DIRECTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE: Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther, takes the stage at the American Black Film Festival on June 15.
Coogler is making an appearance at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on Saturday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the New World Center Performance Hall; fitting, since he won the HBO Short Film Award for his film “Fig,” at the ABFF in 2011. Nischelle Turner, from “Entertainment Tonight,” will moderate the discussion with Coogler that will be a part of the annual film festival that began on June 13 and ends on June 17.
After winning the short film award, Coogler went on to direct his debut feature film, “Fruitvale Station,” which won the top audience and grand jury awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. That film, based on the true story of Oscar Grant, put him on the map as a bona fide director. He then co-wrote and directed the seventh film in the Rocky series “Creed.”