American Black Film Festival presents The Films Over Miami Showcase

Colony Theatre. June 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Film Life, Inc., announced that two local Miami filmmakers, Edson Jean and R. Malcolm Jones, have been chosen to compete in the Narrative Competition and the HBO Short Film Competition of the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Additionally, the ABFF in partnership with the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) and City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones will announce their 2013 programming initiatives during the acclaimed festival, which annually draws upwards of three thousand film, television and entertainment industry professionals and celebrities from across the country.

The Films Over Miami Showcase, featuring films of Miami’s emerging filmmakers, will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., hosted by Culturist, Ingrid B of BSide Entertainment. The showcase will open with a special poetry presentation by this year’s ABFF ambassador, actor Omari Hardwick. The films that will be screened include: Welcome to Miami (Elijah Wells), The Heart of Summer (Adrian Allen), The Haitian Guantanamo Bay Experience: The Legal Journey (Rachelle Salnave); The Advenutres of Edson Jean and Magic City (Malcolm Jones).

The lineup of activities scheduled during this year’s ABFF in conjunction with the ABFF-SEOPW CRA partnership include:

June 19, 2013, 11:00 a.m. 1200 NW 6th Avenue, Miami, FL
Miami Film Life Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Miami Film Life Center and Film Training Institute is a newly established program initiative of the SEOPW CRA and the City of Miami’s Film Office.

20 students from the Overtown Community Showcase film initiative will participate in the ABFF Youth Filmmaker’s program. These students will have an opportunity to conduct a meet and greet with key celebrities and filmmakers and attend various workshops.

15 filmmakers who have films in competition will attend a tour of the Miami Film Life Center and key filming locations throughout Miami on June 22, 2013. The tour is being coordinated by the City of Miami Film Office.

Films Over Miami Showcase will be held Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The selected filmmakers will have an opportunity to attend the Screening Master Class led by Reggie Bythewood.

Private Red Carpet premiere of Playin’ For Love, directed by Robert Townsend, will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at the Colony Theatre. Attendees include Robert Townsend, Actress Sally Richardson and the cast.

Public Red Carpet Screening of Playin’ For Love will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 8pm at the Colony Theatre.

Tickets are currently on sale until June 15, 2013 to the general public at

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