The 2014 American Black Film Festival Held in New York from June 19-22 this year. Sunday, June 22, 2014 was closing night for the 2014 American Black Film Festival. All of the events, panels, expos and parties have come to an end. Even with a major change of being held in a new city for the first time in a few years, the events were absolutely amazing. The panels have been informative with some of the brightest stars. The films ranged from funny, dramatic and thrillers. The festival had something for everyone from millionaire club members, to filmmakers and spectators.
On Thursday, June 19th the festival kicked off with the opening night premiere of the highly anticipated movie sequel Think Like a Man 2. During the screening some of the stars were on hand to celebrate the movie opening night along with ABFF including one of the film’s star Kevin Hart.
On Friday, there was a Leading Man pane with the Ambassador Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop sponsored by BET Networks. The men answered questions about their careers and even posed for a few pictures for the ladies in the audience.
On Saturday, there was a well-attended panel sponsored by Cadillac honoring legendary and prolific director Spike Lee. With a packed room, Spike Lee was questioned by CNN and TV One news correspondent Roland Martin. The conversation between the two intelligent was lively and very informative. The talk discuss Lee's career from the very first film to his current film perfectly set to close the American Black Film Festival.
Also on Saturday was a much anticipated panel discussion with actress Phylicia Rashad and her daughter Condola Rashad moderated by Star Jones. The crowd enjoyed a rare peek inside the life and career of a woman called one television's favorite moms.
On Sunday, there was a panel featuring some of a cast of the upcoming James Brown biopic entitled Get on Up. The panel included Chadwick Boseman who plays Brown along with Tika Sumpter, and Nelsan Ellis and was sponsored by Universal Pictures.
Rounding out the panels on Sunday, was three back to back show panels sponsored by HBO. During the panels a few of the cast from Boardwalk Empire, Getting On and True Blood were available to discuss the shows and take questions from the audience.
Throughout the festival, there were original movies by up and coming directors screened throughout the day. Also, a few of the sponsors set up lounges, informational desks and kiosks for patrons to visit during the festival. The festival was mostly held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street and the SVA Theaters located on West 23rd street.
The event was awesome and many audience members, attendees, guest, and millionaire club members will be looking forward to next year.