Deserving high school seniors awarded magical prom makeovers
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.