International Black Film Festival returns to Nashville October 3-6

Gabrielle Dennis and Woody “the Great” McClain serve as IBBF’s 2019 Festival Ambassadors.

The International Black Film Festival (IBBF) 2019 lineup of films, VIP guests and events that will take place Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6, 2019, in Nashville has been announced. Now in its 14th year, the festival’s three components – screenings, conference and marketplace – will feature more than 50 events throughout the weekend. IBFF’s goal is to celebrate the artistry of independent and studio filmmakers. Throughout the festival, they’ll spotlight storytelling from a collection of diverse content creators from around the globe.

Gabrielle Dennis and Woody “the Great” McClain serve as IBBF’s 2019 Festival Ambassadors. Gabrielle currently stars in HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” and Woody recently portrayed R&B singer Bobby Brown in BET’s “The New Edition Story,” and “the Bobby Brown Story.”

Congratulations to all of the official selections for the 2019 festival featuring talented directors, producers and cast from all over the globe. Narrative Feature Films include: South Central Love – Christina Cooper; Lone Star Deception – Robert Peters, Don Okolo, Wayne Slayten; and Foster Boy – Youssef Delara. Narrative Short Films include: Lovely Burden – Robert Vickers; Loreen’s Gotta Boogie – Bobby Yan; and Nia’s Shadow – Julien Turner, Justen Turner.

The 2019 festival includes a stellar line up of celebrity guests and industry executives. Take a look at whose coming:

Academy Award and Emmy Winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr. known for his iconic role in An Officer and A Gentleman, Roots, The Josephine Baker Story and A Raisin in The Sun.

Award winning Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph – Executive Producer of new short film First Day Back. She is currently in the new hit CBS show “Fam”. She is also received many accolades for her work in projects such as “Moesha” and Dream Girls.

IBFF Festival Ambassador Gabrielle Dennis – Actress on television series such as “Rosewood” (Fox), “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Netflix), and “The Bobby Brown Story” mini-series (BET). She currently stars in the hit comedy “A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO).

IBFF Festival Ambassador Woody “the Great” McClain – Actor who portrayed R&B singer Bobby Brown in “The New Edition Story” and “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET).

Nathan “World Wide Nate” Fluellen – A Tennessee State University Alumnus, Creator, executive producer and host of “World Wide Nate: African Adventures,” a reality travel show produced by 31 Dogwood Productions, TAC studios and is streaming on Amazon Prime.

David White – National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator of Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), the world’s largest entertainment union with approximately 160,000 members worldwide.

Shannon Sanders – Former President of the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter, he’s best-known for being an Emmy, Dove and GRAMMY Award-winning musician.

Brett Dismuke – Chief Content Officer of UMC (Urban Movie Channel). He has acquired and/or produced films such as “35 and Ticking,” starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good, and “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” starring Morris Chestnut, Michelle Williams and Tiffany Haddish.

Darrien Gipson – Executive Director of SAGindie where the focus is on independent filmmaker outreach and teaching low budget production.

Angela Northington – Content acquisitions, production and development executive. She has served in a Senior Vice President role for UMC (Urban Movie Channel) and Revolt TV.

Ruth Paul – Senior Business Representative for SAG-AFTRA. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd – Hollywood casting director, producer and owner of In The Twink Of an Eye Productions. She has collaborated with major studios such as Fox Searchlight, Sony/Screen Gems, Lifetime TV, BET, CodeBlack/LionsGate and I.M. Global, and directors and producers such as Ryan Coogler (“Creed”) and Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane”).

Jabari Ali – President and CEO of Paragon Film Music, LLC. He is a Guild-nominated music supervisor and curator for such projects as “Training Day,” “Gun Hill,” “Equalizer 2,” “Shots Fired,” and “David Makes Man” (currently on OWN).

Foster Boy” will screen as the this year’s Center Stage Film on Friday, Oct. 5th 2019 in the large theater at the Johnson Center on the Campus of Belmont University at 7:15 p.m. Executive produced by Shaquille O’Neal, “Foster Boy” is directed by Youssef Delara and stars Shane Paul McGhie as the lead actor and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., James Earl Jones, Michael Beach and more. Shane McGhie and Louis Gossett Jr. will attend the screening and the Q&A immediately following the screening.

The festival weekend will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 6th, with a live performance of “Sounds of Cinema Live: A Musical Journey Of Gospel In Film.” IBFF, LoveJadeInc. and Yes Lord Radio present live musical performances from classic movie scenes we all love: The Color Purple, Lilies of the Field and more.

The festival canvases the beautiful city of Nashville. From downtown, to midtown, to historic Jefferson Street, festival-goers get an up-close and personal experience with the best that Nashville has to offer for events at partner venues Watkins College of Art, The Johnson Center, at Belmont University, 505, The Hutton Hotel and David Lipscomb University. For complete information, a full schedule, descriptions of the guests and the films, and to buy tickets, go the the official IBFF website: