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AUGUST 22-26

2018

NINTH ANNUAL

ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS

SCREENINGS • AWARDS SHOW • MASTER CLASSES • STUDENT TRACK • WORKSHOPS SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH THE BROTHERS • WOMEN SUPERSTARS LUNCHEON BronzeLens.com | @BronzeLens | #BLFF18


Diversity fuels our stories. Turner is proud to support BronzeLens Film Festival.

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PROUD SPONSOR


7 | Welcome to the Festival 10 | BronzeLens At-A-Glance 16 | Screening Schedule 23 | Opening Night Film 24 | Documentaries, Shorts and Features 28 | International Films 32 | Women SuperStars Luncheon 42 | BronzeLens Awards Show 45 | Cinema and Social Justice Sunday 47 | Closing Night Film 48 | Panels, Workshops and Roundtables 48 | Sunday Brunch with the Brothers

WHAT’S INSIDE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

56 | Student Track Workshops 61 | Board of Directors 62 | That’s A Wrap

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“I try to just be a catalyst for creativity.� - Camille Love Executive Director - Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta

@DiscoverAtlanta | Atlanta.net


Welcome to the BronzeLens Film Festival! As I was thinking of what to write in this ninth letter to our attendees, the phrase “it takes a village” came to mind and took root. Our team cannot do this by ourselves. We rely on like minded people who understand the importance of visual storytelling to inspire, entertain and educate. Our selected filmmakers certainly have compelling stories to share. Our mission is to lift the films that tell stories by or about people of color. If you’re like me, you want to be transported to seeing the world from another point of view. The films over the next few days will do that. I applaud the artistry of all the filmmakers who explored our past, our present and our future through words, pictures and sound. Our first year we screened 23 films. This year we nearly quadrupled that number. Our submissions came from over 20 countries. Virtually all the films you will see are Atlanta premieres, some even U.S. premieres. Just last year, we were honored to be designated as an Academy Award Qualifying Festival in the Shorts category. BronzeLens’ panelists, judges, volunteers, and sponsors collectively support our efforts in a mighty way. Our panelists are amazing. We thank them so much for willingly sharing their knowledge. BronzeLens literally began during the recession. Our sponsors have been instrumental in helping us to continue and even thrive. Our volunteers are awesome. And our judges are professionals that know good work when they see it. See!!! I told you it takes a village. Over the course of the next few days I hope you’ll have an unforgettable experience with us. It is for a reason we have gathered together at such a time as this. We welcome you to our extended family, the BronzeLens Village. Let’s renew, refresh and go forth empowered!!!

Peace and Blessings,

ANOTHER GREAT YEAR

WELCOME

Deidre McDonald Founding Artistic Director BronzeLens Film Festival

Requests for seating and other accommodations for patrons with disabilities must be made at least 48 hours in advance via email: info@bronzelens.com.

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WHEN IT’S TIME TO SERVE, WE’RE

ALL SYSTEMS GO. Proud to support the BronzeLens Film Festival.


THE LINE UP

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

3:00pm – 7:00p | Southwest Arts Center | 915 New Hope Rd SW Atlanta, GA 30331 A Nollywood Screening Experience Featuring: “Mr. Gele” & “Isoken” In partnership with Fulton County Arts Council and Iyoade Productions

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

3:00pm – 6:00pm|Registration|Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level 5:30pm - 9:00pm | 55th and Park Restaurant and Lounge | 55 Park Place NE. Atlanta GA. 30303 WSA’s Off The Set Film Industry Mixer hosted by BronzeLens

8:00pm – 11:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis| A601 All Shorts, All Night sponsored by BET Networks Host: Khalimah Gaston, Creator, Screening Room ATL

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

8:00am – 6:00pm|Registration|Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level

10:00am – 6:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A601 All Shorts, All Day sponsored by BET Networks

10:15am- 11:30 am | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A708 The Legal Angle: The Business of Film and TV

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A708 The Legal Angle: Making It, Shopping It and Closing with a Deal Film Financing/Tax Incentives

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A708 The Legal Angle: How Do I Market and Distribute the Project? 3:00pm - 4:00 pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 Nollywood in the Digital Era 6:00pm | Landmark Midtown Art Cinema | 931 Monroe Dr NE Atlanta 30308 Bronze Carpet – Opening Night Host: Adam Wash, Content Creator|Actor

7:00pm – 10:00pm | Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Opening Night Screening: “Jinn”

9:00pm | Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Special Screening: “Brian Banks”

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

8:00am – 6:00pm | Registration | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level

10:00am -11:15am| Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 Status of Production in Georgia: What’s in it for Me? In partnership with Georgia Production Partnership

10:30am – 11:45am| Atlanta Marriott Marquis |Atrium Ballroom Foyer Bronze Carpet - 9th Annual BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon presented by BETHer Bronze Carpet Host: Stacii Jae Johnson, Actress|Radio Personality 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Ballroom 9th Annual BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon presented by BETHer

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2:30pm – 4:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 Mature-ish: Never Too Late for a Career in Film or Television 4:30pm – 5:30pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 The Business Side of Indie Filmmaking sponsored by the Producers Guild of America – Georgia Chapter

THE LINE UP

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

4:30pm – 5:30pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 Taking Advantage of the Music and Tax Incentives sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Georgia Pacific Auditorium | 133 Peachtree Street Bronze Carpet - First Glance Friday 7:00 pm – 10:00pm | Georgia Pacific Auditorium | 133 Peachtree Street First Glance Friday Screening: “The Bobby Brown Story”

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

8:00am – 6:00pm | Registration |Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level 10:00am – 11:00am | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A708 “The Hollywood Way” How to Compete on a Pro Level - What is the Industry Standard? Presented by Seven Star ENT 10:00am – 11:30am | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 BET Networks presents Killer Creativity: A New Breed

11:30am - 12:30pm| Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 Hot Shots: Local Producers and Directors Making Headway in Atlanta sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 From Script to Screen sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment 2:45pm – 4:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 UpClose and Through The BronzeLens: Opportunities for Filmmakers in Digital and Short Form Content 2:45pm - 4:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A708 Finishing Your Film - Not Fixing It: Color Correction and Audio Sweetening 4:30pm – 5:45pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A703 UpClose and Through The BronzeLens: Making Jinn: A Case Study from Writing, Financing to Completion 4:30pm – 5:45pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 The Power of Culture in Content 7:00pm – 8:00pm | SCADShow Atlanta | 173 14th St NE | Atlanta, GA 30309 Bronze Carpet: 9th Annual BronzeLens Awards Show 8:30pm – 10:00pm | SCADShow Atlanta | 173 14th St NE | Atlanta, GA 30309 9th Annual BronzeLens Awards Show sponsored by Georgia Film, Music & Entertainment Office, Entertainment Partners & Zaxby’s

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

8:00am – 12:00pm | Registration | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atrium Level

10:00am – 1:00pm | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | A704 Sunday Brunch with the Brothers

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THE LINE UP

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Auburn Avenue Research Library | 101 Auburn Ave NE Cinema and Social Justice Sunday Screenings “Emmett Still” & “Don’t Be Nice” 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Georgia Pacific Auditorium | 133 Peachtree St NE Special Screening: “United Skates” 7:30pm – 8:15pm | Georgia Pacific Auditorium Bronze Carpet - Closing Night 8:30pm – 10:00pm | Georgia Pacific Auditorium Closing Night Screening: “Canal Street”

Georgia Power Congratulates The next generation of film makers at

The 9th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival. 12 Continuing the tradition of innovative and fresh look at film making.


NOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE SCREENING SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 • 3:00pm SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER • 915 NEW HOPE ROAD, SW, ATLANTA, GA 30331

RUNNING TIME: 01:38:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017-05-01 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: NIGERIA PRODUCER(S): JADESOLA OSIBERU DIRECTOR(S): JADESOLA OSIBERU

SYNOPSIS: Everyone in the Osayande family worries about Isoken. Although she has what appears to have a perfect life - beautiful, successful and surrounded by great family and friends - Isoken is still unmarried at 34 which, in a culture obsessed with married, is serious cause for concern. Things come to a head at her youngest sister’s wedding when her overbearing mother thrusts her into an orchestrated matchmaking with the ultimate Edo man, Osaze

RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

00:14:35 2017-09-02 UNITED STATES GLADYS EDEH GLADYS EDEH

SYNOPSIS: A documentary profiling the intriguing life of Mr. Segun Gele, a Master craftsman of the African Headwrap, also known as the Gele.


ALL SHORTS ALL NIGHT

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 9:00PM | “BLACKOREA” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 25:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): PATTI K. GILL, GENIA NOOKS, CHRISTINE SWANSON, OMAR GREEN, ROBERT RESPRESS DIRECTOR(S): CHRISTINE SWANSON SYNOPSIS: The story is set in the late 80’s in Chicago. Two children, born to a Korean mother, and African-American father are forced to live with the tangled consequences of their parents decisions, while struggling to traverse new life in the Windy City. 9:45PM | “KYENVU” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 20:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UGANDA PRODUCER(S): NICOLE MAGABO, HEDDWYN KYAMBADDE, DIANNE HOGE, CARLA REIMER, DAVID REIMER, PATRICK THOMPSON, MOSES BWAYO, PETER MUKIIBI, ANDREW AHURRA DIRECTOR(S): KEMIYONDO COUTINHO SYNOPSIS: A young African feminist millennial finds love in a bittersweet moment as she struggles to find her footing in a patriarchal society. 10:00PM | “WALE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 20:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED KINGDOM PRODUCER(S): EDWARD SPELEERS, CATHERINE SLATER, SOPHIE ALEXANDER DIRECTOR(S): BARNABY BLACKBURN SYNOPSIS: An 18 year old youth offender is trying to start his own business as a mobile mechanic. But enterprise isn’t so easy when you’re a young, black male with a criminal past. 10:35PM | “A FATHER’S LOVE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 19:18 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): KELLON AKEEM, JESSIE T. USHER, ALLEN MALDONADO DIRECTOR(S): RONREACO LEE SYNOPSIS: A teenage love story with an unusual twist.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 [Screening Room #1] 10:00AM | “THE TALK” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:30 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): MARLON PERRIER KEISHA RICHARDS LAFLEUR, KATHERINE MARIE DIRECTOR(S): MARLON PERRIER, KEISHA RICHARDS LAFLEUR SYNOPSIS: After an unarmed black teen is killed, James & Maddie argue about whether they should explain police brutality to their 9 year old son. 10:40AM | “AN ODE TO HAROLD” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 11:06 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): KETSIA VEDRINE, THEMBI BANKS DIRECTOR(S): ASHLEY CHRISMAN SYNOPSIS: A young woman hears conflicting truths about her father while at his funeral, and she must ultimately decide how she wants to remember him. 1:05PM | “PARALLAX” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 4:36 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): AJIRI AKPOLO DIRECTOR(S): AJIRI AKPOLO SYNOPSIS: At night, two lovers open up on how they feel about each other. 11:05AM | “LITTLE K” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 14:53 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): JAMES RAMOS, RANDY CRUMPTON, EMILE CAMBRY, JR., ERIC PETERMAN DIRECTOR(S): JAMES RAMOS

ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS

SYNOPSIS: Little K is a 10 year old lovely little girl who was selected to dance her first solo in the studio’s annual dance recital. The night that Little K tried to share the great news with her parents will be the night that Little K and her parents will never forget 11:30AM | “TRAINING WHEELS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 14:40 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): NATASHA PARKER, SANDREL YOUNG, LIL REL HOWERY KEVIN FREDERICKS DIRECTOR(S): SANDREL “SANICOLE” YOUNG SYNOPSIS: An incredibly gifted little girl uses her telepathic powers to bring her wayward father home.

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ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 [Screening Room #1] 12:00PM| “PARIS BLUES IN HARLEM” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 14:05 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): MICHELE BALDWIN , LISA DURDEN , FRANCES LOZADA DIRECTOR(S): NADHEGE PTAH SYNOPSIS: Paris Blues in Harlem is a story of a young woman (Paris) and her attempts to assist her grandfather’s monetarily stressed out Harlem Jazz nightclub. Paris has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept the real estate agent’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. 12:3¡0PM | “AGED OUT” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 27:07 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): OMEKA M. WINBORNE DIRECTOR(S): TOMEKA M. WINBORNE SYNOPSIS: A widow grieves the loss of her husband until a desperate looking teenager knocks on her door to offer handyman services. After hiring him for odd jobs around her house, she connects with him and becomes compelled to help this young man rediscover his dreams, which in turn reignites her purpose to live. 1:15PM | “MYSELF WHEN I AM REAL” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 13:08 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): LISA THRASHER DIRECTOR(S): NEFERTITE NGUVU SYNOPSIS: Displayed through a series of vignettes: connected memories and dreams, the film explores the psychic terrain of two people struggling to rebuild a marriage, marred after tragedy strikes. Ruminations on trauma, memory, survival, alienation, depression and ultimately resilience are intertwined in this story about the fragility and complexity of human relationships. ‘Myself When I Am Real’ stars JoNell Kennedy and Jacky Ido. 1:45PM | “KINGS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 2 7:25 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): CONNIE JO SECHRIST, ARTHUR BURTON, JAMAAL SCOTT DIRECTOR(S): JAMAAL SCOTT SYNOPSIS: KINGS is a powerful short film that follows rookie African American police officer BRANDON BILLIPS his first night after being sworn into the Oakland Police Department and the difficult choices he’s faced with when his veteran partner starts to abuse the power of his badge. 2:30PM| “TURTLE VS. OCTOPUS” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 17:46 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): MUTA’ALI, LISA ARRINDELL DIRECTOR(S): MUTA’ALI SYNOPSIS: What happens when two people love each other so much but can’t let go of their own needs long enough to show it?

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 [Screening Room #1] 3:00PM | “VICI” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 16:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2016 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): JONATHAN TORRES, SAM PUEFUA, D.Y. SAO, HOUSTON WILLIAMS DIRECTOR(S): JOHNNY KIRK SYNOPSIS: A young woman looks to overcome her haunting past through the means of a boxing match. 3:30PM | “DISTORTED” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 23:47 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): TAI ANDERSON, AL G. SILLAH DIRECTOR(S): TAI ANDERSON, AL G. SILLAH SYNOPSIS: Two sisters meet to put their father to rest when they get an unexpected knock at the door, turning their night upside down 4:10PM | “A BRAVE FACE” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 35:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): PAUL GALAZO, SAHLIMA (EXCUTIVE PRODUCER) DIRECTOR(S): PAUL GALAZO SYNOPSIS: After immigrating to America, a young woman’s life is threatened by her husband in the name of honor after being accused of having an affair. 5:00PM | “WE HAVE OUR WAYS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:26 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): CHRISTIAN HENRY DIRECTOR(S): DAWN JONES REDSTONE

ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS

SYNOPSIS: In a dystopic but recognizable America, street riots are common, tap water is undrinkable, and you’re lucky if you get health insurance. When Regina’s younger cousin - Abigail - is in need of a criminalized medical procedure, she must decide what price she’s willing to pay for justice.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 [Screening Room #2] 10:00AM | “VESEY’S RESISTANCE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 22:57 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES DIRECTOR(S): JASON GOURDINE SYNOPSIS: The prologue to the countries most organized slave revolt, whose brutal assault would potentially put an end to all slavery, Pre-Civil War. Led by the free man and founder of Emanuel AME Denmark Vesey.

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ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 [Screening Room #2]

10:45AM | “THE COUNTER: 1960” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 18:30 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): TRACY “TWINKIE” BYRD, ASHLEY JACKSON, KIMBERLY OGLETREE DIRECTOR(S): TRACY “TWINKIE” BYRD SYNOPSIS: Three North Carolina University students, Joseph, Diane, and Franklin, are completely frustrated by a constant string of police killing of unarmed black youth. They decide to meet and think of what it is students like themselves can do to contribute to positive change. 11:20AM | “ANNA” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

12:05 UNITED STATES MICHAEL BURTON, WILLIAM G. THOMAS III, KWAKIUTL DREHER MICHAEL BURTON

SYNOPSIS: November 1815. An enslaved woman named Anna is sold away from her family in Maryland to slave traders, taken to Washington, D.C., and locked in a tavern ‘garret.’ She is about to be sent to Georgia and separated from her husband and children. 11:45AM | “AN ACT OF TERROR” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 16:07 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): ASHLEY PAIGE BRIM, CHRIS RIDDLE, ELIZABETH A. LYONS DIRECTOR(S): ASHLEY PAIGE BRIM SYNOPSIS: The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South. 12:15PM | “UR MINES” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 6:27 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED KINGDOM PRODUCER(S): JEFF LUCKY, OZY REIGNS, JANALYN MOONIE WALTON DIRECTOR(S): JEFF LUCKY SYNOPSIS: On a single day in London, a jaded saxophone player and a frustrated photographer make a seemingly random connection as they bond over their common artistic and personal struggles. 12:35PM | “UNDER” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 4:33 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): TIFFANY LATRICE DIRECTOR(S): COLBIE FRAY SYNOPSIS: Following the life of Lauren who feels under pressure between her work life and personal life, she’s unhappy and distressed. She’s not sure if she can balance the two. Will she save her life from going Under?

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 [Screening Room #2]

12:50PM | “PONY” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 5:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): NATASHA MAYET, DARION D’ANJOU DIRECTOR(S): DARION D’ANJOU SYNOPSIS: Struggling to survive in a near future world where jobs are non-existent, Kima and Grayson must determine how far they are willing to go to keep their son Christopher alive. 1:05PM | “PARALLAX” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 4:36 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): AJIRI AKPOLO DIRECTOR(S): AJIRI AKPOLO SYNOPSIS: At night, two lovers open up on how they feel about each other. 1:20PM | “OTHER” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 6:19 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): James Bland, Vanessa Baden Kelly, RJ Kelly, Takara Joseph, Chad Johnson DIRECTOR(S): Xavier Burgin SYNOPSIS: In the wake of tragedy and racial tension in Charlottesville, one black woman must find a way to navigate her life as the rest of the world seems unaffected. 1:40PM | “CHARCOAL” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 5:13 YEAR COMPLETED: 2016 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): FRANCESCA ANDRE, GUSTAVO TORRES DIRECTOR(S): FRANCESCA ANDRE

ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS

SYNOPSIS: Charcoal, a short film which studies colorism in the black community, has been nominated and will be shown at several international film festivals.

2:00PM | “SOCIAL CONFLICT” | PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

29:41 2018 UNITED STATES NICCI GILBERTDANIELS, LEONARD M DANIELS, DWAYNE BARNES, ROE DAYZON, LUCHIA ASHE, NOEGO ENTERTAINMENT DWAYNE BARNES

SYNOPSIS: This film is based on true events and has been a labor of love that the writers and producers believe will educate, inform and create awareness of the issues that inner city schools face daily.

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ALL SHORTS ALL DAY

BET NETWORKS PRESENTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 [Screening Room #2]

2:45PM| “INSTANCE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

29:58 2016 UNITED STATES TERIA BIRLONPRODUCER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TEKQUIREE CHANEL- PRODUCER

SYNOPSIS: When neophyte teacher Sonya Roberts is hired at Bessemer Hills High, an inner-city school, she has one goal; to inspire and cultivate the students through art. Despite an icy reception, she is undeterred especially when she stumbles across Alpha Martin, an incredibly talented but troubled boy.

3:30PM | “GRACE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

16:37 2017 UNITED STATES EBONI ADAMS EBONI ADAMS

SYNOPSIS: Grace’s younger sister Angela has made it clear that she has a family of her own and can no longer care for their father.

4:00PM | “SOMETHING BIGGER” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

8:57 2017 UNITED STATES CHRIS ANTHONY HAMILTON, NINA MARINOV, JANLATAE’ MULLINS CHRIS ANTHONY HAMILTON

SYNOPSIS: Teea confides in her best friend about her existential crisis when an ominous visitor interrupts their moment of connection.

4:25PM | “DUALITY” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

10:00 2018 UNITED STATES ELLE JAE STEWART, ANDREW LLOYD PRESTON, CHRISTINA MARIE KARIS, THOMAS H. STEWART ANDREW LLOYD PRESTON

SYNOPSIS: This beautifully written-action based short film offers a glimpse into the lives of two women opposite in nature and their dealings with the effects of trauma, loss and hope.

4:50PM | “THE CAMPBELL: TRADERS GANGSTERS AND ROBOTS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

26:02

UNITED STATES GREEN BROS. RASHEED GREEN

SYNOPSIS: In a desolate and dangerous place known as The Campbell, a futuristic goods trader meets with an unstable goods buyer where things begin to take an unfortunate turn.

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o pen ing n ight SCR EENING premiere • THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 • 7:00pm LANDMARK MIDTOWN ART CINEMA • 931 MONROE DRIVE NORTHEAST, ATLANTA, GA 30308

RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

01:32:00 2018-02-15 UNITED STATES AVRIL SPEAKS, MAYA EMELLE, ARIELLE SATURNE NIJLA MUMIN

SYNOPSIS: Summer is a carefree, black teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 SHORT DOCUMENTARIES Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601

10:00AM | “HALE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 20:24 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): BRAD BAILEY DIRECTOR(S): BRAD BAILEY SYNOPSIS: Berkeley is the birthplace of the disability movement, and the work started by Hale Zukas and others in the 1970’s forever changed how the world looks at disability. Hale Zukas, 73, has had cerebral palsy since birth. This film chronicles the current life and history of a disability rights pioneer. The film has won the Student Academy Award, Documentary Gold and First Prize at Rhode Island Film Festival 10:40PM | “BROOKS PEOPLE” | RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

ATLANTA PREMIERE 20:00 2017 UNITED STATES SHAHARI MOORE SHAHARI MOORE

SYNOPSIS: “Brooks People” explores the life, the legacy and the impact of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize. This short documentary features Cornell West, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Joyce Owens, H.A.G.L. and Nora Brooks Blakely, the daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks. Rare footage of Brooks from 1966 and recent footage, featuring Kevin Coval, Talib Kweli, Common, and Kanye West with commentary from his mother and Brooks’ colleague, Dr. Donda West draws the lineage from Brooks’ poem, “We Real Cool” to Hip Hop. 11:10AM | “LET MY PEOPLE VOTE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 18:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): C.Denise Hendricks DIRECTOR(S): Gilda Brasch

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SYNOPSIS: Filmed in Tampa, during the 2016 presidential election, this verité short covers a dayin-the-life of civil rights activist and former felon, Desmond Meade. What begins as an upbeat day of faith in our democratic process, ends in a heartbreaking realization for Desmond - Jim Crow is not dead. MUSIC VIDEOS Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 12:30PM | “LAY OVER: THE VISUAL” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 5:14 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): RAYFIELD LEWIS, RAY LOVE JR., VICTOR JACKSON DIRECTOR(S): AARON HAMILTON, VICTOR JACKSON SYNOPSIS: Inspired by scenes from Bob Fosse’s films, “Cabaret” and “All That Jazz”, Victor Jackson joins a cast of eight dancers to bring this sensual groove to life. The visual tells the tale of a love affair with a deadline in a tone so smooth you almost forget that the moment will eventually come to an end.

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SCREENINGS FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 FEATURES Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504

10:00AM | “WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:12:26 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): REGGIE LOCHARD DIRECTOR(S): CHRIS H. GREENE SYNOPSIS: After the loss of their mother, two brothers must learn what it means to be brothers, all the while finding their new normal. 11:30AM | “THE BROKEN ROSE” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:51:21 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): TYRONE J. DANGERFIELD, WILLIAM USCHOLD DIRECTOR(S): MATTHEW MCCLELLAND SYNOPSIS: Rose is a young girl who has grown up in foster care. Desperate to escape an abusive situation, she is saved by an older man named Shaka, but at what price? 1:45PM | “THE MEEK” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:35:36 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): WENDY ANDERSON, HAROLD JACKSON III DIRECTOR(S): HAROLD JACKSON III SYNOPSIS: Josh, recently released from prison and struggling with the death of his daughter at the hands of a rival gangster, attempts to start over in a small town. 3:20PM | “1 ANGRY BLACK MAN” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:32 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): HANS CHARLES DIRECTOR(S): MENELEK LUMUMBA SYNOPSIS: Frost College is the quintessential liberal arts college. Mike, the only Black male in the course, has had enough. 5:15PM | “SHOT CLOCK ATL” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 00:58 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): ROME WILLIAMS DIRECTOR(S): ROME WILLIAMS SYNOPSIS: A scripted drama about a college basketball program at South West Atlanta Tech. The school is a division one basketball powerhouse! Nothing can derail their chase to another championship, except their own players.

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 10:00AM | “SKULLS” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:08:25 YEAR COMPLETED: 2016 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: GERMANY, NAMIBIA PRODUCER(S): VINCENT MOLOI, LODI MATSETELA, MAKGANO MAMABOLO DIRECTOR(S): VINCENT MOLOI SYNOPSIS: Descendants of the Namibian tribes deeply affected by German colonial rule fight for the return of their ancestors’ skulls, taken during the first 20th century genocide. October 2, 2015 was the 111th anniversary of the day that German general Von Trotha gave the order to kill all members of the rebelling Herero and Nama tribes in German Southwest Africa. Activists in present-day Namibia say it’s time for Germany to finally acknowledge this mass murder as an act of genocide. Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 11:30AM | “THE MAYOR’S RACE” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:20:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED KINGDOM PRODUCER(S): LORAINE BLUMENTHAL, ROB MITCHELL DIRECTOR(S): LORAINE BLUMENTHAL SYNOPSIS: A mixed-race child, Marvin, grew up with his single mother in Bristol’s ghettos in the UK with prostitution, violence and poverty on a daily occurrence. Ever since, Marvin had the desire to go against the injustices he experienced and decides to run for mayor. Despite his charisma and intellect, his biggest battle is believing anyone will take this black guy from the ghetto serious.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 1:00PM | “FOR HUMANITY: CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND MAROONAGE” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 57:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: COLOMBIA PRODUCER(S): KMT SHOCKLEY AND KOFI LENILES DIRECTOR(S): KMT SHOCKLEY, KOFI LENILES, DANIEL CADENA Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 1:10PM| “A GREAT DAY IN PARIS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 1:16:29 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: FRANCE PRODUCER(S): MICHKA SAAL DIRECTOR(S): MICHKA SAAL SYNOPSIS: Paris Blues in Harlem is about a young woman desperate in her quest to pressure her grandfather to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his insolvent Harlem jazz club.

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 2:15PM | “FAMILIAR FACES/UNEXPECTED PLACES: A GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 31:38 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, BAHAMAS, BENIN, BOLIVIA, PLURINATIONAL STATE OF, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, CUBA, ECUADOR, GHANA PRODUCER(S): SHEILA S WALKER DIRECTOR(S): SHEILA S WALKER SYNOPSIS: The scattering of tens of millions of Africans throughout the world during centuries of the notorious process of enslavement resulted in the formation of Global African Diaspora communities that used knowledge and skills from their continent of origin to create dynamic cultural forms and to help build new societies. These communities, whose contributions are insufficiently appreciated in well-known places, and whose existence is quite unknown in surprising places, reveal links with their African roots and common themes among diaspora branches Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L504 2:40PM | “LONGING FOR” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 01:02:07 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018-04-20 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: JAMAICA, UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): TIFFANI JAI DIRECTOR(S): TIFFANI JAI SYNOPSIS: Michael Barnett made a change in his belief and lifestyle that cost him a great deal. When relationships are cut off and getting separated from his son leaves him in a void, Michael perseveres to find his first born.

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Saturday, August 26 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 3:05PM | “RESTORING FOCUS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 9:30 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: ZIMBABWE PRODUCER(S): SUE-ELLEN CHITUNYA DIRECTOR(S): SUE-ELLEN CHITUNYA SYNOPSIS: In a country that is known for political controversies such as having the same president since 1980 and on of the most controversial land redistribution act. One man, Dr. Solomon Guramatunhu, does all he can to uplift and empower the Zimbabwean people through his work as a medical doctor, philanthropist, and involvement in local arts. At the core is the importance of education, giving back, and art appreciation. Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601 3:30PM | “CIMARRONAJE EN PANAMA” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 59:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PANAMA PRODUCER(S): TOSHI SAKAI DIRECTOR(S): TOSHI SAKAI SYNOPSIS: Two centuries before George Washington or Simon Bolivar dreamed of liberation from European tyranny, there were Africans in the Americas who had fought for and won their independence. Throughout the New World, enslaved Africans resisted their subjugation in a variety of ways, from quiet acts of sabotage to armed uprisings. Many escaped into the forests where they reclaimed their freedom and started communities of their own. The Spanish called these fugitives from slavery “cimarrones,” from the Taino term for “flight of an arrow.”

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12:45PM | “YOU THINK YOU KNOW” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 5:20 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): ALAN M. BROOKS, TRAY CHANEY DIRECTOR(S): ALAN M. BROOKs SYNOPSIS: Struggling father (Tray Chaney) once lived the Hollywood life but soon hit rock bottom. This music video follows the life journey of a man who once had it all but embraced the hustle to just provide for his family. Torn between doing it the right way and getting some fast cash, Tray is faced with a decision that could change his world forever, 1:00PM | “TOGETHER” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 4:28 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): ALEXXISS S. JACKSON DIRECTOR(S): ALEXXISS S. JACKSON SYNOPSIS: Official music video for “Together” by Sha Stimuli. Directed, produced, DPed, and edited by Alexxiss S. Jackson. 1:15PM | “WHY US” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 4:26 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: CANADA PRODUCER(S): ANDREI SAVU DIRECTOR(S): DAVID HODGES SYNOPSIS: A HEAVY HIP-HOP Song packed with a powerful message that aims to destroy stereotypes and misconceptions about the Indigenous youth of Tachie of the Tl’azt’en Nation. “WHY US” is a common term used in this community and serves as an important question about the future. There is strength found within the youth.  

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1:30PM | “SINGLE AND ANXIOUS” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 10:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): CHRISTINA FAITH DIRECTOR(S): CHRISTINA FAITH SYNOPSIS: Single and Anxious follows five millennial college students caught in a triangle of love, lies and crime. 1:50PM | “I AM NOT CHARLOTTE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 10:33 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): MICHELLE A. DANIEL, GEORGE CARTWRIGHT DIRECTOR(S): JEAN-PIERRE CHAPOTEAU SYNOPSIS: She’s always in her head. 2:15PM | “OTIS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 10:26 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S): ALEXANDER ETSEYATSE SYNOPSIS: This is a web base series of a A young calm, mentally unstable man attempts to convince his new buddy that they don’t belong at a Psych ward by inciting an uprising, While trying to win back the affection of his ex-fiancée and daughter.

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11:40AM | “TWO DEATHS” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 00:32:50 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018-02-28 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): AMY B. GRANT, TERRELL EVERETT DIRECTOR(S): TORRE CATALANO SYNOPSIS: Eudella has been on a feeding tube in a vegetative state for two years. Her daughter Amy and the rest of her family struggle with a major choice: whether or not to pull the tube and end her life. We’ll learn of Eudella’s remarkable life before her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, as her family debates the hardest decision of their lives. 2:40PM | “SHOW ME DEMOCRACY” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 01:25:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017-03-30 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S): DAN PARRIS SYNOPSIS: Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, 7 St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest. 4:20PM | “THE POSSIBILITY OF HER” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 01:26:11 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017-12-25 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): WILLIAM FEAGINS, JR. DIRECTOR(S): WILLIAM FEAGINS, JR. SYNOPSIS: “The Possibility of Her” is a feature-length documentary which highlights 12 women of color who are actively involved in non-traditional careers or passions. The film delves into each woman’s personal and professional life discussing their beginnings, challenges, their take on gender norms as well as addressing some myths and misconceptions about women in their respective fields.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A601

10:00AM | “IRETI” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 11:03 YEAR COMPLETED: 2015 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: NIGERIA PRODUCER(S): TOPE OSHIN DIRECTOR(S): TOPE OSHIN SYNOPSIS: IRETI (38), a despondent woman trapped in a solitary jail cell has given up on life and any meaning it holds, following the death of her 8 year old son. She sits day after day, hovering between being deathly still and intense wailing and mourning until she has a very unusual encounter within her jail cell and self. 10:30AM | “ON MONDAY OF LAST WEEK” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 13:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU DIRECTOR(S): AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU

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SYNOPSIS: Set in an urban home, On Monday of Last Week follows Kamara, a Nigerian woman, working as a nanny caring for Josh, the five-year old son of Tracy and Neil, an interracial couple. Tracy is an African American artist working on a commission in her basement studio - a space she rarely leaves. The absence of Josh’s mother, 11:00AM | “LALO’S HOUSE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 25:45 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: HAITI, UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): KELLEY KALI, VICTOR POURCEL DIRECTOR(S): KELLEY KALI SYNOPSIS: Inspired by true events. After being taken from their home in Jacmel, Haiti, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring, disguised as a Catholic orphanage. 11:40AM | “DISHONOUR” | U.S. RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

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SYNOPSIS: A five year old girl is caught in middle of a struggle between her recently widowed father and his elderly aunt who disagree on how best to adapt to the customs and laws of their newly adopted home in the United Kingdom. The aunt’s failure to abandon ancient African tribal traditions, including the harmful practice of FGM or female genital mutilation, leads to potentially devastating consequences for the young girl. All six characters in the film are played by one remarkable female actor, Mimi Ndiweni. 12:30PM | “IN MY FATHER’S NAME” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 22:00 YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: FRANCE PRODUCER(S): CÉLIA LESSALLE DIRECTOR(S): GEORGIA LESSALLE SYNOPSIS: One night, while the Upenda family is together for dinner. Isaac, faithful and caring father for his children, stands up to announce something. Then, he looks for an envelope where “ Upenda” is written.”. In vain, he falls. This event will distress the balance of the family.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L508 1:00PM | “ZENITH” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

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SYNOPSIS: An adopted Black Mennonite is torn between her faith and her desire to explore the outside world. 1:30PM | “MAN IN FOCUS” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 19:38 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): Masato Suzuki DIRECTOR(S): Gang “Garfield” Wang SYNOPSIS: Aaron, a citizen patrol volunteer who reports an explosive backpack to the police, must prove his innocence when the media label him as a suspect. 1:50PM | “MID-CITY BLUE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:40 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): KRIS WILSON, MAURICIO ARRIOJA, STEVE NICOLAIDES DIRECTOR(S): KRIS WILSON SYNOPSIS: A hopeful police academy graduate races to get to his badge-pinning ceremony in his civilian clothes, but after he and his rebellious teen-aged passenger are delayed by onduty officers during a routine traffic stop, he gains a newfound perspective on his career of choice. 2:20PM | “KEETON OLSON FOR HOA PRESIDENT: A MILD INCONVENIENCE” | U.S. PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 19:38 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): ADANNE EBO DIRECTOR(S): ADAMMA EBO SYNOPSIS: Once the self-identified big shot of the cul de sac realizes that he will have to run a campaign for President of his neighborhood’s Home Owner’s Association against his new Black neighbor, a man is forced to prove that he is the leader that his upper middle class community has always needed.

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2:50PM | “ABLUTION” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): OMAR AL DAKHEEL, I TAI FORMAN, XING-MAI DENG DIRECTOR(S): OMAR AL DAKHEEL SYNOPSIS: The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

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STUDENT SCREENINGS 3:15PM | “RIVERMENT” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 19:11 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): Mitra I. Arthur, Lindsey Sitz DIRECTOR(S): Shayla Racquel SYNOPSIS: A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps. 3:45PM | “VALERIE MORGAN: TV QUALIFIED” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 7:25 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): LAQUANDA PLANTT DIRECTOR(S): LAQUANDA PLANTT SYNOPSIS: Based solely on her obsession with medical television shows, Valerie Morgan attempts to gain employment in the medical field. 4:05PM | “NIGHT CALL” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 17:39 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): PHABILLIA AFFLACK BORJA, MIRIAM ANWARI DIRECTOR(S): AMANDA RENEE KNOX SYNOPSIS: WHEN ON A ROUTINE PATROL, A Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision. 4:35PM | “DISCHARGE” | WORLD PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): MAX PHILISAIRE DIRECTOR(S): MAX PHILISAIRE SYNOPSIS: Suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), military veteran Max (Marcus Ajose) comes home and finds himself battling inner demons. The dark side of war emerges when Max least expects it. He is haunted by his time in combat and grows increasingly detached from reality as he tries to integrate back into civilian life. Max drives through town in search of his girlfriend Maya (Jessica Rizo) in hopes of repairing their broken relationship. 5:00PM | “OLDE E” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 00:14:37 YEAR COMPLETED: 2016 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): JENNA CAVELLE, JACOB EBEN DIRECTOR(S): XAVIER L. NEAL-BURGIN SYNOPSIS: Demarkus Jackson, a young basketball star from South Central, Los Angeles, puts his life at risk when he comes home for revenge against his abusive father.

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5:25PM | “SIGHT” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:06 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): MOLLY ROLAND DIRECTOR(S): JANEEN TALBOTT SYNOPSIS: Naji, a nonbeliever from a parallel earth, must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her tribe when supernatural forces bring a dark truth to light. 5:50PM | “MAMA I WANNA MARCH” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 15:08 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): Matthew E. Robinson DIRECTOR(S): Malcolm Baity SYNOPSIS: In 1968 Memphis, amid civil rights protests, young Allen wants to attend a march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His protective mother forbids it, but he sneaks out anyway and attends what turns out to be Dr. King’s final speech before his assassination. 6:15PM | “BLACK & BLUE” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: 12:09 YEAR COMPLETED: 2017 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: United States PRODUCER(S): Taylor Gunn DIRECTOR(S): SYNOPSIS: After another innocent Black life is wrongfully taken by a police officer in the inner city streets of Miami, Florida, a young man with a direct obligation to a civil issue, struggles with the fear of falling in to the cycle that surrounds him.

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DOCUMENTARY Don’t Be Nice Show Me Democracy United Skates

WEBISODE I Am Not Charlotte Otis Single and Anxious

SHORT DOCUMENTARY Brooks People Let My People Vote Mr. Gele: The Man. The Story. The Craft

STUDENT Discharge Riverment Night Call Mid-City Blue

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY A Great Day in Paris Cimarronaje en Panama Skulls The Mayor’s Race

ACTRESS Jenne Kang - Black Korea Mimi Ndiweni - Dishonour Garcelle Beauvais- Lalo’s House Zoe Renee – Jinn

INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY Restoring Focus INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Isoken MUSIC VIDEO Lay Over: The Visual Together Why Us

ACTOR Jacky Ido – Myself When I Am Real Raphael Famotibe- Wale Alexander Etseyatse- Otis Jay Abdo- Ablution FEATURE Jinn Shot Clock ATL The Broken Rose SHORT An Act of Terror Lalo’s House Wale

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RUNNING TIME: 15:13 YEAR COMPLETED: 2016 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): FAHAMU PECOU, KAREN MARIE MASON DIRECTOR(S): FAHAMU PECOU SYNOPSIS: “Emmett Still” captures a day in the precarious life of a young Black man. This is a world where a random encounter with police can quickly turn into a life or death situation. Ultimately, he discovers strength and assurance in the power and beauty of his ancestors. The film’s title references the brutal 1955 lynching of Chicago teen Emmett Till and links Till’s death to the ongoing violence aimed at Black male youth today.

RUNNING TIME: 1:36:00 YEAR COMPLETED: 2018 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES PRODUCER(S): NIKHIL MELNECHUK, CORA ATKINSON, DAVID LIEBERMAN, RAM DEVINENI, JUDD EHRLICH, BOB HOLMAN DIRECTOR(S): MAX POWERS SYNOPSIS: A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016.

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SPECIAL SCREENING SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 • 5:30pm GEORGIA PACIFIC AUDITORIUM 133 PEACHTREE ST, ATLANTA, GA 30303

RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PRODUCER(S): DIRECTOR(S):

1:31:00 2018 UNITED STATES DYANA WINKLER, TINA BROWN DYANA WINKLER, TINA BROWN

SYNOPSIS: When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture--one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream media for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talent.


C LO S I N G N I G H T S C R E E N I N G SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 • 8:00pm GEORGIA PACIFIC AUDITORIUM 133 PEACHTREE ST, ATLANTA, GA 30303

3:00PM | “CANAL STREET” | ATLANTA PREMIERE RUNNING TIME: YEAR COMPLETED: 2017-09-02 COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: UNITED STATES


PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis - A708 | 10:15am - 11:30am THE LEGAL ANGLE: THE BUSINESS OF FILM AND TV Sponsored by Walker & Associates • Discussion on the Common pitfalls of production (i.e. budget) • Discussion about the Legal agreements in production • Focus on Music Law Basics in film production • Focus on Union/Guild Issues PANELISTS: Wendy Eley-Jackson, Filmmaker/Scriptwater (“Maynard”); BronzeLens Board Member Winsome Sinclair, Casting Agent, Chief Managing Partner, WSA International Ruth T. Paul, Senior Business Representative, SAG-AFTRA MODERATOR: James L. Walker, Jr., Entertainment Lawyer, President, Walker & Associates Atlanta Marriott Marquis - A708 | 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm THE LEGAL ANGLE: MAKING IT, SHOPPING IT AND CLOSING WITH A DEAL Sponsored by Wakhisi-Douglas Law Firm • Film financing/ tax incentive • Securing underlying rights and attaching above-the-line talent (i.e. directors, producers, talent) • Investor agreements and corporate entity structures to protect film assets • How to Successfully Secure A Distribution Deal • Anatomy of Distribution Deals? •What Distribution Platforms and TV Execs Look for In Acquiring A Project PANELISTS: Chuck Douglas, Managing Partner, Wakhisi-Douglas Entertainment Law Angela Northington, Content Strategy & Acquisitions, Executive, Consultant Rhavynn Drummer, Filmmaker/ Casting Director, RAD Media, LLC MODERATOR: James L. Walker, Jr., Entertainment Lawyer, President, Walker & Associates

Ruth T. Paul

Wendy Ely-Jackson

Winsome Sinclair

James L. Walker Moderator

Chuck Douglas

Angela Northington

Rhavynn Drummer

Requests for seating and other accommodations for patrons with disabilities must be made at least 48 hours in advance via email: info@bronzelens.com.

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis - A708 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm THE LEGAL ANGLE: HOW DO I MARKET AND DISTRIBUTE THE PROJECT?

James L. Walker Moderator

Tirrell Whittley

• What distribution platforms and television executives look for in acquiring a project • Anatomy of distribution deals • How to successfully secure a distribution deal PANELISTS: Sharon Tomlinson, CEO, Studio 11 Films Tirrell Whittley, Principal, LiquidSoul; BronzeLens Board Chair Tracey Tooks, Sr., Manager Content Distribution and Marketing, UP Network MODERATOR: James L. Walker, Jr., Entertainment Lawyer, President, Walker & Associates

PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS

Sharon Tomilinson

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 | 3:00pm - 4:00 pm NOLLYWOOD IN THE DIGITAL ERA Tracey Tooks

E. Kiszo Ugokwe Moderator

Nollywood has surpassed Hollywood as the world’s second largest movie industry by volume, right behind India’s Bollywood. The digital era can be said to have enabled the industry to leapfrog cumbersome production processes and becoming a prolific content generator. This panel will explore the pros and cons of the digital era from ideation to distribution. PANELISTS: Priscilla Nzimiro Nwanah, Producer (The Wedding Party 2, Royal Hibiscus) Robert Peters, Director (30 Days in Atlanta, A Trip to Jamaica) Kunbi Tinuoye, Founder and CEO of UrbanGeekz.com Rogers Ofime, Producer (Tinsel, Hush) MODERATOR: E. Kiszo Ugokwe

Priscilla Nzimiro Nwanah

Kunbi Tinuoye

Robert Peters

Roger Ofime

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PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A704 | 10:00am -11:15am STATUS OF PRODUCTION IN GEORGIA: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? In partnership with Georgia Production Partnership This annual signature panel explores how the entertainment industry is impacting Georgia. They address the services they provide to filmmakers and businesses. In addition, they explore plans on the drawing board to address workforce growth and training. Find out how you can maximize opportunities in this arena. PANELISTS: Lisa Ferrell, Co-President Georgia Production Partnership Shaunya Chavis Rucker, Division Chief, Fulton Film Shelbia Jackson, Director, DeKalb Entertainment Commission Ruth Paul, Senior Business Representative, SAG-AFTRA Cardellia Hunter, Director of Operations, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment MODERATOR: Deidre McDonald, Artistic Director, BronzeLens

Ruth T. Paul

Shaunya Chavis-Rucker

Cardellia Hunter

Deidre McDonald Moderator

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm MATURE-ISH: NEVER TOO LATE FOR A CAREER IN FILM OR TELEVISION With so many films being shot in Georgia, there is always a need for local talent of all ages. How can a person who is 50+ get on screen? Find out the experiences of an extra to a featured actor and learn it’s never too late. In addition, Nanny Roxie’s Revenge, a short directed by Bobby Huntley will be screened. PANELISTS: Cathy Hope, Actress Dorothy Steel, Actress, “Black Planther” DeEtta West, Actress, Aspire/UP TV LaParee Young, Actor MODERATOR: Ruth Paul, Senior Business Representative, SAG-AFTRA

Cathy Pope

Dorothy Steel

DeEtta West

Dorothy Steel as Tribe Elder in the Blockbuster “Marvel’s Black Panther” movie.

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LaParee Young

Ruth T. Paul Moderator


FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm THE BUSINESS SIDE OF INDIE FILMMAKING Sponsored by the Producers Guild of America – GA

Dianne Ashford

PANELISTS: Dianne Ashford, Producer, Symmetry Entertainment Scott Thigpen, Chief Operating Officer, Crazy Legs Productions Tara Ansley, CEO / ProducerWanderwell Entertainment

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A704 | 4:30pm – 5:30pm TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE MUSIC AND TAX INCENTIVES Sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment

PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS

Scott Thigpen

Georgia production incentives provide up to 30% of your Georgia production expenditures for qualifying projects including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, animation and game development. Learn how with one of the industry’s most competitive production incentive programs, the Georgia Film Office can help you dramatically cut production costs without sacrificing quality.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

Patrice Fisher

LaParee Young

Dwayne Boyd

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A708 | 10:00am – 11:00am “THE HOLLYWOOD WAY” HOW TO COMPETE ON A PRO LEVEL WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY STANDARD? Presented by Seven Star ENT A panel of creative and talented film and television individuals will discuss the art of filmmaking from the crew, actor, and stylist points of view. There will be a spirited discussion on education, skill-sets, professionalism, and developing a sustainable career path. Panelists, both those that are in front and behind the lens, will share their journey and inspire attendees to pursue their passion. PANELISTS: Patrice Fisher, Actress/Producer, Hayes Talent/Crackerjack Management Laparee Young, Actor Dwayne Boyd, Actor, Producer, Director, Coach, 34th and Askew Productions & Premier Actors Network Mark E. Swinton, Vice President/Producer/Director, Tyler Perry Studios

Mark E. Swinton

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PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A-704 | 10:00am – 11:30am

PRESENTS

KILLER CREATIVITY: A NEW BREED From the silver screen to the golden age of television, to the prevalence of streaming platforms and mobile entertainment, CREATIVITY drives the content that is thriving. Taking cues from the cultural landscape, as well as one’s imagination and personal experiences, artistic voices are courageously shaping the future of storytelling. Join our conversation with some of the visionary creative forces leveraging authenticity, innovation, and boldness to make a memorable mark in the industry. PANELISTS: Nijla Mumin, Director/Writer, Sweet Potato Pie Productions Chad Sanders, Creator|Co-Executive Producer, The Archer Connection Maurice Marable, Founder, Brim+Brew MODERATOR: Jamal Noisette, Creative Executive and Supervising Producer, BET Networks

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 | 11:30am - 12:30pm HOT SHOTS: LOCAL PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS MAKING HEADWAY IN ATLANTA Sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment Get up-close and personal with some of Atlanta’s homegrown filmmakers and crew. Learn how they were able to breakthrough some of Hollywood barriers and start making bold moves in ATLWOOD.

Jamal Noisette Moderator

Nijla Mumin

Chad Sanders

Maurice Marable

Porscha Dallas

PANELISTS: Porscha Dallas, Producer + Director, SCAD Molleshia “Moe” Robinson, Costumer + WardrobeIndependent Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 |1:00pm - 2:30pm FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN Sponsored by Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment The discussion will explore the panelist filmmaking journey. Film executes go in depth about their triumphs and tragedies as they worked to bring projects from script to screen. Audience members gain insight into some of their favorite productions as well as get an accurate picture of what it takes to bring a film or show from original idea to completion. PANELISTS: Taylor Ri’Chard, Director + Writer, 3rd Fathom Entertainment Kent Walwin, Producer + Distribution, Guaranteed Completions

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Molleshia Robinson

Taylor Ri’Chard

Kent Walwin


Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A704 | 2:45pm – 4:00pm UPCLOSE AND THROUGH THE BRONZELENS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR FILMMAKERS IN DIGITAL AND SHORT FORM CONTENT What opportunities exist in digital and short-form content? What are production and digital platforms seeking? How is the creative and filmmaking process different? How can you get in the game? Get the scoop from creators, acquisition execs and production companies. Deborah Riley Draper

Alfeo Dixon Moderator

PANELISTS: Deborah Riley Draper, Coffee Bluff Productions Caralene Robinson, Filmmaker, former CMO-VH1 Dui Jarrod, BronzeLens Best Web Series 2017, “Brooklyn. Blue. Sky.” Karus Nelson, Senior Producer, The Oprah Winfrey Network

PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A708 | 2:45pm - 4:00pm FINISHING YOUR FILM - NOT FIXING IT: COLOR CORRECTION AND AUDIO SWEETENING This panels covers the pitfalls of shooting on location and provides tangible ways to enhance the visual and audio quality of your project.

Chris Anthony Hamilton

John Penn

PANELISTS: Chris Anthony Hamilton, Director, BKW ImageWorks, LLC John Penn, Founder & CEO, InspireVR John Peterson, Colorist Christoper Miller, Rellim Entertainment Serena Reichenbaugh, Audio by Serena Lisa Ferrell, Lisa Ferrell Productions MODERATOR: Alfeo Dixon, Cinematographer, Cine & Print Photography Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A704 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm THE POWER OF CULTURE IN CONTENT

Alberto Marzan

Kenneth Nowling

We’ll explore how culture shapes perception and why content creation and distribution play an integral role in changing the narrative. Learn how their integrated streaming media platform strategies are connecting culture while empowering content creators with distribution opportunities. PANELISTS: Alberto Marzan, CEO/Founder of AfroLife.TV Kenneth Nowling, Director of Production, Laugh Out Loud Network, Lionsgate MODERATOR: Hope Allen, CEO|Principal - Living Hope Co.

Hope Allen Moderator

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PANELS

PANELS & WORKSHOPS Atlanta Marriott Marquis – A703 | 4:30pm – 5:45pm UPCLOSE AND THROUGH THE BRONZELENS: MAKING JINN: A CASE STUDY FROM WRITING, FINANCING TO COMPLETION Hear the journey of JINN from script to screen, and how producers from LA to Atlanta rallied to bring it to life.

Nijla Mumin

PANELISTS: Nijla Mumin, Writer, Director, “JINN” Shandra McDonald, Executive Producer, “JINN” Kristen McGary, Executive Producer, “JINN”, Screen Lloyd Amy McGary, Executive Producer, Screen Lloyd Avril Speaks, Producer, Sweet Potato Pie Productions

Shandra McDonald

Kristen McGary

Avril Speaks

Amy McGary


Sunday A CONVERSATION AND...

Brunch

BR THERS with the

Bronzelens takes a moment to salute our men in film and television who are making waves – each in his own way. Their paths to success have not been without challenges, some of them unique to men of color – so come listen as they share the lessons from their journeys. There will be hot coffee, delicious breakfast treats, and hot conversation.

Alan Maldonado

TC Carson

Mykelti Williamson

Actor, Entrepreneur

Singer, Stage, Voice & Television Actor

Actor

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Moderator: Ray Cornelius Media Personality

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Sunday, august 26th - 10am - 1pm

Atlanta Marriott Marquis 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303


GENERATION NEXT

STUDENT WORKSHOPS SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 265 Peachtree Center Avenue | Atlanta, GA 30303

Atlanta Marriott Marquis - L508 | 9:00am – 9:55am STUDENT MINI INTERNSHIP FAIR A chance to meet one on one with leaders from many of Atlanta’s leading production companies. They will be on hand to talk with college students about internship opportunities. Participating companies include: • Crazy Legs Productions • Bobbcat Films • Georgia Film & TV Production • Swirl Films • Georgia Film Academy • ASPiRE TV Atlanta Marriott Marquis - L508 | 10:00am – 10:25am HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL INTERNSHIP These production leaders, and one former intern talk about the ins and outs of interning. This is discussion will let you know why it will enhance your own projects and your career . PANELISTS: Scott Thigpen, Chief Operating Officer, Crazy Legs Productions Craig Dominey, Camera Ready Program Manager, Georgia Film Office Aamiy Ridgeway, Office PA, Bobbcat Films Kate McCardle, Georgia Film Academy Melissa Ingram ASPiRE TV Eric Tomosunas, Swirl Films

Scott Thigpen

Craig Dominey

Aamiy Ridgeway

Atlanta Marriott Marquis - L508 | 10:30am – 11:45am STUDENT TRACK: CONCURRENT SESSION: CHARACTER ANALYSIS Valerie Scoon, who has been a network executive and writer on many TV and film projects, will have a discussion with attendees about how to develop more complex characters.PANELISTS: Valerie Scoon, True Visions, President Atlanta Marriott Marquis – L507 | 10:30am – 11:45am STUDENT TRACK: CONCURRENT SESSION: HOW TO RAISE MONEY As a student at FSU Akil Dupont had his shorts accepted and honored at countless national and international film festivals. Now as a filmmaker and faculty member at Clayton State University he will share ideas on creating a budget and raising money to get it off the ground. PRESENTER: Akil DuPont, Filmmaker, Playwright and Educator, DuPont Productions, LLC and the Georgia Film Academy Atlanta Marriott Marquis - L508 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm STUDENT LUNCHEON PROGRAM Atlanta Marriott Marquis - L508 | 1:00pm – 6:30pm STUDENT FILM SCREENINGS

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Valerie Scoon

Akil DuPont


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JUDGES

WITH GREAT APPRECIATION WE RECOGNIZE OUR 2018 BRONZELENS JURY 2018 BRONZELENS JURY Salah Ananse, Producer, DJ Patricia Bates, Independent Producer Cas Beedles, Screenwriter, Producer Takara Clay, MGM Resorts International Makeba Dixon-Hill, Curator of Education, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Rhavynn Drummer, Director, Producer, Casting Director Wendy Eley-Jackson, Executive Producer, Auburn Avenue Films Lisa Ferrell, Executive Producer, Lisa Ferrell Productions Monica Fodringham, Founder Caribbean Film Festival Meg Gamez, Director, Music Videos Denise Hendricks, Entertainment Executive Angela Northington, Entertainment Executive Deena Nowell, Editor Gillan Royes, Writer, Filmmaker THE NOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE Mojisola Sonoiki, Creative Director. Iyalode Productions

JURORS: ALL SHORTS ALL DAY + NIGHT, Sponsored by BET Networks Tamara Gregory - Creative Executive, BET Networks /Viacom Gabrielle Glore - Cultural Curator, BET Networks Royce Reeves-Darby - Creative Executive, Paramount Players Chad Sanders - Creator/Co-EP, ‘The Archer Connection’ Boris Kodjoe - Actor & Producer SCREENING HOSTS Khalimah Gaston,Andre LaMont Jatika H. Hudson Arturo Lindsay Calvin Vismale Jackie Walker Melissa Randle Ronda Racha Penrice STUDENT TRACK Sabreen Shabazz, Internship Fair Coordinator Tiya Sutton, University of Georgia, Screening Host Donovan Stanley, Georgia State University, Screening Host


WHERE FILM/TV PRODUCTION

FINDS A HOME • Film/TV permitting process made easy with FilmApp • Location scouting with our online database and personal coordinator • Wide variety of locations from small town settings, period architecture, outdoor vistas and more

Stone Mountain’s Main Street

• Production friendly for small and big-screen projects • Top industry trade and ancillary vendor pipeline • Full range of music related services supporting the Film/TV industry Historic DeKalb Courthouse in Decatur

How can we assist? 404.687.2730

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Agnes Scott College

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THANK YOU

THAT’S A WRAP

Welcome to the 9th annual BronzeLens Film Festival. That number “9” has a nice ring to it. In fact, I researched the meaning of “9” and here are some defining words and phrases that are associated with it: universal love, service to humanity, philanthropy, charity, self-sacrifice, selflessness, destiny, generosity, a higher perspective. Somewhere along our journey from 2010 to now, all of those words have played a part. BronzeLens has universal love for our filmmakers, our friends, and our supporters who have enabled us to make it through these past nine festival years. You are forever in our hearts for sharing in and believing in our vision. Without the community philanthropy and generosity - whether corporate or individual ticket buyer - we simply would not exist. Putting together a 5 day event like BronzeLens requires unmeasured dedication of so many and hours too numerous to count. In our 9th year, we are blessed to have staff members who are selfless in our collective goal to provide the very best film festival experience for you. We will pause for the next 5 days to celebrate - celebrate the stories and vision of filmmakers of color from across the US and around the world! The 2018 highlights are many - a record 85 selections to be screened, the superb Women Superstars Luncheon, the BronzeLens Awards, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers, and our Cinema and Social Justice Sunday - all “must-see”events. Empowering panel discussions and workshops for the experienced filmmaker, the novice, and students will round out an experience quite unlike any other. Yes, we move into our 9th festival, grateful for wisdom gained along the way, happy to have a platform to uplift so many of our stories and those who create them, and excited about next year’s 10th anniversary. As always, enjoy your BronzeLens experience to the fullest - sleep next week.

Kathleen Bertrand Founder/Executive Producer BronzeLens Film Festival

Requests for seating and other accommodations for patrons with disabilities must be made at least 48 hours in advance via email: info@bronzelens.com.

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PRODUCING TEAM Kathleen J. Bertrand, Executive Producer Deidre McDonald, Artistic Director Eddie Bridgeman, Chief Financial Officer Nnena U. Nchege, Producer | Operations Director Terri Vismale-Morris, Public Relations Director Rhea Posey, Social Media Manager Hattie Portis Jones, Volunteer Manager Chioma Bertrand, Filmmaker Liaison Janine Douglas, Coordinator Tkeban X. T. Jahannes, Creative Manager Jacci Howell, Creative Manager Kimberly Malhoit, Creative Manager Ravi Windom, Women’s Superstar Luncheon Show Manager Janet Davis, BronzeLens Award Show Manager Traci Murrell Dorian McDuffie Christopher Weeks Chetachi Nchege Tamra Goins Valerie Benning Thompson

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