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Pan African Film Festival Selects ‘Miles Ahead’ as Closing Night Film

Miles Davis-movie

*The 2016 Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) announced their opening, centerpiece and closing night films this week, with director Patrick Gilles’ “America is Still the Place ” making its worldwide premiere as the Opening Night film selection, and Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis film closing the event.

“Agents of Change” will be the Centerpiece selection; from directors Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson. It follows young men and women who were at the forefront of the student union takeover at Cornell University in 1969.

Details on each of the above 3 films below (via Shadow & Act).

The complete lineup will be announced in coming days.

The 2016 Pan African Film & Arts Festival takes place in Los Angeles from February 4 – 15, 2016. All films will screen at RAVE Cinemas 15, located within the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.

America is Still the Place” uncovers a story about a giant oil spill on the beaches of northern California and the institutional racism that Charlie Walker has to overcome in order to finally achieve the “American Dream.” Based on a true story of one Black man’s courage and perseverance to provide for his family, the film takes us on a journey during the Black Power and civil rights era in San Francisco in 1971.

Agents of Change” is a ‘movement’ film which follows young men and women who were at the forefront of the student union takeover at Cornell University in 1969, as well as highlighting the graphic footage of student demonstrators at San Francisco State in 1968 being beaten and arrested by police. This film tells the story of what they encountered, how they responded, and the continuing impact of the dramatic confrontations that followed.

Don Cheadle directs and stars in “Miles Ahead,” a film based on a chronological arc of events inspired by the life of the great jazz musician Miles Davis. The film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in theaters on April 1.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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