Category Archives: Urban Events

Miami’s Historic Overtown Host First Annual REVOLT Film Festival

The historic black pioneer community of Overtown in the City of Miami host the first ever REVOLT Film Festival 2015.

Historic Overtown is known for entertainment and cultural events. Revolt TV and the City of Miami will help build a bridge to special music and entertainment events, alongside the Revolt Music Conference. Keith Clinkscales, CEO of Revolt TV said, “This partnership allows us to showcase that talent while providing an a opportunity for the local community to get involved.” The Lyric Theater in the Little Broadway district, at the Historic Overtown Folklife Village, known as their cultural and entertainment district, is the major center of entertainment. The Lyric Theater is home to literary, visual and performing arts events for tourist and residents.

Revolt TV is dedicated to providing a platform for young emerging talent by aiming to propel young filmmakers into the industry’s forefront and allow their work to be seen by professionals and executives. Young film directors between the ages of 18-25 years old showcase their talent in filming by competing on October 18, 2015 from 11am-7pm, at the Lyric Theater at 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. The festival spotlights up and coming international youth film directors. Kevin Rios, a Miami native was the finalist that won for his film, Made of Sugar. The kick-off event started with young talent poetry followed by the festival, then a conversation on gun violence in the community and concludes with an intimate reception hosted by City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon who said, “it’s a great pleasure to welcome Revolt TV to the Overtown community to showcase one rich cultural history and one promising destiny.”

2016 American Black Film Festival: Back on the Beach!

The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), #ABFFBackToTheBeach, announced its return in the historical all-black community of Overtown, in Miami, at the Historic Lyric Theater. In attendance was the City of Miami’s Commissioner for Overtown, Keon Hardemon and representatives from the GMCVB.

This annual destination event will be exclusively held in South Beach this year, from June 15th to June 19th. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton located on the famous Lincoln Road Mall, and it will be presented by HBO, stated on the ABFF site. According to ABFF, this year’s festival will focus on entertainment technology and initiatives to grow the number of women filmmakers. The American Black Film Festival brings an international audience of black artists, entertainment executives, creative writers, musicians and film industry professionals together on Greater Miami’s South Beach for the largest gathering of black talent in the film and television industry. ABFF acts as a premier black talent promoter for people who work both in front of and behind the camera.

Untitled1The ABFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exciting line-up of film screenings, schedule of events, and networking opportunities. This year marks the start of ABFF’s three-year commitment to host the film festival in Greater Miami, specifically on South Beach. The festival showcases entertainment content made by – and about – people of African descent. The festival presents narrative feature films, documentaries, short films and web originals to a worldwide audience hereby rewarding diverse filmmakers among their peers and bringing them exposure, along with, The Office of Film Entertainment, who supports and promotes the film and entertainment industry in Florida.

Film Life, Inc. and Black Enterprise are producers of the American Black Film Festival and ABFF Ventures. These organizations work, which is to stimulate mutual business growth and advancement in the event and entertainment industries. The event’s founder and CEO (Jeff Friday) created the ABFF in 1997. Mr. Friday believes that black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts and this is why the festival is experiencing growth, generating sales, and gaining the attention of youth in film that want to jumpstart their careers. With a -three-year – commitment to the City of Miami, the ABFF festival will not only keep its current audience, but will also increase its awareness among the local film community and talent in Miami.

For more information on the hosting city, go to Miami Beach and for festival tickets and passes go to ABFF.