2013 Screenings

Congratulations to the following filmmakers, whose films are the 2013 Official Selections of BronzeLens Film Festival.











Thursday, Nov. 7th | Georgia Pacific

Prospect

Noon | Prospect | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Urbanworld, Black Harvest, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festivals Running Time: 11:49 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: USA; Producer: Lazlo; Director: Derrick Perry; Cinematographer: Chase Bowman; Editor: Joe Pfifel

Synopsis: A Brooklyn photographer searching for inspiration has a chance encounter with a mysterious woman at Prospect Park.

Evelyn Black

12:30pm | Evelyn Black | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Charlotte Black, UNCC Short, Montreal Intl Black Film Festivals Running Time: 6:36 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Michael Foster; Director: Michael Foster; Cinematographer: Michael Foster; Editor: Michael Foster

Synopsis: Evelyn Black is a complex individual who leads a very secretive double life. By day she is a therapist, but by night, she is a lady of the night who has found her own form of therapy to deal with her haunted past.

Divine Rite

12:55pm | Divine Rite | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Little Rock, New Orleans, Martha’s Vineyard African American, UCLA Festival of New Creative Work Running Time: 19:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Shadae Lamar Smith, Sue-Ellen Chitunya; Director: Shadae Lamar Smith; Cinematographer: Dehanza Rogers; Editor: Shadae Lamar Smith

Synopsis: On the night that Kwame decides to lose his virginity, he must decide whether to fall prey to pressure from his peers or follow his conscience

Haze

1:30pm | Haze | atlanta Premiere

Other Film Festivals: WAMM Fest, Martha’s Vineyard African American, Free Speech, Intl Black Film Festival of Nashville Running Time: 6:44 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Peter LeVake; Director: Curtis Adair; Cinematographer: Xuhui Zhao; Editor: Vivian Xavier

Synopsis: Lance is determined to survive the pledge process of his older brother’s fraternity. Yet, his brother is willing to harden the process to prove Lance is weak

Implosion

1:55pm | Implosion

Other Film Festivals: Boston Film Festival & Black Woman’s Film Network Running Time: 8:34 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Hajji Golightly; Directors: Hajji Golightly, Crystle Roberson; Cinematographer: Matthias Saunders; Editors: Dave Sims, Gabriel Moscovitz

Synopsis: A solider is interrogated after suffering a violent Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and injures the person he loves most.

Timing

2:20pm | Timing | WORLD PREMIERE

Running Time: 5:53 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: David M. Conley, Sharon Conley, Anthony Goolsby; Director: David M. Conley; Cinematographer: Olubajo Sonubi; Editor: David M. Conley

Synopsis: Dexter and Kevin are baseball fans excited to go to a game. After traveling for miles, Dexter arrives at Kevin’s house raring to go. Kevin is sprawled on the couch, with a bottle of pills all over the floor. Dexter tries to get in to save his friend before time runs out. Once inside, Dexter finds that nothing is as it seems and the danger is worse than he ever imagined.

The Rebel Prince

2:40pm | The Rebel Prince | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Intl Black Film Festival of Nashville, Urbanworld, 15 Minutes of Fame, Sunscreen, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festivals Running Time: 6:58 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Sean Tien; Director: Fabian Davis; Cinematographer: Chia Ni Lin; Editor: Ting Zhang

Synopsis: Ignoring his teacher’s counseling, a talented little boy decides he wants to be like a street-hardened criminal from his neighborhood, only to find out he’s a cold-blooded criminal.

Junior

3:00pm | Junior

Other Film Festivals: Pan African, Urbanworld, Hollywood Black, Black Harvest Intl, Festival Intl du Pan African (Cannes, France), 14+ more Running Time: 11:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producers: Bryan Smiley, Christina Northrup; Director: Jeffrel Elmont; Cinematographer: Daniel Herman; Editor: Timothy Lewitt

Synopsis: Seven years after a police raid gone wrong, a detective is confronted with the consequence of his past mistake.

Encuentrate

3:30pm | Encuéntrate | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Latin Expo, Greenville Intl, Intl Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festivals Running Time: 28:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Michelle Rivera-Huckaby; Director: Sonia Fritz; Cinematographer: Willie Berrios; Editor: Star Victoria

Synopsis: Anais alienates herself from her family, her culture and the spiritual teachings of her grandfather because of issues she has with her mother. The death of her grandfather brings her face to face with everything she ran away from bringing her to discover a family secret.

Sweet, Sweet Country

4:15pm | Sweet, Sweet Country

Other Film Festivals: African Diaspora Intl, Montreal Intl, Trinidad & Tobago, Atlanta, Black Harvest, The Black Women Festivals, 24+ more Running Time: 19:12 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Dehanza Rogers, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Doug Turner; Director: Dehanza Rogers; Cinematographer: Ragland Williamson; Editors: Dehanza Rogers, Ryan Moody

Synopsis: Living in a small southern town, 20 year-old refuge Ndizeye struggles to support not only herself but the family she left behind in a Kenyan refugee camp.

Echoes

4:50pm | Echoes | US PREMIERE

Running Time: 7:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producer: Dianne Ashford; Director: Crystle Clear Roberson; Cinematographer: Ross Gabriel Sebek; Editor: Crystle Clear Roberson

Synopsis: Set in 1953, a cunning woman is caught in a dangerous web of love between the man she loves, and her husband.

Silhouettes

5:15pm | Silhouettes | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Hollywood Black & Ft. Lauderdale Intl Film Festivals Running Time: 29:59 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producer: Akil DuPont; Director: Akil DuPont; Cinematographer: Joe Ensley; Editor: Akil DuPont

Synopsis: A fairy-tale romance about a painter that sees the world through silhouettes.

Danger Word

6:00pm | Danger Word | WORL D PREMIERE

Running Time: 15:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Luchina Fisher, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due; Director: Luchina Fisher; Cinematographer: Eric Schneider; Editor: Terence Taylor

Synopsis: Twelve year old Kendra Brookings lost her parents in the zombie plague, but has been sheltered by her grandfather, Grandpa Joe, in the woods. They have created a loving haven where he works to teach her survival skills - but her birthday goes badly awry.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 8th | Georgia Pacific

Letters to My Sister: Chenee Speaks!

10:00am | Letters to My Sister: Chenee Speaks! | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Martha’s Vineyard African American, San Diego Black, Capital City Black Film Festivals
Running Time: 72:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producers: Rhassan Nichols, Shivaughan Dandy, Chenee Nichols; Director: Rhassan Nichols; Cinematographer: Rhassan Nichols; Editor: Rhassan Nichols

Synopsis: A young woman born with multiple disabilities teaches her family some valuable life lessons.

David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth

11:30am | David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Filmfest DC (National Gallery of Art), Maine Intl, Camden Intl, Annapolis Intl, Teaneck Intl, Image Gazer Film Festivals
Running Time: 28:56 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Richard Kane; Director: Richard Kane; Cinematographer: Richard Kane; Editor: Richard Kane

Synopsis: This new film captures the artist in rare, creative moments making art inspired by mentor Romare Bearden, and explores the give and take of his creative relationship with master printmaker, Curlee Holton. We learn why Driskell is such a celebrated artist whose powerful work pulls from abstract expressionism, African art/masks, Coptic art, modernism, and cubism - the history of all art in works of this wise and gentle man.

Lena Street Ladies

12:15pm | Lena Street Ladies: The Web Series

Other Film Festivals: Urban Media Makers Film Festival
Running Time: 47:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producers: LeeAnn Chisolm, Mercedes McIntosh; Director: Michael Cooke; Cinematographer: Keith “Trix” Woodard; Editor: Michael Cooke

Synopsis: Lena Street Ladies is a candid tale of how college and the trials and tribulations that come with growing up transform four young girls into women.

Mommy Uncensored

12:45pm | MOMMY UNCENSORED: Confessions of a Real Mom (web series)

Other Film Festivals: Atlanta Webfest (Premiere), Hollywood Black, Radience Film Festivals Year Completed: currently running; Country of Production: US; Producers: Charity Jordan, Shimone Woodberry; Directors: Justin Jordan, David Koté, Dr. Sharell Luckett, Devita Jacobs, Christine Horn, Sharisa Watley, Portia Hammond, Nik Mynyon, Charity Jordan, Larry Towers; Cinematographers: Justin Jordan, Rod “Reemo” Thomas, Willie Jones; Editors: Justin Jordan, David Koté

Synopsis: Mommy Uncensored: Confessions of a Real Mom is an American comedy web series that chronicles Karen Wright’s uncharted journey through the crazy realities of being a stay at home mom. Based on real-mommy experiences, Karen’s unorthodox approach to motherhood often puts her in hilarious situations with each episode resulting in her sharing her innermost feelings and insecurities confessional-style in the one place she can find refuge, the bathroom.

Blood Brothers

1:20pm | Blood Brothers (web series) | US PREMIERE

Running Time: 27:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Jamie Nieto, Steve Froehlich, Cristian Xavier; Director: Andrew Eckblad; Cinematographer: John Snedden; Editor: Andrew Eckblad

Synopsis: “Blood Brothers” is about an educated young African American Rube, forced to hustle and survive on the streets. Rube has been put between a rock and a hard place, trying to help someone he loves, but being dragged down by someone he looks up to.

Knock Around Kids

2:05pm | Knockaround Kids | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Urbanworld, Roxbury Intl Film Festivals Running Time: 83:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: John Adekoje, Samuel Dyches, Alyssa Jones; Director: John Adekoje; Cinematographer: Sung Rae Cho; Editor: John Adekoje

Synopsis: Anita, Tommy and Stacey. All they want is to go home. All they have to do is behave. But it’s hard when there are so many triggers.

A Lovely Day

3:40pm | A Lovely Day | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Urbanworld, Nashville, Tall Grass, San Francisco Intl Film Festivals Running Time: 73:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Kerri Gawryn; Director: Kerri Gawryn; Cinematographer: David Walter Lech; Editor: Judd Flemming

Synopsis: A Lovely Day chronicles a group of Oakland youth immersed in a rap therapy program as they embark on a six-month journey to find their voice, their talent, and their path to healing within Hip Hop culture.

Solace

5:15pm | Solace

Other Film Festivals: Cinequest, Atlanta, New Orleans, Peachtree Intl, Black Harvest Film Festivals Running Time: 76:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Vandon Gibbs, Jyr Hall, Ta’Tisha Gibbs; Director: Vandon Gibbs; Cinematographer: Robert Holliday, Jr.; E ditor: Vandon Gibbs

Synopsis: Six people, three stories, one truth. Kathryn and her politician husband Reitz, fight to keep their strained marriage together, a lawyer battles wits with a streetwise hustler, risking everything to save his creditability, and a rugged stranger pushes the seeming innocent Sofia to her physical and mental limits. Fate brought them together; a secret will tear them apart. These six people from different walks of life struggle for survival in three seemingly unrelated stories that push towards a startling climax.

 

 

Saturday, Nov. 9th | Georgia Pacific

Fight for Hope

Georgia Lottery Film Competition Winner: Fight for Hope | 1st Place

Running Time: 6:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Avery O. Williams, Stephane Dunn; Director: Avery O. Williams; Cinematographer: Zach Thomas; Editor: Avery O. Williams

Synopsis: “Fight for Hope” is a 6-minute visual tone-poem about the faith of a mother and her young son’s fight to achieve a higher level of academic excellence in the midst of all the temptations and inclinations for mediocrity that surround him.

Time and Money

10:00am | Georgia Lottery Film Competition Winner: Time & Money 2nd Place

Running Time: 19:58 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producer: Trina Sterling; Director: Tracy Crews; Cinematographers: Trina Sterling, Tracy Crews, Andrew King; Editors: Trina Sterling, Tracy Crews, Andrew King, Leena Patel

Synopsis: Young man loses his job, home, his health and nearly his faith. While homeless, he wins the lottery and makes an inspiring decision.

No Way

Georgia Lottery Film Competition Winner: No Way | 3rd Place

Running Time: 4:14 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producer: Christopher Tribble; Director: Christopher Tribble; Cinematographer: Christopher Tribble; Editor: Christopher Tribble

Synopsis: No Way! Is a song Auston wrote about himself and what you have to do to reach your goals.

In Search of the Black Knight

11:00am | In Search of the Black Knight

Other Film Festivals: Urbanworld, Hollywood Black, Black Harvest, Roxbury Intl, Peachtree Village Intl, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festivals Running Time: 75:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producer: Tamarat Makonnen; Director: Tamarat Makonnen; Cinematographers: Brian Weber, Ethan Weber; Editor: Brian Weber

Synopsis: A documentary that takes a humorous look into the complexities of African-American romantic relationships.

The Magic City

12:30pm | The Magic City

Other Film Festivals: Urbanworld, American Black Film Festivals Running Time: 83:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producers: R. Malcolm Jones, Udonis Haslem,  Jai "Quetta" Santiago; Director: R. Malcolm Jones Editor: Tina Pachecho

Synopsis: The Magic City is a gritty story filled with hope and the will to survive.

The Retrieval

2:10pm | The Retrieval | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: SXSW, Deauville, Ghent, Thessaloniki, Mannheim, Leeds, Phoenix, Montreal Black, Woodstock, Mill Valley, New Orleans Film Festivals, etc. Running Time: 94:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Jacob Esquivel, Jason Wehling; Director: Chris Eska; Cinematographer: Yasu Tanida; Editor: Chris Eska

Synopsis: On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

Gris, Gris

4:15pm | Grisgris | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Vancouver Intl, Cameras d’Afrique, Mill Valley, Silicon Valley African, Chicago Intl, Philadelphia, Seattle Intl, AFI Los Angeles, Cinemania, Denver Film Festivals Running Time: 101:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: Chad, France; Producer: Florence Stern; Director: Mahamat- Saleh Haroun; Cinematographer: Antoine Herbele; Editor: Marie-Hélène Dozo

Synopsis: Despite his bum leg, Grisgris dreams of being a professional dancer. When he turns to oil smuggling to earn much needed money, all his aspirations are put in peril.

 

Saturday, Nov. 9th | Landmark Theatre

American Promise

1:00pm | American Promise | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Running Time: 90:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Directors: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson;

Synopsis: Directors Joe and Michele trace their son and his best friend’s journey from kindergarten through high school. It’s a compelling film that raises questions on race, class and opportunity. Location: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, NE, Atlanta, 30308

 

Saturday, Nov. 9th | Hyatt Regency Atlanta/Learning Center

This is Normal

10:15am | This Is Normal

Running Time: 22:11 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US, Zambia; Producer: Chris Cotner; Director: Derek Watson; Cinematographer: Derek Watson

Synopsis: Unclean water kills a child every 21 seconds. This shouldn’t be normal.

Bye Bye Africa

10:50am | Bye Bye Africa

Running Time: 86:00 minutes; Year Completed: 1998; Country of Production: France; Producer: Les productions La lantern; Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Editor: Sarah Taouss

Synopsis: Through the story of an African filmmaker coming back to his native land after his mother’s death, focusing on the crisis of cinema in present day Chad and all of Africa.

Screaming Man

12:30pm | A Screaming Man

Running Time: 102:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2010; Country of Production: Chad, France, Belgium; Producer: Florence Stern; Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Cinematographer: Laurent Brunet; Editor: Marie- Hélène Dozo

Synopsis: Adam, a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad, a country in the throes of civil war. When he is forced to give up his job, Adam makes a decision he will forever regret.

Small Small Thing

3:00pm | Small Small Thing | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Montreal Intl Black, Kansas Intl, First Glance, Baghdad Intl, Dallas Intl, Palm Beach Intl, Twin Cities Black, Warsaw Intl, Balinale Intl, Tri Continental Human Rights, Encounters Film Festivals Running Time: 85:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2013; Country of Production: US; Producers: Jessica Vale, Nika Offenbac; Director: Jessica Vale; Cinematographer: Nika Offenbac; Editor: Jason Kessler

Synopsis: Award winning documentary about the high profile case of 7-year old Liberian rape victim Olivia Zinnah, who died in 2012 from her injuries, despite five years of medical treatments and the intervention of the Liberian government.

Garifuna in Peril

4:40pm | Garifuna In Peril | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: London Latin American, San Diego Black, Pan African, Chicago Latino, Capitol City Black Film Festivals, Festival Intl du Film Pan African (Cannes, France), 17 more Atlanta Premiere Running Time: 99:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US, Honduras; Producers: Ali Allie, Ruben Reyes; Directors: Ali Allie, Ruben Reyes; Cinematographer: Ali Allie; Editors: Ali Allie, Ruben Reyes, Milton Guity, Katherine Cumpa, Marya Murphy

Synopsis: A Garifuna teacher from a coastal village in Honduras struggles to preserve the Garifuna language, culture and land.

 

Saturday, Nov. 9th | Atlanta Fulton Public Library

Chrissy!

2:00pm | Chrissy!

Other Film Festivals: Caribbean Tales, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festivals Running Time: 90:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Barbados; Producer: Marcia Weekes; Director: Marcia Weekes; Editors: Nicole Carter, Andrew King

Synopsis: Chrissy is an inspirational film about a disadvantaged school girl who fought against the odds and triumphed securing much needed help from her family and her school

You’re Beautiful

3:30pm | You’re Beautiful | ATLANTA PREMIERE

Other Film Festivals: Pan African, Commfest Community Global Film Festivals Running Time: 29:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Canada; Producer: Lolade Leigh-Thompson; Director: Lolade Leigh-Thompson; Cinematographer: Damien Dornford; Editor: Mark Tytler

Synopsis: Often misjudged as disorganized and uninterested in life, only 11 year old Shola knows the internal conflict she faces and the pressures of dealing with the school bully; until she meets the new girl Karena and they share a common bond. So why does her life seem more complicated?

 

Sunday, Nov. 10th | Georgia Power

The National Center for Civil & Human Rights presents:

  • 1:00pm | Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis (in progress) Directed by Kathleen Dowdy
  • 1:15pm | We Were (T)Here Exchange: Sharing Stories, Inspiring Change. Produced by 20 young people who went to the 2013 March on Washington

These films will be followed by a vibrant multi-generational discussion on the issue of social change. Panelists: Khalidah Guy, I Was (T) Here Exchange: Sharing Stories, Inspiring Change; Christian Hill, I Was (T) Here Exchange: Sharing Stories, Inspiring Change; Stan Salett, CORE, an original organizer of the 1963 March; Andrea Young, Andrew Young Foundation Moderator: Donna Lowry, WXIA-11 Alive

   

 

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