- CHARLES DUTTON – Lifetime Achievement Award — Dutton is a two-time, Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. He first became a familiar face to television audiences around the world for his iconic role as the Baltimore garbage collector, Roc Emerson, on the popular Fox comedy, “Roc.” For the social media release, visit: http://pitch.pe/1j2cEtg
- JEFF CLANAGAN – Pioneer Award — President and CEO of CodeBlack Enterprises. As a division of Lionsgate, CodeBlack Films is a vertically integrated entertainment and new media company, focused on providing independent studios, filmmakers, globally-recognized celebrities, intellectual property rights holders and brands operating in the entertainment and sports industries cross platform monetization solutions. For the social release, visit http://pitch.pe/1fBwOJh
- ROZ STEVENSON – Trailblazer Award — Now retired, Stevenson served as the former president and CEO of Roz Stevenson Public Relations (RSPR) in Los Angeles. She has more than 30 years of experience in the film industry. RSPR specialized in motion picture publicity and promotions targeting the African-American market. Under her leadership, RSPR served on more than 100 film projects, including “American Gangster,” “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” “Transformers,” “Talk to Me,” “Evan Almighty,” “Norbit,” “Are We Done, Yet?,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Pursuit of Happyness,” “Inside Man,” and “Ray” – just to name a few. For the social release, visit http://pitch.pe/1fBwOJh
- TEQUAN RICHMOND – Canada Lee Rising Star Award – With killer good looks for daytime, Richmond played a killer in his breakout film role in the thriller, “Blue Caprice,” opposite Isaiah Washington. Directed by Alexandre Moors, Richmond gave a chilling performance, portraying one of the two Beltway snipers that terrorized the Washington, DC area. The film is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award. On television, Richmond is a familiar face as TJ Ashford on ABC’s highly-rated, Daytime Emmy-winning soap opera, “General Hospital.” For the social media release, http://pitch.pe/1cjz55f
- EMAYATZY CORINEALDI — Beah Richard Rising Award — Audiences and critics fell in love with Corinealdi from the critically-acclaimed film, “Middle of Nowhere,” directed by Ava DuVernay. For her stirring portrayal of Ruby, she landed the 2012 Gotham Award for Breakout Actor as well as nods from the Independent Spirit Awards and the NAACP Image Awards. For the social media release, http://pitch.pe/1cjz55f
- Ava DuVernay – award-winning director, “Middle of Nowhere,” “I Will”
- Isaiah Washington – award-winning actor, “Blue Caprice,” “Blackbird,” “Grey’s Anatomy”
- Ayuko Babu – executive director, Pan African Film Festival
- Ja’Net Dubois – Emmy Award-winning actress (“Good Times”) and co-founder of the Pan African Film Festival
- Soni Ede – publicist, Fox Home Entertainment
- Sandra Varner – journalist, Talk2SV
WHAT: The Night of Tribute preshow of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)
African American Film Critics Association Award Ceremony (AAFCA)
PAFF and AAFCA collaborate to honors world-renowned actors, filmmakers, community leaders and artists for their contributions in the film and entertainment industry.
WHEN: Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: Taglyan Complex | 1201 Vine Street | Hollywood, Calif.
Note: Red carpet coverage only. Media will not be permitted inside the awards ceremony.
ABOUT THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
This year, PAFF has selected a total of 179 films, representing 46 countries — that is, 41 feature-length documentaries, 23 short documentaries, 56 narrative features, and 59 narrative shorts as well as 11 webseries in the new category of new media. The festival will hand out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival.
PAFF will take its movie goers on a cinematic journey with screenings from around the world – including such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and of course, the United States. PAFF hopes these films with global appeal will open the minds of its audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again … without ever packing a suitcase.
Gearing up for its 22nd anniversary, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), is America’s largest and most prestigious Black film festival. Each year, it screens more than 150 films made by and/or about people of African descent from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Canada. PAFF holds the distinction of being the largest Black History Month event in the country.
PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover (“The Color Purple,” “Lethal Weapon” movie franchise), Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois (best known for her role as Willona in the tv series, “Good Times”) and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs. PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression.
The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience. PAFF believes film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
For more information, please visit www.PAFF.org or call (310) 337-4737.
source: Wyllisa Bennett, publicist du jour | [email protected]