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Boca Black Film seeks showcase films on black & Afro-Latino life

HAVE YOU HEARD? THE 2016 BOCA BLACK FILM FESTIVAL IS HOT THIS SUMMER

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(July 5, 2016)—The Boca Black Film Festival is back and we’d like to say, “Its Boca or Bust this July 2016!” South Florida’s newest film festival tested the waters and found that South Floridians are eager for more film opportunities. And, they’re coming during the hottest parts of summer too. You may have heard this year’s buzz words for diversity and inclusion, but that’s nothing new to us. We know that our HBCUs around the country—produce some of the nation’s best producers & black college graduates for excellent black talent in business, medicine, education, engineering and the arts. Naturally, it’s the same in film & television. Chadwick Boseman, Howard grad. Samuel L. Jackson, Morehouse grad. Spike Lee, Morehouse grad. Anika Noni Rose, FAMU grad. Will Packard, FAMU grad. And film festivals designed for people of color also recognize phenomenal black talent.

Locally, at our Boca Black Film Festival in 2015, we premiered Pain of Love by student-Academy winner Alcee Walker—who is well on his way to success now with two DGA student filmmaker awards. Then in our inaugural year, McKinson Souverain joined us as a content creator to share about producing webisodes and he also won the ABFF-webisode challenge for his Close Friends that same year.

Now in our third year, Boca Black Film is excited to offer these types of opportunities close to home so, our film festival can be affordable & our professionals approachable. We have gained the support of local businesses and organizations to help us fulfill our mission for film diversity—to be South Florida’s premier festival vehicle for black filmmakers and talent by providing educational enrichment alongside master classes and film screenings. Likewise, we don’t just talk the talk, but we also do our fair share to support the Florida film industry and local festivals through membership, education and partnerships. During the last two years, we have supported our film community by collaborating with the Ayiti’s traveling Haitian film series, attended Miami International Film Festival’s Conversation with the Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined in a screenwriting workshop with Palm Beach International Film Festival & BlueCat Screenplay and co-sponsored a documentary screening with the African-American Women in Cinema.

So, this year, the Boca Black Film Festival attempts to answer the call for diversity of perspective again. The three-day summer film festival runs from Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, July 23, 2016. We promise to educate, support, and nurture independent, emerging filmmakers—from the tri-county area and the state of Florida. From July 21 to July 23, there’ll be more than one dozen educational programs, film conversations, showcase screenings, and our signature State of Black Media panel discussion that is represented by film industry professionals from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Our educational programming is being held at the Boca Raton Marriott.

We are happy to announce that “one-of-a-kind” Film Submissions are NOW being accepted for feature-length independent films that showcase young black America and/or Afro-Latino life for a South Florida premier. We are reviewing submissions until Thursday, July 14, 11:59 pm, EST. And, we are encouraging more representation from college student filmmakers and novice filmmakers throughout the state.

First, let me share a few more examples about the importance of black film festivals. Consequently, this exposure to audiences of color helps to spread the word, build favorable grassroots promotion and engage social media, like Black Twitter.

  • Christine Swanson wrote & directed All About You, which won the ABFF’s 2003 Best Film Award. You may have discovered Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry as one of the lead actors. According to IMDB, Swanson is now working on Buffalo Soldier Girl. And Goldsberry—other than winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a featured role in a Musical for the Tony-award winning Best Musical, Hamilton, she was a regular supporting actor on The Good Wife and One Life to Live for numerous years.
  • Alvin Moore, Jr.’s The Perfect Gift made its 2011 US debut at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. And, later aired on BET.
  • The young and talented Quvenzhane Wallis spoke of her role as the brave Hushpuppy in Beast of the Southern Wild at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Film Festival in 2012.

Boca Black Film Festival aims to be South Florida’s premier festival vehicle for black filmmakers and talent by providing educational enrichment alongside master classes, panel discussion and film screenings by black talent and creative content makers. We led the way in sharing independent documentaries such Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood and student-Academy winner, Pain of Love by Alcee Walker. This is what we do! We strive to be the locals’ favorite film festival. We strive to accommodate film enthusiasts. And, we hit the mark with education, information and enrichment that helps novice filmmakers study their craft and move forward to the next competition level.

Each year, our film festival also highlights the working talents of Florida’s best-kept secret—working film professionals of color. The film festival culminates with the Daisy Awards luncheon ceremony that honors the achievements of emerging, independent filmmakers while also celebrating one Floridian of color who has worked tirelessly to make an impact in film & television—and remained local. This year, on Saturday, July 23, we are awarding Ms. Ruth Paul, SAG-AFTRA, as our third annual Daisy Award recipient, at FAU’s Living Room Theater.

We believe that film is a collaborative effort. “We could not have had such a great start without the support of so many local festival directors,” Lizabeth Martin shared. “The advice, alone, helped us navigate management and operations that is not normally available to the public.” With this advice and mentorship, Boca Black Film is planning to offer student scholarships and travel stipends next year, in 2017, so student and independent members can afford to take select film courses, virtual master classes and/or attend partner events, such as the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.

The Boca Black Film Festival is open to the public and discounted student rates are available for student ambassadors who sign up for community service hours. Festival registration starts at $200 for the three-day pass or $100 for a student three-day pass. Get your tickets NOW. We will not disappoint you! For more information on the Boca Black Film Festival visit www.BocaBlackFilm.org. We’re social… follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Boca Black Film Festival is the premier creative arts and educational film fest that specifically celebrates and champions independent film works created, designed and inspired by persons of black heritage. As one of Florida’s and the tri-county area’s only film festivals dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking for black content makers, the Boca Black Film Festival organization strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Festival provides balance in creative arts development, training sessions, networking, mentorship and endeavors that promote well-balanced, diverse images of color in film, television and other media venues. The Boca Black Film Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that is uniquely black American.

BOCA BLACK FILM returns with film industry faves

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(June 29, 2015)—Don’t miss out! The second annual Boca Black Film Festival returns with more educational sessions, more speakers and more networking opportunities than before for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts to gain first-hand insight and knowledge into the film & television industry. The Boca Black Film Festival is a three-day event held exclusively at the Embassy Suites Boca Raton. This year’s film festival highlights the working talents of Florida’s best kept secret—working film professionals. And, each year, the film festival culminates with the Daisy Awards luncheon ceremony to honors the achievements of emerging, independent filmmakers while also celebrating one Floridian of color who has worked tirelessly to make an impact in film & television—and remained local.

On Day One, Thursday, July 16, attendees will be treated to more than one dozen educational sessions in the “Craftsman’s Series.” From an actor’s workshop, the filmmaker’s toolbox, to an overview of black culture in cinema’s history, attendees will have an up close opportunity to hear working professionals cover the basics of the craft. Next, on Friday, July 17, film dialogues, panel discussion and additional educational seminars will provide insight and direction through “The Industry Initiative,” an introductory overview of collaborative roles, organizations and film commissions that work to support the local industry. All of these working professionals will share something news and useful to aid in attendee’s success and longevity.

Scheduled speakers will include: Dr. Tachi Egwu, documentary filmmaker and educator; filmmaker and educator Frank Eberling; web series creator McKinson Souverain, the ABFF 2014 Webisode Challenge winner; Trenae Floyd, director of Miami’s Product Placement Expo; and other special guests, such as Lyndale Pettus, last year’s Daisy Award winner.

That’s just a start. On Friday evening, there will be a special screening of Alcee Walker’s Pain of Love. Walker recently won the Best African American student filmmaker award (east region) for the coveted Directors Guild of America Student Films. The six-part hour-long series examines the lives of a multi-racial family in West Palm Beach. Behind the street-wise, often-humorous characters are hidden hardships and shrugged-off pain. This American story, where hustling matters more than schooling, challenges movie-goers to think about family, life, money, struggle and violence from a difference perspective. Walker will be available for audience questions following the screening.

BOCA BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS Film

Festival honors Lyndale Pettus as first Sunshine Daisy Award recipient

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(July 10, 2014)—The Boca Black Film Festival announces the 2014 Official Selections that will screen during their inaugural three-day film festival, July 17 – 19, 2014. Categories are narratives, documentary, short narratives and screenplay. The complete listing features new works from filmmakers across the South Florida community, including Special Screenings of two documentaries:
Oscar Micheaux: The Black Czar of Hollywood and The Black Miami.The 2014 Official Selections in competition will screen once during the film festival at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center, from Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 19, 2014. The finalists will be announced during The Sunshine Daisy Awards Luncheon on Saturday, July 19, at 12:30 pm.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood (USA/South Florida Premiere) Courtesy of Block Starz Music Television
Produced by Bayer Mack Executive Producers: Hal Croasmun and Frances Presley Rice Opening Night Screening: Thursday, July 17 @ 7:30 pm Palm Beach State College, HT103
The Black Miami (USA) Courtesy of Pixel Pushers Films and Baquas Productions Produced and Directed by Carlton Smith and Michael Williams Producer: Dr. Marvin Dunn Screening: Friday, July 18 @ 3:30 pm Boca Raton Marriott, Royal Palm Parlor
NARRATIVE Selections Intuition- in competition Screening: Friday, July18 @ 12:00 pm Director/Producer: Chrys Calixte, McKinson Souverain Screenwriter: Chrys Calixte Synopsis: A relationship therapist tries to help a young man with trust issues, but fails to realize that his patient is having an affair with his wife.
Spyderwoman, the Kiss of Death –in competition Screening: Saturday, July 19 @ 9:00 am Director/Producer: Angela Terga, Ronny Cush Synopsis: A venomous hybrid from the Amazon rainforest wreaks havoc in the Magic City before becoming a conscious woman and wanting to mate.
DOCUMENTARY Selection And Great Showers of Tears Came Down –in competition Screening: Friday, July 18 @ 9:30 am Director: Dalton Narine Synopsis: A marine goes to war a pragmatic hawk and returns as a dove carrying an olive branch.
NARRATIVE Short Selections Faith Expired –in competition Screening: Friday, July 18 @ 9:00 am Director: Freddie Robinson Jr. Synopsis: A pastor loses his faith when his son dies in a freak accident at the church. As he struggles with the tragedy, the devil influences the pastor for revenge, but an angel intervenes and directs him back on the right path.
The Bully –in competition Screening: Friday, July 18 @ 9:10 am Producer/Director: Jamie Burton-Oare Editor: Felicia D. Moore Synopsis: Two childhood peers grew up in the same neighborhood where one of the kids bullied the other. Years later, as adults, their children are now in the same situation in which they once found themselves. However the outcome is different.
The Trumpet –in competition Screening: Friday, July 18 @ 9:20 am Producer: Kimberly Grant Synopsis: Cliff Finley, a waiter by day and a trumpet player by night, isn’t making enough money to pay the bills. His wife Claire (a violinist) takes matters into her own hands to make some money from Cliff’s life insurance policy and gets away with it.
SCREENPLAY Selection: Intuition –in competition Writer: Chrys Calixte Synopsis: A relationship therapist tries to help a young man with trust issues, but fails to realize that his patient is having an affair with his wife.
The Boca Black Film Festival begins Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 5 p.m., at Palm Beach State College with pre-festival activities and special screening. All-day sessions, panel discussions and competition screenings will be on Friday, July 18 – Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Boca Raton Marriott. Festival registration is ongoing via www.BocaBlackFilm.org until Wednesday, July 16. Pre-purchase festival daily passes start at only $75. On-site registration is also available.
The Boca Black Film Festival is one of Florida’s only film festivals dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking for black content makers. The summer film festival strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Festival provides balance in creative arts development, training sessions, networking, mentorship and endeavors that promote well-balanced, diverse images of color in film, television and other media venues. The Boca Black Film Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that comes from persons of black heritage.
The inaugural supporting sponsor is the Black Film and Media Group. Supporting partners include the African-American Women in Cinema, Palm Beach Film & Television Commission and SAG-AFTRA (Miami Local).
Media Contact:
Dhima Days @ 561-235-3028
Dhima@BocaBlackFilm.org

BOCA BLACK FILM FEST SESSIONS OPEN TO ASPIRING ACTORS OF ALL AGES

Black cinema comes to life in film screenings & discussions for local community

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(July 3, 2014)—The Boca Black Film Festival has gathered together local experts in film, TV and cinema arts for their three-day film fest, July 17 – 19. The inaugural film festival is open to the entire South Florida community and neighboring areas, and includes panel discussions, film screenings and educational sessions on independent filmmaking, voice- overs, product placement and the new digital filmmaker’s toolbox.
Each day has a theme to support the Boca Black Film Festival’s cinema arts & education mission. As such, an array of selections for the young and the young-at-heart are available for those who want to gain knowledge, information and insight into the entertainment industry. The film and scriptwriting competition was only open to persons of black heritage, but that competition has now closed.

On Thursday, July 17, from 5 – 8:00 p.m., the “Culture, Heritage & Legacy” theme plays out at Palm Beach State College with a panel discussion, short films and a special screening of the documentary Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood.

On Friday, July 18, “The Grit & the Grind” provides a number of sessions aimed to reach a diverse, up-and-coming student and young adult audience of aspiring actors and filmmakers at the Boca Raton Marriott. There’s the middle and high school student on-site scriptwriting competition, the For Kids Only Guide to Prepping for a Great Audition and a session on animation basics and storytelling essentials. Additionally, a local talent agency will share do’s and don’ts, and a photographer will speak about professional headshots.

With a range of offerings that cover many aspects of cinema arts & education, scheduled presenters include: Dr. Tachi Egwu, filmmaker and professor, NOVA Southeastern; filmmaker Frank Eberling; actress Deltoiya Goodman; Patricia Ruiz Medina, student intern, CBS 48 Hours; film lover Michelle McKoy, founder of the Caribe Arts Fest; Trenae Floyd, the director of Miami’s Product Placement Expo and newcomer McKinson Souverain, the ABFF 2014 Webisode Challenge winner. Panel discussions include Black Images in Film, Women in Film and To Be Young, Driven & Black Male.

The opening night special screening celebrates the groundbreaking works of Oscar Micheaux in Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood. The executive producer Frances Presley Rice will share the intricacies of the Florida-based company’s documentary work. Micheaux was revolutionary for using motion pictures to communicate and create, and portray blacks in a greater complexity. In the early 1900s, Oscar Micheaux single-handedly raised capital with small donations (like today’s Kickstarter or Crowdfunder) to produce independent films that portrayed educated black Americans and yet, covered issues within race and society.
Micheaux’s works were in direct contradiction to the early film work of D. W. Griffith that incensed race relations with exaggerated, unintelligent portrayals of early 20th century blacks. Birth of a Nation is critically acclaimed for the pioneering art form of feature-length film. However, as was custom in that era, white actors were in black face in highly stereotypical roles Oscar Micheaux is credited as being the first African-American to produce a feature-length film and used black actors extensively, like the legendary Paul Robeson.
Florida-based filmmaker Frank Eberling has a career that spans 40 years. On Thursday evening, he will share his short documentary piece on Zora Neale Hurston who was an author, folklorist and storyteller with writings and recording on the oral culture of the South, particularly, rural blacks. She was closely connected to the Harlem Renaissance and yet, epitomized the struggling artist. She died destitute in Ft. Pierce, and remained in an unmarked grave for more than 10 years. A young Alice Walker became enamored with Hurston’s works and purchased a headstone in 1973. Oprah Winfrey produced Hurston’s seminal work in African-American and women’s literature, “Their Eyes were Watching God,” as a made-for-TV adaptation in 2005.

“There’s a lot to be learned throughout our collective almost 100-year history of filmmaking, from race films to black films to where do we go from here,” said Lizabeth Martin, Festival Founder & Director. “Our history is American history and we need to continue to use this medium as a form of artistic and cultural expression for the next generation.”

The African-American Women in Cinema (South Florida branch), the Palm Beach Film & TV Commission and SAG-AFTRA (Miami Local) are also supporting partners with the Boca Black Film Festival to bring high-quality educational sessions and collaborative engagements to aspiring actors and film lovers throughout the community.

The Family & Friends rate now offers a 50% discount ($100) to guests and attendees that stay on site at the Boca Raton Marriott and provide hotel registration confirmation. The Awards Luncheon is $35. Festival registration is still ongoing and hotel reservations can be booked through the film festival site at www.BocaBlackFilm.org.

The Boca Black Film Festival is the premier creative arts and educational film fest that specifically celebrates and champions independent film works created, designed and inspired by persons of black heritage. The organization strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Boca Black Film Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that is uniquely black American.

Media Contact:
Dhima Days @ 561-235-3028 Dhima@BocaBlackFilm.org