Published on August 22, 2019 by Sonya's Spotlight
David Oyelowo -n Photo by Kathi Eastman
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Producer Paul Garnes and wife Tammy Garnes teach Intentional Producing at BronzeLens Film Festival 2019
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
The 10th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival commenced with a special screening of the new feature film, Don’t Let Go, from Blumhouse Tilt, OTL Releasing and Briarcliff Entertainment. The film stars award-winning actor David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, April Grace and Alfred Molina and is written and directed by Jacob Estes. The film will open in theaters everywhere on August 30th.
BronzeLens presented Oyelowo with their 2019 Trailblazer Award at the event, which also featured a Q&A with the actor moderated by Gil L. Robertson, IV, Co-Founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). BronzeLens’ “Opening Night” screening of Don’t Let Go kicked off the five-day festival that features other screenings and special events including the BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon, the BronzeLens Awards Show, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers and the Cinema and Social Justice Sunday Screening.THURSDAY, AUGUST 22.
Oyelowo with their 2019 Trailblazer Award
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All Shorts All Day, All Shorts All Night presented by BET Networks will showcase Film Shorts from sunup to sundown.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Key to generating financial support of the festival is the BronzeLens Women Superstars Luncheon (WSSL). Since its inception, 48 of the brightest women of color in the film and television industry have been honored. The 2019 BronzeLens Women SuperStar honorees are veteran actress Regina Hall (Little, The Hate You Give, Girls Trip and Scary Movie), star of screen and stage, actress Angela Robinson (“The Haves and The Have Nots”, The Color Purple), and Academy Award®–nominated Producer Lisa Cortés (Precious; The Woodsman; and Shadowboxer).
First Glance Friday screening features Will Packer’s new original series “Bigger” which is set to premiere on BET Network’s streaming service BET+, this fall.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Comedian and all around entertainer Rodney Perry will emcee the BronzeLens Awards Show. The ‘Best of Festival’ filmmakers in their perspective categories and other noteworthy industry leaders will be honored at the historic Carter Center. Categories include the best in Features, Documentaries, International Films, Shorts, Student Films, and Webisodes, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Sunday Brunch with the Brothers featured guest is Yusef Salaam, who was exonerated of all charges from the Central Park Jogger Case and was portrayed in Ava DuVernay’s HBO Series “When They See Us”. The event will be moderated by Criminal Defense Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis.
Cinema and Social Justice Sunday will be a double feature screening. Illegal Rose, a short directed by Deborah Riley Draper will open Cinema and Social Justice Sunday. Post screening talk back includes Jasmine Guy and Lucca Rodriguez-Pedraza. Kap G who will perform his hit song A day without a Mexican and Nina White will also perform.
Jodi Gomes’ highly anticipated documentary One Child Left Behind: the Atlanta Cheating Scandal is the Cinema and Social Justice Sunday feature film. Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten are confirmed to participate in the talk back.
BronzeLens Closing Night Feature is the world premiere of Director Trey Haley’s romantic comedy, Always a Bridesmaid, written by actress Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community,” Avengers Endgame), and starring Javicia Leslie and Jordan Callaway.
About the BronzeLens Film Festival
BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, is a non-profit organization, founded in 2009, that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is two-fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception, BronzeLens producers have brought national and worldwide attention to Atlanta, helping to showcase the city as a leader in the thriving film industry.
In 2017 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved BronzeLens as a qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards category. The short film that receives the BronzeLens Best Short Award may now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Short Subject competition for the concurrent season.
2019 BronzeLens Sponsors
2019 BronzeLens Sponsors include BET Networks, WarnerMedia (Turner, WB, HBO, Otter), BETHer, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dihvinely Konnected Productions, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, AARP-Georgia, Fulton County Film Commission, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Film Office, Southern Company Gas, Dekalb Entertainment Commission, Georgia Power, AEE Productions, Bobbcat Films Studio, Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, Entertainment Partners/Movie Magic, IslandJon Vodka, Talero Tequila, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and The Sai Sai Group, Inc. Media Partners (Rolling Out, WSB-TV Atlanta, WAOK, Oz Publishing, and THEA).