2013 ABFF Comedy Wings Competition Semifinals in Los Angeles Sunday, April 21, 2013

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Nine breakout comics compete for a chance to perform at the 2013 American Black Film festival in Miami.

The Comedy Wings competition is American Black Film Festival’s national search for emerging comics. The goal of the competition is to provide a platform for talented yet undiscovered comedians to break into film and television. Nine semifinalists from around the country have been chosen to compete for a chance to perform at the Finals event (sponsored by HBO) during the 2013 American Black Film Festival in Miami. The Semifinals competition will be hosted by comedian and actor, Guy Torry in the main room of the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, CA.

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ABFF 2013 Press Releases:

THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) ANNOUNCES 2013 DATES AND AMBASSADOR OMARI HARDWICK

17TH ANNUAL ABFF RETURNS TO MIAMI BEACH,

JUNE 19-23

Film Life Inc. announced that the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will be returning to South Beach for the 17th annual event and has named actor Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, Middle of Nowhere and For Colored Girls) as the 2013 Festival Ambassador.

The ABFF is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the festival is to showcase quality Black films and promote cultural diversity in front of and behind the camera. ABFF’s winning formula comes from the quality of its programming and expert production. Films, coupled with panels, master classes, celebrity conversations and high profile social events hosted by leading media companies, attract top-tier talent and approximately 5,000 festival goers to the annual event. HBO is the festival’s founding and premier sponsor.

“Omari Hardwick is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He shares our vision for Black cinema and understands the importance of nurturing new artists and maintaining diverse voices in this business that sometimes overlooks those outside the mainstream;” states Jeff Friday, festival founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc. “the role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission, which is to encourage collaboration and support between Hollywood and the independent film community.” Click HERE to read the full Press Release

CONCERT FLICK ‘KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN’ WILL MAKE ITS NATIONAL PREMIERE AT THE 17TH ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) AS THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Quickly establishing himself as the pulse of comedic entertainment, funny man Kevin Hart, will bring his threshold of jokes and laughter to the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Film Life, Inc. announced that Hart’s upcoming concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (Codeblack Films/ Lionsgate) will make its national premiere as the esteemed festival’s closing night film. Undoubtedly hilarious and primed to be a hit, ABFF is thrilled to deliver this comedic treasure to festival-goers on Saturday, June 22. The 17th Annual American Black Film Festival runs June 19th to the 23rd in Miami, Florida.

Hart, who hosted NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ this past weekend (March 2nd), has been climbing his way to the top of entertainment in the same fashion as a young Eddie Murphy by using a three part platform inclusive of successful runs in stand-up, television, and film. Currently, Hart is the star of BET’s (Black Entertainment Television) mock reality series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” a hilarious crack at the never-ending phenomenon we know as reality television. Having already garnered success with his film, “Laugh at My Pain,” (Codeblack Films) Hart’s new film, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” is a cinematic echo of his triumphant 2012 comedy tour ‘Let Me Explain,’ which sold 540,000 tickets and generated $32 million in ticket sales. It is unquestionably one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, and has helped to establish Hart as one of the biggest names in entertainment.

Hart was one of the stars of last years hit movie “Think Like a Man,” (Screen Gems), a relationship flick based on the Steve Harvey book of the same title. “Think Like a Man” producers Will Packer & Rob Hardy (Rainforest Films), along with its director Tim Story and cast, were honored last year by Film Life Inc. at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival for its theatrical success. Click HERE for the full Press Release.

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