*On Wednesday, BronzeLens Film Festival kicked off with a pre-festival screening and Atlanta Premiere of writer, director Nefertite Nguvu’s award winning film In The Morning featuring Jacky Ido and Emayatzy Corinealdi at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College.
More than 49 films will be screened including a collection of features, shorts, narratives, webisodes and documentaries during the festival. Film screenings and events will be hosted at various locations like Hyatt Regency Atlanta (Festival Headquarters), The High Museum Hill Auditorium, Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College, SCAD Show, Georgia Pacific Auditorium, South Fulton Arts Center and 444 Theatre until November 8, 2015.
Returning sponsor BET Networks presents All Shorts | All Day, a day of screenings of the 16 official 2015 BronzeLens short films selections at the Hyatt Regency Learning Center. BET Networks will also present a $5,000 prize to the winner of the Best Short at the BronzeLens Awards.
The feature film of the day is the Atlanta premiere Chapter & Verse directed by Jamal Joseph featuring Omari Hardwick and Loretta Divine, Thursday, November 5 at 444 Theatre.
On Friday, BronzeLens will present another Atlanta premiere on opening night, Director Trey Haley’s The Man in 3B featuring Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes and Bre’ly Evans. The characters are torn from the pages of New York Times Best Selling author Carl Weber’s novel by the same namesake.
To usher in some family fun on Saturday, BronzeLen’s Family Festival will offer a free screening of Karyn Parson’s three animated short films: Garrett’s Gift, the true story of African American inventor Garrett Morgan, narrated by Queen Latifah; The Journey of Henry Box Car Brown, based on an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom, narrated by Alfre Woodard and Atlanta premiere of The Janet Collins Story, an animation featuring the first African American ballet soloist to perform.
In addition, BronzeLens will present, Abderrahmane Sissako, one of the few contemporary filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa to have reached international recognition. Sissako has received worldwide acclaim for his portrayal of life under the threat of Islamic radicalism in Timbuktu. The highest-grossing African film to open in France and in the US, the 2014 drama has received a multitude of awards including a nomination at the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and 7 Césars Awards from the French Film Academy.
The screening of Timbuktu will take place Saturday November 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the High Museum Hill Auditorium followed by a Q&A conversation moderated by Shadow and Act’s founding creator, writer and film critic Tambay A. Obenson. This event is organized in partnership with the High Museum and Alliance Française d ’Atlanta.
To culminate the festival, Cinema and Social Justice Sunday will feature the documentary about racial bias 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, written and directed by Marc Silver and features Lelan Brunson, Angela B. Corey and Ron Davis, will take place on November 8 at 444 Theatre.
The festival will close with a screening of the world premiere feature A Christmas Baby, November 8 at 444 Theatre which marks the directorial debut of Rhonda Freeman-Baraka featuring Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell, and Karon Riley.