Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The BronzeLens Film Festival Set to Be One of the Nation’s Most Substantive Film Festivals

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over the course of four days, November 11-14, 2010 Atlanta will host the first annual BronzeLens Film Festival at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (Festival Headquarter), Georgia Pacific Center Auditorium and the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center on the campus of Spelman College. The festival is set to be a creative platform designed to empower, entertain and educate from various disciplines and inspire the next generation of film makers. Narrative fiction, documentary, music video and short film screenings coupled with the who’s who of the film industry make the BronzeLens Film Festival one of the nation’s most substantive film festivals.

Master Classes and Workshops will be led by top names in film, direction and production such as Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President, Tyler Perry Studios, who produced all ten of Tyler Perry’s top-grossing films and hit TV shows, Will Packer, Co-Founder and Chairman, Rainforest Films, who is a #1 box-office hit maker named by Daily Variety Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Money Makers in Hollywood,” Cliff Charles, Award winning Director of Photography (Spike Lee’s "When the Levees Broke"), and the legendary lighting designer/director Walter Glover, CEO, Productions Designs West.


All BronzeLens Workshops and Master Classes take place at the Festival’s headquarters hotel, the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquis. All juried screenings are shown at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium. Locations of special Festival feature screenings will be announced.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

8:00 am Registration until 5:00 pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

9:00 am – 10:15 am  Workshop: Georgia Tax Incentives on My Mind
Noel Paynter, Esq., CPA
Kenyatta Mitchell, Kenjam, LLC
Paul Garnes, Tyler Perry Studios
Lee Thomas, Director of Film, Georgia Film, Music and Digital Gaming Office

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  MASTER CLASS: The Magic of Lighting with the legendary Walter Glover
Featuring: Walter Glover, CEO, Productions Designs West

Workshop: Breaking Through the Clutter: Marketing for Indie Filmmaker
Tirrell Whittley, Principal/CEO, Liquid Soul Media
James Anderson, Senior Vice President, Public Relations Turner Animation
Nick Nelson, Principal/COO, Liquid Soul Media
Sharon Amos, Founder and CEO, Afterglow Multimedia, LLC
Chris C. Hayes, Founder, CEO, Principal Designer, Amalgamated Pixels
Caralene Robinson, Boost Mobile

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Opening Night Screening – TBD

10:00 pm  Opening Night Reception, Hosted by Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios

Friday, November 12, 2010

8:00 am Registration until 5:00 pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

9:00 am – 10:20 am  Workshop: The Business of the Industry
Faith Kutulu, ABL Creative
Bernard H. Coleman Jr., Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice, PLLC
Linda Cannon, Rowdy Productions/Linda Cannon Productions
Kris Bagwell, EVP, EUE/Screen Gems
Sherri McGee McCovey, Coordinating Producer, The Mo'Nique Show

10:30 am – Noon  Workshop: The New Frontier: Doing Business in Brazil
Presented by:
John Christmas, Sport and Entertainment Attorney
Joe Bennett, Entertainment and Sports Consultant

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  MASTER CLASS: The Art of Cinematography with Cliff Charles

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Workshop: The “It” Factor: Casting by the Experts
Daryl Cohen, Attorney, Actor, former pres. Nat’l Board SAG
Nevaina Rhodes, Acting Coach
Margo Gabriel, Real People Latino
Sharon Morris, Actor
David Conley, Actor, Writer, Director

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm  Special Documentary Screening Presentation:
“The Other City,” Produced by Sheila C. Johnson

In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries. “The Other City” introduces us to the people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who live there. It’s about politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy, and an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid any attention or cared. The film is co-produced by Susan Koch, Michelle D. Freeman, Jose Antonio Vargas, Jeff Werner and Neil Barrett. Johnson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose accomplishments span the areas of hospitality, sports, TV/film, the arts, education and humanitarian causes.

10:30 pm until After Party at Straits with DJ Salah Ananse

Saturday, November 13, 2010

8:00 am Registration until noon at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis

8:00 am – 9:45 am  Bus tour of Movie Locations in the ATL / Limited Seating – includes breakfast!

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Workshop: Alternative Careers in Film with Roger Bobb
Presented by Roger Bobb, Executive Vice President – Tyler Perry Studios
Angi Bones, Producer
Derrick Deuce, Technical Director
Kim Fields, Actor, Director

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Location Scouting and Getting the Right Permits
Albert B Cooper, Location Scout
Sara Christmas, Location Scout
Stacii Jae Johnson, Special Events Manager, Office of the Mayor
Lynn W. Mathis, CPCU, Williams, Turner and Mathis, Inc

10:00 am – 11:30 am  Workshop: Digital Gaming in the ATL
Asante Bradford, Georgia Office of Economic Development
Nicole Wright – Business Development Manager, Advanced Communication and Information Technology, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Deborah Thomas, CEO and President, Silly Monkey
Faith Kutulu, ABL Creative
Chris Rickwood, Rickwood Music

Noon – 2:00 pm Women SuperStars Luncheon: Honoring extraordinary women of color with remarkable accomplishments both in front of and behind the BronzeLens.
The Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick, Mistress and Master of Ceremonies

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Screenings at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  MASTER CLASS: An Eye for Producing with Will Packer, Rainforest Films

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Workshop: Music for the Big Screen
Buster Lou Brown, Musician
Kevin “Khao” Cates, Musician
Evita Kaigler, Entertainment Attorney
Blue Frank, Studioplex Studios
Bruce Birch, Director, Music and Entertainment Business Program, Kennesaw State University

8:00 pm  Closing Night Premiere Screening:
"I Will Follow," a drama written and directed by Ava Du Vernay; starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Michole White, Omari Hardwick and Beverly Todd.

10:00 pm  Closing Night Party – TBA

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cinema and Social Justice Sunday
(Free and Open to the Public)
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center Auditorium
Spelman College

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Screenings: Social Justice Shorts

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel: Cinema and Social Justice

Atlanta is considered home to the civil rights movement. Discussion centers on creating socially relevant films that address issues of concern.

Featuring: Rachel Watanabe-Batton

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Reception and viewing of civil rights exhibit "Equally Yoked" in the Spelman College Museum

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Screening of “Saint Augustine”

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Screening TBA
BronzeLens Youth Festival, presented by Kids With Strong Opinions Inc.

Sunday, November 14, 2010
(Free and Open to the Public)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Auditorium, located in downtown Atlanta 1 Margaret Mitchell Square NW Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Featured screening: "The Soloist,” a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright. Immediately following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the young actor Justin Martin III who played the part of Nathaniel Ayers as a child in the movie.

Joining Justin on the panel will be Mrs. Jennifer Ayers-Moore, the founder and chair of the Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Foundation and sister to Nathaniel Ayers, the subject of the book and film The Soloist. Ayers-Moore is an outspoken advocate for the artistically gifted mentally ill.

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