Miami is home to more than a few film festivals. Whether youre a woman or a Jew, gay or Brazilian, theres a celebration of your groups cinematic acumen. This weekend, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will shine the spotlight on films produced and directed by, starring, and featuring the African-American community. From June 24 to 27 at various locations around town, tune into world premieres of feature films, documentaries, and shorts; panel discussions; and seminars led by silver screen legends such as Robert Townsend. There will also be exclusive events and parties. Former Heat center Shaquille ONeal and comedian D.L. Hughley will host the All-Star Comedy Jam at the Fillmore (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) this Friday. And on Thursday at 9 p.m., the 12th Annual ABFF HBO Short Film Competition will take over the Colony Theatre. Luminaries such as Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, and Morgan Freeman have attended in the past, so its beyond time you made a cameo. Visit abff.com for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.
Wed., June 24, 1 p.m.; Thu., June 25, 8 a.m.; Fri., June 26, 8 a.m.; Sat., June 27, 8 a.m., 2009