EVENTS & SCREENINGS

Thursday, June 13, 2019


ABFF PASSHOLDER LOUNGE

Sponsored by American Airlines

THU 6/13 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, AMERICANA 4

Network with fellow attendees and meet the official 2019 ABFF Filmmakers while enjoying cocktails in the American Airlines Passholder Lounge.

1:15 PM & 2:00 PM: Filmmaker meet and greets

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Happy Hour (cocktails provided by Crown Royal)

ABFF INDUSTRY EXPO

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THU 6/13 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, AMERICANA FOYER

The ABFF Industry Expo provides ABFF attendees with access to information from a variety of industry-related companies, including networks, studios, entertainment lawyers, financial advisers, and state and city film offices during the festival week.

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    10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:

    GREATER MIAMI CONVENTION & VISITOR’S BUREAU EXHIBIT

    CAPITAL ONE SPARK BUSINESS EXHIBIT

    Capital One Spark Business will host fun contests, provide swag, and information about their Capital One Cafés which are exciting places where you can bank, plan your financial journey, engage with your community, and enjoy Peet’s coffee.

    CREATIVE ARTIST AGENCY (CAA) EXHIBIT

    The CAA Industry Expo at ABFF will focus on educating attendees seeking to pursue a career on the business side of entertainment and aid in providing access to opportunity/building awareness about employment opportunities at CAA (across our offices, with emphasis on LA and NY).

    3:00 PM – 6:00 PM:

    WARNER BROTHERS EXHIBIT

    Warner Bros. thrives on helping to celebrate diverse talent in front of and behind the camera through investment and engagement. Participants may stop by our table to better understand our work culture and discuss current or future career aspirations.

    Recruiters: Antonio Hairston (Talent Programs- Diversity Outreach) and Erin Canine

    HBO EXHIBIT

    Meet and network with HBO’s talent acquisition team to discuss full-time and internship job opportunities in media relations, creative marketing, consumer marketing, programming, and more.

    CAPITAL ONE SPARK BUSINESS EXHIBIT

    Capital One Spark Business will host fun contests, provide swag, and information about their Capital One Cafés which are exciting places where you can bank, plan your financial journey, engage with your community, and enjoy Peet’s coffee.


THE BLACK GODFATHER

Courtesy of Netflix

THU 6/13 | 11:00 AM | NEW WORLD CENTER, SUNTRUST PAVILION

For decades, entertainers, athletes, and political figures have turned to a single man for advice during the most pivotal moments in their lives and careers. The Black Godfather charts the exceptional and unlikely rise of Clarence Avant, a music

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    executive who, until now, has deliberately chosen to remain behind the scenes as he influenced legends such as Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, and Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

    Talent appearances: Reginald Hudlin (Marshall)

    *Light refreshments will be served: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

“KEEP RISING” KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Sponsored by Cadillac

THU 6/13 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, AMERICANA 3

Join us for an up-close-and-personal conversation with one of today’s hottest stars in film and TV. As we discuss their evolution as an artist and recognize those that supported them on their road to success in Hollywood.

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    Panelist: Sanaa Lathan (The Affair)

    Moderator: Malcolm D. Lee (Night School)


THE STORY BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH SONGLANDS ESTER DEAN

Sponsored by NBCUniversal

THU 6/13 | 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, COWRIE 2
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An intimate conversation with Ester Dean, Grammy-nominated songwriter, Pitch Perfect star, and producer-panelist on NBC’s new songwriting competition Songland. Dean will take you measure by measure through her career, her role in finding

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    the next great songs on Songland, and the story behind creating No. 1 smash hits such as Rihanna’s “Rude Boy,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.”

    Panelists: Ester Dean (Singer/Song Writer) and Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2 & 3)

RATE MY MOVIE: A CONVERSATION WITH THE LEADERS BEHIND MPAA’S FILM RATINGS

Sponsored by Motion Picture Association of America

THU 6/13 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, AMERICANA 1

If you hope to have your movie distributed in theaters, chances are you will want it to be rated. Most theaters prefer rated films to unrated ones because it means audiences can know what to expect on the level of content. Join the MPAA

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    leaders who rate films and approve advertising materials for an engaging conversation on all things related to film ratings—the process, the controversies, appealing a rating, and more. Learn how the MPAA reviews advertising and publicity materials for rated films—from trailers, one-sheets, and billboards to Facebook ads, Snapchat filters, and promotional gifts.

    Panelists: Marilyn Gordon (Chairman of the Advertising Administration and Vice-Chairperson of CARA), Yulia Dashevsky (Deputy Chairman of the Advertising Administration), and Kelly McMahon (Chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA))

    Moderator: John Gibson (VP of External & Multicultural Affairs at the MPAA)


“COFFEE TALK” WITH LISARAYE MCCOY

Sponsored by Capital One Spark Business

THU 6/13 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | CAPITAL ONE CAFÉ
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Capital One Spark Business “Coffee Talks” are intimate conversations with celebrities as they discuss hot topics in Hollywood and their latest projects.

THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY

Courtesy of TV One

THU 6/13 | 2:30 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

Bobby DeBarge, lead singer of the ’70s R&B/Funk band Switch, and eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge finds his life in peril as he struggles with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.

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    Talent appearances: Roshon Fegan (Greenleaf), Russ Parr (Director), Blue Kimble and Eric Tomosunas (Producer)

    Moderator: Karen Peterkin (Director, Scripted Original Programming, Original Programming and Production)


NBCUNIVERSAL PANEL DOUBLE HEADER

Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal

THU 6/13 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL,
AMERICANA 3

THE COME UP: A CONVERSATION WITH THE
STARS OF NBC

Join the stars from NBC’s hit series for a spirited conversation about their shows, experiences breaking into the business at a time of increasing inclusion, and their views on nuanced representations of the black experience on TV.

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    Panelists: Ego Nwodim (SNL), Niles Fitch (This Is Us), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam) LaRoyce Hawkins (Chicago P.D.), and Yaya DaCosta (SNL).

    Moderator: Cori Murray (Entertainment Director, Essence)

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BRAVO MEDIA PRESENTS: FAMILIES & BLACK LOVE

Join us for a conversation on love, family, and relationships featuring Porsha Williams of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Karen Huger of The Real Housewives of Potomac, and Dr. Jacqueline Waters of Married to Medicine. From falling in love and

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    becoming engaged to experiencing the ups and downs of marriage while showcasing relationships on television.

    Panelists: Porsha Williams (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Karen Huger, (The Real Housewives of Potomac) and Dr. Jaqueline Walters (Married to Medicine)


BLACK HISTORY IS HAPPENING NOW

Sponsored by Spotify

THU 6/13 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL,
AMERICANA 1

Join us in conversation with actress and executive producer, Marsai Martin as we discuss how Black creators are shifting culture at the intersection of audio, film and storytelling and how those stories are amplified year-round.

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    Panelists: Masai Martin (Little, Black-ish), Tolu Ayeni (Senior Editor, Cultural Curation, Spotify)

    Moderator: Danielle Young (Producer/Host of The OverExplainer, ESSENCE)

    Remarks: Danielle Lee (Global VP, Partner Solutions, Spotify)

BURDEN

Courtesy of BLACC and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

THU 6/13 | 3:45 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, COWRIE 2
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BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis (Nic Few) a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a black man in America. This day-in-the-life story chronicles the various macro and

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    micro-aggressions black men and men of color face on a daily basis in a direct way with a wink of humor. The film also stars Pauletta Washington as Yahweh, the Divine Energy and Asha Kamali Blankinship as Andrea Lewis, Bennett’s wife.

    Panelists: Nathan Hale Williams, (Writer/Director, BURDEN), Nic Few, (Lead Actor, BURDEN), Sherice Guillory Torres, (Marketing Director, GOOGLE), and James Cole, Jr. (CEO, The Jasco Group & Former Deputy Secretary & General Counsel, US Department of Education – Obama Administration)

    Moderator: Samantha Granberry, (VP of Strategic Partnerships, AHF)


COCKTAILS, CONVERSATIONS & FINANCIAL FACTS

Hosted by Prudential Financial

THU 6/13 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | THE BETSY, CARLTON ROOM

Thought leaders will chat about ways to achieve financial goals. Prudential professionals will be available to answer financial questions.

Panelists: Victoria Rowell (The Young & the Restless)

Moderator: Delvin Joyce (Founder of Prosperity Wealth Group)

BEYOND THE SPIDER-VERSE: WHAT’S NEXT FOR SONY PICTURES ANIMATION

Sponsored by Sony

THU 6/13 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL,
AMERICANA 3

Sony Pictures Animation presents a look at what made the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a global hit, and explores the road ahead for the rapidly expanding studio. We will also get an exclusive look at Hair Love, a touching

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    animated short film about an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

    Panelists: Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love) and Karen Toliver (Senior Vice President of Creative for Sony Pictures Animation)


BEATS

Courtesy of Netflix

THU 6/13 | 9:00 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER, PERFORMANCE HALL

In this coming-of-age drama, a reclusive teenage musical prodigy (Khalil Everage) forms an unlikely friendship with a down-on-his-luck high school security guard (Anthony Anderson). United by their mutual love of hip-hop, they try to free each other

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    from the demons of their past and break into the city’s music scene.

    Talent appearances: Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and Khalil Everage

THE INKWELL

Courtesy of Disney

THU 6/13 | 9:00 PM | REGAL CINEMAS, THEATER 17
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Join trailblazing director Matty Rich as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of his film The Inkwell starring Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Morris Chestnut, Glynn Thurman, and many others. This film tells the story of a shy, troubled young man

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    who set his house on fire and is sent to Martha’s Vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family, and his love torn between two girls.

    Talent appearances: Matty Rich (Straight Out of Brooklyn)

    Moderator: Cameron Mitchell


LEGENDARY WHITE PARTY

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THU 6/13 | 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM | NIKKI BEACH NIGHT CLUB

Music by D-Nice

For Bottle Service contact: anastasiia@nikkibeach.com or call 786-397-2229.