Marshall premieres at International Black Film Festival

(l-r) Josh Gad, Chadwick Bozeman and Sterling K. Brown star in Marshall. See it at the IBFF Oct 5

(l-r) Josh Gad, Chadwick Bozeman and Sterling K. Brown star in Marshall. See it at the IBFF Oct 5

The 11th Annual International Black Film Festival presents the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed feature film “Marshall” as their Opening Night Film. Directed by the esteemed Academy Award Nominee Mr. Reginald Hudlin, “Marshall” chronicles significant events of the first African American United States Supreme Court Justice, Mr. Thurgood Marshall. Marshall screens on Thursday, October 5 at Belmont University. Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, and Kate Hudson, will be released in theaters across the country on October 13.

In the film, as the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

The International Black Film Festival (IBFF) kicks off a full schedule of exciting events on Thursday, October 5 and runs through Sunday, October 8. Save the dates, block your calendar and join them for a week of amazing studio and independent films, music, special conversations with industry executives and celebrities, networking events, red carpets, parties and more.

IBFF will showcase the series “The Rich and The Ruthless”, directed by the renowned actress Ms. Victoria Rowell, the special guest for a screening and Q&A on Saturday, October 7.

“Til Death Do Us Part” starring Taye Diggs, Stephen Bishop, Malik Yoba and Annie Ilonzeh, is the Spotlight Film at Belmont University on Saturday, October 7, just a few days after opening in theaters nationwide. Directed by Chris Stokes, Til Death Do Us Part tells the story of Michael and Madison Roland, who had planned to spend the rest of their lives together until Michael’s controlling ways ruin their perfect marriage. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, well it is until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived, all over again.

The IBFF Host Hotel is the newly remodeled Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, in the heart of Music City, the official headquarters for the festival and within walking distance of many popular destinations in Nashville’s financial, historic, and entertainment districts. IBFF festivalgoers will have the opportunity to check out Nashville’s legendary entertainment scene, renowned colleges and universities, such as Fisk University,  Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, and the renowned food scene that includes a multitude of eclectic restaurants.

Build your festival, “experience your breakthrough,” at IBFF 2017! #ibffbreakthrough  For more information about the festival, go on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ibffnash/ and / or check their website at www.ibffevents.com  and / or email: info@ibffnashville.com

Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFF is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFF strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

The festival is made possible in part with the continued support of Salama, the Film House; Comcast; NovaCopy; the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; and the Screen Actors Guild. With the support of their corporate partners, the community and its leadership, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country.

2017 COMPETITION FILMS SELECTED:
Documentary
Afro.Germany Directed By Jana Pareigis
Back To Natural Directed By Gillian Scott Ward
For Akheem Directed By Jeremy S. Levine
Intentional Healing Directed By John Stavas
Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story Directed By Malena Cunningham Anderson
Seaman and 207 Directed By Sophia Tewa
SenCinema Directed By Josh Gibson
The Art of the Journey – The Ben Jones Story Directed By William Michael Barbee
The Ride Directed By Jeff Adachi
This Train: The Gospel Sessions Directed By Kelvin Wooten

Narrative Feature
Ambitions Debt Directed By Devin E. Haqq
Buckout Road Directed By Matthew Currie Holmes
Cargo Directed By Kareem Mortimer
Hakkunde Directed By Oluseyi Asurf
The Dunning Man Directed By Michael Clayton

Narrative Short
1×1 Directed By Ramon Abreu
Black Chicks Directed By Labute
Black? Directed By Guy Calaf
Blackface Directed By Malcolm Baity
Byers Remorse Directed By Michael McClendon
Class 15 Directed By Dean Leon Anderson
Coming and Going Directed By Annie Huntington
Covered Directed By Desha Dauchan
Happy Hour 2017 William Cochran
Hold On Directed By Christine Turner
Junior Directed By Pearl Gluck
Last Stop on Market Street Directed By Eric J. Smith
Lawman Directed By Matthew Gentile
Like Fine Silk Directed By Manzanares
Marz Directed By Bobby Yan
Masquerade Directed By Andrew Hawkins
Mosquito: The Bite of Passage Directed By Brian Vincent Rhodes
Night Shift Directed By Efuru Flowers
Now or Later Directed By Mara Kassin
Proclamation Punctuation Directed By Sewra G. Kidane
Robox Directed By Bubba Murray
Sam is Sick and Sam Is Tired Directed By Cochice Wesson
The Tale of Four Directed By Gabourey Sidibe
Thick Water Directed By Prince Domonick
To Be Free Directed By Adepero Oduye
Torments of Love Directed By Caroline Jules
Walk A Mile In My Shoes Directed By Alvin Moore, Jr.
War Brides Directed By Rod Putman
White Guilt Directed By Ben Edmonds

Web Series
Make Up x Break Up Series Directed By Eric Dickens