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Hollywood Black Film Festival delights audience


A sold-out crowd of Hollywood watchers turned out for the four-day Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), which took place Oct. 25-28 at the W Hotel, with film screenings at the Montalban Theater.

Some of the highlighted events included, “Faith in Film: a Conversation with DeVon Franklin,” sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.

Franklin gave words of encouragement to the sold-out crowd: “Don’t be so anxious about tomorrow that you miss the blessing of today.”

Michael Baisden’s Story Live staged reading was another big hit among attendees.

In addition, Don B. Welch, directed seasoned actors performing scenes from finalist’s scripts.

The HBFF opened with the world premiere of “Note to Self.”

The red carpet arrivals included the cast of the movie as well as entertainment industry VIPs such as Christian Keyes, Eva Marcille, LaToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Jackie Christie (Housewives of Atlanta), among others.

Founded in 1999, the Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. The festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring Black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California filmgoing audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent Black films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.