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R. Malcolm Jones to debut first film

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Paving the way for a new generation of filmmakers, local Miami filmmaker, R. Malcolm Jones, best known for his music video directing, promises to be one of the breakout filmmakers at this years 17th annual American Black Film Festival [ABFF] taking place June 19-23 here in Miami. Joness film, The Magic City, will premier at the ABFF. The film is the brainchild of the University of Miami alumni known to have an innate storytelling gift. It is a coming-of-age story based on the hope and resilience of three young individuals struck with overwhelming tragedies and exhilarating adventures. The characters forge a lifelong friendship through adversity in one of Miamis most unforgiving neighborhoods, Liberty City. The Magic City will screen on Friday, June 21 at 6:10 p.m. at the Colony Theatre [1040 Lincoln Road]; a private VIP reception will follow the screening. A second screening of the film will take place on Sunday, June 23rd at the Films Over Miami Showcase at 12 noon at the Colony Theatre. Actors in the film include: Jenifer Lewis, Keith David and Jamie Hector. The film is executive produced byUdonis Haslem; Vincent Herbert is the co-executive producer. Miami Times staff report