BETX Film Festival Admission
Admission to the BETX film program is free, however, screening tickets are required to access each film. Tickets to all 9 BETX films are available to the general public with advance RSVP, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Physical tickets will be issued upon arrival (to those on the Film RSVP lists) at the BETX check-in table located on the lobby level of the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 28, 2014. Please arrive to the theater early to claim your seats, as queued lines will form 30 mins prior to showtime. Limit (2) tickets per person, per reservation.
12 O’CLOCK BOYS - SAT., JUNE 28, 12:30PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 8
DIRECTOR: Lotfy Nathan
The 12 O’CLOCK BOYS are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore -- popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In Lotfy Nathan's dynamic documentary, their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks.
1982 - SAT., JUNE 28, 4:30PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 9
DIRECTOR: Tommy Oliver
CAST: Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Ruby Dee, Bokeem Woodbine, La La Anthony, Troi Zee
1982 tells the story of a father and his efforts to protect his gifted daughter from the insidious crack epidemic, which has literally come home via her drug-addicted mother. As his wife becomes more distant an unreliable, he struggles as a defacto single parent to raise his daughter, while still striving to help his wife become clean. In the process, he learns some hard truths about his marriage and his life, which ultimately test him as a parent, husband, and man.
AMMO: 52 BLOCKS (Short Screens Before Feature They Die By Dawn)
SAT., JUNE 28, 7:30PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 9
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Reggie Rock Bythewood
This short documentary follows Larenz Tate whose life was impacted as he underwent a grueling training process to learn the unique 52 Blocks fighting style, which is rooted in African American culture and prominently featured in the highly anticipated film Gun Hill. Ammo 52: Blocks features Larenz Tate, Ludacris, Black Panther Jamal Joseph, 52 Block expert Diallo Frazier, and the sensei of The House of Champions, Mark Parra.
BLACK CHURCH, INC. - SAT., JUNE 28, 3:00PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 8
DIRECTOR: Todd L. Williams
Gone are the days of working class preachers who didn’t expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor...one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel. Black Church, Inc. is a feature-length investigative documentary that examines the sensationalism of the Black church and its present day relationship with serving the community.
CONFUSION NA WA - SAT., JUNE 28, 5:00PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 8
DIRECTOR: Kenneth Gyang
Set in an anonymous Nigerian city, Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist wasters, who, having read through the contents, decide to blackmail the owner. Their misdemeanors set in motion a chain of events that will lead to a shattering end. Confusion Na Wa was winner of the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.
EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL - SAT., JUNE 28, 2:00PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 9
DIRECTOR: Darius Clark Monroe
How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? In this gripping blend of documentary, true-crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.
OORDEEL (Short Screens Before Feature 1982)
SAT., JUNE 28, 4:30PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 9
DIRECTOR: Kiel Adrian Scott
WRITER: Nia Fairweather
Vanessa (Nia Fairweather), a young lady living on the streets of New York, has an encounter that causes her to reveal more of herself than she wanted. Through her story, we are reminded how thin the line is between the haves and have nots.
PURPLE RAIN - SAT., JUNE 28, 8:00PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 8
DIRECTOR: Albert Magnoli
CAST: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Clarence Williams III
Set against the subculture of the thriving Minneapolis music scene, a struggling musician deals with his hatred for his abusive father and his love for a beautiful singer/dancer.
THEY DIE BY DAWN - SAT., JUNE 28, 7:30PM I REGAL CINEMA I THEATER 9
DIRECTOR: Jeymes Samuel
They Die by Dawn is a featurette based on the true life African American Cowboys of the old west. With an all star cast including Golden Globe winner Giancarlo Esposito, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K Williams, Greys Anatomy’s Jessie Williams, Grammy award winning Erykah Badu and Hollywood A lister Rosario Dawson, the film sets out to tell the story of a fictionalized showdown between the real life characters.
When & Where
BET Experience 2014 at L.A. Live
The 2nd annual BET Experience Film Festival takes place on , showcasing 9 independent films starring some of the hottest on screen talent. BETX attendees will experience a diverse mix of curated independent narrative and documentary films, all for FREE with advance RSVP.