Great films and a tribute to Women highlight the 2012 BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta


If you think you saw a few familiar faces last weekend you were probably at the right place at the right time. The BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta (BLFF) took place in the downtown core district. The festival brought film lovers, actors, and film makers to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television, and the production of both.


The BronzeLens Film Festival featured screenings at multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening Master Classes led by top names in film, direction, and production.  The multiple venues included locations such as Georgia Pacific building, World of Coca-Cola and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.


Here is a list of some of the films featured at BLFF 2012:
  • Second Time Around” / Producers: Jason Young and Jessica M. Young
  • Color Outside the Lines” / Producer: Nikki Simpson
  • State of Mind” / Producers: The Nambangi Brothers
  • The Voice” / Producers: Eric Basset, Gerard Lacroix, Mariette Monpierre, Edgard Tenenbaum
  • The Bluest Note” / Producers: Marques Green
  • Echo at 11 Oak Drive” / Producer: Diane Ashford  (This film was the BronzeLens Closing Night Film)
Another highlight of the BLFF was the Friday Luncheon which honored African-American women in the industry. Emmy-award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson who is best known for her role in the NBC series Law & Order, was the recipient of the prestigious Legendary Superstar award.   The event also showcased her directorial debut in the “Contradictions of Fair Hope” later that same evening at Georgia Pacific.


Other award winners included:


Emerging Superstar: Emayatzy Corinealdi
Emerging Behind the Lens Superstar: Deborah Riley Draper
Legendary Behind the Lens Superstar: Stephanie Allain
Catalyst Superstar: Kathie Fong Yoneda


The BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta was a very successful event for the third year and it continues to grow. Led by Executive Director, Sheryl Gripper the BronzeLens mission is, “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.”


This event would not be possible without the support of  BLFF Sponsors which include, BET Networks, the Coca Cola Company, Georgia Lottery, The Levy Group, Panavision, Turner Voices, Delta Airlines and Bobbcat Films.


For more information on BLFF, visit


-Desmond McLennon

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