The festival opened with Screen Gems' Think Like A Man Too, produced by ABFF
alumnus Will Packer (see feature in this issue), and hosted 12 world premieres over the course of the weekend including UP Network's Comeback Dad; Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee, a documentary on the art and activism of Dee and husband-partner Ossie Davis directed by their grandson, Muta'Ali; and Spike Lee's controversial, Kickstarter-financed film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.
We very excited that Dysfunctional Friends could be apart of ABFF
this year for the festivals fifteen year anniversary which is sure to be historic," said the producer and one of the stars of the film Datari Turner.
As a consequence of the Panel's decision above the Panel does not have to express a view on whether or not the ABFF
sanction is proportionate or not.
The "Be Reel" contest is an extension of Allstate's support and sponsorship of the ABFF
McDonald's is excited to embark on this initiative with ABFF
and the filmmakers of the future from the communities we serve," said Kristen Wells, External Communications Manager, McDonald's USA.
Committed to the belief that Black content creators and artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, ABFF
founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry.
The 2006 ABFF
program, in addition to the film screenings and awards presentation, includes network and studio premieres, panels, workshops and seminars led by high-level filmmakers, actors, journalists and industry professionals.
This award will allow people from all walks of life a chance to participate in the process of celebrating good work," said Jeff Friday, ABFF
Founder/CEO of Film Life, Inc.
There's Roger Bobb, who's the only person to win best film at ABFF
As with all its audiobooks, ABFF
has made an MP3 bitrate version of The Declaration of Independence available absolutely free.
Other sponsors of the ABFF
are: founding sponsor, HBO and platinum sponsor, Lincoln.
We are looking forward to the promise of even more original and dynamic work to emerge on the independent front in 2014," states Jeff Friday, ABFF
founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.