Long Beach, CA — Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival returns to Long Beach Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, delivering five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more.
Founded by Dr. Daniel Walker in 2014, the festival celebrates diverse content and creators.
“I created Long Beach Indie because I wanted to bring true diversity to every facet of the media and entertainment ecosystem. “It’s about more than just names on the closing credits and recognition during awards season. It’s about economic empowerment, self definition, and using the power of media and entertainment to shape the perceptions that individuals and systems have of women and people of color. “—Dr. Daniel Walker, Founder, Long Beach Indie
The event produced and hosted by Perfect Works and BLU Educational Foundation fosters international dialogue between scholars and the entertainment industry, and bridges the gap between urban communities and careers in arts, entertainment, fashion and digital media via distinct conference and expo clusters.Continue reading →
(ATLANTA, GA) Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, will open its 27th annual international event with the debut of Patrik-Ian Polk‘s (“Noah’s Arc”) acclaimed “Blackbird” on October 2nd. This adaptation of Larry Duplechan‘s book, written by Polk and Rikki Beadle Blair, stars Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), D. Woods (Danity Kane) and newcomer Julian Walker. Polk is known for the breakthrough TV series “Noah’s Arc” as well as the films “Punks,” “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” and “The Skinny.”
“Blackbird” stars Walker as 17-year-old Randy, a devout choir boy living in a conservative Mississippi town, struggling to understand his sexuality while also caring for his mother following his sister’s disappearance. The film is the first starring role for Mo’Nique following her Oscar-winning performance in “Precious” and features Isaiah Washington as Randy’s absentee father. Continue reading →
Want your student film to be in the first ever White House Student Film Festival? Listen up!
The First family knows how important technology has become to you. They’ve seen you on your iPad, iPhone, lap top and PC. They know you’ve got your Xbox, PS3, and kindle. And of course they know you can now just jump on the Internet and access all kinds of information at the speed of light. But what they don’t know, is how you’re using all these gadgets. How are you applying them to your education in science, technology, engineering and math?