Last night at the elegant Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Shop in Atlanta, the Bronze Lens Film Festival staff, its key players and media, all met up for a VIP reception. The event took place at the chic Shops of Buckhead Atlanta in the upscale Davidoff of Geneva store. 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.
Both she and Board Director Tirrell Whittley, share with us that we as people of color should be intentional about our support. She mentions that they've never had a problem with getting volunteers from the community and this year, have over 800 + volunteers involved. Kathleen says, "Film festivals like Bronze Lens will not survive if we continue to allow everything to be free" and Tirrell also encourages people to support by sponsoring a college student for just $30 to attend the festival this year. Not only does the film festival provide opportunities for people to be exposed to films by people of color, but more importantly, there is a strong educational piece that happens during the festival and amazing networking for people passionate about filmmaking.
This year's Bronze Lens has a lot of exciting events 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". And to top the evening off, we had an opportunity to hear from the talented Actress Terry Vaughn about her new comedy film called #DigitalLivesMatter; a comedy about DC Young Fly with his over 3 million followers who finds that all of his followers are suddenly deleted by a hacker at the time of a major audition he has prepared for. She in conjunction with production company Nina Holiday Entertainment have been diligently working on the film which will be showcased at this year's festival and will be also available via streaming next month.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bronzelens.com.
*All photos are courtesy of TKO Photographic.
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