Published on June 18th, 2018 | by Jessica Williams
ABFF 2018 Opening Night Kicks Off with Cadillac Luncheon, SUPERFLY Screening, and Sony Reception
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) commenced with a welcome luncheon held by Cadillac, a red carpet reception hosted by Sony, and a screening of the new adaptation of the 1972 classic film, Superfly. Many celebrities were in attendance including Rick Ross and Big Boi, who have roles in the film, and Future who produced the soundtrack that dropped last week.
Cadillac, which returned as a partner of ABFF for the eighth consecutive year, kicked off the festival with an exclusive welcome luncheon on Wednesday, June 13th. Actors LeToya Luckett and Tristan “Mack” Wilds engaged in a compelling panel conversation, moderated by Allison McGevna, VP of Women’s Lifestyle at iOne, about the state of Black Hollywood today. The event also featured an intimate performance by Jade Novah. Earlier in the day, guests also had the chance to experience Cadillac’s Super Cruise; the first true hands-free driving system for the freeway, with a one-of-a-kind ride & drive through Miami Beach.
Sony held a red carpet reception prior to the screening of Superfly where attendees got the chance to mix and mingle before viewing the film. ABFF Founder and CEO Jeff Friday welcomed the crowd along with this year’s celebrity ambassador, Jay Ellis, as they celebrated the festival’s 22nd anniversary paying homage to black film.
CEO and Founder of ABFF Jeff Friday and wife Nicole Friday pose on the Superfly red carpet
Rapper Future attends the opening night screening of Superfly
Rick Ross and Superfly star Trevor Jackson pose for a photo on the Superfly red carpet
Rapper Big Boi attends the opening night screening of Superfly
The cast of Superfly and Director X take a photo together on the American Black Film Festival opening night red carpet.
The 2018 American Black Film Festival Celebrity Ambassador Jay Ellis
Detavio Samuels, Amy Dubois Barnett, Allison McGevna, and Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds
Actor Jay Ellis, recording artist Jade Novah, and actor Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds
Recording artist Jade Novah performs at Cadillac Welcome Luncheon
Allison McGevna, and actors LaToya Lukett, and Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds speak on stage at the Cadillac Welcome Luncheon
Superfly cast-mates Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis, and Big Boi enjoy Sony’s reception
**Photo Credit: American Black Film Festival**