The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is heading back to Atlanta in a program that will run August 7 -10, 2014, at the Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon.
Ayuko Babu (above, right), one of the founders of the PAFF along with esteemed veteran actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon franchise) and Ja’net DuBois (“Good Times”) says this year’s festival will include a lineup of over 40 new films from around the world, as well as workshops and panels.
Fortuitously and appropriately, the opening night’s film will star co-founder Glover in the dramatic thriller, Supremacy, the story of white supremacists on the run from the law who hold Glover’s family hostage in their own home.
Another of the weekend highlights include a major panel discussion for aspiring actors, directors, producers and behind-the-scenes players. The PAFF is offering workshops and panels all day on Saturday, Aug. 9 with seasoned industry professionals such as celebrity casting director, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, executive producers Phil Thornton and Syleena Johnson (“R&B Divas”), Roger Bobb (“Rickey Smiley Show,” “House of Payne,” and Madea’s Big Happy Family), Paul Garnes (Selma, “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”), Jim Tripp (“Let’s Stay Together,” “Mike Epps Presents”, Friday) and Lamont Ferrell.
Here are the particulars of the PAFF2014 in Atlanta:
What: 55 New Black Films from the World Over
Industry Panels & Workshops lead by Industry Professionals
When: Thursday, August 7 – Sunday, August 10, 2014
Where: Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Panels & Workshops: Erosol aka Department Store, 467 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta GA 30312
“Supremacy” starring Danny Glover
August 7 at 7:25 pm
Supremacy: Based on a true story. On the day he is paroled from prison, a white supremacist and his ruthless girlfriend kill a cop. While authorities cordon off the neighborhood, the couple breaks into a house and takes a black family hostage. Stars Danny Glover, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri , Derek Luke, Evan Ross, Lela Rochon, Mahershala Ali and Anson Mount.
August 10 at 5:40 pm
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.
For more information about registration and tickets, log onto www.paff.org.
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