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The 8th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) opened this week in Beverly Hills. Running a full 6 days, a record-breaking 123 films are scheduled to unspool at HBFF 2007, June 5-10. The 123 films includes 29 features, 64 shorts, 18 documentaries, 9 student films, 2 animated shorts and 2 music videos, from seven countries including Spain, Cameroon, South Africa, Haiti, Nigeria, the UK, and the United States.
From June 5th through June 10th at the Fine Arts Theatre and Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, HBFF 2007 promises to again bring the best in independent black cinema.
Gary Hardwick, the director/writer responsible for the films “Bring It On,” “The Brothers” and “Deliver Us From Eva” opened the festival with “Universal Remote.”
Universal Remote follows two losers who get a unique TV set transporting them to a place in the subconscious of modern society. In this world, an array of humorous skits unfold, one more outrageous than the one before it, uncovering what makes us laugh and what makes us tick. Our intrepid slackers are caught in this world and must find the Universal Remote, the key to getting back home. On their journey, they travel through some of the strangest and funniest shows and films ever made. We are witness to a laugh-filled stream of consciousness like none in recent memory while the film subtly skewers censorship and political correctness. Universal Remote is a blast, a laugh party taking no prisoners. Universal Remote produced by Kibi Anderson stars Charlie Murphy (“Norbit,” “Chappelle’s Show”) and Robert Hayes (“Airplane!”)
Founded and presented annually since its inception in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition and competition program.
Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.