Narrative Features (In Competition)
The American Black Film Festival continues to provide a platform for aspiring filmmakers. The competitors in this category are eligible for the following jury awards: Best Director, sponsored by Cadillac (cash prize: $5,000); Best Narrative Feature; sponsored by Prudential (cash prize: $5,000); the NBC Spotlight Actor Award, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal (cash prize: $5,000); Best Screenplay Award (cash prize: $2,500) and the Audience Award, sponsored by BET (cash prize: $10,000).
USA 98 MINS
Commercial artist Neal Stewart takes an animation class with a mysterious professor that connects him to the ancient Griots of West Africa and the power to draw the future. When his girlfriend commits suicide, he learns he can erase the past with chilling consequences.
Directed by: Logan Hall and Julian Jones | Produced by: Roberta Jones | Written by: Roberta Jones | Starring: Levenix Riddle, McKenzie Chinn, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Anita Chandwaney, Geno WalkerVIEW TRAILER
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GHANA 88 MINS
Set in the capital of Ghana, the film captures the relationship between a happy couple, Nii and Afua, as they navigate the anxiety of their upcoming nuptials and question what it takes to ensure a long and happy marriage. The story reflects a modern-day African love story that can be universally understood by millennials around the world.
Directed by: Nicole Amarteifio | Produced by: Nicole Amarteifio, Ramesh Jai | Written by: Nicole Amarteifio | Starring: John Dumelo, Maame Adjei, Nathaniel Kweku, Emeline Nsingi Nkosi, Jeffrey Forson, Berla MundiVIEW TRAILER
USA 91 MINS
Summer is a 17-year old shape-shifting, pepperoni- loving, black teenage Instagram celebrity whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity.
Directed by: Nijla Mumin | Produced by: Avril Z. Speaks, Maya Emelle, Arielle Saturne | Executive Produced by: Tommy Oliver, Billy Mulligan, Elton Brand, Angela Harvey, Mike C. Manning, Shandra L. McDonald, Amy McGary, Kristen McGary, and Simone Missick | Starring: Zoe Renne, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Hisham Tawfiq, Kelly Jenrette, Ashlei Foushee, Damien Smith, Maya MoralesVIEW TRAILER
JAMAICA 112 MINS
A Jamaican teen, burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother, hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.
Directed by: Storm Saulter | Produced by: Robert Maylor, Clarence Hammond, Jamal Watson | Written by: Storm Saulter | Executive Produced by: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Richard Jefferson | Starring: Dale Elliott, Kadeem Wilson, Shantol Jackson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Lorraine Toussaint, David Alan GrierVIEW TRAILER
USA 94 MINS
After the mysterious death of a classmate, all eyes fall on Kholi Styles, the new kid at his high school. It’s up to his father, Jackie Styles, an up-and-coming lawyer from the slums of Chicago, to defend his son in court before time runs out and prove his son is not the monster the world has made him out to be.
Directed by: Rhyan LaMarr | Produced by: Rhyan LaMarr, Chris Jennings, Yancey Arias, Kevin Mullens, Bishop Eric Garnes | Written by: Jon Knitter, Adam G. Key, Rhyan LaMarr | Starring: Bryshere Y. Gray, Mykelti Williamson, Mekhi Phifer, Woody McClain, Jamie HectorVIEW TRAILER