Queen Sugar screening

The BronzeLens Film Festival is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. This year definitely didn’t disappoint.

In fact, the mission of the BronzeLens Film Festival is two fold: 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.

Every fall, film lovers, actors, and film makers gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television, and the production of both.


Women SuperStars Luncheon

The 7th Annual Women SuperStars Luncheon was nothing less than spectacular and a sold out room of more than 600. Filmmakers, sponsors, and celebs gathered at the Atrium Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Friday, August 26, while Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Margaret Avery, Dawn Gilliam, Nina Yang Bongiovi, and Julie Dash were honored.

New to BronzeLens, First Glance Friday was a roaring success, with “first glances” at two upcoming and highly anticipated television series: HBO’s “Insecure,” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar.” The audiences enthusiastically welcomed “Insecure” and its creator Isaa Rae for a talkback with BLFF artistic director Deidre McDonald. “Insecure” premieres on HBO on October 9th. The sold-out crowd then settled down to view the first episode of the Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey created “Queen Sugar” and enjoyed the talk back with veteran director Neema Barnette and actor Omar Dorsey, who stars in the new series. “Queen Sugar” premieres on OWN next week, September 6th and 7th.

Issa Rae

Queen Sugar screening

Queen Sugar

BronzeLens is known for educating about the industry! Their 2016 Master Classes did not disappoint and contained a wealth of information for filmmakers and film lovers alike. Our Up Close Through the BronzeLens series presented SuperStar honoree and director Julie Dash in conversation with producer/director Roger Bobb; a conversation with filmmaker Mattthew Cherry, whose 9 Rides feature was shot with an iPhone, and a conversation with script supervisor and SuperStar honoree Dawn Gilliam.

Matthew Cherry

Me and Matthew Cherry after his panel about shooting a film with an iPhone.
Me and Matthew Cherry after his panel about shooting a film with an iPhone.

Another standing room only crowd was at the Center for Civil and Human Rights to view Deborah Riley Draper’s “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”, which won as BronzeLens 2016 Best Documentary. Among those in attendance were actress/director Terri J.Vaughn and 1968 Olympian Tommie Smith. Catch it on xfinity on demand through September 4th.

Terri J. Vaughn

BronzeLens closing night featured an Atlanta lensed film “The Products of the American Ghetto.” On hand were director Henderson Madix along with writer Tierre Ford and lead actor Tobias Trivllian of Empire.

@Qasimb shares the formula of filmmaking! #ThisIsDestined #BLFF2016 #IRoarBronzeLens

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Highlight ~ @QueenSugarOWN Actor @omardorsey discusses the complexity of the characters w/@neemrick #QueenSugar #film #tv

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#IRoarBronzeLens And…that's a wrap! Thanks to everyone who made this event a success.#BLFF2016 ?❤?

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