November 20, 2012

Legendary Casting Director & Producer Reuben Cannon and More at the 2012 Bronze Lens Film Festival

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Written by: Kim Ford
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Photos: Daniel G. Morris, Jerome Dorn
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Now in its third year, the BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens) continues to be one the nation’s most anticipated film festival events. The festival took place November 8-11, 2012 and offered content for filmmakers, industry professionals, students and the general public. Attendees chose from a variety of BronzeLens expert signature panels, workshops, master classes, domestic and international film screenings.

BronzeLens Festival Highlights
Legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon hosted “The Producers Roundtable” a groundbreaking session that brings together high-level entertainment executives to share their strategies for producing successful film and television projects. Issa Rae, the producer, director, and lead actor of Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl opened up about her incredible journey to success as a webisode producer. Award-winning author and playwright Pearl Cleage discussed her newest project “From Novel to Screen: The Pearl Cleage Film Project.” And, NAACP Image Award winning producer Roger Bobb conducted a new workshop “Creating Comedy Shows with Roger Bobb”.

This year the Women Superstars Luncheon, which has become a BronzeLens favorite for local corporations as a means of exposing employees and clients to the BronzeLens experience, took place on Friday November 9, 2012 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Accomplished women of color in the film and television industry were honored at this signature event. This year at the BronzeLens Awards, the best of the festival filmmakers in their perspective categories and other noteworthy industry leaders were honored.

The Panels at a Glance:

  • Film Financing: How to Attract Investors
  • Issa Rae on the Making of Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
  • From Novel to Screen : The Pearl Cleage Film Project: Pearl Cleage and Ayoka Chenzira
  • Bus tour of Movie Locations in the ATL
  • Reuben Cannon and The Producer’s Roundtable
  • Music for Film.TV, Gaming: From Scoring to Licensing
  • Creating Comedy Shows with Roger Bobb
  • BronzeLens Presents: Studio Eleven Films

About the BronzeLens Film Festival

Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is twofold: to promote Atlanta as the new film Mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States. Visit for more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival

Here’s a quick recap from the Women Superstars Luncheon

Watch this hilarious raw and uncut clip of me and Carl Payne (Cosby Show, Martin) as he plugs his 11Eleven Film Project at the 2012 Bronze Lens Film Festival. If you’re an aspiring writer, director, producer or editor, this project is for you.

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Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone