cast:  Sh’kia Dennis (Jennifer Bennett), Isaac Beverly (Quentin Parker), Kendall Mason (Travis Parker).

Story:   Set in the Miami landmark, Flea Market USA, we follow assistant manager Quentin Parker on what is supposed to be his last day. Comedy ensues as he must deal with customers, vendors, and his boss as he struggles to survive one more day on the job.  Source:  ABFF Official Site.

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Animator

Release Date:  6/13/18 – 6/17/18; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Directors:  Logan Hall and Julian Jones
Studio(s):   Animator
Running time:  98 mins.
Cast:  Levenix Riddle, McKenzie Chinn, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Anita Chandwaney, Geno Walker

Story:   What would YOU do if you could draw the future and erase the past? That’s what Neal, has to figure out after he is mysteriously gifted with this astonishing power.  Should Neal use his power to change the world? Or for selfish gain? (What would YOU do?)  Commercial artist Neal Stewart takes an animation class with a mysterious professor that connects him to the ancient Griots of West Africa and the power to draw the future. When his girlfriend commits suicide, he learns he can erase the past with chilling consequences.  Source:  ABFF official site.

Sprinter

Release Date:  6/13/18 – 6/17/18; American Black Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Storm Saulter
Studio(s):   Mental Telepathy Pictures, MBG Entertainment, Flipped Out Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment.
Running time:  112 mins.
Cast:  Dale Elliott (Akeem Sharp), David Alan Grier (Coach Miller), Lorraine Toussaint (Donna), Bryshere Y. Gray (Marcus Brick).

Story:   A Jamaican teen, burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother, hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.  Produced by: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Richard Jefferson.  Source:  ABFF official site.

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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