IBFFN hosts premiere of Universal Pictures’ THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY as opening night film (VIDEO)

Much anticipated sequel to 1999 blockbuster launches in Nashville
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(PR NewsChannel) / October 24, 2013 / NASHVILLE 

The-Best-Man-Holiday-SoundtrackThe International Black Film Festival of Nashville is proud to announce the screening of the highly anticipated feature film, “The Best Man Holiday” by renown Director Malcolm E. Lee,” as its Opening Night Film. The evening will kick off on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:30 pm with the Opening Night Mixer immediately following the screening. The Nashville screening location will be announced soon. Tickets will be available for purchase on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at www.ibffnfestivalevents.com.

“The Best Man Holiday” tells the story of college friends who reunite during the Christmas holidays after 15 years apart. They quickly discover just how easily long-forgotten rivalries and romances can reignite. The film returns with members of the original, star studded cast that include: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, Terrance Howard, Regina Hall and Melissa DeSousa.

“We are beyond excited that Universal Pictures selected IBFFN as one of its screening locations,” said Festival Founder Hazel Joyner-Smith. “Even as we were selling the festival to Universal Pictures, we had to also demonstrate that Nashville is a burgeoning market that has an energetic and diverse audience to support a high profile, studio film of this caliber.”

In 1999, Lee’s first blockbuster “The Best Man” skyrocketed to the number one position at the box office, earning more than $9 million its first weekend on more than 1300 screens. With early critic nods, a cult following, and an amazing soundtrack, “The Best Man Holiday” is set to break records for its national release in theaters across the country on November 15, 2013.

The soulful soundtrack, complete with a star-studded lineup includes a host of R&B legends and heavy hitters. The 13-track album features R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson, Monica, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Emeli Sande, Fantasia, Mario, John Legend and Jordin Sparks giving new renditions of a selection of Christmas classics, plus an emotive take on Stevie Wonder’s “As” by Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton.

More details for this high profile screening are forthcoming. The comprehensive festival schedule is also being updated daily. The festival’s official selections, trailers, director and cast information, synopses, regular schedule updates are available on the festival’s website at www.ibffnfestivalevents.com. The site also offers pre-festival passes, group ticketing packages and a history of the festival.

“The Best Man Holiday” trailer link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZZXBQrDh8Y

About International Black Film Festival of Nashville
Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and to showcase the rich creativity and diversity found in communities of color locally, nationally and internationally.
The festival is made possible in part with the continued support of The Film House, Comcast, NovaCopy, TV One, Bravo TV, The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Screen Actors Guild and Film Comm. With the support of our corporate partners, the community and its leadership, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country.

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SOURCE:  International Black Film Festival of Nashville

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