2012 Screenings

From Thursday through Sunday, enjoy almost 50 films of 2012 BronzeLens! Films from across the USA, as well as the Caribbean and Africa, have been selected for this year's screenings. All kinds of special niches this year – from our special early showing of Versailles '73: An American Runway Revolution, to our All Shorts, All Day on Friday, to our International films on Saturday, to Cinema and Social Justice Sunday – something for everyone. Purchase your tickets here – a one day pass is just $10. Or see them all with a 4-day pass for only $30.



 
Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution

Monday – Wednesday, October 29-31, 2012

Landmark Theater
5:40 pm and 7:20 pm
Q & A after the 5:40 pm show

Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution
Other film festivals: 2012 Martha Vineyard African-American Film Festival, African American Film Critics Association Seal of Approval, Hollywood Black Film Festival

Running Time: 91:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: USA; Producer: Debrorah Riley Draper; Director: Debrorah Riley Draper; Cinematographer: Jonathan Hall; Editor: Ryan Kerrison, Bill Bowen

Synopsis: Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution shares the incredible story of 5 American designers who exhibit with 5 ledgendary French designers to raise funds for the palace of Versailles but end up changing the course of fashion history and breaking the color barrier on the runway.

 
Second Time Around

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Georgia Pacific
3:00 pm

Second Time Around
World Premiere

Running Time: 31:50 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Jason Young, Jessica M. Young (J Young Media); Director: Jessica M. Young; Cinematographer: Jason Young; Editor: Jason Young

Synopsis: A soul stirring documentary that captures the lives of teen parents in Atlanta, Georgia.

 
Color Outside the Lines

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Georgia Pacific
3:40 pm

Color Outside the Lines

Running Time: 90:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Miya Bailey; Director: Artemus Jenkins; Cinematographer: Artemus Jenkins; Editor: Artemus Jenkins

Synopsis: This film documents the history and struggles of the world's top black tattoo artists.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Probable Cause

Georgia Pacific 5:00 pm

Probable Cause
Other film festivals: Peachtree Village International Film Festival

Running Time: 87 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Nikki Simpson; Director: Tabari Sturdivant; Cinematographer: German Valle; Editor: Charles Lemans

Synopsis: During a typical late night summer thunderstorm the Jones family falls victim to an unspeakable crime. As the police investigate, things are revealed and the upstanding family man image is questioned. Will probable cause be enough to bring a killer to justice or will secrets left untold be the key to the real story?

 
Otelo Burning

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Opening Night Film

The World of Coca-Cola
7:30 pm

Otelo Burning
Other film festivals: Africa Movie Academy Awards, Lille Film Festival, Chennai Film Festival, Cinerama BC Brazil, Seattle Film Festival, BFI Film Festival/London
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 72:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: South Africa; Producer: Kevin Fleischer, Zanele Mythembu; Director: Sara Blecher; Cinematographer: Lance Gewer; Editor: Megan Gill

Synopsis: Based on true events, three teenage friends from a South African township discover freedom through the joy of surfing. OTELO BURNING is a strikingly dynamic portrait of hope and growth for a group of proud adolescents and a nation at the end of apartheid.

 
Feeding Freedom

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific – All Shorts, All Day
10:00 am

Feeding Freedom

Running Time: 27:27 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Greg Morrison; Director: Greg Morrison; Cinematographer: Greg Morrison; Editor: Greg Morrison

Synopsis: Feeding Freedom" examines the role of black owned restaurants in the Civil Rights struggle. It tells the stories of some of the unsung heroes who nurtured and nourished the foot soldiers on a daily basis.

 
Sweet Auburn Street of Pride

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
10:40 am

Sweet Auburn Street of Pride (revisited)
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 4:47 minutes; Year Completed: 2012 remix; Country of Production: US; Producer: Dan Moore, Sr.; Director: Dan Moore, Sr.; Cinematographer: Studio Taping; Editor: Nicole Deas

Synopsis: A look back at the street Fortune Magazine in 1957 called the Richest Negro Street in the World.

 
The Last/First Kiss

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
10:50 am

The Last/First Kiss

Running Time: 16:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Andrew Stoneham; Director: Andrea Ashton; Cinematographer: Christopher Norr; Editor: Dov Yellin

Synopsis: Two twenty-something strangers accidentally encounter one another in a park and forge an unexpected connection. Following which a spontaneous but yet short lived romance develops between the two.

 
Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
11:15 am

Their Eyes Were Watching Gummy Bears
Other film festivals: San Diego Black Film Festival, Black Harvest, Roxbury International, Urban Music Makers, New York International, Texas Black, Pan African

Running Time: 19:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Christopher Poindexter, Jason Pollard; Director: Raafi Rivero; Cinematographer: Jeff Kim; Editor: Raafi Rivero

Synopsis: On the eve of his graduation, Del must make an important decision about his life and his love, Laura.

 
4-1-9

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
11:50 am

4-1-9
Other film festivals: Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 15:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Alexander Etseyatse, Will Mahr; Director: Alexander Etseyatse; Cinematographer: TJ Hellmuth; Editor: Charles Gay

Synopsis: "4-1-9" centers around two British-Nigerian brothers: older brother Ade and a younger brother Segun are involved in an illegal family 4-1-9 business. Ade is ending it at a family Reunion while Segun is at odds with this decision.

 
The Bluest Note

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
Noon

The Bluest Note
Other film festivals: Urbanworld Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard AA Film Festival
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 15:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Laila Petrone, Marques Gren, Shon Miller; Director: Marques Green; Cinematographer: Giacomo Belletti; Editor: Casey O'Donnell

Synopsis: After losing his singing voice, recording artist Tony Mann is met by a mystical siren and forced to make a fateful decision.

 
Aide-de-Camp

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
12:25 pm

Aide-de-Camp
Other film festivals: Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival

Running Time: 16:48 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Karen Cox; Director: Emma Octavia; Cinematographer: Michael R. Wilson; Editor: Isaiah Headen

Synopsis: A woman must overcome the pull of an indiscreet relationship for a chance at true love with an unlikely man.

 
Colored My Mind: Diagnosis

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
1:00 pm

Colored My Mind: Diagnosis
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 19:09 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Nia T. Hill, Shannon Nash, Brett Langefels; Director: Nia T. Hill; Cinematographer: Jon Salmon; Editor: Brett Langefels

Synopsis: In this powerful Short Docu-feature by award-winning writer and director Nia T. Hill, an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker are our guides as we explore the overlooked world of autism, in particular in the Black and Brown communities. Through these ladies, we uncover the truths about why some Black and Brown children are not receiving the same medical diagnosis or are being misdiagnosed. And through their stories, the narratives explore sadness, strength, joy and the ultimate hope that binds us all to fight for a better tomorrow. Actors Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker dramatize their stories in this Short appropriately entitled "Diagnosis".

 
State of Mind

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
1:30 pm

State of Mind
World Premiere

Running Time: 15:46 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: The Nambangi Brothers; Director: Cyril Nambangi; Cinematographer: The Nambangi Brothers; Editor: Sidney Nambangi, Cyril Nambangi

Synopsis: "State of Mind" tells the story of a young man stuck in the middle of nowhere and in dire need of assistance, but he still finds the time to prejudge the very people who go against their way to offer him assistance. His prejudices lead him down a path of re-education and re-assessment of truth and realism.

 
The Voice

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
2:00 pm

The Voice
Other film festivals: Women of Color Arts and Film Festival Atlanta

Running Time: 20:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2009; Country of Production: US; Producer: Casey McDaniel; Director: Casey McDaniel; Cinematographer: Casey McDaniel; Editor: Casey McDaniel

Synopsis: 'The Voice' is a captivating story of a young girl Lisa, and her relationship with intuition. Knowing her own mother is convinced that she has a real psychological problem, she finds herself stuck between her friend Intuition and her mother. Lisa struggles with making a decision that could affect her life forever.

 
The Christmas Tree

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
2:30 pm

The Christmas Tree
Other film festivals: Maryland Film Festival, Black Harvest, DC Shorts, Martha's Vineyard
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 12:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Mel Jones; Director: Angel Kristi Williams; Cinematographer: Carl Herse; Editor: Jason Robert Becker

Synopsis: A struggling single father prepares to spend his first Christmas alone with his daughter but when their tree is lost on Christmas Eve, he's placed in a troubling predicament.

 
The Collegians

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
3:00 pm

The Collegians
Other film festivals: Blue Ribbon Finalist for the College Television Awards 2012, The American Pavilion at Cannes International Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Kansas City Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Sidewalk Moving Pictures Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Plus Camerimage "The Polish Cinematography Festival", Jecheon International Music and Movies Film Festival in South Korea
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 17:33 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Adam Isaacs; Director: Bryan B. A. Lewis; Cinematographer: Matt Ryan; Editor: Aaron Nix

Synopsis: A swinging drama based on the story of trumpet legend Erskine Hawkins and his college band mates who must play their hearts out to save their school.

 
Bunny

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
3:30 pm

Bunny
World Premiere

Running Time: 19:51 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: T.J. Davis, Courtney L. Kirkland; Director: Tyson Horne, T.J. Davis; Cinematographer: Ryon Horne; Editor: The Horne Brothers

Synopsis: Atlanta realtor, Crystal Alexander falls for professional baseball player Chris Caruso. A hot romance turns into a deadly twist of fate.

 
Barbasol

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
4:00 pm

Barbasol
Other film festivals: Urbanworld Film Festival, Reel Black Men, Urban Media Makers Film Festival

Running Time: 20:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Kiara C. Jones, Ralph K. Scott; Director: Ralph K. Scott; Cinematographer: Eric Branco; Editor: Nelson Mandela Nance, Cinque Northern

Synopsis: A man has a desire to bond with his aging father that is suffering

with dementia. He comes to realize he needs to turn that attention

toward his own son.

 
In This Corner

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
4:30 pm

Other film festivals: Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project, Doobious.org Film Slam 2012, Action on Film, Indie Fest USA
In This Corner
Other film festivals where this film has been shown: Action in Film

Running Time: 7:38 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Sue-Ellen Chitunya, John Prew, Philmwerks; Director: Anthony McHie; Cinematographer: Alfeo Dixon; Editor: Anthony McHie, Matt Bailey

Synopsis: A disgraced boxer, victim of his own entitled lifestyle, tries to fight his personal demons the only way he knows how.

 
Keeper of the Flame

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
5:00 pm

Keeper of the Flame
Other film festivals: 8th Annual Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival; 10th Annual International Black Man Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival, 7th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Charlotte Black Film Festival, 5th Big Easy International Film and Music Festival

Running Time: 30:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: US; Producer: Rob Williams, Marques Miles; Director: Brian Nelson; Cinematographer: Trescher Chambers; Editor: Max Smith

Synopsis: When a young man unexpectantly is crowned Chief of Mardi Gras Indian tribe, leadership issues arise. Keeper of the Flame is the first narrative film about the Mardi Gras Indian culture of New Orleans produced from within the culture.

 
What About Us?

Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific– All Shorts, All Day
5:45 pm

What About Us?
World premiere

Running Time: 21:18 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Bryan Johnson, Sharon Williams; Director: Deatra L. Harris; Cinematographer: Juan M. Crouch; Editor: Tovah Lebowitz

Synopsis: This film identifies the difference in media coverage and resources missing children received based on race and social and economical status.

 
The Contradictions of Fair Hope

Friday Night SOCIAL ISSUE FILM
Friday November 9, 2012

Georgia Pacific 8:00 pm

The Contradictions of Fair Hope
Other film festivals: SDBFF, TBFF, LHAAFF, RIFF, MBFF, GCUFF, MVAAFF, PAFF, ABFF and BHFF Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 67:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: S. Epatha Merkerson, Rockell Metcalf; Director: S. Epatha Merkerson, Rockell Metcalf; Cinematographer: Chris Scarafile; Editor: Arielle Amsalem

Synopsis: July 1865. Over 4 million slaves have been freed. Forced to roam the antebellum countryside, many of them are ill prepared and unable to cope with the realities of their newfound freedom. This documentary examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed "benevolent societies" to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave.

The documentary sets the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, and traces the development, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of tradition of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies, known as "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" in Uniontown, Alabama.

Through gripping human stories of some of the last surviving society members and interviews with historians and local residents, the film provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous world of Fair Hope juxtaposed against the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual "Foot Wash" celebration.

 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis

10:00 am Welcome

 
My Beautiful Nightmare

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
10:15 am

My Beautiful Nightmare
US and Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 12:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Namibia; Producer: Shalongo Nambala, Musa Zimba, etc.; Director: Perivi John Katjavivi; Cinematographer: Bryon Jospeh, Perivi John Katjavivi; Editor: Perivi John Katjavivi

Synopsis: A young woman bruised by the city dreams of escape and the freedom of her childhood.

 
The Merikins: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
10:30 am

The Merikins: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters
Other film festivals: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2012
US Premiere

Running Time: 30:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Trinidad & Tobago; Producer: Judy Chong Dennison, Anthony Dennison; Director: Dahlia Dennison; Editor: Dahlia Dennison

Synopsis: This is the story of 4000 former slaves who escaped from their American masters, and joined the British Royal Navy during the War of 1812.

Referring to themselves as "Merikins" (a creolization of American), they were promised lands and the opportunity of flight to a British territory, one of which was Trinidad. They fought for and were granted their freedom (1815-1816), years before the abolition of slavery in Trinidad (1836).

 
On Our Land, Being Garifuna in Hondura

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
11:15 am

On Our Land, Being Garifuna in Hondura

Running Time: 18:15 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Honduras, Central America; Producer: Erica Renee Harding; Director: Neal Dixon, James Frazier, Erica Harding; Cinematographer: Neal Dixon, James Frazier; Editor: Neal Dixon, James Frazier

Synopsis: Ethnographic look into the history and struggles of the Afro indigenious group.

 
Hibana

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
11:45 am

Hibana
World Premiere

Running Time: 70:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: Dominican Republic, US; Producer: Ameer Muhammad; Director: Ameer Muhammad; Cinematographer: Ameer Muhammad; Editor: Ameer Muhammad

Synopsis: Documentary film on the Dominican Republic. An American man's journey that leads to love, culture and a new language.

 
Elza

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
1:15 pm

Elza
Other film festivals: Roxbury Film Festival, Pan African Film & Arts Festival, Africa Movie Academy Awards, French Afro-Caribbean Arts Awards, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Running Time: 78 minutes; Year completed: 2011; Country of Production: Guadeloupe; Producers: Eric Basset, Gérard Lacroix, Mariette Monpierre, Edgard Tenembaum Director: Mariette Monpierre; Cinematographer: RémI Mazet; Editors: Virginie Danglades, Jerome Rains

Synopsis: Eldest daughter, Elza, is the first of the family to graduate from college. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by leaving Paris and running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory, the father she barely remembers.

 
Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
3:00 pm

Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles
Other film festivals: Black Women Film Network Film Festival

Running Time: 62 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: The Republic of The Gambia, West Africa, USA; Producer: Elvin Ross, Don Stabler, Chiquita Lockley, Mbacke Dioum; Director: Elvin Ross; Cinematographer: John Njaga Demps; Editor: Jack Wallis

Synopsis: Kunta Kinteh: "Coming Home Without Shackles" chronicles the pride, strength and journey of the most celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh, who was enslaved and brought to the New World during the West African Slave Trade. Recently Dr. Yahya Abul-Aziz Jemus Junnkung Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, reclaimed and renamed the old British Fortress from James Island to KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND to honor his legacy during the Roots Festival in February 2011.

 
Inside Story

Saturday, November 10, 2012

International Saturday
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
4:30 pm

Inside Story
Other film festivals: Pan African Film Festival, North Carolina Family Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Zanzibar Film Festival, Montreal Black Film Festival

Running Time: 98:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: South Africa; Producer: Harriet Gavshon, Aric Noboa; Director: Rolie Nikiwe; Cinematographer: Willie Nel; Editor: Melanie Jankes Golden

Synopsis: "Inside Story" combines the best of fiction and non-fiction storytelling through a poignant African coming of age story that transports audiences to a vibrant inner world where complex science is transformed into a compelling visual reality to demonstrate how HIV works in a memorable way.

 
Still Standing

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Georgia Pacific
11:00 am

Still Standing

Running Time: 75:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Lamar and Ronnie Tyler; Director: Lamar and Ronnie Tyler; Cinematographer: Carlos Castro; Editor: Lamar Tyler and Carlos Castro

Synopsis: A diverse group of couples provide transparent, insightful conversation about what it takes to have lasting power in current day marriages. Through infidelity, blended families, chronic illness, financial crisis and more, these couples explain why and more importantly how they are still standing.

 
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Georgia Pacific
12:30 pm

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Other film festivals: Sundance, Sundance London, International Film Festival – Rotterdam, New Directors New Films, LA Film Festival
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 90:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: USA, France; Producer: Terence Nance, James Bartlett, Andrew Corkin; Director: Terence Nance; Cinematographer: Shawn Peters, Matthew E. Bray; Editor: Terence Nance

Synopsis: A quixotic artist explores his life after getting stood up by a mystery girl.

 
Homecoming

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Georgia Pacific
2:15 pm

Homecoming
Other film festivals: Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival, Nominated HBO Best Feature and Saatchi Saatchi Producer Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 95:00 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Seven Letter Word Films; Director: Eugene Ashe; Cinematographer: William Vaultz; Editor: Eugene Ashe

Synopsis: Five friends from a historically black college spend homecoming weekend together.

 
30° Couleur

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Georgia Pacific
4:05 pm

30° Couleur

Running Time: 92 minutes; Year Completed: 2011; Country of Production: France; Producer: Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun; Director: Lucien Jean-Bapstiste, Philippe Larue; Cinematographer: Renaud Chassaing; Editor: Béatrice Herminie

Synopsis: Patrick, a renowned historian, hails from Martinique. When he learns that his mother is dying, he immediately leaves for his birth home with his only daughter. The pair arrives in the middle of the carnival. Over a three-day period, accompanied by his childhood friend, the irresistible Zamba, he is caught up in a whirlwind of madness, emotion, humor, and incredible adventures. It's a journey of initiation to the rhythms of the carnival atmosphere that will change his life.

 
Tey

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Morehouse College – Sale Hall
2:30 pm

Tey
Other film festivals: Berlin International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival
Atlanta Premiere

Running Time: 86 minutes; Year completed: 2012; Country of Production: Senegal; Producers: Eric Idress-Kanago, Giles Sandoz, Oumar Sail; Director: Alain Gomis; Cinematographer: Christelle Fournier

Synopsis: What's the last meaningful thing to do when you have 24 hours to live? After leaving America to return to the land of this birth, Satché, (played by Saul Williams), walks the streets of his hometown, his final moments full of fear but also with a sense of joy.

 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

6:00 pm
Roundtable on African and Caribbean Cinema
Sponsored by France-Atlanta 2012, Georgia Pacific

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

11:00 am
Studio 11 Films – Georgia Public Broadcasting

11:00 am - The 11Eleven11 Project - The Movies

  • NICE GUY
    Writer: Krystal Keith, Director: Jean Young, Producer: Melinda Tolbert, Mentor: Miguel A. Nunez Jr.
      • Young Dan Newman, a certified "nice guy", is sick and tired of always finishing last. Through the assistance of a controversial psychologist he meets and dates a "good girl" who likes "bad boys". Dan falls for Sharon and in his hilarious attempt to win her over he transforms into a "bad boy", setting the stage for both of them to learn important lessons.
  • FORBIDDEN - Writer: Yvette Young, Director: Jean Young, Producer: Jason Bunkley, Mentor: Leon Robinson
      • Karmen has to make the decision to choose to marry her soul mate or the man her parents are pressuring her to marry. Will she be able "follow her heart" and be true to herself?
  • A BOOST OF LOVE
    Writer: Konahe Jernigan, Director: Roxzane Mims, Producer: Marques Trusoul, Mentor: Terri Vaughn and Cas Sigers
      • After years of focusing on building a successful advertising firm, James Weston finds himself depressed and jaded. At sixty-five, James longs for love. The emergence of a high school flame, Evelyn Garrett, turns James's world upside down. James is forced to choose between loneliness or a life of crime that challenges his integrity and threatens his freedom.
  • THE PROMISE
    Writer: Khafra Amenhotep, Director: Ray Virgin, Producer: Christopher Edward Jones, Mentor: LisaRaye McCoy
      • Living a life of crime, Kareem never thought that he would be able to get out of his daily grind of selling drugs. After making a promise to his fiancé to stop dealing Kareem agrees to run one last deal. When things go wrong and the drugs are stolen by a crack head, he has 24 hours to recover his "goods" or he'll pay with his fiancé and his son's lives.
  • NEVER ALONE
    Writer: Yvonne Pierre, Director: Zoana Price, Producer: Juan Campbell, Mentor: Tatyana Ali
      • NEVER ALONE is the story of Cynthia Adams, an aspiring writer who is at a season in her life when everything seems to be going wrong. While on the verge of giving up, she meets a woman whose friendship lifts her out of her despair and inspires her to not only achieve her dreams, but also to see life from a different perspective. But Cynthia is surprised to learn that her new friend isn't exactly who she thinks she is.
  • RECKLESS
    Writer: Kiami Davael, Director: Glenda Giles, Producer: Leslie Day, Mentor: Christopher B. Pearman
      • LayCee Whitaker is a lovely young woman with a dark past, and an even darker present. What happens when she is faced with a heart-wrenching decision to either straighten up her life, or loose herself (and her child) forever? Will she listen to reason, or will LayCee continue down the path of destruction and allow her reckless behavior to ruin her future?
  • THE CHRONICLES OF NATHAN GREGORY
    Writer: V.Eves & J. Tookes, Director: Brian Ezieke, Producer: Sharna L. Brown, Mentor: Tommy Ford
      • Nathan Gregory is a poignant story about a boy, ever shy and always bullied, who receives a magical medallion from Mr. Seraph, a mystical figure who changes his perspective on what it means to be strong and possess power. As Nathan learns more about himself, he will come to realize the importance of using his powers – for good.
  • TORN
    Writer: Amber Ponder, Director: Adam Alexander, Producer: Leah Monet Johnson, Mentor: Rockmond Dunbar
      • After learning that his dying daughter is in need of a blood transfusion, Derek learns that he is not her biological father. In hopes of saving his daughter's life, he must make a visit to her biological father to plead for his blood donation.
  • CROSSROADS
    Writer: Anthony James, Director: Andre Jenkins, Producer: Aisha Al-Mu'Min, Mentor: Howard Gibson
      • When Jerry decides that his family is the most important thing in life, he commits to change. His change creates a ripple effect from those around him. What happens when your change to preserve your family simultaneously threatens your family's well being?
  • RHYTHM
    Writer: Felicia Wade, Director: Carl Anthony Payne, Producer: Brian Pickett, Mentor: Carl Anthony Payne
      • Dr. Alisa Morgan has reached her breaking point as she copes with the pressures of completing her research program in addition to coping with the illness of her mother. The death of her father causes a great sense of emotional devastation and leads to co-workers questioning her sanity.
  • DOWNLINE
    Writer: Sharon Tomlinson & Aleshia Cowser, Director: Roxzane Mims, Producer: Marques Trusoul, Mentor: Carl Anthony Payne
      • Two detectives set out to solve the mysteries of a bank heist leading to additional friction within their careers and personal lives. Abel, a multi-level marketing guru, and Obi, the irresponsible officer with a gambling addiction, are faced with tough decisions as their friendship is put on the line.


2:30 pm - Screening of "The Chronicles of Nathan Gregory" hosted by Tommy Ford and the Cam Newton Foundation (for youth)
3:00 pm - Q&A of filmmakers hosted by Carl Anthony Payne and Award Presentations
4:00 pm - Premiere Party in Lobby of GPB

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cinema and Social Justice, sponsored by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Morehouse School of Medicine

 
Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Morehouse School of Medicine
1:30 pm

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964
World Premiere

Running Time: 52:40 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: US; Producer: Alvelyn Sanders; Director: Alvelyn Sanders; Cinematographer: Mark Kendall, Fletcher Holmes, Andrew Taylor; Editor: Tom Roche

Synopsis: Women in the Spelman College Class of 1964 were foot soldiers who participated in the largest, coordinated series of civil rights protests in Atlanta's history. Their bold activism as college freshmen is a part of an Atlanta story that changed the world.

 
Legacy

Sunday, November 11, 2012

3:00 pm
Morehouse School of Medicine

Legacy: Black and White in America

Synopsis:This film features the most celebrated African-Americans of our time and examines the political rise of Barack Obama against the backdrop of changing racial attitudes in America. The film presents two parallel stories of the story of African-American life today and the story of the Civil Rights generation to clarify the successes and failures of racial integration in America and what it reveals about our democracy and national character. In a nation that has been deeply divided not only by race but also by politics, religion, and class, Legacy is about the ongoing need for integration and wholeness as part of Dr. King's beloved community.

 
WITNESS: SOUTH SUDAN, presented by HBO Documentary Films

Sunday, November 11, 2012

WITNESS: SOUTH SUDAN, presented by HBO Documentary Films
3:30 pm

Executive produced by writer-director Michael Mann ("The Insider," "Ali," "Heat," HBO's "Luck") and acclaimed commercial and documentary director David Frankham, WITNESS follows our current generation of photojournalists into the conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, Brazil and South Sudan. In the four-part series, war photographers carry us into the heart of the human drama of the people in the action on the ground. We see what compels the photojournalist and experience why, when everyone else seeks cover, the photojournalist stands and moves closer.

In South Sudan, thousands have been killed, abducted or displaced by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. WITNESS: SOUTH SUDAN, follows French photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie and her travels with the Arrow Boys, an unpaid militia of farmers who took up arms to protect their families from the LRA, in the conflict zones in South Sudan. For the last two decades, Kony has led a campaign of unfathomable brutality in an attempt to impose his command as the law of the land. His forces have kidnapped and forced into sexual or military slavery an estimated 60,000 children and driven two million of Uganda's people from their homes. The pregnant de Viguerie treks through wilderness with the Arrow Boys, as well as with the Ugandan Army. Debuts on HBO on Monday, Nov. 19 at 9pm ET/PT

 
Echo at 11 Oak Drive

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Closing Night Film, Georgia Power
7:00 pm

Echo at 11 Oak Drive
World Premiere

Running Time: 60:15 minutes; Year Completed: 2012; Country of Production: USA; Producer: Dianne Ashford; Director: Crystle Clear Roberson; Cinematographer: Ross Sebek; Editor: Deanna Nowell

Synopsis: The walls of one house witness the story of three strangers' jouney of love, triumph and tragedy

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Q & A/ BLFF Wrap-up

Reception

Sponsors Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Delta The Coca-Cola Company Turner Voices Atlanta Marriott Marquis The Levy Group PANAVISION Georgia Lottery BOBBCAT Films THE WOODRUFF