THE AWARDS SHOW
Our BronzeLens Awards Show was smashing. Actor, singer, all around entertainer and star of Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor television show, Palmer Williams, Jr. was in rare form and opened the show with a hilarious original video. Beautiful Actresses Crystal Fox of the Have and Have Not?s and Keisha Knight Pulliam of the House of Payne and the Cosby Show also headlined the event. And, our very own multi-talented executive producer Kathleen Bertrand thrilled the audience singing a duet with Palmer Williams, Jr. The Awards Show celebrated the work of the nominees. Actor Palmer Williams, Jr. hosted our 5th Anniversary Show. Established in 2010, The BronzeLens Awards highlights the works of people of color in front of and behind the lens and honors the best of the festival?s filmmakers as well as other noteworthy industry leaders. Categories included the best in Features, Documentaries, International Films, Shorts, Student Films, and Web Series, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor.
Saturday was super charged with expert panels, world class screenings and top tier entertainment!
Legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon led the Producers Roundtable sponsored by BET Networks. Aspiring college students interested in film and television attended the BronzeLens Student Track to help them earn ?their Big Break? in the industry. We also had our panel discussions on funding your film, marketing, voiceovers and The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion.
We continued offering educational and industry tracts with A CONVERSATION with Emmy Award winning Robi Reed–BET Networks VP of Talent and Casting) and actor HOSEA CHANCHEZ from the hit TV show “The Game.”
Aspiring college students interested in film and television will be able to attend the BronzeLens Student Track, for a day of workshops designed to help students earn ?their Big Break? into the business. Also Hammonds House Museum Family Film Festival for children age 5 to 12 years will present an event that includes shorts based on the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and programmed activities.
Digital Diaspora Family Reunion in conjunction with Through a Lens Darkly, Digital Diaspora (TALD) will offer attendees the opportunity to share their stories and family photos on cell phones or as actual photographs. The innovative transmedia companion to Through a Lens Darkly, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) has reimagined the social network by inviting audiences to upload and share their own family photos, thereby building a ?One World, One Family? album and take place at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. The film and Transmedia project are co-sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Sistography and SCAD.
International films were featured at BronzeLens in collaboration with France Atlanta 2014, Institut Francais, Art Mattan Productions and Africa Atlanta 2014 presented the Atlanta debut of Under the Starry Sky (Des Etoiles) by award winning director Dyana Gaye. A Conversation with Dyana Gaye follows immediately after the film, where Shadow and Act?s Film and Culture Critic Zeba Blay about her work and creative process.
The ASPiRE Student Award at the BronzeLens Awards.
The ?Best of Festival? filmmakers in their perspective categories given top honors in the following categories:
Life?s Essentials with Ruby Dee
Producer: Jevon ?NJ? Frank Director: Muta?Ali Muhammad
Producer: Kai Parham, Asia Lampley Director: Rhavynn Drummer
They Are We
Producer: Emma Christopher/Sergio Leyva Seiglie
Director: Emma Christopher
Producer: Danny Green, Alton Glass, Courtney Triggs, Matthew Hatchet,
Oliver W. Ottley III
Director: Alton Glass
Producer: Curtis Adair Director: Justin Oney
Producer: Susan Chapman Director: Skyler Cooper
Best Short Documentary
The Helen Lindsey Story
Producer: Maria Howell Director: R. Shanea Williams
Rain Pryor, That Daughter’s Crazy
Keith Robinson, CRU