American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announces 2014 University Master Class Series To Be Held During Festival
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American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Announces 2014 University Master Class Series To Be Held During Festival


Film Life, Inc. has announced its lineup of the highly lauded ABFF

University Master Class Series to be held during the 18th

annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in New York City on June 19-22, 2014.


Aspiring writers,

actors and filmmakers have the opportunity to participate in intense workshops

led by highly respected film industry leaders and experts such as actor, writer,

director Robert Townsend and actor, director, producer Bill


This year’s

Master Class lineup includes, “Bill Duke’s Actors Boot Camp,” one

of the Festival’s most anticipated, is a 2-day scene study program where

performance and the craft of acting is shaped through hands on direction and

supportive critique from Mr. Duke. Session I is

scheduled to take place on Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and

session II, Saturday, June 21, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30


“The Ultimate

Pitch,” led by Robert

Townsend is designed for those seeking to master the art of pitching. Held on

Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, this class will explore

techniques for pitching ideas from concept to development, through the different

stages of rewrites, pitching to executives at studios and advice on how to close

the deal with clarity, precision and confidence. Direct critique will be given

to selected class attendees, who pitch their story ideas, idea in order to help

refine them.

The “Writing for

Television” Master Class, conducted by Vice President of Programming Talent

Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment & Universal Television,

Karen Horne, will delve into the fundamentals of writing for television –

how to structure and write a spec script, as well as how to develop your TV show

idea. This class, held on Saturday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., will

also include a special presentation by the Writer’s Guild of America East.                                    

“How to Avoid the

Pitfalls of Producing,” led by SAGIndie

National Director Darrien M. Gipson, will cover the creative, executive and

technical (line producing and production management) responsibilities in all

phases of production and distribution, and will provide an overview of a film

producer’s core responsibilities, including a look at film financing and funding

sources. This Master Class will be held on Sunday, June 22, 9:30 a.m.

– 12 noon.


serious study of the key disciplines of filmmaking is  essential to creating

quality art and is the most important function of ABFF’s Master Class Series,”

said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder and CEO of Film

Life, Inc., “Learning from seasoned professionals who do this for a living is

one way to pick up some invaluable lessons.”


a global company, Time Warner is committed to lighting up the world with the

best storytelling. And that commitment is the inspiration for the mission of

the Time Warner Foundation – to discover, nurture and celebrate the next

generation of storytellers,” says, Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer

& SVP, Time Warner Inc., and President of the Time Warner Foundation. “Through innovative partnerships with leading arts organizations we invest in

programs that help develop promising talent from all backgrounds.  And this is

why we are so proud to lend our support to the ABFF Master Class initiative and

look forward to the 2014 American Black Film Festival in New

York City.”

The ABFF is a

four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films by and about people

of African descent. Committed to the belief that Black content creators and

artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, Jeff

Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the

film and television industry. Today it is widely recognized as an important

pipeline bringing new Black talent to prominence both in front of and behind the

camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world.

The American Black

Film Festival is presented by Film Life, Inc., a multifaceted entertainment

company headquartered in New York City. 

Festival passes and

tickets are on sale now and for more

information, please visit  

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