Real to Reel, which took place during the height of the prominent American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, was hosted by Gentlemen Jack and Codeblack Entertainment who teamed with actor, artist, poet and “Power” star Omari Hardwick to celebrate and showcase new African American voices in film.
Real to Reel is a contest that gives gifted independent filmmakers the platform and opportunity to share their stories nationally.
According to Hardwick, “It’s a rare opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their work for industry insiders. As a writer and actor who owns a production company, I am personally excited to collaborate with Gentleman Jack on such necessary recognition of Black talent behind the camera.”
On June 15th at the historic Fillmore Theater of Miami Beach, 5 short films were screened by industry insiders and attendees giving 5 new filmmakers a chance to win the Grand Prize of $4,000.
The 5 gifted independent filmmakers on the rise that were showcased in this year’s contest are: Anthony Rose; Behold A Lady, Terrisha Kearse; The Mia Countdown, Angela McCrae; #WhereIsBeauty, Donovan Vim Crony; Noise Gate, and Kazia Steele; The Inside Job.
Previous winner of the national competition Janlatae Mullins, who was in attendance, won the $10,000 Grand Prize and a VIP trip to Miami for her original film, Soul Fire. Mullins and her cast discussed what it takes and the ins and outs of being in the film industry as an African American director, producer, and actor from their individual perspective.
Real to Reel is giving gifted, independent, rising African American Filmmakers the platform that they deserve!
For more on the Gentleman Jack “Real to Reel” series, visit www.Gentlemanjackfilm.com.
Writen by Chenee Alyiss: IG: @Cheneealyiss