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.

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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.

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