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REGGIE BYTHEWOOD'S SCREENWRITING MASTER CLASS
ABFF 2013: MIAMI
Saturday, June 22
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn about the art of storytelling in this class led by writer/director Reggie Rock Bythewood whose credits include: A DIFFERENT WORLD, GET ON THE BUS, BIKER BOYZ and NOTORIOUS.
BILL DUKE'S ACTORS BOOT CAMP MASTER CLASS
Hollywood veteran Bill Duke actor/director/producer whose credits include Car Wash, A Rage in Harlem, Deep Cover, Menace II Society & Hoodlum, teaches the craft of acting over an intense 3-day scene study Program where participants learn to shape their performances through hands on direction and supportive critique.
THE 2013 STAR PROJECT
Deadline: March 15
The 17th annual American Black Film Festival is now accepting entries for the 2013 Star Project Acting Competition, sponsored by NBCUniversal.
Your Dreams Inspires Black Films...
"Through a Black Lens" Contest Created by American Family Insurance, Invites and Inspires Entrants to Share their Dreams
"Through a Black Lens" video contest offers all entrants a chance to bring their dreams to the big screen at the Annual American Black Film Festival. "Through a Black Lens" allows entrants to go online, register and then upload a video or picture that describes their inspiring story in order to win a chance to see their dream entry turn into a film created and produced by accredited Creative Control's, Coodie and Chike.
The contest is part of a program developed by American Family Insurance to celebrate and pay homage to African-Americans' influence and contributions to the film industry. It began during Black History Month in February, when the first of eight short videos from a roundtable discussion about filmmaking, featuring several African-Americans involved in the industry, was released. The videos feature filmmakers, Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozay, and actors Harry Lennix, Lamman Rucker, and Lisa Michelle Payton.
"Through a Black Lens" allow filmmakers, Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozay, to bring one entrant's dream to life. All entrants are invited to create a short (greater than 30 seconds but less than a minute) video depicting their vision of the American dream and upload it to the contest website. Entrants can also upload a photo and describe the photo to enter. They are then asked to share it with others and encourage them to vote. From the top 10 vote-getters, a winner will be chosen by a panel of industry insiders, Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozay, and actors Harry Lennix, Lamman Rucker, and Lisa Michelle Payton.
The video will be transformed into a short film and the winner will receive a prize package for two, including a trip to the Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 19th - 23rd, where the film - and the winner's dream - will premiere on June 21 during the festival.
To view the short webisodes, and for official rules and information about the "Through a Black Lens" video contest, visit www.amfam.com/BlackLens. Entries will be accepted through April 11. The short videos, featuring Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozay, and actors Harry Lennix, Lamman Rucker, and Lisa Michelle Payton were released weekly beginning Feb. 11 and will continue until April 2. The group discusses candidly the unique characteristics, intricacies and components of black filmmaking.