ABFF Documentary Competition

Friday, June 12 | AMC EMPIRE 25 | Times vary. See listing below each film.

The following films compete for the Best Documentary award presented by BET Networks. One winner will be announced during the “Best of the ABFF” awards ceremony, Sunday, June 14.


ALTHEA

2014 USA 77 MIN HD

FRI 6/12 | 1:35 PM | AMC EMPIRE 25

ALTHEA

Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s.

Directed by: Rex Miller | Produced by: Nancy Buirski, Elisabeth Haviland James, Rex Miller | Executive Producers: John Amos, Billie Jean King, William Ackman | Principal Subject(s): Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri, David Dinkins, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

AN AMERICAN ASCENT

2015 USA 64 MIN HD New York Premiere

FRI 6/12 | 11:15 AM | AMC EMPIRE 25

AN AMERICAN ASCENT

An American Ascent documents the first African American expedition to tackle North America’s highest mountain, Denali, while shedding light on the complex relationship many African Americans have with the outdoors.

Directed by: Andy Adkins, George Potter | Written by: Andy Adkins, James Mills | Produced by: George Potter, Andy Adkins | Principal Subject(s): Stephen Shobe, Erica Wynn, Tyrhee Moore, Scott Briscoe, Billy Long, Rosemary Saal, Ryan Mitchell, Stephen DeBerry, Adina Scott, James Kagambi, Robby Rechord, Madhu Chikkaraju, Aaron Devine, Jon Krakauer, Conrad Anker


NAT KING COLE – AFRAID OF THE DARK

2014 UNITED KINGDOM 94 MIN HD New York Premiere

FRI 6/12 | 8:35 PM | AMC EMPIRE 25

NAT KING COLE

A poignant authorized feature documentary on the life and legacy of Nat King Cole.

Directed by: Jon Brewer | Produced by: Jon Brewer | Principal Subject(s): Maria Cole, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis and more…