March 8, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Quickly establishing himself as the
of comedic entertainment, funny man
, will bring his threshold of jokes and laughter to the 17
Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Film Life, Inc. announced that Hart's upcoming concert film "
: Let Me Explain" (Codeblack Films/ Lionsgate) will make its national premiere as the esteemed festival's closing night film. Undoubtedly hilarious and primed to be a hit, ABFF is thrilled to deliver this comedic treasure to festival-goers on Saturday, June 22. The 17
Annual American Black Film Festival runs
to the 23
Hart, who hosted NBC's 'Saturday Night Live,' this past weekend (
), has been climbing his way to the top of entertainment in the same fashion as a young
by using a three part platform inclusive of successful runs in stand-up, television, and film. Currently, Hart is the star of BET's (Black Entertainment Television) mock reality series "Real Husbands of
," a hilarious crack at the never-ending phenomenon we know as reality television. Having already garnered success with his film, "Laugh at My Pain," (Codeblack Films) Hart's new film, "
: Let Me Explain" is a cinematic echo of his triumphant 2012 comedy tour 'Let Me Explain,' which sold 540,000 tickets and generated
in ticket sales. It is unquestionably one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, and has helped to establish Hart as one of the biggest names in entertainment.
Hart was one of the stars of last year's hit movie "Think Like a Man," (Screen Gems), a relationship flick based on the Steve Harvey book of the same title. "Think Like a Man" producers
(Rainforest Films), along with its director
and cast, were honored last year by Film Life Inc. at the 16
Annual American Black Film Festival for its theatrical success. The film's monumental run at the box office gave a bigger wingspan to the plight of preserving and ensuring black voices in cinema. Hart's performance in the movie, along with its incredible cast, helped procure the film's nearly
100 million dollar
box office gross —a welcomed rarity for movies specifically targeted at African American audiences.
"We're excited to have 'Let Me Explain' with us at this year's festival for its national premiere. We couldn't be more pleased about the opportunity. We admire
and have been watching his career flourish throughout the years. He's been a long time supporter of the festival and an inspiration to comedians and filmmakers everywhere, and we know that this movie is an incredible way to close out what we are certain will be an excellent year of commemorating black film," said
, ABFF Founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc.
(Founding and Premier Sponsor); Cadillac (Premier Sponsor); American Airlines, gmc Networks, CNN and Comcast/NBCUniversal (Official Sponsors); American Family Insurance, Nielsen and Stella Artois (Supporting Sponsors); Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) and Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce (Host Sponsors); Media Sponsors: Black Enterprise, Uptown and Upscale.
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.