Part 2 of 2
Sunday was not a day of rest for the Peachtree Village International Film Festival since it was the closing day of a weekend long, event-filled festival. Festival founders James “JB” Brown and Len Gibson planned Friday and Saturday to play host to a number of film-inspired activities as planned. But this day was coming to a climax with the anticipation of the closing night award ceremony and after party. It did not disappoint.
Practical seminars & workshops
The festival was not necessarily about watching films but many seminars were about the making of films and the various machinations that go into getting that film made. With subjects such as “How to Get Your Project Greenlit”, “Screenwriter/ Filmmaker Roundtable” there was a wealth of information from working industry professionals. Veteran panelists such as Bentley Kyle Evans and his sister Stacey Morgan-Evans (“Martin,” “The Jamie Fox Show,” “Moesha,” “Love That Girl”) hosting “Inside the Writer’s Room,” and J. Pervis (Talent Agent: J. Pervis Talent Agency), Thom Goff (Dir. of East Coast Operations: Breakdown Services) with actors Ernest Thomas (“What’s Happening”), Danielle Spencer (“What’s Happening”), Camille Winbush (“Bernie Mac Show”) and Dominique Nicole ("I Can Do Bad All by Myself") hosting “Cast Me If You Can”.
There was a special workshop hosted by SIMERY Credit Reporting Agency representatives on the importance of good credit in this industry. I thought that was unique because films are always subject to creative funding. By attending, there would be information on how to go about doing this and taking charge of your own success.
The more anticipated and attended “Are Small Roles Really Small?” with panelist Twinkie Byrd (Casting Director: “Notorious,” Jumping the Broom,” “Sparkle”). From what I understand, Twinkie has done this seminar before for the PVIFF, so attendees knew what to expect. As this was my first foray into this subject, I managed to learn some things about networking and the importance of remembering people. In addition, there was a guest panelist who was not scheduled. Branding expert Aniesia Williams of “Go To Girl” added valuable information and insight on the importance of using social media in the film industry.
More lights – cameras – and action
Red carpet events are a staple in Atlanta, but this was a precursor to the awards ceremony, and it was well attended and represented. There were stars aplenty mixing with media & film industry professionals too numerous to name. Stepping out in style were Joe Morton (Actor: “Inkwell,” “Home,” etc), Matty Rich (Director: “Straight Out Of Brooklyn,” “Inkwell”), Joe Clair & Tommy Ford (Co-hosts of the awards ceremony), Camille Winbush, Tone X (Director), Bart Phillips (acclaimed Producer - Soul Train Awards etc.), Lisa Wu (Actress: “Stripped: The Play,” “RHOA”), Bernard Bronner (CEO of Bronner Bros & Upscale Magazine), Tanika Ray (Actress, TV personality), Danielle Spencer-Fields and her husband Garry, Ernest Thomas, Twinkie Byrd (acclaimed Casting Director), Ajiona Alexus (Actress: “The Ricky Smiley Show”), Peter Jackson (“RHOA”), Darren DeWitt Henson (Actor: “Stomp The Yard,” “Soul Food,” etc), Jubba Seyidd (Sr. Programming Director, TV One), Shante Clark & Nelson Young (A105 Radio), The PVIFF Film Competition winners, Anthony Anderson (actor: “The Departed”)), Special Ed (Hip Hop Legend), Tyrin Turner (“Menace to Society”), Aniesia Williams (Go To Girl), Greg Nice ( Hip Hop Legend), Ty & LaFonda Parham (Essence Pageant), Daddy-O (Stetsasonic), and the SIMERY Credit Reporting Agency representatives (Board members, staff and volunteers).
And the winners are...
Best Feature Film: "A Cry for Justice" Directed By Karl Horstmann
Best Short Film: "Good Men" Directed By Brian Connors
Best Documentary: "In Search of The Black Knight" Directed by Tamarat Makonnen
The Best Director Award: Jono Oliver ("Home")
Best Inspirational Film: "YTF" Directed by Domingo Guyton
Best Music Video: "Sara Smiles" Directed By Brian Bradley
PVIFF Best Screenplay: "Darby Petty and The Lost Treasure of The Iverni" Written by Doug Sayre
Best Animation Film: "The Guest" Directed By Henrik Malmgren
Audience Choice Award: "Welcome To The South" Directed by Charles Box
PVIFF Rising Star Award: Camille Winbush
Generational Barrier Breaker Award: Anthony Anderson
Generational Barrier Breaker Award: Matty Rich
PVIFF Spotlight Award: Danielle Spencer
Menace To Society 20th Anniversary Award: Tyrin Turner
Inkwell 20th Anniversary Award: Matty Rich
Inkwell 20th Anniversary Award: Joe Morton
PVIFF Best Comedian Award: ToneX
The Peachtree Village International Film Festival is gearing up for number 9, which will probably be bigger than ever. If you’re a film industry professional, vendor or just a fan, this is a place you need to be. After all, it wouldn’t exist without you.
Sunday’s photo gallery here
Sunday’s video highlight here
That’s a wrap!