The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) announced that director Giancarlo Esposito’s “Gospel Hill,” will open the 10th Anniversary of the Hollywood Black Film Festival on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm at the Fine Arts Theatre (8556 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA). Director David Matthew’s “N-Secure” will close the festival on Sunday, June 7, 7:00 pm at the Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA). The festival runs June 2-7 in Beverly Hills, CA.
“Gospel Hill,” a passionately told story about a black neighborhood in Julia, South Carolina, where residents are faced with losing their homes to make way for a multimillion-dollar golf course development, stars Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Giancarlo Esposito, Taylor Kitsch, Tom Bower, RZA and Nia Long. The film is directed by, Esposito from a script by Jeff Stacy and Pratt Gordon. The producers are Esposito, Scott Rosenfelt and Freddy Braidy.
In the film, Danny Glover gives a subdued performance as John Malcolm, the son of assassinated civil rights activist Peter Malcolm (Samuel L. Jackson), whose unsolved murder left Gospel Hill reeling. Now 30 years later, John is withdrawn and his feelings are affecting his marriage to Sarah (Angela Bassett). His wife, a community activist, fruitlessly begs for his support in her campaign to stop the developers. To make matters worse, Sarah befriends the town’s new schoolteacher Rosie (Julia Stiles), whose budding romance with Joel (Taylor Kitsch), the son of the town’s notoriously bigoted sheriff, has thrust her into the center of attention.
Following the screening there will be a Q with the director and an after-party will follow in the Grand Lobby of the Wilshire Theatre (8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA).
Closing night will feature the world premiere of the drama “N-Secure,” a film of betrayal, terror, and control, set amongst prosperous, affluent, urban professionals. The film screens on Sunday, June 7, 7:00 pm at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA. Directed by David Matthews from a script by Christie Taylor and Julius Lewis, the film stars Cordell Moore, Caryn Ward, Denise Boutte, Elise Neal, Essence Atkins, Lamman Rucker, Nephew Tommy, Rick Ravanello, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Toni Trucks.
“N-Secure” follows a man’s fall from the pinnacle of success into the depths of his damaged character. Carefully hidden insecurities are driven from the shadows of his soul and ultimately brought to light by a woman’s betrayal. Once loosed, jealousy and paranoia grip him and drag him inexorably towards his utter ruin.
Following the screening there will be a Q with the director, producers and cast and after-party.
In addition to screening 102 films unspooling at the 10th anniversary of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, nearly 100 leading “Industry Insiders” will participate in two dozen panels and workshops at the festival’s adjunct Infotainment Conference. A live, staged reading from the finalist scripts in the festival’s Storyteller Competition, and nightly evening events, round out the week’s festivities.
For the festival schedule, a complete list of films, screening tickets, and more information about the Hollywood Black Film Festival, go to the festival Web site at www.hbff.org.