by tvoneanalytics

June 14, 2018

2017 TV One ABFF Screenplay Competition Finalist “Down for Whatever” and  Original Movie “Dinner for Two” Set to Debut

WASHINGTON D.C. – JUNE 13, 2018 – TV One returns to Miami for the 22nd Annual Black Film Festival (June 13-17), and the fourth annual TV One Screenplay Competition winner announcement. The network will also host the popular Celebrity Scene Stealers event, and debut two original movies – DOWN FOR WHATEVER written by 2017 ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition finalist Timothy Folsome, and DINNER FOR TWO, starring R&B sensation and actor Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds.

On Wednesday, June 13, TV One’s participation at the festival kicked off with Cadillac, ABFF and One Solution hosting a media luncheon and panel discussion celebrating Black excellence in Hollywood and Cadillac’s long-time commitment to the arts and film industry.

On Thursday, June 14, TV One will host a special Industry Expo booth at the Loews Hotel from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., where industry insiders will have the opportunity to connect, network and preview sizzle reels for current and upcoming programming. Expo attendees will also be able to enter for a chance to win two invitations to the TV One Filmmakers Dinner and a cool swag bag by dropping off their business cards and attending Celebrity Scene Stealers for the winner announcement.

Later, TV One’s 2017 ABFF Screenplay Competition finalist Timothy Folsome debuts his original film, DOWN FOR WHATEVER, at The Colony Theatre at 2:30p.m. ET. The film stars will be in attendance, including two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress LeToya Luckett as Tracy, Calesha “Bre-Z” Murray (Empire) as Denise, Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) as Sonya and Hosea Sanchez (The Game) as Mike. In the film, a young female doctor who works at a prestigious hospital learns that her newly-found biological teen sisters are ruthless cop killers that her detective husband is hunting down. The film is slated to premiere on TV One on Sunday, July 22 at 7 p.m. ET/6 C.

Friday, June 15, marks the return of TV One’s popular ABFF event, Celebrity Scene Stealers at 11 a.m. ET. During the event, the TV One Screenplay Competition finalists will direct a table read of a scene from their script, performed by professional actors participating in this year’s festival in front of a live audience. This year’s finalists are Fedna Jacquet, writer of the drama “Isaiah”; Rashim Cannad, writer of the romantic comedy “Connected”; and Sylvester K. Folks, writer of the dramedy “The Patrolman.”

On Saturday, June 16, the original film produced by Swirl Films for TV One, DINNER FOR TWO, will debut with a Spotlight screening at The Colony Theater at 10:30 a.m. ET. In a complicated love story about life and sacrifice, DINNER FOR TWO searches for a solution to healing a broken heart. In preparation for his “last supper,” Chris (Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds) sets the mood by recreating a favorite dish he shared with his once beloved Angela (Chaley Rose). As Chris reflects on great memories over multiple glasses of wine and whiskey, he also mourns the loss of their relationship. To permanently numb the pain, Chris contemplates taking his own life when Angela refuses his appeal. Cast members Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds (“HBO: The Wire”, “90210”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, and “Shots Fired”), and Chaley Rose will be in attendance. The film is slated to premiere in September.

A highlight of the festival is the ABFF Filmmaker Ceremony, where the winner of this year’s TV OneScreenwriting Competition will be announced. The winner will earn a $5,000 cash prize and a chance to have their screenplay produced into an original, made-for-TV movie, which will debut in 2019 on TV One and at the23rd Annual ABFF.

Finally, on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17, there will be a free community screening of TV One’s original docu-series Evidence of Innocence, with show host and famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump in attendance at The Lyric Theater at 3 p.m. ET.



An Overview of TV One’s involvement at this year’s ABFF is outlined below:



Down for Whatever Spotlight Screening

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

TV One Attendees: Tim Folsome, LeToya Luckett, Hosea Chanchez, Bre-Z, Imani Hakim, ABFF Finalists

Location: The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139



Celebrity Scene Stealers

Time: 11:00 a.m. ET

TV One Attendees: ABFF Finalists, Michelle Rice, LeToya Luckett, Hosea Chanchez, Bre-Z, Imani Hakim, Host Dondré Whitfield

Location: Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Americana 3, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL, 33139



Dinner for Two Spotlight Screening

Time: 10:30 a.m. ET

TV One Attendees: Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Chaley Rose

Location: The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139


ABFF Filmmaker Ceremony

Time: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV One Attendees: ABFF Finalists, Karen Peterkin, Michelle Rice

Location: New World Center Performance Hall, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139



Evidence of Innocence Community Screening

Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

TV One Attendees: Benjamin Crump

Location: The Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136

TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tags #REPRESENT and #ABFF18, and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.



The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. It supports emerging artists to foster a wider range of images, stories and storytellers represented in the entertainment industry. The festival is committed to the belief that Black artists and content creators deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to promote diversity in the motion picture industry, and strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. Today, the ABFF is recognized as the preeminent pipeline to new Black talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and is regarded as one of the leading film festivals in the world. The ABFF is a property of ABFF Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment company specializing in the production of live events, television and digital content targeted to upscale African American audiences.



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