Published on July 1st, 2012 | by thevyne


Top 5 Reasons to Check out ABFF (American Black Film Festival)

This year Keesha had the opportunity to check out the American Black Film Festival. It was a blast! While we’re sure each year of the festival brings with it new and exciting experiences, this year’s festival was a must attend event. Here are a few (well, five actually) reasons you should check it out next year:

  1. Amazing Films – There are several film screenings throughout the duration of the festival, all featuring talented actors and actresses. Some you’ve seen before, others you haven’t. One noteworthy film we screened was “Dark Girls”, a documentary by Bill Duke on the perception of dark brown skin women. What was interesting is that the film didn’t just concentrate on American black women. It also highlighted the issue in other cultures including Korea, Dominican Republic and Africa.
  2. Informative Workshops – This is the place to be if you want to learn about the many crafts in the business of Hollywood. The festival includes a variety of workshops on pitching, writing and exclusive dialog with some of the most experienced producers in the business. This year featured a special sit down with super couple Salim and Mara Brock Akil.
  3. Miami Beach – There’s just something about Miami as the backdrop to this festival that just makes it feel vibrant, energized and just all around fun! If you go with your girls it can double as a stateside getaway/girls weekend.
  4. Sponsor Parties – If you’re lucky enough to get a VIP sponsor pass you’ll have access to exclusive parties on the strip. This year DJ Irie brought the house down at the opening party. Everyone was dressed to impress, celebs were present and accounted for and the VIP sections did not disappoint. This year HBO hosted a party at a private mansion by the water that was a-maze-balls! The food was delicious and the company even better.
  5. Celebrity Sightings – Whether you’re a “star gazer” or not, it’s fun to mix and mingle with the Hollywood crowd. Everyone is way more down to earth than they get credit for and it’s an opportunity to let them know that you appreciate their work.

Photo: (Clockwise) Keesha with the Sheldon Shepherd and Storm Saulter of the film “Better Mus Come”, Fruit Salad, Bill Duke interview post “Dark Girls” screening, Having fun at HBO Mansion Party, Entering HBO Mansion Party

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