Vivica Fox addresses students at film festival

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MIAMI – Joe Carter

The red carpet was rolled out in Miami Friday night for this year’s American Black Film Festival and some very lucky local high school students got the VIP treatment at the event.

City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones joined actors Vivica A. Fox (host of “The Cougar”, Kill Bill Volume I) and Wendell Pierce (House of Payne, The Wire) at a filmmaker workshop for youth on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Historic Lyric Theater. The panelists included producer Stephen Belser (Pastor Brown and Next Day Air) and director Ronald Lang.

The youth filmmaker workshop is in partnership with the 13th Annual American Black Film Festival which was founded in 1997 and was born out of the need to generate distribution opportunities for independent Black films and promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. It is widely considered the premier destination film market.

The mission of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is to strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education artistic collaboration and career development. Since its inception, over 600 independent films have been screened, seventy percent of which have gone on to secure theatrical or DVD distribution.