American Black Film Festival Unveils Lineup for Digital Fest

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Vivica A. Fox, Big Boy, Nick Cannon and Lamorne Morris are among the talent whose projects will screen at the fest.

The 24th iteration of the American Black Film Festival has announced the lineup for its virtual fest.

The program, which will run from Aug. 21-30, will feature projects across competitive categories including U.S. narrative, international narrative, documentary features, web series and HBO short film.

Projects in the U.S. narrative category include the True to the Game sequel True to the Game 2: Gena's Story, starring Vivica A. Fox; She Ball, from writer-director Nick Cannon; and Death of a Telemarketer, starring Lamorne Morris, who will be also speaking at ABFF about upcoming Hulu series Woke.

The doc category includes features that tackle subjects such as The Harlem Children's Zone, Gorgongosa National Park in Mozambique and performer Maurice Hines.

Noncompetitive categories include Emerging Filmmakers, showcasing the work of emerging directors of African descent, and Pride Films, a showcase of films that represent queer culture and reflect the LGBTQIA experience.

The fest will also hold a spotlight screening of doc Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, the winning project of the inaugural Feature Documentary Initiative, a partnership between ABFF and Academy Award-winning production company, Lightbox. The doc, which will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on Aug. 12, was directed by Muta'Ali Muhammad and is about a Black teenager who was murdered in 1989 by a group of young white men in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Hawkins' death and the official response to it sparked outrage in New York, unleashing a torrent of racial tension and spurring tireless civil rights activism that exposed deep racial prejudices and inequities that continue to plague the country today.   

"The more than 90 films in this year's festival are the work of a group of powerful and passionate storytellers who reflect the diversity of voices in our industry," said Jeff Friday, founder and CEO ABFF Ventures. "Creating an opportunity for these filmmakers to reach a broader audience is our core mission. We are thrilled to have IMDb on board to simulcast the Awards Show."

IMDb will simulcast The Best of the ABFF Awards Ceremony on its homepage Aug. 30, the closing night of the festival.

Find the full lineup for ABFF here.