The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) will present its 10th Annual Black Women Film Festival June 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta.
The three-day event – sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios and Madame Noire – kicks off Friday, June 13 at 12pm at Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) with seven films by or about African American women, including the controversial “72%” (directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor), a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community.
On Saturday, June 14 at 8am, “The Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshops & Black Women Book Festival” will take place at Atlanta Technical College (Atrium). Discussion topics include film financing and distribution (Breyuna Williams, ESQ), acting for stage and film (Jonna Johnson), film and video editing (Deanna Nowell), and hair and makeup budgeting for large and small productions (Terae Dewitt).
Also taking place on Saturday is the Black Women Book Festival Luncheon which features a panel of authors who will share their knowledge about getting a book published. Those authors are Joe Johnson (“Joshua’s Battle”), Dr. Lepora (“Journey to Authentic Joy”), Antoinette Green Campbell (“Revelations Beyond Betrayal”) and Chiquita Lockley (“Maggie Tales: Mommy, Where’s Heaven?”).
Lockley is also the publisher of “Worship 101: Back to the Basics,” a guide for church leaders written by Grammy-winning recording artist Tasha Cobbs (“Break Every Chain”). The book, released May 12, will make its Atlanta debut at the Black Women Book Festival.
The festival concludes Sunday, June 15 at 6:30pm at Adrienne’s Fine Boutique (2287 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30309) with “The Reel Networking Affair” featuring Jaunice Sills, REVOLT TV’s director of program scheduling and promo strategy. Sills, a former Black Women Film Network scholarship winner, will be on hand to answer questions about her role at REVOLT and share wisdom on navigating the television industry.
“The tenth annual Black Women Film Festival will usher in a new generation of filmmakers who inspire and engage new audiences,” said BWFN founder Sheryl Gripper. “We are grateful to our BWFN Board and Film Guild for volunteering countless hours to make this possible.”
To register for the Black Women Film Festival, visit www.blackwomenfilm.org.
Day 1 – Films to Inspire and Uplift by and About Black Women
When: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) – 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta GA 30314
· Good Girls – directed by Rhavynn Drummer
· The Helen Lindsey Story – directed by Maria Howell and Mike Ray
· Stand: Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement – directed by Donna Dukes
· Room to Breathe – directed by Crista Baldwin
· A Glimpse – directed by Sandra Nixon
· Elijah – directed by Janlate Mullin
· 72% – directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor
Day 2 – The Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshops & Black Women Book Festival
When: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Where: Atlanta Technical College (Atrium) – 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta GA 30310
Registration: 8:00 am
Workshops: 8:30 am – 3:00pm
8:30 – 9:45 am – “Hair & Make-Up for Film and TV” — What you need to be a Film/TV stylist and what you need to budget for your film. Hairstylist and make-up artist Terae Dewitt talks about working on small and large films.
9:45 – 11:00 am – “Acting For Stage, Screen and TV” – Actress, acting coach and instructor at the Actor’s Scene, Jonna Johnson will be on hand to let you know what’s needed to get that call back.
11:00 – 12:15pm – “Film Financing and Distribution” – Find out how to get your project financed and distributed. Breyuna Williams, ESQ, who has extensive experience in music, film and new media contracts and is a member of the California State and Georgia State Bar, will lead this discussion.
12:15 – 1:15pm – “Black Women Book Festival Luncheon” — This informative luncheon will feature authors who are ready to share their knowledge about getting a book published. Featured authors are Joe Johnson (Joshua’s Battle), Dr. Lepora (Journey to Authentic Joy), Antoinette Green Campbell (Revelations Beyond Betrayal) and Chiquita Lockley (Maggie Tales: Mommy, Where’s Heaven?).
1:15pm – 2:15pm – “Film and Video Editing” – An award-winning and highly sought-after editor for the Aspire Network, Deanna Nowell will lead a hands-on panel where you can bring your projects for her expert suggestions on how to get your best edit. (Note: Have your project on your laptop to get the best evaluation. First come, first served.)
2:30pm – 3:00pm – “Film Location Tour of Atlanta Technical College” — Filmmaker Russ Parr shot his film A Christmas Blessing on the campus of Atlanta Technical College. Take a tour of the film shoot locations with staff. Your next production could be shot here!
Day 3 – The Reel Networking Affair” with Jaunice Sills, Director of Program Scheduling and Promo Strategy, REVOLT TV
When: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Adrienne’s Fine Boutique – 2287 Peachtree Rd., NE Atlanta, Ga.
Cost: $5.00 non-members; FREE, BWFN Members