Category: Atlanta Events


Festival Events / Schedule

BronzeLens Film Festival staff is hard at work pulling together quality workshops, panel discussions, and other special events that will enlighten, educate and entertain you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time Event/ Title Venue / Location
3:00pm – 5:00pm Registration Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303
5:00pm – 5:45pm Alice Walker Reception Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
349 Ferst Drive, NW, Atlanta 30332
6:00pm Screening: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Alice Walker is an artist, self confessed renegade and human rights activist. This compelling documentary tells the story of her journey from a shack in rural Georgia to recognition as a key writer of the 20th century.
Ferst Center
7:30pm Talkback with Alice Walker
Talkback with Alice Walker and documentary director Pratibha Parmar, conducted by Valerie Boyd, author of Wrapped in Rainbows
Ferst Center
9:00pm Screening: VH1 presents Finding the FunkDirector: Nelson GeorgeVH1’s new Rock Doc directed by cultural critic Nelson George explores the components and innovative artists behind funks ascent throughout the 1970’s. This genre is considered to be the bridge between soul and hip hop. Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta 30309
10:30pm Talkback with Nelson George Rich Theatre

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time Event/ Title Venue / Location
9:00am Registration Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303
Noon – 6:00pm Screenings: All Shorts, All Day Georgia Pacific Auditorium
133 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta 30303
2:30pmJoe Brewster American Promise: A Conversation With Joe Brewster
Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, directors of American Promise, discuss the impetus for this revealing documentary that focuses on the birth and development of their son and his best friend.This award winning film is billed as an epic in storytelling and is spawning a movement focusing on black youth.
Morehouse College, Visitor’s Center, room 105
6:00pm Opening Night Red Carpet
7:00pm Closing Night Screening: Black Nativity TBA
10:00pm Opening Night After Party Vanquish Night Club
1029 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta 30309

Friday, November 8, 2013

Time Event/ Title Venue / Location
8:00am Registration Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue, NE Atlanta 30303
9:00am – 10:00amLaRonda Sutton Production in Georgia: Status Report
The Georgia entertainment industry continues to thrive. The Georgia entertainment industry continues to thrive. This panel will include insight on the state’s new crowd funding regulations, current and future production opportunities for film and TV crew positions as well actors. Gaming and new education initiatives will also be covered.Panelists: Lee Thomas, Director, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office; Debra Nelson, National Trustee, SAG-AFTRA; LaRonda Sutton, Director, Mayor’s Office of Entertainment; Suzanne Morris, VP Operations, Deluxe Entertainment Inc.; Breyuna L. Williams Esq., Entertainment attorney; Asante Bradford, Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentModerator: Deidre McDonald, Artistic Director, BronzeLens Film Festival
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A707
10:00am – 6:00pm Digital Lounge Atlanta Marriott Marquis
10:00am – 7:00pm Screenings Georgia Pacific Auditorium
10:15amRoger M. Bobb Art of the Pitch
You may have the best film plot in the world. But can you interest someone in backing your vision? These panelists will tell you how to capture the attention and backing needed to go to the next level. Sponsored by The Producer’s Guild of AmericaPanelists: Roger M. Bobb, President and CEO of Bobbcat Film; Tom Cappello, Founder/Executive Producer, Crazy Legs Production; Tina Thompson, Director of Programming, ASPiREModerator: Scott Thigpen, COO/Producer/Director, Crazy Legs Productions
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A703
10:15amCraig Miller Tax Credits: How to Use Them To Fund Your Projects
Have you wondered what film tax credits really are and how they work? Learn in simple, easy to understand terms how to apply them to your production. This panel will empower you with the information you need to learn the language and leverage film tax credits.Panelists: Chiquita Banks, Esq., CPA, Manager State & Local Tax, Bennett Thrasher; Melissa Lintinger, Vice President, Production Finance, BET Networks; Robert Lay, Vice President, Stonehenge Capital Company LLC; Craig Miller, Co-President , Georgia Production Partners and Founder Craig Miller ProductionsModerator: Jini Thornton, CPA, CEO, Envision Business Management Group
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A704
11:00am Women Superstars Luncheon Red Carpet Atlanta Marriott Marquis – Atrium Ball
Noon – 2:00pm Women Superstars Luncheon Atlanta Marriott Marquis
2:00pm – 7:00pmKim Hardin Master Class: Casting With Kim Hardin Part 1
Over the course of her 25 year career, Casting Director Kim Hardin has launched the careers of some of Hollywood’s most bankable actors. Her films have generated over $1 billion world-wide. Her resume reads like a roll call of all of your favorite movies: Think Like A Man, Tupac, Madea Goes to Jail, Cadillac Records, This Christmas, Black Snake Moan, ATL, and so many more. Think Like A Man Is the latest film cast by Ms. Hardin For Sony/Screen Gems. It has grossed over $90 Million and was the #1 Movie for the month of April 2012. Currently, she is casting two TV Shows for BET, “What Would Dylan Do” Starring Kelly Rowland and the revamp of “Reed Between the Lines”.In a two day intensive workshop Kim will conduct an interactive class for actors covering everything from what casting directors look for, to character preparation and audition etiquette. These sessions are known to be empowering game changers for actors seeking to hone their craft.Actor’s must come prepared to perform a scene or monologue for the Day 2 session.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: Lower Level M103
2:30pm – 4:00pmDark Dreams Dark Dreams: Writing About the Supernatural and Horror
Black Americans have a rich tradition of ghostly folk tales, but also a heritage of genuine pain and threat that has made it, at times, difficult to gain the emotional distance necessary to enjoy a good, cathartic fright. Prolific writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes have created their first short horror film, “DANGER WORD” based on their short story, and the novel “Devil’s Wake.” In this session Tananarive Due discusses the structure of horror, its cultural and psychological aspects and the process used in actually making their film.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A704
4:30pm Beyond Gatekeepers: The Web Series (R)evolution
There are a growing number of webisodes on line. What are key storytelling techniques in these episodics and how can you cut through to get noticed and paid?Panel: Angela Gomes, Executive Producer,
Co-creator, Ladies Night; Jay Ali, Producer,
Black & Single; John Kabashinski, Creative
Director, Sun Moon Stars Inc.Moderator: Jasmin Goodman, Co-founder, Creative Director ATL WEBFEST
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A703
4:30pm – 6:00pmKen Rye Workshop: Commerical Production
The art of persuasion is key to creating successful commercials. This session looks at commercial production from many perspectives. Ad agencies, directors and actors all have a key role to play in effective messaging.Panel: Cisco Newman, Director; Ken Rye, Account Director, The Integer Group; Brad James, Actor in over 40 national commercialsModerator: Lisa Ferrell, Executive Producer, Magick Lantern
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A704
7:00pm – 10:00pm HBO Presentation: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley Rich Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center
9:00pmJohn Singleton Monologue Slam, hosted by John Singleton POSTPONED
BronzeLens and Alchemy of Acting partner to present the Top Actor’s Monologue Slam led by veteran Casting Director, Winsome Sinclair. This live event, hosted by Director John Singleton evaluates fifteen finalists whose audition videos were chosen by nationally known casting directors. A panel of celebrity judges, including Reuben Cannon and Shelby Stone, will chose a leading lady and a leading man. Additionally, the attendees vote on an audience choice winner. The finalists will be recognized at the BronzeLens Awards
Location: M. Rich Center, 3rd floor, 115 MLK Jr
Drive, SW, 30308
10:00pm HBO After Party Center Space at Woodruff Arts Center
12:00 midnight Steve Harvey Live – The Grand Finale Rich Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Time Event/ Title Venue / Location
8:00am Registration Atlanta Marriott Marquis
10:00am – 12:00pmTirrell Whittley Jeff Clanagan and Tirrell Whittley on The Distribution Game Plan
CodeBlack Founder Jeff Clanagan shares his thoughts on strategizing for the creation and distribution of film, television programming and digital content on a wide array of platforms. His insight comes from over 20 years of dealing with studio executives and distributors setting industry precedents in the process. Tirrell Whittley, CEO/Principal, Liquid Soul Media has provided marketing strategies for 18 number one films and more than seventy box office films that have produced over $1 billion in revenue.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A704
10:00am – 6:00pm Digital Lounge Atlanta Marriott Marquis
10:00am – 6:30pm Screenings: International Film The Learning Center, Hyatt Regency
265 Peachtree Street, NE 30303
10:00am – 7:30 pm Screenings Georgia Pacific Auditorium
Noon – 5:00pm Master Class: Casting with Kim Hardin, Part 2
The intensive acting session continues with individual auditions.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A703
12:30pm – 2:00pm Producer’s Luncheon: (Registration or Invitation Required) Atlanta Marriott Marquis
2:00pm – 5:00pm Screenings: Films for Children Atlanta Public Library
1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
2:00pm – 3:45pmReuben Cannon Reuben Cannon and the Producer’s Roundtable | Sponsored by BET
Reuben Cannon, is a visionary producer who has helped to shape and guide some of the most groundbreaking and critically acclaimed film and television project in Hollywood for the past three decades. BronzeLens Film Festival is pleased that he has returned as host for this event.Panel:
Jeff ClanaganJeff Clanagan
Visionary Jeff Clanagan has managed to remain in front of the next wave of entertainment for over two decades. As CodeBlack Enterprises president and CEO, Clanagan continues to set industry precedents by producing and distributing content that defies conventional wisdom, and is leading market growth into a territory that was once dismissed as barren. In 2011, the independent blockbuster film, “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” was marketed using Clanagan’s signature targeted techniques and grossed a groundbreaking average of $20,000 per theatre. Shortly thereafter, Clanagan ventured into an unprecedented partnership with Lionsgate, where he will bring his expertise in feature film, television programming, comedy specials, and digital content.Paul HallPaul Hall
CodeBlack Films has hired Paul Hall as head of development and production. Hall will work closely with CodeBlack Films’ president Jeff Clanagan and general manager Quincy Newell to expedite the development of key properties for production and theatrical release. The film and television producer’s 20+ years of credits include Tyler Perry’s Temptation, Madea’s Witness Protection, For Colored Girls, and Shaft, as well as Johnson Family Vacation and Why Do Fools Fall in Love. He has recently wrapped production on Addicted, based on Zane’s book, for Lionsgate.

David TalbertDavid Talbert
Playwright, filmmaker and novelist, David E. Talbert has written and directed 12 nationally acclaimed touring productions that have garnered an unprecedented 24 NAACP nominations, including a win for Best Playwright of the Year and the prestigious NAACP Trailblazer Award. In addition to his many successful stage productions, the multi-hyphenate directed the Sony Pictures comedy First Sunday starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. Talbert’s most recent work is his second feature film, an adaptation of his Best-Selling novel Baggage Claim. The movie, which stars Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, and Djimon Honsou, recently released nationwide by Fox/Searchlight was released by Fox Searchlight in September and is expected to gross over $20 million.

Lyn TalbertLyn Talbert
Lyn Talbert has served as special segment host for UrbanWorks/Ventura Entertainment’s Live Theatre division – The Soul Theatre Series. Lyn has secured successful stints as entertainment host on, and most recently’s “Behind the Scenes of Love in the Nick of Tyme.” With her probing questions and signature red hair, Lyn is fast becoming a mainstay in entertainment reporting. Her experience has made her proficient in giving the viewer the insight they seek without compromising the dignity of the artist. Most recently Lyn worked as producer, with her husband David, of the popular new hit movie “Baggage Claim.”

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A704
2:00 pm – 3:45pm Through the Lens: The Role of Makeup Artistry in Film
Gwynnis Mosby, founder of the Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy and the annual Professional Makeup Artist Conference (PMAC), along with instructors Natalie Spencer, Selena Miller, Jusan Jones, Rio Sirah, and Sheldon Horton, will demonstrate the role of makeup artistry in filmmaking. These professionals are skilled in beauty, fantasy, body art, and special effects. They will demonstrate various film makeup techniques, while Gwynnis Mosby discusses the role of makeup artistry in film and the future in film makeup artistry. It’s a craft that takes words off of a page and creates a real character from the writer’s vision.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A705
4:00pm – 5:30pm You’re Hired!!!
Jim Tripp, Unit Production Manager for many televised series tells what you need to know to get your foot in the door for highly coveted production positions. He is joined by experienced television executive Stephanie Leonard.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Location: A705
4:15pm -5:45pmAngela Northington Preparing for Distribution
There are many legal hurdles you must overcome to prepare for theatrical release. This session discusses considerations you should make from conceptualization to budgeting as well as contracts to protect your intellectual property.Panel: Shannon Nash Esq., Entertainment attorney and CPA; Deborah Riley Draper, Producer, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution; Angela Northington, Revolt TVModerator: Deborah Gonzalez, Attorney
Atlanta Marriott Marquis Location: A704
6:00pm – 7:00pmMahamet-Salah Haroun A Conversation with Mahamet-Salah Haroun | Sponsored by France-Atlanta
Immediately following the screening of Grisgris, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun—a two-time competitor at the Cannes Film Festival and the only African director to contend for the Palmes d’Or at the 2013 Festival—will speak about his career, his work, and the future of cinema in his home country of Chad. This conversation will be moderated by the Chief Editor and Writer for Indiewire’s Shadow & Act, Tambay A. Obenson.
Georgia Pacific Auditorium Screening: Grisgris
7:00pm BronzeLens Awards Red Carpet
8:00pm The BronzeLens Awards Atlanta Marriott Marquis -Atrium Ballroom
10:00pm Awards After Party Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Time Event/ Title Venue / Location
9:00am Registration Atlanta Marriott Marquis
1:00pm – 5:00pm Cinema and Social Justic Sunday | Sponsored by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
This gathering looks to the past, present and future by screening three films that focus on civil and human rights.
Georgia Power’s Awkright Auditorium
241 Ralph McGill Boulevard, NE Atlanta 30308
1:00pm Andrew Young Presents: Walking With GunsGet in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis, produced and directed by Kathleen DowdeyI Was T(Here) Exchange: Sharing Stories, Inspiring Change, Produced by 20 young people who went to  the 2013 March on Washington

This will be followed by a vibrant inter-generational discussion on the issue of social change moderated by Donna Lowry, 11 Alive. Reception immediately following

6:00pm Closing Night Red Carpet
7:00pm Closing Night Screening: The Best Man Holiday

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