2014 American Black Film Festival Honors Spike Lee & Steve Harvey

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people of African descent. Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today, it is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

For the 18th annual ABFF, the popular festival is moving from Miami to New York, where it will again be co-sponsored by Cadillac. This will mark the second year of Cadillac’s involvement as a Premier Sponsor.

Think Like A Man Too, the sequel to the blockbuster comedy, Think Like A Man, will open the 2014 American Black Film Festival at the SVA Theatre on Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m.

Think Like A Man Too, which was inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man, is set in Sin City (Las Vegas) where all of the previous couples are back for a long wedding weekend. Things go awry, however, when their various misadventures threaten to derail the big event.

Think Like A Man Too (directed by Tim Story, produced by Will Packer and written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman) features an all-star cast including, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis and Dennis Haysbert.

Film producer Will Packer has roots with the Festival that reach back almost 15 years. “ABFF is the premiere film festival showcase for filmmakers of color. It has been instrumental in my career and many others. Tim Story and I are proud to be able to showcase Think Like a Man Too there,” said Packer.

Spike Lee’s Kickstarter-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, will make its world premiere as ABFF’s closing night film on Sunday, June 22nd, with two special screenings at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Produced, written and directed by Spike Lee, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus stars Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Lauren Macklin and Elvis Nolasco.

“I’m proud to have the world premiere of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus at the American Black Film Festival,” said Lee. “It feels great to be the closing night film for the ABFF’s move from Miami to the greatest city in the world – NUEVA YORK.”

“We human beings can have various addictions; addictions to drugs, alcohol, money, food, sex, power, Air Jordans and nicotine,” Lee said about his new film. “In my new Spike Lee joint, we examine human beings who are addicted to BLOOD. They are not vampires either. This is not ‘Blacula’.”

“Spike and Will are two of the most talented and dynamic filmmakers working in Hollywood. I am honored that they have chosen to present their most recent work at the American Black Film Festival. Their mainstream success and ongoing support underscores the importance of diverse film festivals like the ABFF,” said Jeff Friday, ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life Inc.

For more information, including tickets the screening schedule, visit www.abff.com

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