*Attention, attention … calling all ‘up and coming’ screenwriters, directors, producers, actors, cameramen, and even technical/lighting personnel! Atlanta, GA is the place to be November 11-14 for the 1st annual BronzeLens Film Festival taking place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

This film festival marks the culmination of relentless efforts of individuals who have a desire to make Atlanta the epicenter for film production.

To name just a few of these individuals involved:  Sheryl Gripper, founder of the Black Women Film Preservation Project/VP of Community Relations at WXIA-TV (an NBC affiliate)/ Executive Director, BronzeLens Film Festival; Deidra McDonald-Artistic Director, BronzeLens Film Festival; Kathleen Bertrand-Senior VP, Community and Governmental Affairs, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau; Roger Bobb-Executive VP, Tyler Perry Studios; and blockbuster producer Will Packer,Co-founder and Chairman, Rainforest Films.  

At the pre-event media screening which was held on November 2nd, Gripper, McDonald, and Bertrand each presented media persons/guests with a detailed overview of the festival itself with topics ranging from the financial aspects of film production to the rise of digital gaming to location scouting to music scoring for films to alternative careers in the film industry.  

So as one can see, the BronzeLens Film Festival will cover the gamut of film production.

After the overview, we were treated to abbreviated viewings of two of the feature films that will be shown at the festival: Radio One host and filmmaker Russ Parr’s “35 and Ticking” and Pulitzer Prize journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in conjunction with billionaire media mogul Sheila Johnson’s “The Other City.”  Both captured our attention in different ways and made us long to watch them in their entirety.

Festival-goers will be exposed to various workshops and master classes (conducted by the likes of Kris Bagwell, Executive VP-Screen Gems; Sherri McGee McCovey, coordinating producer-The Mo’Nique Show; award winning director of photography Cliff Charles; actress Sharon Morris (“The Blind Side”); Actress Kim Fields; Producer Will Packer-Rainforest Films and Director Ava DuVernay) and screenings inclusive of documentaries, features, music videos and shorts.  There will even be an early morning bus tour that that will highlight some of the various movie locations that have been used in Atlanta.  Another ‘must’ to register for will be the Women SuperStars Luncheon on Saturday Nov. 13th, hosted by Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Hardwick which will honor some of our most talented ladies in the film industry such as Lynn Whitfield and Ava Duvernay.  

So, to all my prospective film industry leaders in the EURweb.com family, I highly encourage you to be in Atlanta, GA for the 2010 BronzeLens Film festival, November 11-14 to experience this remarkable event and take this opportunity to network, enjoy the opening and closing parties, the receptions, the luncheon and make it happen for ATLANTA!

For more details, go to www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com.

Madge Evans ([email protected]) covers entertainment and social events in the Atlanta area for EURweb.