Starring Golden Globe Winner John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx
LOS ANGELES, (April 6, 2023) – The 2023 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced it will open its 27th year with the upcoming Netflix satirical conspiracy caper film They Cloned Tyrone. The film stars Golden Globe winner John Boyega (Small Axe, Attack the Block, Star Wars), Teyonah Parris (The Marvels, WandaVision) and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Just Mercy) who also produced the film. The opening night screening will take place on June 14 in Miami Beach.
The film follows a series of eerie events that thrusts an unlikely trio (Boyega, Parris, and Foxx) onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper. They Cloned Tyrone will have a limited theatrical release prior to launching on Netflix July 21, 2023.
They Cloned Tyrone is the directorial debut of Juel Taylor, the writer behind Creed II, and is co-written by Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier. The film is produced by Charles D. King, MACRO, Stephen “Dr.” Love, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, Jamie Foxx, and Datari Turner. The film is executive produced by Mark R. Wright, Kim Roth, Jack Murray, Federal Films, Dana Sano, Monte Lipman and co-executive produced by James Lopez and Poppy Hanks.
“ABFF is proud to continue its legacy of elevating emerging Black content creators,” said Nicole Friday, President and COO of ABFF Ventures LLC. “Opening the festival with Juel Taylor’s directorial debut They Cloned Tyrone, represents what we have stood for within the Hollywood community for 27 years, and we are thrilled to join with our partner Netflix to bring this film to our festival audience.”
“It’s an honor and privilege to open the 27th American Black Film Festival.” said Juel Taylor, director and co-writer of They Cloned Tyrone. “We had a blast making this film alongside John, Teyonah, and Jamie, and we’re excited to share it.”
The 2023 festival will take place June 14 – 18 in Miami Beach followed by a virtual segment June 19-25 on ABFF PLAY, https://abffplay.com/. As previously announced Emmy®-winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe is ABFF’s 2023 Festival Ambassador.
For festival information, including media credentials and how to obtain an ABFF pass, visit www.abff.com. Follow @ABFF on Twitter and @AmericanBlackFilmFestival on Instagram and Facebook.
Since its inception, the highly anticipated American Black Film Festival has become a cornerstone for diversity in Hollywood. It has premiered the work and supported the careers of many of today’s most successful filmmakers, actors, writers and stand-up comedians and is recognized as a standard-bearer of excellence for Black creativity. Continuing its legacy to empower Black artists and showcase a wide range of entertainment content will feature studio premieres independent films, master classes, panels, talent showcases, networking and hospitality events.
ABFF sponsors and partners to date are Warner Bros. Discovery and HBO® (Founding), Andscape, Ally (Presenting), City of Miami Beach, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), UPS, Netflix, TV One Networks (Major), American Airlines, IMDb, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Variety, YouTube Black Voices, Prudential Financial, Bounce TV (Official), A&E, BET Media Group, Motion Picture Association (MPA), Confluential Films, Pfizer, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (Supporting).
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a property of ABFF Ventures LLC, an entertainment company specializing in the production of live events and platforms that celebrate Black culture and achievement. ABFF, the company’s flagship event, is dedicated to recognizing Black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. ABFF founder Jeff Friday conceived the festival in 1997 as a vehicle to strengthen the Black entertainment community by fostering resource sharing, education and artistic collaboration. Now in its 27th year, the festival has become a key proponent of diversity in Hollywood, providing a platform for emerging Black artists. The ABFF is a property of ABFF Ventures LLC, an entertainment company specializing in the production of live events that promote Black culture and achievement.
Chelsye J. Burrows
ABFF Ventures LLC