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King of the Dancehall
King of the Dancehall

King of The Dancehall, written and directed by Nick Cannon, will screen as the Opening Night Film of the 2017 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF 25) on Thursday February 9.  

King of The Dancehall is the feature film directorial debut of actor, producer and consummate entertainer, Nick Cannon who also stars in this high energy musical about a young man from Brooklyn who gets caught up in the vibrant Kingston music scene during a visit to Jamaica. When Tarzan (Cannon) hatches a scheme to cover the costs of medical care for his sick mother, he has to decamp from his native New York to Kingston, Jamaica. Once on the Caribbean island, he solicits the help of his fast-talking cousin and makes quick headway in the world of weed. But there’s another, much tougher scene that he’s not prepared for: the dancehall. In addition to Cannon, the film stars, Academy Award nominee, Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award winner, Louis Gossett Jr. and Grammy Award nominee, Busta Rhymes. King of The Dancehall will debut exclusively on YouTube Red later this year.

King of The Dancehall joins this year’s selection of PAFF 25 Galas, which includeTV One’s Media, (Centerpiece) and The Preacher’s Son (Closing Night) with a Lifetime Achievement Award tribute to legendary actress Alfre Woodard.

The Centerpiece Screening will be TV One’s Media starring Brian White and Pooch Hall will screen Wednesday February 15. Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of The Preacher’s Son (Directed by Trey Haley) screening on Sunday February 19.

In addition, PAFF 25 Special Screenings includes; Sankofa PAFF 25th Anniversary Gala, screening Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Story, a moving documentary on the music of John Coltrane. Monday, February 20 held on the closing night of the festival.

Other Special Screenings include; Tanna, based on a true story of young love against all odds; 93 Days, chronicles the little known story of a Nigerian couples work to stop the Ebola virus starring Danny Glover and Tim Reid, and Afro-Latinos: An Untaught History , a documentary giving voice to communities throughout the Caribbean and South America and Netflix’ A Burning Sands, on a hazing incident gone deadly wrong

Opening Night Screening

King of The Dancehall is the feature film directorial debut of actor, producer and consummate entertainer, Nick Cannon who also stars in this high energy musical about a young man from Brooklyn who gets caught up in the vibrant Kingston music scene during a visit to Jamaica. When Tarzan (Cannon) hatches a scheme to cover the costs of medical care for his sick mother, he has to decamp from his native New York to Kingston, Jamaica. Once on the Caribbean island, he solicits the help of his fast-talking cousin and makes quick headway in the world of weed. But there’s another, much tougher scene that he’s not prepared for: the dancehall. In addition to Cannon, the film stars, Academy Award winner, Whoopi Goldberg, Academy Award nominee, Louis Gossett Jr. and Grammy Award winner Busta Rhymes.

Centerpiece Screening & Gala

Media, directed by Craig Ross,  is a new movie from the mind of Radio One’s own media maven Cathy Hughes about a cut-throat world of a major entertainment business. This heart pounding drama looks at the Jones family who run the multi-faceted J.U.M.P. media company. And like any big company, nothing comes easy or without drama. Starring Pooch Hall, Brian White, Penny Johnson-Jerald, Gary Dourdan.

Closing Night Screening & Gala

The Preacher’s Son, directed by Trey Haley, is the story of Bishop T.K. Wilson, his wife and two children who are a respectable family in their community. Yet the Wilson kids are fighting temptations and son Dante has thoughts other than taking over his father’s church. Stars Christian Keyes, Clifton Powell, Valarie Pettiford, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Jaleel White.

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