“’Dope’ couldn’t be a more fitting film to open the festival. Rick Famuyiwa has taken a classic genre and told a unique story within it, combining all the elements that make a great film–outstanding writing, directing, cast and music. Our audience will truly enjoy the journey,” said ABFF CEO and Founder Jeff Friday.
The screening will be sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America.
“We are excited to continue enhancing our ongoing partnership with the American Black Film Festival by sponsoring this year’s Opening Night Film. I would like to give a big thank-you to our good friends at Open Road Films for collaborating with us to bring their fantastic film, ‘Dope,’ to the festival audience. Having a film of this caliber, as well as exclusive previews from the MPAA’s member studios’ upcoming slate of films, will ensure a wonderful experience for all those in attendance,” added MPAA CEO and Chairman Senator Chris Dodd.
Distributor Open Road Films will release the film nationwide on June 19, 2015, so those attending the ABFF screening will be seeing it a week early.
Following the screening, the ABFF will host an old-school hip-hop after-party to celebrate ‘Dope’ at Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street, NYC. The evening will be hosted by the legendary Doug E. Fresh, with music mixes provided by DJ D-Nice. There will be special performances by iconic hip-hop artists throughout the party.
‘Dope’ will also have an encore screening during the festival on Sunday, June 14, at the AMC Empire 25 Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City.
The ABFF kicks off on June 11 and ends on the 14th.