10th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens), August 21-25, will be a commemoration of the organization’s evolution over the past decade as one of the most substantive film festivals in the United States. “Over the years we have remained committed to exposing the community to business opportunities and career paths in the industry. BronzeLens values the authentic voices of people of color and celebrates those whose work represents filmmaking at its best”, said Kathleen Bertrand, BronzeLens Film Festival Founder and Executive Producer.
Headlining the festival are actors Regina Hall, David Oyelowo and Yvette Nicole Brown who will share their creative journeys. Festival programming includes industry specific panels, master classes conducted by leading professionals and its signature events, BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon, First Glance Friday Screening, BronzeLens Awards Show, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers, and Cinema and Social Justice Sunday.
Over the course of five days a total of 100 films will be screened in the Shorts, Features, Documentaries, Short Documentaries, International Films, Webisodes, Student Films, and Music Video categories. Selected films include the work of filmmakers representing the United States, Canada, Peru, Jamaica, Australia, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Nigeria, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
BronzeLens Film Festival Highlights:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
Opening Night at BronzeLens
BronzeLens Opening Night Feature is the highly anticipated supernatural thriller Don’t Let Go, starring David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson and Brian Tyree Henry. Don’t Let Go is produced by Blumhouse, the producers of Get Out. Oyelowo will be present for a post screening talk back that will be moderated by Gil Robertson, Co-Founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). Actor Angelo Diaz (“ATL Homicide”) will host the Bronze Carpet.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
All Shorts All Day and All Shorts All Night presented by BET Networks will showcase Film Shorts from sun up to sundown. Evening screenings will feature the top five nominated Short Films for the Best Short Award. BronzeLens is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences qualifying festival for the Short Film category. The short film that receives the BronzeLens Best Short Award is eligible to enter the Academy’s Short Subject competition for the concurrent season.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
Key to generating financial support of the festival is the BronzeLens Women Superstars Luncheon (WSSL) sponsored byBETHer. Since its inception, 48 of the brightest women of color in the film and television industry have been honored. The 2019 BronzeLens Women SuperStar honorees are veteran actress Regina Hall (Little, The Hate You Give, Girls Trip and Scary Movie), star of screen and stage, actress Angela Robinson (“The Haves and The Have Nots”, The Color Purple), and Academy Award®–nominated Producer Lisa Cortés (Precious; The Woodsman; and Shadowboxer). Actress Kim Coles will serve as mistress of ceremonies and A Conversation with Regina Hall presented by AARP – Georgia will be moderated by comedienne Myra J. The Bronze Carpet will be hosted by author and motivational speaker Stacii Jae.
First Glance Friday screening features Will Packer’s new original series “Bigger” which is set to premiere on BET Network’s streaming service BET+, this fall.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Comedian and all-around entertainer Rodney Perry will emcee the BronzeLens Awards Show. The ‘Best of Festival’ filmmakers in their perspective categories and other noteworthy industry leaders will be honored at the historic Carter Center. Categories include the best in Features, Documentaries, International Films, Shorts, Student Films, Music Videos Short Documentaries, and Webisodes, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor. Actor and comedian Jonathan Slocumwill host the Bronze Carpet.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Sunday Brunch with the Brothers featured guests are Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana, Jr. who were exonerated of all charges from the Central Park Jogger Case and portrayed in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series “When They See Us”. The event will be moderated by Civil Rights Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis.
Cinema and Social Justice Sunday will be a double feature screening. Illegal Rose, a short directed by Deborah Riley Draper will open Cinema and Social Justice Sunday. Post screening talk back includes cast member Lucca Rodriguez-Pedraza and Deborah Riley Draper. Rapper Kap G will perform his hit song A Day without a Mexican and vocalist Nina White will also perform.
Jodi Gomes’ highly anticipated documentary One Child Left Behind: the Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal is the Cinema and Social Justice Sunday feature film. Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten are confirmed to participate in the talk back.
BronzeLens Closing Night Feature is the world premiere of director Trey Haley’s romantic comedy, Always a Bridesmaid, written by actress Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”, Avengers Endgame), and starring Javicia Leslie and Jordan Callaway. Brown will participate in the post screening talk back.