BronzeLens Film Festival was everything Atlanta needed for the upcoming film industry. Let’s face it: Atlanta is definitely a part of the film industry conversation and Mrs. Kathleen Bertrand’s wonderful vision from eight years ago has grown into something beautiful. BronzeLens Film Fest, as it is affectionately called, is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Celebrating its eighth year, the BronzeLens Film Festival differs from other events on so many levels, offering a great touch, feel and interaction with celebrities, filmmakers and other film buffs that is not often experienced at other film festivals.
The BronzeLens Film Festival kicked off the five-day festival with a bang and plenty of education, awards, screenings, recognition and BronzeLens love. Festival highlights included the All Shorts All Day presented by BET Networks, Legal Mash Ups, A Behind the Scenes Look with Janine Barrios, all the Bronze Carpets, 8th Annual BronzeLens Womens Superstar Luncheon, Lamman Rucker’s Master Class, the Welcome at Atlanta City Hall, industry-specific workshops, student tracks, the BronzeLens Award Show, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers and the BronzeLens Closing Night. Each day was as promising as the last, with moments had and memories made.
The 8th Annual BronzeLens Womens Superstar Luncheon was extremely rewarding and superstar studded. Gracing the Bronze Carpet were some amazing talent, from T.C. Carson, well-known as Kyle Barker on “Living Single,” and Crystal Fox, aka, Luann Corbin on “In the Heat of the Night,” to Hanna Young on “The Have and The Have Nots,” Omar Dorsey, well-known as Hollywood on “Queen Sugar,” and Timon Durrett, known as “Queen Sugar” star David West. Dana Owens, aka Queen Latifah, was named the ICON Superstar and had a stimulating conversation with Will Packer about people of color being properly respected in film and music. Queen Latifah and Will dropped some real nuggets during their conversation. Nefertite Nguvu, Crystal Fox and Neema Barnette were also honored. Nefertite was named as the Behind the Lens Superstar, Crystal as the Visionary Superstar and Neema, the Legendary Behind The Lens Superstar. The inspiring Queen Latifah shared three golden nuggets:
- • “Have great people around you that fight with you. Teach each other what you learn and then learn new things.”
- • “I learned what rejection and failure felt like—which helped me learn how to recover.”
- • “We need each other more than ever before. Continue to support the youth. Don’t be afraid to listen to them.”
A special thank you goes to Kathleen Bertrand for helping Atlanta continue to shine in the film industry. We recognize you shining brightly as the BronzeLens founder.
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