Antiguan film triumphs at Pan African Festival in LA

HaMafilms’ latest production, ‘Deep Blue,’ achieved resounding success with two stellar screenings at the 32nd annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles.

On the opening night, the star-studded film festival witnessed enthusiastic support from Causion, Antigua & Barbuda’s Reggae Ambassador, along with his wife Elvira Bell Bailey. The couple flew from Miami to LA to stand beside ‘Deep Blue’ director Howard Allen in celebrating the film’s premiere.

Antigua film at Pan African Festival in LA

The second screening at PAFF was backed by Immigrant Magazine, resulting in a sold-out venue. Immigrant Magazine, Inc., a multimedia corporation focusing on the evolving ethnic population in the United States, hailed ‘Deep Blue’ as more than a film—a cinematic journey that empowers, educates, and inspires action. The film resonates with a collective voice against hate and exploitation, advocating for a better, more inclusive world.

Howard Allen further engaged in the Director Guild of America brunch, where esteemed directors such as Mario Van Peebles, premiering ‘Outlaw Posse’ at PAFF, and Reinaldo Marcus Greene, director of Bob Marley’s ‘One Love,’ were in attendance.

Mitzi Allen, the producer and the other half of HaMafilms, emphasized the significance of film festivals as crucial marketplaces for networking and distribution. She expressed satisfaction in generating interest in ‘Deep Blue’ and looks forward to exploring potential opportunities in the coming weeks and months.

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF), founded by Hollywood veteran Danny Glover (known for ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’), stands as the premier Black film and arts festival and serves as a key activation during Black History Month in the United States. Over the past 32 years, PAFF has consistently illuminated the film and arts communities of the African diaspora.

In the three decades since their debut, HaMafilms has successfully crafted a total of five films, including notable works such as “The Skin” and “No Seed.” Their diverse portfolio encompasses feature-length films, compelling documentaries, and captivating TV series, demonstrating their versatility across a spectrum of content genres. From enchanting romances to gripping political dramas and spine-chilling folklore horrors, HaMafilms continues to captivate audiences with their rich and varied storytelling.