TV One is going big into original movies and two were show at ABFF including Down For Whatever with LeToya Luckett Walker Bre-Z, Hosea Chanchez and Imani Hakim, and Dinner For Two with Tristan ‘Mack” Wilds. For that movie, they also had a lovely dinner party at the Mondrian, out on the pool deck. A little drizzle cleared up quickly so that guests could dine on salmon and deep dish peach cobbler. If all you remember of Mack Wilds is as Michael on The Wire, well, ladies, he’s all growed up now.
ABFF ended with a Community Day at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater to a capacity crowd for community members who didn’t have access to the ABFF Festival. In other words, admission was free. Actor/choreographer and former Soul Food star Darrin Henson told his inspiring story and gave attendees a new manifesto to follow. He calls it NOW – Next Opportunity Window, and basically he means when an opportunity presents itself, you better go for it.
Local Miami filmmaker Nicholas Guerrier made a charming movie called Flea about the goings on in a Miami flea market. He used a local cast that included the talented lead actor Isaac Beverly, in the starring role as the manager of the flea market who has to solve all kinds of crises in the course of a day. Guerrier shot the movie in 10 days using a grant from Wells Fargo to complete it. It’s a reminder that Black filmmakers can come from anywhere as the strength is in the idea and execution. If you have a dream to create, the only thing stopping you is usually you.
Check out other highlights at www.abff.com as well as dates and details for the 2019 Festival. See you in Miami!
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