TV ONE PREMIERES TWO ORIGINAL FILMS DURING 21ST ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL John Parra/ Courtesy of TV One

Stars of When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story and Downsized Descend Upon Miami to Rave Reviews of Festival-Goers
 
Timothy Folsome Named ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition Winner
 
(MIAMI, FL) - June 21, 2017 - TV One delighted fans with a sneak peek into two engaging films and star-studded Q&A's during the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival held in Miami this weekend. When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Storyrevealed the gritty, cautionary tale of a young teenaged girl forced into a life of crime all in the name of love for her man. In attendance were film stars Lance Gross, Lil Mama, Tami Roman, and Tiffany Black, joined by director Tasha Smith,writer Cas Sigers-Beedles, and director of photography Bruce Francis ColeThe original film When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story will premiere on TV Oneon Monday, August 28 at 9 p.m. ET.
 
The network also premiered Downsized, the 2016 ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition winner, which tells the story of a couple who decides that after surviving a teenage pregnancy and wedding, 25 years of marriage and four children, they may want to divorce in order to find themselves. In attendance were film stars Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Alix Lapri, Isaiah John, Raquel John, and Tia Hendricks. They were joined on stage for the Q&A by writer and ABFF TV One Screenplay Competition Honorable Mention winner Michelle McKissick and director Rhonda Baraka. The original film Downsized will premiere on TV Oneon Saturday, September 16 at 9 p.m. ET.
 
Additionally, TV One and Cadillac hosted the popular event, Celebrity Scene Stealers, in which the 2017 TV One Screenplay Competition finalists directed a scene from their scripts as performed by noted actors. Hosted by Dondre WhitfieldNicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Lance Gross, Lil Mama, Tami Roman, Tobias Truvillion, Dennis White and Lisa Wu acted out scenes in front of a live audience. This year's finalists are Timothy Folsome, writer of the drama "Down For Whatever;" Roni Brown, writer of the romantic comedy "Mr. Wonderful" and Sade Sellers, writer of the thriller "The Replacement." On SundayTV One announced Tim Folsome as the 2017 winner of the TV One Screenplay Competition. He received $5,000 and a chance for his screenplay to be produced into a film to premiere at next year's American Black Film Festival. 
 
Celebrity guests, film and network executives, media personalities and friends culminated a successful weekend by unwinding at the exclusive TV One Dinner held under the stars at the Raleigh Hotel. In addition to the casts of both TV One films, guests included ABFF Founder Jeff Friday and Nicole FridayUrban One CEO Alfred LigginsTV One President Brad SiegelExecutive Producers Roger Bobb(Bobbcatt Films), Eric Tomosunas (Swirl Films) and Keith Neal (Swirl Films) and entertainers Dondre Whitfield, Salli RichardsonChris Spencer, MC Lyte, Lisa Wu, Teyonah ParrisTobias Trivillion, and Tai Beauchamp, among others.