2019 Narrative Features (In Competition)

The following films are the 2019 official selections in the Narrative Features category. Films in this category are eligible to be nominated for the following Jury Awards: Best Director (presented by Cadillac, prize is $5,000), Best Narrative Feature (presented by Prudential, prize is $5,000), Best Actor (presented by AT&T), and Best Screenplay (prize is $2,500). Nominations will be announced on Friday, May 10. In addition, each film will compete for the ABFF Audience Award (presented by BET, prize is $10,000). Winners will be presented during the “Best of the ABFF” Awards Presentation on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m.

All films in this section will be screened at the Regal Cinemas 18 Theater between June 13 and June 15.


#TRUTH

2019 USA 105 min

THU 6/13 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

After a journalists’ cousin commits suicide, he investigates what caused her to take her life and the people he believes are responsible.

Directed by: Charles Murray | Produced by: Jackie Stone | Written by: Charles Murray | Cast: Dorian Missick, Simone Missick, Michael Beach, Terrell Tilford, Victoria Platt

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

2019 USA 126 min World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 11:15 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A story about love, forgiveness, sisterhood and second chances.

Directed by: Meagan Good, Tamara Bass | Produced by: Meagan Good, Tamara Bass, Sway Calloway, LaMyia Good, Datari Turner | Written by: Tamara Bass | Cast: Meagan Good, Meagan Holder, Mekia Cox, Tamara Bass, Valarie Pettiford


ALL IN

2018 USA 105 min World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 1:46 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

A dysfunctional single mother gets pulled back into a life of crime while trying to make a better future for her three children.

Directed by: Ibrahim Yilla | Produced by: Kia Freeman, Gregory Freeman, Tressa Azarel Smallwood, Audrea Topps-Harjo | Written by: Tressa Azarel Smallwood, Iman Smallwood, Leslie Allen | Cast: Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland, Elise Neal, Robert Christopher Riley, Lyric Hurd, Lena Anthony, Jim Jones, Traci Braxton

JUSTINE

2018 USA 106 min

THU 6/13 | 2:22 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A single mom of two takes a job as a nanny to an 8-year old girl with spina bifida. At first an unlikely pair, the two end up helping one another overcome personal obstacles.

Directed by: Stephanie Turner | Produced by: Angie Edgar, Louise Shore, Stephanie Turner, Glynn Turman | Written by: Stephanie Turner | Cast: Glynn Turman, Stephanie Turner, Darby Stanchfield, Josh Stamberg, Cleo King, Bridget Kallal, Ravi Cabot-Conyers


HIS, HERS & THE TRUTH

2018 USA 90 min World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 4:30 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

Alan and Tanya have been acquaintances for years, but have yet to becomeromantically involved — until now.

Directed by: Coke Daniels | Produced by: Vanzil Burke, Victor Burke, Cristina Davis, Errol Sadler | Written by: Coke Daniels | Cast: Brad James, Ashley A. Williams, Terri J. Vaughn, Dorien Wilson, Cocoa Brown Dawn Halfkenny, Duane Finley, Kaye Singleton, Edsel Love Patterson, Shacai O’Neal, Karon Riley, Erin Elizabeth Feest

LOVE DOT COM – THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT

2019 USA 98 min World Premiere

THU 6/13 | 5:09 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A vegan chef with a broken heart and an exhausted budget finds love face to face but opts for technology to make the final decision.

Directed by: Charneice Fox | Produced by: BK Fulton, Jacquelyn E. Stone, Monty Ross, Michele Lopez, Kimberly C. Gaines, Charneice Fox | Written by: Charneice Fox, Michelle Sewell | Cast: Brave Williams, Tobias Truvillion, Kym Whitley, LisaRae McCoy, Charles Malik Whitfield, Wes Felton Raheem DeVaughn, Christopher Williams


JEZEBEL

2018 USA 88 min

THU 6/13 | 6:55 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

In the last days of her mother’s life, 19-year old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her older sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of internet fetish cam girls.

Directed by: Numa Perrier | Produced by: Numa Perrier, Winter Dunn, Dwayne Dugger II | Written by: Numa Perrier | Cast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier, Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman

PERFECTLY SINGLE

2019 USA 99 min

THU 6/13 | 7:46 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A quirky and successful optometrist in the twilight of her life turns to her friends for help in finding social fulfillment, but she has ignored one particular place…Within.

Directed by: Van Elder | Produced by: Van Elder, Jela Okpara | Written by: Van Elder | Cast: Erica Hubbard, Torrei Hart, Dominique Perry, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Omar Gooding


SAME DIFFERENCE

2019 USA 88 min World Premiere

FRI 6/14 | 4:42 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

As Tonya Keating grapples with the innate knowledge that her death is imminent, she is compelled to let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister.

Directed by: Derege Harding | Produced by: Datari Turner | Written by: Derege Harding | Cast: Essence Atkins, Terrence Jenkins, Edwina Findley, Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Melvin Gregg, Ginger Gonzaga, Page Kennedy, Kandi Burruss, Affion Crockett, Lew Temple

STRIVE

2019 USA 82 min

FRI 6/14 | 8:45 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A teenager from the projects in Harlem aims to get into Yale, but must push against the world holding her back.

Directed by: Robert Rippberger | Produced by: Robert Rippberger, Ace Salvador, Hiroki Kamada, Piper Dellums, Scott M. Rosenfelt, Tobias Deml | Written by: Piper Dellums, Sha-Risse Smith | Cast: Joie Campbell, Ricky Flowers Jr., Chelsea Williams, Danny Glover, Shaylin Becton


PRINCESS OF THE ROW

2018 USA 85 min

SAT 6/15 | 11:00 AM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 17

The inspiring tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father… a homeless mentally ill veteran who lives on the streets of LA’s Skid Row.

Directed by: Van Maximilian Carlson | Produced by: A. Shawn Austin, Edi Gathegi | Written by: Van Maximilian Carlson, A. Shawn Austin | Cast: Tayler Buck, Edi Gathegi, Ana Ortiz, Jacob Vargas and Martin Sheen

UNA GREAT MOVIE

2018 USA/MEXICO 102 min

SAT 6/15 | 4:20 PM | REGAL CINEMA THEATER 18

A beautiful diverse movie about a black American in Mexico, slowly becomes a romantic comedy with an all-white cast.

Directed by: Jennifer Sharp | Produced by: Jennifer Sharp, Matthew Morgan | Written by: Jennifer Sharp | Cast: JoNell Kennedy, Numa Perrier, Jose Casasús, Jake Olson