Jussie Smollett, Vivica A. Fox Film ‘The Lost Holliday’ to Premiere at ABFF

The Lost Holliday (Credit: ABFF)

The new film The Lost Holliday starring Jussie Smollett and Vivica A. Fox will make its world premiere at this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

Directed and co-written by Smollett, the drama tells the story of a woman coming to terms with the death of a son she barely knew.

Smollett and Fox previously worked together on music drama series Empire, which ended in April 2020 after six seasons on the Fox network.

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The official description for The Lost Holliday reads, “After losing her estranged son, Cassandra must deal with grief and guilt while getting to know her son’s daughter and husband, who she knew nothing about.”

The film is produced by Love & Hip Hop franchise producer Mona Scott-Young. Additional producers include Tressa Smallwood, Tom Wilson, Joe “Jody” Williams, Janet Smollett, Eddie Mac, Stephanie Gayle, Jerrell Chesney, Anthony Smallwood, Sheila Legette, Jussie Smollett and Vivica A. Fox.

The cast also includes Jabari Redd, Marquise Vilsón, Brittany S. Hall, Miriam A. Hyman, Londyn Carter, Memphis Cade, Gina Belafonte, and Leslie D. Baker.

This year’s festival will showcase Black films and stories from the U.S., Nigeria, France and Canada.

“The 2024 American Black Film Festival is back to continue the celebration of both artists and attendees through our robust presentation of diverse filmmaking that spotlights Black culture,” festival executive Nicole Friday said in a statement on Wednesday, April 24.

The 28th annual American Black Film Festival takes place in Miami Beach from June 12-16, followed by an online segment from June 17-24 on ABFF PLAY.

The Lost Holliday is part of ABFF’s 2024 narrative feature category.

The lineup also includes Albany Road, directed and written by Christine Swanson starring Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lynn Whitfield, and J. Alphonse Nicholson.

The Waterboyz, directed by Coke Daniels, produced by Ben Crump and starring Akil McDowell, Alani “La La” Anthony, and Quavo.

Black Heat starring Jason Mitchell alongside Tabitha “Dreamdoll” Robinson and NLE Choppa will also play at the festival The film is written and directed by Wes Miller.

This year’s documentary lineup is made up of King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones directed by European filmmaker Harriet Marin Jones, produced by Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen.

Luther: Never Too Much directed by Dawn Porter, produced by Jamie Foxx, and sports profile documentary Train: The Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane Story directed by Eric “Ptah” Herbert

Additional details on the films can be found here.