2017 Narrative Features *in competition

The American Black Film Festival continues to provide a platform for aspiring creatives in film. The competitors in this category will compete for the Grand Jury Awards for Best Director, sponsored by Cadillac (Prize: $25,000) and Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Prudential Financial (Prize: $5,000).


102 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 9:40 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

SAT 6/17 | 4:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

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Bruce is an asshole. He’s shitty to everyone, until he falls hopelessly in love and is forced to grow the fuck up…in his thirties.

Director: Eden Marryshow | Writer: Eden Marryshow, Jesse Marryshow | Exec Producer: Gene Pope, Sasha Lewis, and Eden Marryshow | Producer: Sasha Lewis, Cesa Pledger, and Eden Marryshow | Cast: Eden Marryshow, Jason Tottenham, Mlè Chester, Cesa Pledger


100 min World Premiere

FRI 6/16 | 6:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

SAT 6/17 | 7:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

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Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome’s most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar.

Director: Devin E. Haqq | Writer: William Shakespeare (adapted by Devin E. Haqq) | Producer: Josh Wick, Devin E. Haqq, Brandt Adams, George Lyon, Tony Grocki | Cast: Nathan Darrow, Peter McRobbie, Kathleen Chalfant, Billy Eugene Jones, Carra Patterson, Pernell Walker


86 min

THU 6/15 | 1:15 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

SAT 6/17 | 1:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

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Jaleel finally has enough cash saved up to leave Oakland and avoid the violent fate of his father, along with so many of his peers. When a friend promises to triple those savings, Jaleel goes against his better judgment and says yes. The added money will let Jaleel realize his goal of opening a gym in the new town—a dream inspired by his father.

Director: Diaunte Thompson | Writer: Arthur Walls | Exec Producer: Marshawn Lynch | Producer: Arthur Walls, Michael Revolvalcke, Diaunte Thompson, Arthur Walls, Lathan Hodge | Cast: David A. Green, Robert D. Jordan, JaMaurae Birden, Tina Gilton


96 min World Premiere

THU 6/15 | 6:45 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

SAT 6/17 | 10:00 PM | LOEWS HOTEL

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Ruthless assassin Kyle (Markiss McFadden) was raised by corrupt priest, (Paul Sorvino) who trained him to murder under the guise of executing God’s justice.

Director: Moziko Wind | Writer: Michael Marcelin screenplay adapted by Moziko Wind | Producer: Markiss McFadden | Cast: Markiss McFadden, Paul Sorvino, Mischa Barton, Robert Miano