Got your tickets yet for tonight's opening night kickoff of the 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville, featuring an advance screening of The Best Man Holiday? In the new Scene, Ron Wynn tells why you shouldn't wait:
As the IBFF begins its 2013 fall festival Thursday, running through Nov. 3, they have plenty to celebrate. The first is the opening-night event, the U.S. premiere of the much-anticipated sequel The Best Man Holiday. The second is the relocation of the festival screenings to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 700-seat CMA Theater, a move [festival chief Hazel] Joyner-Smith says was critical for IBFFN.
"This gives us downtown proximity and also a central location for our events," Joyner-Smith says. "We started working months ago on lining up Best Man Holiday for our opening night. Unfortunately, it took so long for the studio to finally decide to go with us for the national premiere it got backed up against the rollout for the press campaign. So we won't have anyone here from the film for a Q&A, but there will be a studio representative to discuss the production and its importance."
The Best Man was a sizable hit in 1999, a relationship/buddy comedy/drama about secrets, alliances and surprises among old friends reuniting for a wedding. It may have been most notable for the sterling cast it assembled, catching talents such as Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Harold Perrineau on their way up. Again written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the sequel checks in with the group 15 years later as they gather during the Christmas holidays, bringing back excellent performers such as Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Regina Hall and Melissa De Souza.
The screening is 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Country Music Hall of Fame's CMA Theater, where the festival continues through Sunday with films, panels, workshops and parties; for ticket info and a full schedule, click here.