THE MANNSFIELD 12 Wins Jury Prizes for “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” at the American Black Film Festival • Cecily Wiggins • Graphics + Web + Content
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THE MANNSFIELD 12 Wins Jury Prizes for “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” at the American Black Film Festival

THE MANNSFIELD 12 Wins Jury Prizes for “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” at the American Black Film Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 30, 2007) – The Mannsfield 12 receives two of the highest honors by wining the Grand Jury “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” Award from Film Life’s 11th annual American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Nominated for five out of a total of seven festival awards, the Mannsfield received nominations for the “Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor,” “Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture,” and “The Heineken Red Star Award.”

The ABFF is a five-day retreat and showcase for American black films. Founded in 1997, the festival mission is to strengthen the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education and career development.Directed by Craig Ross, Jr; The Mannsfield 12 is a gritty tale of courage, strength and the resiliency of the human spirit. Faced with incredible odds, 12 hardened inmates learn the true meaning of redemption…and the value of sacrifice. The movie stars Aaron D. Spears, Joe Torry, Tony Todd and Michael McCrary.

The film will be available on DVD at Walmart in March 2008. To learn more about Mannsfield 12 or Craig Ross , Jr. check out please check out

News Facts

  • Film Life’s 11th annual American Black Film Festival was held in Los Angeles, CA during October 25-29, 2007
  • Craig Ross, Jr. & Alton Glass win the Jury Prize for the Best Screenplay Award
  • Craig Ross, Jr. received Jury Prize for the Best Director Award for the Mannsfield 12
  • Mannsfield 12 stars newcomer Aaron D. Spears, Joe Torry and Tony Todd
  • Mannsfield 12 will be released on video in March 2008
  • Craig Ross, Jr’s CAPPUCCINO won the “Best Film Feature” at the 1998 Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame Awards, “Best Director” at the 1998 Independent Feature Project’s Gordon Parks Award, and “The Melvin Van Peebles Maverick Award” at the 1999 Juneteenth film festival.
  • Craig Ross, Jr’s BLUE HILL AVE won the Audience Award for the Best American Film at the 2001 Acapulco Black Film Festival , The Best Director Award at the 2001 Urbanworld Film Festival, the Audience Award for best film at the 2001 Roxbury Film Festival, and BEST FILM as well as BEST DIRECTOR at the 2001 Jamerican Film Festival in Montego Bay Jamaica. BLUEHILL AVE was released theatrically by Artisan Entertainment in Sept of 2003.
  • Craig Ross, Jr’s third feature film, RIDE OR DIE starring Duane Martin and Vivica A. Fox became an Encore exclusive in 2004. This hip hop action comedy is about a detective (Martin) who’s best friend, turns up dead and he must turn up the heat to find out who murdered him. The film was just acquired by Sony/Screen Gems for a Spring 2004 release.


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