The American Black Film Festival and IMDb are teaming up for a special celebration of Black film with a new digital series, titled “Hollywood Homecoming.”
Jeff Friday Media is producing the series, which celebrates “iconic films that showcase Black humanity and provide balanced portrayals of the African American experience,” assembling the film’s director and cast to discuss the project. “Hollywood Homecoming” premieres in February, kicking off Black History Month with the romantic comedy “The Best Man.”
“We created ‘Hollywood Homecoming’ to highlight the indelible impact that Black films have had on American culture,” series creator Jeff Friday said. “Congratulations to Malcolm Lee and ‘The Best Man’s’ incredible cast for creating a movie that’s stood the test of time and proves that ‘Black Films Don’t Crack.’”
In the episode, the film’s director, producer and screenwriter Malcolm D. Lee will be joined by cast members Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Melissa DeSoussa, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau and more to share stories and memories about the film. The 1999 rom-com (which spawned the 2013 sequel, “The Best Man Holiday”) serves as a highlight in the careers for many involved in the film, but most notably, launched Lee’s career.
“‘The Best Man’ is incredibly special to me: it was my first feature and truly a story and characters that came from the heart representing images of Black culture that I felt was missing on screen,” Lee said.
“We cast incredible actors, and the support for this film from the moviegoing audience, as well as from ABFF, was groundbreaking,” he continued. “It’s very fitting more than 20 years later, it’s still a fan-favorite and the cast and I have this amazing opportunity to engage with fans globally through ‘Hollywood Homecoming’ to share behind the scenes stories of the franchise. It’s going to be a great time.”
“Entertainment Tonight’s” Nischelle Turner hosts “Hollywood Homecoming: The Best Man,” premiering on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. PST.
The episode will broadcast on ABFF PLAY, a free streaming platform focused on Black culture. The first two episodes of the series will also simulcast on the IMDb homepage, as well as the IMDb Twitch and IMDb’s social media channels (@IMDb).
Fans are also encouraged to participate in the nostalgia trip, with a segment entitled “Fan Mail.” Viewers are invited to submit videos in advance of the airing, sharing their personal memories of how the film or demonstrating how they would imagine themselves in one of the iconic scenes. The videos should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20th.