The organizers at the American Black Film Festival have tapped film veterans Michael Elliot, Bill Duke and Robert Townsend to help teach a series of classes at their 15th annual festival that’s being held in Miami July 6-9. The workshop series is called “Master Class” and is designed to cover various aspects of the industry for aspiring actors, producers, writers and directors.
2011 NAACP Image Award winner Michael Elliot, whose writing credits include Brown Sugar and Just Wright, will kick off the series with the workshop “From Script to Screen.” The workshop aims to walk novice and seasoned writers through the business side of developing and promoting a screenplay.
Actor/director/producer/writer Bill Duke will tap into the skills he used to help shape actors like Taraji P. Henson and Shemar Moore to whip other serious actors into shape in a 3-session “Actors Boot Camp” (July 7-9).
Producer/director Townsend rounds out the series with “The Ultimate Pitch” workshop that will show students his technique for pitching film ideas—from concept through the full process of development. Townsend will help critique pitches presented in the session and one lucky attendee will have the opportunity to have an idea fully developed with Townsend and then go on to pitch it to a Hollywood studio.
If you’ve ever wanted to break into the film industry or step it up to the next level, it might be time to book a summer trip to get to this festival.
(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)