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The American Black Film Festival 2014 Conversations and Panels

Images from the The American Black Film Festival 2014
Images from the The American Black Film Festival 2014
Judith E. Davis

It is day three of the American Black Film Festival and things are in full swing. Even with a few glitches of being in a new city, the events have been absolutely amazing. The panels have been informative and highlighted talked from some of the brightest stars in television and film.

Images from The American Black Film Festival 2014
Judith E. Davis

Thursday, June 19, 2014 kicked off with the opening night premiere of the movie Think Like a Man 2. A few of the stars were on hand for the screening, including Kevin Hart at the SVA Theaters in downtown New York City.

On Friday, June 20, 2014 there was a Leading Man panel with the Ambassador Morris Chestnut, Omari Hadwick and Stephen Bishop sponsored by BET Networks. The men answered several questions about their careers, discussed their goals and even posed for a few pictures for the ladies in the audience.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014 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 News correspondent Roland Martin. The conversation between the two intelligent men was lively and very informative. The talk discussed Lee's career from the very first film to his current film entitled The Sweet Blood of Jesus 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 many call one television's favorite mom's.

On Sunday, June 22, 2014 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 Tiki Sumpter, and Nelsan Ellis and was sponsored by Universal.

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.

There were writers, actors, directors and producers in the audience who wanted to know more definitely took advantage of the information this festival has provided. The festival now in its 18th year has been a continues to be a place for new and veterans in the film industry meet to share ideas and learn.