Tuesday, June 9, 2015

'Dope' is the opening night movie at the 19th American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on June 11, 2015

Film director Rick Famuyiwa's critically acclaimed film, Dope, sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of American, will open the 19th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on Thursday, June 11, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC.  With its New York City premiere, Dope is one of the buzziest and most talked about film releases of the 2015 summer season.

Dope is a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation.  High-school senior Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) bond over '90s hip-hop culture, their studies and playing music in their own punk band. A chance encounter with a drug dealer named Dom lands Malcolm and company at the dealer's nightclub birthday party; when the scene turns violent, they flee -- with the Ecstasy that Dom secretly hid in Malcolm's backpack. A wild adventure ensues as the youths try to evade armed thugs who want the stash.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a sneak peek VIP screening hosted by Open Road Films, Mack Wilds, Angela Yee and the 135th Street Agency.   I found the film to be a fresh 2015 voice for a new generation that is often misunderstood.  The film evoked full belly laughs and thought provoking reflection on the state of affairs for this coming of age generation.  I can see why it is being hailed as a classic in the same status as Boys In The Hood.

The film opens in theaters June 19th.  For tickets to the American Black Film Festival (June 11 - 14, 2015) go to www.abff.com. #DOPEMOVIE

Check out this video clip of the 'Dope' trailer in the 'ABFF Playlist' on the Robin Downes Network:

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