Vivica A. Fox and Jussie Smollett in 'The Lost Holliday'

The Lost Holliday, directed by Jussie Smollett, is set to make its debut at The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami Beach from June 12-16.

This poignant drama promises to captivate audiences with its deep emotional narrative and stellar cast.

About “The Lost Holliday”

The Lost Holliday tells the moving story of Cassandra Marshall, portrayed by Vivica A. Fox, a mother who travels to Los Angeles to plan the funeral for her estranged son, Damien Holliday (Jabari Redd).

Upon arrival, she discovers that her son’s funeral arrangements are already being handled by his husband, Jason Holliday (Jussie Smollett)—a man and a marriage she knew nothing about.

Through her interactions with Jason and their adopted daughter, Arielle, as well as the support of Jason’s sister, Cheyenne (Brittany S. Hall), and his best friend, Duck (Marquise Vilsón), Cassandra learns more about her son in his death than she ever did during his life.

Director Jussie Smollett, known for his compelling storytelling, shared his vision for the film: “The Lost Holliday is a story about family, acceptance, and the complexities of love. It’s about discovering the truths that can only come to light in the most challenging of times.”

The screenplay, written by Jerrell Chesney and Jussie Smollett, dives deep into themes of loss, reconciliation, and understanding, bringing forth a narrative that resonates on many levels.

Star-Studded Cast and Production Team

The film features a remarkable cast including Vivica A. Fox, Jussie Smollett, Jabari Redd, Marquise Vilsón, Brittany S. Hall, Miriam A. Hyman, Londyn Carter, Memphis Cade, Gina Belafonte, and Leslie D. Baker.

Produced by Jussie Smollett, Mona Scott-Young, Tressa Smallwood, Tom Wilson, Joe “Jody” Williams, Janet Smollett, Eddie Mac, Stephanie Gayle, Jerrell Chesney, Anthony Smallwood, Sheila Legette, and Vivica A. Fox, The Lost Holliday is backed by a powerhouse production team dedicated to bringing this heartfelt story to life.

Anticipation Builds

As the premiere at ABFF approaches, excitement continues to build.

Mona Scott-Young, one of the producers, expressed her enthusiasm: “We are thrilled to present ‘The Lost Holliday’ at ABFF. This film is a testament to the power of storytelling and the strength of the human spirit.”

Vivica A. Fox, who delivers a powerful performance as Cassandra, commented on the film’s impact: “Playing Cassandra was a deeply emotional journey. This film touches on the universal themes of love and loss, and I believe it will resonate with audiences in a profound way.”

First Look

Audiences eagerly awaiting the film can get a first look at The Lost Holliday below, offering a glimpse into the emotional depth and dynamic storytelling that defines this poignant drama.


The Lost Holliday is set to leave a lasting impression at this year’s ABFF, marking another significant contribution to cinema from Jussie Smollett.

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