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11th Annual BronzeLens Awards Show BronzeLens 2020: The Virtual Experience Wraps with Honoring Filmmakers and Talent in Competitive Categories

11th Annual BronzeLens Awards Show BronzeLens 2020: The Virtual Experience Wraps with Honoring Filmmakers and Talent in Competitive Categories

9th annual BronzeLens Film Festival . August 22-26, 2018 . ATlanta marriott marquis

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Praize Sweeps three categories: Best of Festival, Best Webisode, and Best Actress
The Subject Wins Best Feature

August 20, 2020

ATLANTA – August 20, 2020 – The 11th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens 2020) which premiered as a virtual experience from August 11-16, wrapped a packed schedule of 76 film screenings, multiple talkbacks, and its new PowerHouse series with the highly anticipated 11th BronzeLens Awards Show. Winning filmmakers and actors received honors in the Festival’s competitive categories including Features, Documentaries, International Films, Shorts, Student Films, Webisodes, Music Video, and Best Actress, and Best Actor.

Director Thomas Goggans’ Praize received Best Webisode, Best Actor, and Best of Festival. Goggans was also presented with a cash prize of $2500 by WarnerMedia SVP Enterprise Inclusion – Marketing and Communications James Anderson for winning Best Webisode. Screenwriter Chisa Hutchinson and Director Lanie Zipoy won Best Feature for The Subject and have been granted the opportunity to meet with UMC Chief Content Officer Brett Dismuke about distribution and future business. BronzeLens 2020 Best Short Catching Up, directed by Fowzi Abdelsamad is now eligible to enter the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Short Subject competition for the concurrent season.

The ceremony opened with Spoken Word artist Tavares Stephens who delivered a riveting performance of his original poem titled “Atone”. BronzeLens Founder and Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand, performed “Peace on Earth” (words and lyrics by Rachelle Ferrell) accompanied by Professor of Music at Clark Atlanta University, Producer, Musician, and Film Composer Phill Davis; and the event climaxed with a moving In Memoriam tribute to film industry icons and civil rights leaders. Other presenters included BronzeLens Founding Artistic Director Deidre McDonald, BronzeLens Board Chair and National Director, Communications and Community Engagement AIDS Healthcare Foundation W. Imara Canady, and Producer Valerie Benning-Thompson. To see the BronzeLens Awards Show in its entirety go to @bronzelens.

“As we come to the close of the 11th year of the BronzeLens Film Festival, we can conclude it is one that will stand out in the annals of our history as we were faced with shifting our programming to a virtual experience,” said BronzeLens Founder and Executive Director Kathleen Bertrand. “Regardless of the pandemic, we never wavered in our commitment to celebrate diverse filmmakers from around the world and to provide them with a platform for bringing their stories to life. Congratulations to all of our 2020 BronzeLens winners.”

The complete list of BronzeLens Best of Festival Awards are as follows:

BEST OF FESTIVAL
Praize
Thomas Goggans, Director

AUDIENCE AWARD
No Ordinary Love
Chyna Robinson, Director

BEST SHORT
Catching Up
Fowzi Abdelsamad, Director

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Hesar (Gate)
Nomadic Alternative & Farnaz Ohadi, Directors

BEST STUDENT FILM
Our Home Here
Angela Chen, Director

BEST WEBISODE
Praize
Thomas Goggans, Director

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley
George King, Director

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Quiet No More: The Struggle of Reverend Sharon Risher
Eléonore Hamelin, Director

BEST SOUTHERN SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Watching the Storm
Sheena D. Carter, Director

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
In Dark Places
Michael Bennett, Director

BEST FEATURE
The Subject
Lanie Zipoy, Director

BEST ACTOR
James Anthony
Crossroads (Rodney)

BEST ACTRESS
Kei Landa Rembert
Praize (Davida)

The first-ever virtual BronzeLens Festival, provided completely free of charge on various online platforms, presented 76 official selections from 11 countries. The categories included shorts, features, documentaries, short documentaries, music videos, and webisodes from an international cadre of filmmakers representing the United States, Belgium, Israel, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, and Switzerland.

New to this year’s schedule was the Festival’s dynamic panel series PowerHouse on BronzeLens Live which featured high-profile producers, actors, and industry executives including blockbuster producer Will Packer, actor Omari Hardwick, writer/director Felecia Pride, writer/showrunner Karin Gist, Educator/Consultant Judiffier Pearson and ARRAY President Tilane Jones. Film and TV industry power couples Salli Richardson Whitfield and Dondré Whitefield; Angi Bones and Derrick Doose; Denise Burse Fernandez and Peter Fernandez discussed working together in the industry. Members of The Reel Divas of Atlanta, a coalition of writers/directors/producers/showrunners based in Atlanta discussed producing in the pandemic. The PowerHouse panel included Producer Dianne Ashford, Digital Content Producer Lisa Cunningham, Producer/Showrunner Shante Paige, Writer/Producer Cas Siggers Beedles, Producer/Director/Writer Gieava Stinchcomb, Producer Tamra Simmons, Producer/Creator Ty Johnston, and Producer Angi Bones.

BronzeLens’ signature events successfully returned to the Festival; Sunday Brunch with the Brothers presented a frank conversation about the film and television business and overcoming diversity moderated by Producer/Director, President and CEO of Bobbcat Films Roger M. Bobb with panelists Actors Darrin Henson, Carl Anthony Payne, Film and TV Director, President and Partner of Tri Destined Studios Trey Haley and UMC Chief Content Officer Brett Dismuke. In addition, BronzeLens’ distinct cornerstone event Cinema and Social Justice hosted by Arts Historian/Administrator Dr. R. Candy Tate which proved timelier than ever before.

Daily virtual mixers and nightly after-parties with guest DJs, DJ Tron, DJ Curly Sue, DJ Salah Ananse, DJ Kaos, and DJ Ace Star were a hit addition to Festival event offerings.

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 is eligible to enter the Academy’s Short Subject competition for the concurrent season.

2020 BronzeLens Sponsors
2020 BronzeLens Sponsors include Warner Media, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, ARRAY Alliance, DeKalb Entertainment Commission, and MHR International.

For more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival, please visit www.bronzelens.com.

Contacts:
Terri Vismale-Morris
Director of Public Relations BronzeLens Film Festival
404.346.0410 or tvmorris@bronzelens.com

Sommer Vega
BronzeLens Film Festival
678-463-5471 or sommerbronzelens@gmail.com

Tandi Reddick
BronzeLens Film Festival
404-786-5458 or tandibronzelens@gmail.com

Chelsye J. Burrows
BronzeLens Film Festival
303-250-3668 or ChelsyeBbronzelens@gmail.com