The American Black Film Festival may be over but you can still check out some of the projects that it showcased.
More than 20 films debuted during the annual festival, which was held in New York City for the first time in its 18 years. “Think Like a Man Too,” which had its New York City premiere Thursday and served as ABFF’s opening night film, topped last weekend’s box office with $30 million. Be sure to check out our photo gallery from that premiere and stay tuned for interviews I did with stars like Kevin Hart, Tip “T.I.” Harris and more from that night.
In the meantime, here are three other buzz-worthy films that attendees lined up to watch during the festival.
1. “Life Essentials with Ruby Dee”: This touching documentary created by Muta’Ali Muhammad, the grandson of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, spotlights their rich legacy and guidance offered to Muta’Ali as he strives to “master lasting love, conscious art and undying activism.”
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2. “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”: Spike Lee’s latest joint made its world premiere at ABFF and served as the closing night film Sunday. Spike insists that this Kickstarter-funded flick (more than 6,400 backers donated $1.4 million) isn’t a remake of the ’70s era blaxploitation classic “Blacula” but rather “a new kind of love story” about “people who are addicted to blood but they’re not vampires.” Oh.. Check out our slideshow from that premiere here.
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3. “The Perfect Sacrifice”: This poignant film may not have won top prize in HBO’s short film competition but it made a lasting impact on viewers. Tiffany Littlejohn wrote the screenplay for this film about Mamie Till-Bradley in the weeks following the vicious murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till by racists in Mississippi.
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