FRIDAY, JUNE 17

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Actors Boot Camp – Session 2

Instructor: Bill Duke

(Master Class ticket required)

June 17 | 9:00 am – 12 noon | Venue: Ritz Ballroom, Salon 2 & 3

Bill Duke's Actors Bootcamp

Sharpen your acting skills in this intensive two-day class on the business and craft of acting through scene study and lively discussion with Bill Duke and several guests from the world of film and television.


The Power Lounge

Hosted by Cadillac

June 17 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Venue: Loews Hotel, Cowrie 2

Power Lounge

Catered breaks and celebrity meet & greet with Omari Hardwick at 4 pm. This event is a perk for Deco passholders.


American Airlines Passholder Lounge

June 17 | 12 noon – 5:00 pm | Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Salon 1

American Airlines Lounge

An oasis amidst the festival for ABFF passholders to network and experience American Airlines’ brand of hospitality.


Official Film Screenings

Narrative Feature & Documentary Sections

June 17 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | Venue: Regal Cinemas (Screens 17 & 18)

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Attend world premieres of dynamic new content by Black writers, directors and producers.


ABFF FIRST LOOK: THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Presented by the MPAA, Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

June 17 | 11:30 am | Venue: Loews, Americana 3 & 4

THE BIRTH OF A NATION

An enlightening conversation with The Birth of a Nation director, writer filmmaker and actor Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights, Red Tails), along with actress Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away with Murder) and actress Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane, Bad Boys II). They will and will showcase behind-the-scenes clips on the making of the film, as well as discuss the film’s incredible journey to date.

Moderator: Star Jones, journalist & author


Industry Coaching Seminar with Akil Productions

June 17 | 1:30 pm | Venue: Ritz Ballroom, Salon 2 & 3

Mara Brock-Akil and Salim Akil

Mara Brock-Akil and Salim Akil discuss how to navigate a career in screenwriting, and announce the ABFF Writers Lab – a new ABFF women’s initiative.


Ladies First: Emerging Black Women in Cinema

***ABFF Women’s Initiative

Produced by Daughters of Eve Media, Presented by Facebook & The Root

June 17 | 2:00 pm | Venue: Colony Theatre

ABFF Eye

Celebrate Black women working behind the camera as two rising filmmakers whose work includes documentaries, shorts and web series are recognized by the Kathleen Collins/ABFF Women’s Initiative. Lorna Lowe (Shelter, Romeo) and Crystle Clear Roberson (Next Doors Next, The End Again) share highlights of their work and discuss their experiences as women in the industry.


The Making of ALMOST CHRISTMAS

Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, Courtesy of Universal Pictures

June 17 | 3:00 pm | Venue: Loews, Americana 3 & 4

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An inside look at Universal’s new comedy with writer/director/executive producer David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim), producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series) and actress and executive producer Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane).

Moderator: Buzzfeed Pop Culture Editor, Sylvia Obell


Spotlight Alumni Screening: THE LAND

Written & Directed by Steven Caple, Jr.

June 17 | 4:00 pm | Venue: Regal Theatre 17

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Followed by Q & A with writer, director and ABFF alum Steven Caple, Jr. The story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding.


TV One Presents “CELEBRITY SCENE STEALERS”

June 17 | 5:00 pm | Venue: Ritz Ballroom, Salons 2 & 3

TV One

Popular actors perform scenes from TV One’s annual screenplay competition, where one talented writer wins the opportunity to have their movie made by TVOne.


Spotlight Screening: STEPPING UP: STORIES OF JAZZ & CAREGIVING

Courtesy of AARP

OPEN TO PASSHOLDERS & FREE FOR SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENTS. SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENTS MUST PRESENT GOVERNMENT ISSUED I.D. FOR FREE ENTRY.

June 17 | 5:00 pm | Venue: Colony Theatre & Segafredo

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STEPPING UP: Stories of Jazz and Caregiving lovingly opens a door into the lives of four musicians and their families as they struggle to balance the roles of artist, caregiver and patient. Narrated by multi-award-winning actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme, Selma) and filled with great music, dance and laughter, the film moves from Brooklyn to New Orleans to shed light on the pain, poignancy and joy that is woven into what it means to be a caregiver today.

A post-cocktail reception will follow the screening, both Courtesy of AARP.


Comedy Wings Pre-Show Mixer

Hosted by MillerCoors

June 17 | 7:30 pm | Venue: Loews Hotel, Americana Foyer

Comedy-Wings

Passholders are invited to stop in for a beer before the start of the show


Spotlight Alumni Screening: 86-32

Directed by Randy Wilkins

June 17 | 8:00 pm | Venue: Regal Theatre 18

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86-32 is the story of 19-year-old boxing Olympian Roy Jones, Jr. and the harrowing lesson that all that glitters ain’t gold.

Followed by Q & A with director and ABFF alum Randy Wilkins.


ABFF “Comedy Wings” Competition

Presented by HBO

June 17 | 8:30 pm | Venue: Loews Hotel, Americana 3 & 4

Comedy Wings

The festival’s hilarious comedy night, where five of the funniest new comics from around the country battle it out to take home the 2016 Comedy Wings “Winner” title and have meetings with HBO’s creative executives.

Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer


ABFF Game Night Party

Presented by McDonald’s

June 17 | 10:30 pm | Venue: Ritz Ballroom, Salons 2 & 3

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We’ve brought the games to Miami! Take on fellow festivalgoers at Karaoke, poker and some of your other favorite games, in what promises to be a night of big fun!

Hosted by Vine star Skye Townsend