BronzeLens Film Festival Awards Top Honors to Shanghai Hotel, We the Party

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BronzeLens Film Festival Awards Top Honors to Shanghai Hotel, We the Party, Start of Dreams, Take too Long, It’s Me and KINYARWANDA


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(Atlanta)--- Of the thirty eight films screened at second annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens), six received top honors. Best Feature and Best Overall Film went to The Shanghai Hotel, directed by Jerry Davis of Atlanta, Georgia. Director Jerry Davis also won the Panavision $50,000 gear package which is granted to the Best Overall filmmaker. Other top honors include Best Documentary: Start of Dreams, Directed by The Horne Brothers of Atlanta, Georgia; Best International Film: KINYARWANDA, directed by Alrick Brown of Rwanda/USA; Best Ensemble: We the Party, directed by Mario Van Peebles of Los Angeles, CA; Best Short Feature: Take Too Long, directed by Kwesi Davis of Valley Village, California; and Best Music Video: It’s Me, directed by Carmen Rodgers of Atlanta, Georgia.

BronzeLens individual honors included the BronzeLens Catalyst Award given to Mario Van Peebles for his contributions to the film industry past and present. His work with teens, We the Party and his ground breaking documentary The A-Game, give instruction on how to not to go along with the fads of the day. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed received the BronzeLens Vision Award for championing the BronzeLens Film Festival and his commitment to support the growth and development of the film and television industry in Atlanta. Also, the BronzeLens Faith Award was given to Michael Ross, president, MHR International and Jo Ann Haden-Miller, Director of Cultural and Heritage Marketing, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau for being the first individuals to provide monetary support for the festival.

Sponsors of the BronzeLens Film Festival are AirTran, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coca Cola, HBO Documentary Films, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Panavision, Turner Broadcasting, AT&T, AmericasMart Atlanta, Georgia Pacific, MHR International, Regal Entertainment Group, Lincoln, Georgia Film and Digital Entertainment, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Production Partnership, Fulton County Arts Council, Liquid Soul Media, Movie Magic, France Atlanta 2011, Emory University, Department of Film, Atlanta DAYBOOK, Cousins, The Links Incorporated, Atlanta Daily World,, 11Alive/WXIA TV, JAZZ 91.9 and JEZEBEL Magazine.

About the BronzeLens Film Festival

Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is twofold: to promote Atlanta as the new film Mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Visit for more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival and for registration information.

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