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Codeblack Films Takes Three Features To ABFF 2013, Including One World Premiere

Codeblack Films Takes Three Features To ABFF 2013, Including One World Premiere

CodeBlack Films will be making a splash at this year’s American Black Film Festival, which starts today, June 19, and ends on Sunday, June 23.

The Jeff Clanagan-run Codeblack (a Lionsgate company) will screen 3 films at the festival – 1 of them making its world premiere: Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which is the festival’s closing night film on June 22.

Codeblack did very well with Hart’s last concert movie, Laugh At My Pain, in (2011); Let Me Explain is scheduled to debut commercially in theaters on July 3, 2013, after its ABFF premiere.

The other 2 films the company will screen at the festival this week include:

– George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, the festival’s opening night film, which stars Jennifer HudsonSkylan BrooksAnthony MackieJordin SparksJeffrey Wright, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, in a drama that sees Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother whose arrest forces her son and his best friend to fend for themselves.

The script was penned by Michael Starrbury, and by co-produced by Alicia Keys.

Read our review of the film HERE.

– Charles Murray’s feature debut, Things Never Said, which stars Shanola Hampton, Omari HardwickElimu NelsonTamala JonesDorian Missick and Michael Beach.

In the micro-budgeted drama/romance, a young woman struggles to realize her self-worth, purpose and potential via spoken-word poetry.

Things Never Said is produced by Omar Albertto and Brian Lewis.

Read our review of it HERE.

See the poster art below for screening details for each film this week at ABFF:

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I think JEFTCG is right. These black so-called movies that I've never seen and have no way of judging fairly are definitely aimless. I think we should all be able to prejudge things by the bad examples that came before it without recourse, which is why all black people are criminals in my eyes. If one of you robs a liquor store, surely all of you must rob liquor stores. But I digress.

I mean, really, why do black films suck so much? The producers have the exact same resources as big studio films. Even the traditional indies are miles beyond what Negroes do with their so-called films. If Wes Anderson can make a movie like Rushmore for $20 million, why can't a director make something like that for the $30 million that I'm sure that ridiculously titled, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete must have cost? So what, it was a hit at Sundance, the reviews for it have been great, people seem to love it and the performances are getting rave reviews. That means nothing unless you're racking it in like Kevin Hart (who is just a Louis CK wannabe, let's face it black people. I guess liquor stores aren't the only thing you people rob.)

Anyway, you people should listen to the JEFTCG's of the world. Guys like us think Hollywood should stop giving you blacks money to make movies. You can still be in them on occassion, maybe as the black judge or the tech guy, you know, real life jobs to aspire to. But tou make terrible films that no one wants to see. Please stop. Stick to making terrible music that no one wants to listen to.


Haven't been to ABFF since 2006 and here's why. Of the three, Kevin Hart's the actual moneymaker. The other two: independent aimlessness with Hardwicke (again) and B-Movie Tillman. However, as I have not moved to Ghana yet, I will support all three when available (on video.)

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