The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announced today that Ncredible Entertainment’s “King of the Dancehall,” written and directed by Nick Cannon, will screen as the Opening Night Film at PAFF 25. The film will screen Thursday, February 9 at 8pm at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) headquarters at 7920 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California.
“King of the Dancehall” is the feature film directorial debut of actor, producer Nick Cannon who also stars in the high-energy musical about a young man from Brooklyn who gets caught up in the vibrant Kingston music scene during a visit to Jamaica. When Tarzan (Cannon) hatches a scheme to cover the costs of medical care for his sick mother, he has to decamp from his native New York to Kingston, Jamaica. Once on the Caribbean island, he solicits the help of his fast-talking cousin and makes quick headway in the world of weed. But there’s another, much tougher scene that he’s not prepared for: the dancehall.
In addition to Cannon, the film stars, Whoopi Goldberg, Louis Gossett Jr. and Busta Rhymes. “King of the Dancehall” will debut exclusively on YouTube Red later this year.
“King of the Dancehall” joins this year’s selection of PAFF 25 Galas, which include TV ONE’s “Media,” (Centerpiece) and “The Preacher’s Son” (Closing Night), with a Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to legendary actress Alfre Woodard.
The Centerpiece Screening will be TV One’s “Media” starring Brian White and Pooch Hall. It will screen on Wednesday, February 15 at 8pm. Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of “The Preacher’s Son” (directed by Trey Haley), screening on Sunday, February 19 at 8pm the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater.
In addition, PAFF 25 Special Screenings includes: “Chasing Trane,” a moving documentary on the music of John Coltrane, screening Monday, February 20, on the closing night of the festival.
Other Special Screenings include; the Oscar-nominated (Foreign Language Film) “Tanna,” based on a true story of young love against all odds; “93 Days,” which chronicles the little known story of a Nigerian couple’s work to stop the Ebola virus, starring Danny Glover and Tim Reid; “AfroLatinos: An Untaught History,” a documentary giving voice to communities throughout the Caribbean and South America; and Netflix’s “Burning Sands,” on a hazing incident gone deadly wrong.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the festival, a series of diverse female trailblazers are featured in the festival’s “Conversations With…” series and industry panels during the programming lineup:
— Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3pm, PAFF 25 will spotlight “Conversations with Alfre Woodard;”
— Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5pm, PAFF 25 will spotlight “Conversations with Mara Brock with Salim Akil,” and
— Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3pm, PAFF 25 will spotlight “Conversations with Sanaa Lathan.”
— Saturday, Feb. 11, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM “Establishing & Monetizing Your Social Media Experience”
— Sunday, Feb. 12, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM “From Script To The Big Screen: Getting Your Independent Film Made & Distributed”
— Sunday, Feb. 12, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM “From Idea to 4K Computer Screen: Developing Content for Computer Simulations, Virtual Reality and Gaming”
— Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM “Breaking Into The Business: How to Jump Start Your Hollywood Career in Film & Television”
— Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5:00 PM hosted by Reggie Bythewood “The Revolution Will be Televised”
— Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM WGN America hosts “Female Empowerment: The Women of ‘Underground.’ ”
PAFF 25 takes place February 9-20, 2017, in the heart of Baldwin Hills of Los Angeles. Screenings, Galas, Panels and other events will be held at the Cinemark Baldwin Hills Theater 15. The complete Screenings, Special Screenings & Events Lineup will be announced in coming days at www.paff.org.