The 7th Annual Bronze Lens Film Festival kicked off this year on August 25 – 28th in Atlanta, Georgia. Patrons of this annual event all gathered at the magnificent Atlanta Marriott Marquis to celebrate 7 years of film festival fun proudly produced by people of color! Prior to the event, Bronze Lens hosted a VIP Media Reception at the Shops of Buckhead’s Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Shop where local media guests, actors, film producers and the executive staff for Bronze Lens all gathered inside to discuss this year’s itinerary for the film festival. Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand facilitated the discussion by letting the public know that they have been working hard year-round to make sure this year’s film festival is an absolute success. She also explained the importance of support from the community to keep projects like this thriving and vibrant. This year’s Bronze Lens gave us a lot to look forward to including a conversation with Actor David Banner, workshops such as “Becoming a Camera Ready Vendor” and “The Status of Production in Georgia”, and more! Also this year, Kathleen has announced that Bronze Lens will be showing the premiere episode of OWN TV’s “Queen Sugar”.
Every year, one of the main highlights of the film festival is the Bronze Lens Women’s Superstar Luncheon. This luncheon is more than just a gathering of women, but rather a celebration of the accomplishments of women in the film industry. This year, special recognitions and honors were awarded in several categories including the Legendary Behind the Lens Award to Julie Dash, the Vanguard Superstar Award to Nina Yang Bongiovi, the Catalyst Superstar Award to Dawn Gilliam and finally, the Legendary Superstar award to Margaret Avery. Avery tells the crowd following her award, that, “Longevity is knowing your craft, knowing who you are and having a strong relationship with God!” Concluding the awards presentation, there was a special conversation facilitated by Nsenga K. Burton with President of Academy of Motion Pictures Awards and Sounds, Cheryl Boone Isaacs who gave us some great insight about success in the industry and how hard work pays off.
The Bronze Lens Film Festival this year showcased over 50 films in 4 days including shorts, foreign films, documentaries, feature films, webisodes and more. With an array of amazing sessions held throughout the weekend that were both informative and inspirational, the only thing left to say is that you absolutely must be there for Bronze Lens 2017!
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