Starting today, the American Black Film Festival
takes over the Ritz-Carlton
as its headquarters and will screen films at Lincoln Road's Colony Theatre and the Española Way's Miami Beach Cinematheque through Saturday. But with 17 films, a shorts competition, workshops, and symposiums, you can't make it to everything. Here's where we think you should spend your dough:
Our advice is to skip tonight's opening night film, Takers,
a heist movie starring T.I.
, Chris Brown, and Matt Dillon. It'll be released nationwide at the end of August in a multiplex near you. Plus, Chris Brown hits women.
Take advantage of the film festival by seeing films so indie they don't have distributors yet. There's Legacy
(see above trailer),
where a conspiracy web catches a black ops solider, played by The Wire
's Idris Elba. The film was written and directed by Thomas Ikimi, a Columbia-trained screenwriter whose low-budget, student film Limbo
made it into Cannes in 2004. Legacy
, which just made the rounds at this year's Tribeca and Cannes, screens tomorrow at the Colony and Saturday at the Cinematheque.