A shout out to the just-concluded Hollywood Black Film Festival, going strong since 1999.
Highlights of the festival included the U.S. premiere of the South African film A Million Colours. The festival presented over 50 other independent films, as well as an Infotainment Conference with notables such as Antwone Fisher and Glendon Palmer on panels.
Some of the films presented featured stars such as Eric Roberts, Rolanda Watts, Irma P. Hall & Sticky Fingaz, and Eva LaRue. Documentary Phunny Business: A Black Comedy was highlighted a the fest; the film documents the rise and fall of All Jokes Aside, the famous Chicago comedy club, and lights up with appearance from seemingly every well-known black comedian past and present, including Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, Robin Harris, and S’more.
Participants also had the chance to get feedback on their pitches at the festival’s Pitch-A-Thon.
Recognized as the premiere Black film festival in Hollywood, showcasing the best independent films from Black filmmakers, HBFF leads with innovation by delivering top-shelf panels designed to empower filmmakers and expose Black film to diverse audiences right in the heart of the movie capital.
The festival’s executive director and founder is Tanya Kersey, who, I’d like to add, was one of the community leaders who stepped forward when I was trying to put together an entertainment summit.
Congrats to HBFF — we look forward to Wide Lantern’s being there for 2012.