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Being the blessed gal that I am, I got to attend a couple of brilliant film festivals over the last couple of weeks here in Atlanta. Last week was the Atlanta Pitch Summit and over the weekend was the Bronze Lens Film Festival. As an actor and writer, I seized these opportunities to meet key industry folks. I made some excellent contact and before I delve into my film reviews, I have a few tips for how to make a film festival work in your favor.
1. Be prepared. Have business cards ON DECK. And make it a good business card. If you’re an actor, make sure your face it on it. People forget names, but they don’t forget faces. Hit up my girl Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s EVERYTHING on the graphics tip. She’s also an actor, so she has great prices! If you have a reel, headshots, or DVDs bring those too!
2. Talk to everyone. You just never know who you are standing next to. Don’t discount anyone.
3. Follow up with everyone you meet within two days. I only say two days because festivals are usually a week long. I like to give people time to settle, but not forget me.
Throughout the Bronze Lens Film Festival there were so many heavy hitters. That’s what I love about Atlanta: People are either snails or jaguars. There is no in between. They’re either in the way or they’re paving the way. Because the snails don’t know the value of these festivals, they’re filled with pavers. I met executives from Bobbcat Films, Aspire TV, Bounce TV, and so much more. Atlanta STEPPED out this weekend. Despite the fact that I HAVE to sell myself as an actor, I also love to watch films. The BLFF screened new holiday classics, Black Nativity, and The Best Man Holiday. I’m not cleared to review Black Nativity just yet, but go see it! As far as The Best Man Holiday, it’s an incredible sequel. I’m still invested in these characters and it’s not at all what you will expect. I probably love this film so much because it’s filled with pure, true actors. These people are not brands. They are not selling perfumes, clothes, and reality trash. They are trained, tried, and true actors. It was an ensemble cast that was not distracted with tons of celebrity cameos. It was a story about a group of friends we already know and love. I’m so invested, I caught myself praying for them. See this film with someone you care about.
The soundtracks for both are beautiful and will make a lovely backdrop this holiday season.
We’ve been blessed with quite a few brilliant films this year that showcased black talent. I’m grateful for that.
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