ABFF TALKS


NBCUNIVERSAL FIRST LOOK PANEL

Presented in association with MPAA

THU 6/14 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | LOEWS HOTEL, AMERICANA 3

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: ABFF FIRST LOOK: THE FIRST PURGE
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Panelist(s): Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Gerard McMurray

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12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: BEHIND THE LAUGHS ON NBC’S MARLON AND TRIAL & ERROR

Panelist(s): Sherri Shepherd, Essence Atkins, Bresha Webb, Diallo Riddle


ABFF LASER TALK:
PHYSICAL PRODUCTION AT NETFLIX

Presented by Noelle Green

FRI 6/15 | 6:20 PM – 6:40 PM | THE BETSY HOTEL,
GALLERY

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HOT IN HOLLYWOOD

Sponsored by American Airlines

FRI 6/15 | 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL,
AMERICANA 3

A panel discussion about the state of the industry with some of the most talented and popular black artists on both sides of the camera. These stars are making their impact in Hollywood and have had great success by virtue of multiple projects in the last year. Take this rare opportunity to hear their stories, their goals and what it feels like to be Hot in Hollywood.

Panelist(s): Kofi Siriboe (Queen Sugar, Girls Trip), Jacob Latimore (The Chi), Logan Browning (Dear White People), Ashley Blaine Featherson (Dear White People) and Bresha Webb (Marlon)

Moderated by Dondre Whitfield


CONVERSATION WITH RYAN COOGLER

SAT 6/16 | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | NEW WORLD CENTER PERFORMANCE HALL

Ryan Coogler is a film director, producer, and screenwriter who hails from Oakland, California. A graduate of USC film school, his directorial skill first captured the industry’s attention when he won the HBO Short Film Award for his film Fig, at the 2011 American Black Film Festival (ABFF). From there he went on to direct his debut feature film, Fruitvale Station, which won the top audience and grand jury awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He has since co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series Creed (2015), and Marvel’s Black Panther (2018), a cinematic blockbuster that smashed multiple records at the box office and established itself as the third-highest grossing Marvel movie of all time. Coogler’s work as an auteur has triumphantly received both critical acclaim and commercial success. In 2013, he was included in Time magazine’s list of 30 people under 30 who are changing the world and in 2016 he received the Rising Star Award at the ABFF Honors, broadcast on BET.

ABFF is exceptionally proud of its alumnus Ryan Coogler and his outstanding accomplishments. You don’t want to miss this conversation.

Moderated by Nichelle Turner