The event aims to promote work by and about people who come from African descent and after being based in Miami since its formation this year’s festival has now moved to New York.
Jeff Friday, who is the founder of the festival, revealed that he hopes the move to New York can become a permanent one.
He said, “Last year proved if nothing else, that black films can be more mainstream.
“We want to encourage audiences to consume, ingest and enjoy black cinema as much as multicultural audiences enjoy other forms of black culture.”
Festival to reach larger audience
Jeff Friday believes the festival moving to New York will attract a larger audience as the Big Apple is not only the USA’s biggest city, but is also a popular destination for travellers on guided USA tours.
On the opening night of the festival, Tim Story’s Think Like a Man Too will be showed, which is the sequel to the 2012 comedy Think Like a Man. Tim Story, who is famed for being the director of successful films such as Fantastic Four and Taxi, is not set to appear at the festival.
The festival will be closed after the premiere of the film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which has been directed by Spike Lee, who was the director of the popular film Inside Man.
In all, the film festival will be showing around 50 feature films, short films and documentaries, but the full schedule of the festival, which takes place at the SVA Theater, will be released at the end of May.
To find out more about the festival and its current schedule, take a look at the 2014 American Black Film Festival’s website here.
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