*It was a stunning red carpet, Hollywood event. Black celebrities and cast of “Think Like a Man” ushered in past the flickering camera lights at the Arclight Cinerama Dome, like film royalty. They came to support the 20th Annual Pan African Film Festival’s Opening Night Premiere February 9, 2012.
As fans screamed out for celebrities while driving down Sunset Blvd and passing the theater, film makers, and film stars talked to reporters and posed for photographers. They talked about varied subjects, some talked about their perspective film entries to screen during the festival and specifically many talked about the importance of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).
They also talked about Screen Gems’ “Think like a Man”, the 20th Pan African Film Festival’s opening night presentation, based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book. Humorously, Actor/Filmmaker, Sixx King admitted he was upset with Steve Harvey for spilling the beans and telling too male secrets. But, Actress, Jan’Net DuBois, Co-Founder of the Pan African Film Festival said, “We all need information because otherwise there wouldn’t be so many divorces. Everything is helpful… I’m willing to listen to what [Steve Harvey] has to say,” DuBois said.
Festival highlights include, “Think like a Man” – Opening Night Premiere, directed by Tim Story. Ensemble cast includes Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Megan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union and Chris Brown; “The Under Shepherd”- Center Piece Presentation, directed by Russ Parr, costarring Isaiah Washington and Lamman Rucker. All star cast includes Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr., Elise Neal, Clifton Powell, Malinda Williams, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Robinne Lee. “We the Party” – Saturday Night Presentation; directed by Mario Van Peebles. Stars, Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson Whitfield, Tiny Lister, Orlando Brown and rappers Snoop Dogg, YG, the New Boyz and Pink Dollaz. And finally, “Woman Thou Art Loosed”- the 20th Annual Pan African Film Festival’s – Closing Night Premiere; directed by Neema Barnette, Pastor T.D. Jakes, and starring Blair Underwood, Sharon Leal, Pam Grier and T.D. Jakes. Plus, a host more 2012 Pan African Film Festival showcases screen at the Rave 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, in Los Angeles through February 2oth, 2012.
The Pan African Film Festival is reportedly the United States’ largest and most prestigious Black Film festival, and showcases films from all parts of the world, including such countries as Angola, Austria, England, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa.
The EURweb Red Carpet Report – 20th Pan African Film Festival, Opening Night Premiere is produced, filmed, and directed by Billie Jordan, courtesy of EURweb.