Friday, February 17, 2017

HBFF Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

(February 17, 2017 – Marina Del Rey, CA) – Tanya Kersey, Executive Director, announces the Opening and Closing Night Films for the 2017 season of The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF). The festival will open on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. (RED CARPET STARTS at 6 p.m.) with the feature film “The Preacher’s Son” and close on Sat. Feb 25 at 9 p.m. (Red Carpet starts at 8 p.m.) with “Everything But A Man” at the AMC Marina 6, Villa Marina Marketplace Mall, 4335 Glencoe Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292.

The HBFF opens with an exciting line up of 100 films, along with panels, panelists and festivities over a four-day period. HBFF happens February 22 – 26, 2017 and will be hosted at Hotel MdR, 13480 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. 

DATE: Wed. Feb 22, 2017
TIMES: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Red carpet starts at 6 p.m.)
VENUE: AMC Marina 6, Villa Marina Marketplace Mall
ADDRESS: 4335 Glencoe Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Based on the characters from New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber's novel The Preacher’s Son. Bishop T.K. Wilson, his wife & two children are a well respected family in their community — yet the Wilson kids are fighting temptations, and the bishop’s son, Dante, has plans that don’t include taking over his fathers church. Tri-Destined Studios

Director: Trey Haley
Writer: Carl Weber
Stars: Christian Keyes, Clifton Powell, Valarie Pettiford, Vanessa Bell Calloway and MORE…
Running time: 110 minutes

DATE: Sat. Feb. 25, 2017
TIME: 9 p.m. (Red carpet starts at 8 p.m.)
VENUE: AMC Marina 6, Villa Marina Marketplace Mall
ADDRESS: 4335 Glencoe Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

HBFF is holding its closing night film a night early due to the Academy Awards presentation on Feb 26 and in deference to the fact that a historic 18 African Americans have been nominated, across all categories, for Oscars this year. We want everyone watching the Oscars and celebrating the nominations and inclusion of African Americans this year!

She's sexy, smart, successful... and still single. "Everything But A Man" explores the paradox modern career women face, having to think and act like a man in the work world, but still be expected to behave like "a lady" in order to keep a man. The story follows a high achieving but secretly lonely lawyer who despite all her material success is a failure when it comes to love. Things heat up for her when she meets a handsome, mysterious man from another culture. But his radical lifestyle differences threaten to shake up her world and challenge her beliefs on love, relationships and what it means to be a "strong" woman. Race, class, gender and culture all clash in this unconventional romantic comedy-drama. N’Vision Pictures, Jet Media Productions, Bek Films & Sneak Preview Entertainment

Writer/director: Nnegest Likke
Stars: Monica Calhoun, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Camille Winbush.
Running time: 110 minutes

Known as one of the leading Black film festivals in the world, the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is now in its fourteenth year, the upcoming edition of Hollywood Black Film Festival’s theme is “Festival at the Beach”.

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