ABFF Encore is a programming collaboration between the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and BET Networks. The weekend event lineup will feature select films from the 2016 ABFF festival along with filmmaking master classes in a variety of disciplines including acting, directing and producing. The inaugural event will be held in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Live complex, during the BET Experience, a weeklong of activities culminating with the 16th annual BET Awards.
ABFF ENCORE AT BETX MASTER CLASSES
How would one describe Robert Townsend? A talented actor, Hollywood trailblazer, passionate visionary, or just a regular guy seeking to make a difference, these are all phrases that apply to the multitalented entertainer. Townsend is the last of a rare breed of artists that scrutinizes every word and syllable that is expressed in his work. It’s no wonder that so many people regard Townsend’s body of work as classics. A Hollywood pioneer well ahead of his time, Townsend, is often referred to as one of the "Godfathers of the Independent Film World.” With more than 30 years in the entertainment business, he has made an indelible mark in Hollywood with an extensive list of credits. BUY TICKETS
Kenya Barris is under an overall deal at ABC Studios where he is currently the Executive Producer and Showrunner on “Black-ish” for ABC. Most recently, he penned BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT and is currently writing multiple features for WARNER BROTHERS, UNIVERSAL, NEW LINE, and MGM.
Tasha Smith is a multifaceted actress whose work brings style and intensity to the subjects she plays on the big and small screens. She currently stars in the Tyler Perry television series, “FOR BETTER OR WORSE,” on OWN for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination as “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.” Smith’s memorable portrayal of ‘Angela,’ in Perry’s box office hits, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED?” and its sequel, “WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO?”, alongside Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, sparked the creation of the spin-off series which is focused around her relationship with onscreen husband, ‘Marcus,’ played by Michael Jai White. Smith was most recently seen on the big screen in Lionsgate’s literary adaptation “ADDICTED,” with Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe. Additionally, Smith has joined Fox’s new Lee Daniels hip-hop drama series, “EMPIRE” as well as the Starz series “POWER” in pivotal recurring roles.
ABFF ENCORE AT BETX FEATURED FILMS
Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed (Cory Hardrict) as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event.
Qasim Basir is an award-winning filmmaker. His first short film, GLIMPSE, won the Drama Category in the One Nation Film contest. Next, Qasim created a short film series, THE INSPIRATION OF BARACK, for which Qasim received the “Inspirational Filmmaker of the Year” award from the Memphis Black Writers Film Festival.
Cast: Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Maya Robert Christopher Riley, Zulay Henao, Jason Dohring, Mo McRae, La La Anthony, Hill Harper, Curtiss Cook - Mr. Davis
Producers: Tommy Oliver, Rick Rosenthal, Matt Ratner
Writer/Director: Qasim Basir
A successful career woman has a life-changing romance with a mysterious man from another culture whose radical lifestyle differences challenge her perspective on love, relationships and what it means to be a "strong" woman.
Nnegest Likké is an award winning, internationally-based filmmaker with a passion for telling unique and uplifting stories that inspire humanity. From humble beginnings, she grew up in the inner-city of Oakland, but got the rare chance to begin traveling the world at a young age with her mom, visiting countries across Europe and Africa where her father, famous Ethiopian Freedom Fighter, Dr. Senay Likké is from. Before becoming a professionally recognized writer, director and producer, she was a high school English and Drama teacher in Los Angeles for 4 years where she discovered a calling for mentoring at-risk youth. She got her start in the entertainment industry after one of her screenplays gained the attention of a top Hollywood Producer who helped launch her career. Her first feature film, Phat Girlz was distributed theatrically by Fox Searchlight. Via her Production Company, N'Vision Pictures, she continues to create cutting edge content for film, television and digital platforms.
Cast: Monica Calhoun, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Camille Winbush
Producers: Nnegest Likké, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Steven J. Wolfe
Writer/Director: Nnegest Likké
A womanizer falls in love in this modern romantic comedy about chauvinism, courtship, and Millennial woes.
Tahir Jetter received a BFA in Film Production from New York University in 2009. His thesis film, Close., was chosen out of over 12,000 other submissions to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and garnered over 100,000 views online in addition to playing countless other festivals, nationwide. HARD TIMES, Tahir’s hit web series, was selected for distribution by Issa Rae Productions and has gotten over 100,000 views since its release in May of 2014. HOW TO TELL YOU’RE A DOUCHEBAG is his debut feature film.
Cast: Charles Brice, Dewanda Wise, Jenna Williams, William Jackson Harper, Tonye Patano, Alexander Mulzac
Producers: Julius Pryor, Marttise Hill, Tahir Jetter
Writer/Director: Tahir Jetter