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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ABFF is going to be Notorious

Anthony Mackie--an IndieSeen favorite--is going to be the next Tupac Shakur. In the film Notorious, greenlit by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Mackie will play the late rapper who made a major mark in hip hop in the 90's.

Mackie is currently the ambassador of ABFF which starts Aug 7-10 in Los Angeles. Festival passes and tickets can be purchased now at Ticket Web or

This year's festival will feature the ABFF Signature Events including: Off The Record: A Conversation with Young Hollywood; ABFF Remembers ... Waiting to Exhale; Can We Get Some Love? -- Exploring Black Sexuality & Romance in American Cinema; as well as the HBO(R) Short Film Competition, which is celebrating its 11th year at the Festival.

Actor Dennis Haysbert has signed on to preside over the ABFF Grand Jury, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine have been confirmed to attend ABFF Remembers and Lauren London and Anthony Mackie have been confirmed to participate on the Young Hollywood panel. The HBO Documentary, The Black List, written by film critic Elvis Mitchell, will close this year's festival. The Black List provides a unique view into the zeitgeist of Black America, and features interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, Vernon Jordan, Toni Morrison, Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons and Serena Williams, among others.

Courtesy of Film Life

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