8th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival – August 23-27, 2017
It’s time for the 8th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival. Over 60 films with works representing the United States, Spain, France, Australia, Columbia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago including shorts, features, documentaries and webisodes. 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.
The BronzeLens event venues include the Westin Peachtree Plaza (Festival Headquarters), the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Plaza Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center and Georgia Pacific Center Auditorium.
Some of the highlights of the film festival include:
The 8th Annual BronzeLens Woman Superstars Luncheon: On Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel will be The Women Superstars Luncheon celebrating women of color in front of and behind the bronze lens. BronzeLens honors female luminaries in the film and television world. Now in our 8th year, the event includes a Bronze Carpet, lunch and awards program. This year’s superstars include Queen Latifah (Living Single), Crystal Fox (In the Heat of the Night), Neema Barnette (Queen Sugar), and Nefertite Nguvu (In the Morning).
First Glance Friday: The Atlanta premiere of OWN networks new television series Black Love on Friday, Aug. 25th at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium. Black Love, produced by husband-and-wife filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver highlights notable African-American couples from the entertainment and business industries, as well as everyday couples, who give their insight and secrets of what makes a marriage work. Featured couples include Oscar® winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Hollywood power couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin, and more.
Family Day: On Saturday, Aug. 26th at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. The screenings are free and open to the public, showcasing five family friendly documentaries including Ashley Bryan’s World, Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story and Counter Histories: Rock Hill.
Sunday Brunch with the Brothers: On Sunday, Aug. 27th at the Westin Peachtree Plaza the BronzeLens Film Festival will host Sunday Brunch with the Brothers, a celebration of men of color in film and television. Legendary stage and screen actors Keith David (Greenleaf) and E. Roger Mitchell (The Quad) will engage in insightful and revealing conversation during Sunday Brunch with the Brothers. They will be joined by (Queen Sugar) actors Timon Kyle Durrett and Omar Dorsey. Actor Lamman Rucker (Greenleaf) will moderate the event, as the panelists share valuable, inspirational lessons from their career journeys.
Some documentaries playing at the festival include Spilled Milk, Miles in the Life, and Black Women in Medicine.
Feature films include Opening Night film, Misguided Behavior featuring Elijah J, Princeton, and Mike from the group Mindless Behavior. The Last Time starring Tommy Ford, Charmin Lee, and Reece Odum. The Closing Night film is Created Equal, starring Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganern, and Lou Diamond Phillips.
For more information and festival passes go to www.bronzelens.com