OPENING NIGHT FILM
Sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America, Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Director/Producer: Malcolm D. Lee
Writer: Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver, Erica Rivinoia
Producers: Will Packer, James Lopez, Preston Holmes
Cast: Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Larenz Tate,
Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and Kofi Siriboe
When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall (Think Like a Man, The Best Man Holiday), Tiffany Haddish (Keanu, A Christmas Wedding), with Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham, Bad Moms) and Queen Latifah (Star, Bessie)—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Presented by Lionsgate, Codeblack Films and Morgan Creek Productions
Director: Benny Boom
Writer: Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, Steven Bagatourian
Producers: LT Hutton, David Robinson and James G. Robinson
Cast: Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira, Jamie
Hector, Cory Hardrict, Demetrius Shipp, Jr.
All Eyez On Me tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices, before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.