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MI­AMI – The 22nd Amer­i­can Black Film Fes­ti­val (ABFF) will cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day with their an­nual Com­mu­nity Day event, in part­ner­ship with the Greater Mi­ami Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Bureau (GMCVB). This fam­ily-friendly cel­e­bra­tion will take place on Sunday, June 17, at the his­toric Lyric The­ater, lo­cated at 819 NW Sec­ond Ave, Mi­ami, FL from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The day in­cludes film screen­ings with Q&A’s and a panel dis­cus­sion on Ca­reers in Hol­ly­wood. The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

“One of the fes­ti­val’s most mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties is our Com­mu­nity Day event. It brings me great plea­sure to give back to the Mi­ami com­mu­nity that has greatly sup­ported us over the years, and we are hon­ored to part­ner again with the GMCVB to host this year’s event,” said Jeff Fri­day, CEO of ABFF Ven­tures, LLC.

The ABFF Com­mu­nity Day pro­vides Mi­ami­ans the op­por­tu­nity to view some of the best films show­cased at the fes­ti­val. This year, TV One will de­but their orig­i­nal show, Ev­i­dence of In­no­cence, and Mi­ami na­tive Ni­can­son Guer­rier will show­case his fea­ture film, “The Flea,” an Of­fi­cial Se­lec­tion of the 2018 Amer­i­can Black Fes­ti­val. The com­edy is about the day in the life of a flea mar­ket man­ager, who must deal with cus­tomers, ven­dors and his boss, as he strug­gles to sur­vive one more day on the job. There will be a Q&A im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the screen­ing.

TV One’s new­est orig­i­nal show, “Ev­i­dence of In­no­cence,” is a one-hour episode that spot­lights the un­be­liev­able true sto­ries of four peo­ple who have en­dured enor­mous chal­lenges of main­tain­ing faith, while await­ing the op­por­tu­nity to prove their in­no­cence. Civil Rights at­tor­ney Ben­jamin Crump hosts the show and will pro­vide re­marks at the event.

“Mi­ami is a mo­saic of cul­tures man­i­fested through art, mu­sic, food and also film,” states Con­nie W. Kin­nard, GMCVB Vice Pres­i­dent, Mul­ti­cul­tural Tourism & De­vel­op­ment. “The GMCVB Com­mu­nity Day part­ner­ship with ABFF is a way to bring a por­tion of the fes­ti­val to a broader au­di­ence and specif­i­cally to one of our her­itage neigh­bor­hoods – His­toric Over­town. The event pro­vides any­one in­ter­ested with the unique op­por­tu­nity to not only see films for free, but also in­ter­act with up and com­ing in­dus­try ta­lent. We com­mend Jeff Fri­day and the ABFF team for cre­at­ing a way to give back to the com­mu­nity by ex­tend­ing the fes­ti­val and wel­com­ing all to par­tic­i­pate and en­joy this very spe­cial event.”

For the sec­ond year, stu­dents from Florida Film House’s (FFH) 1st Take Youth Film Pro­gram, will have a chance to screen their shorts at Com­mu­nity Day. The pro­gram is de­signed to pro­vide Mi­ami’s youth with an in­tro­duc­tion to film­mak­ing. FFH’s ed­u­ca­tional out­reach pro­gram was cre­ated for chil­dren ages 12-18, to ex­cite the imag­i­na­tion of young as­pir­ing film­mak­ers and pro­vide them with the tools needed to suc­ceed.

“The ad­di­tion of the highly-an­tic­i­pated Com­mu­nity Day Show­case to the Amer­i­can Black Film Fes­ti­val (ABFF) for the last three years, has even fur­ther el­e­vated the pop­u­lar­ity of the fes­ti­val in Mi­ami,” said Wil­liam D. Tal­bert, III CDME, Pres­i­dent & CEO of the Greater Mi­ami Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau (GMCVB). As the grand fi­nale to the ABFF’s stel­lar line-up of events, it pro­vides an ex­tra­or­di­nary op­por­tu­nity for all res­i­dents of our com­mu­nity to show­case and cel­e­brate black film and en­ter­tain­ment with a lo­cal flair. We are de­lighted to be a part­ner of this event, which takes place on Fa­ther’s Day, dur­ing the GMCVB’s an­nual Mi­ami Film Month.” Be Your­self Di­rected by Rood Pierre and Remy Wil­son Writ­ten by Beatrix Alerte Pro­duced by Wes­ley Wray and Pre­ston Anoine

New Level Ex­cel­lence, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded by Gabrielle E.C. John­son and Brit­tany N. Robin­son, pam­pered sev­eral de­serv­ing young ladies from Mi­ami North­west­ern Se­nior High who have ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally, held part-time or full-time jobs and are on their way to college and the armed forces. Through Spring Fling 18, NLE pro­vided prom dresses, shoes, ac­ces­sories, make-up and pro­fes­sional hair styles by celebrity stylist Scha­cle Pow­ell. The young ladies also par­tic­i­pated in a photo shoot to doc­u­ment their evening.

"Each year we strive to pro­vide more and get bet­ter at sup­port­ing each young ladies emo­tional and phys­i­cal needs. The girls touch our hearts in so many ways, we are look­ing for­ward to the growth of the pro­gram and meet­ing our next co­hort of stu­dents, ju­niors and se­niors, for the 2018-2019 school year," said Mrs. John­son.

NLE teamed up with lo­cal high school coun­selor, Candice Bethel, who hand­picked the young ladies based on their aca­demic suc­cess.

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