The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: The International Black Film Festival of Nashville, (IBFFN) is gearing up for a spectacular 5th year celebration. With an overwhelming interest in this year’s festival, IBFFN will present top notch independent films, panels, and master classes. Held on October 5th-9th, this year’s powerhouse line up has already claimed national attention for the 2011 festival. "We are overwhelmed with appreciation for all the many people who support our festival and find it worthy to attend year after year. The line up for this year's 5th year celebration indicates that all the hard work and sacrifice is paying off and that we are on the right track", said Founder Hazel Joyner-Smith.
IBFFN announced that "From the Rough" by Gyre Entertainment will debut in the most coveted screening position during the festival, the Opening Night Film. "From the Rough" Directed by Pierre Bagley boasts a A-list cast starring Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Buttons, Hustle and Flow) and Michael Clark Duncan (Green Mile), celebrity actorHenry Simmons (CSI Miami and NYPD Blue), R&B singer and actress LeToya Luckett (former member of R&B group Destiny’s Child and The Preachers Kid), actor Justin Chon (The Twillight Saga) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter). IBFFN is honored to screen this film, as it chronicles the true life story of Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division One Men’s Golf Team at Nashville, Tennessee's own Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Tennessee State University. Henson gives a true to life and riveting performance as Coach Starks, who faces an uphill battle as she attempts to establish the school’s first men’s golf team.
Swirl Films, Image Entertainment and Tri Destined Studios will present the highly anticipated premiere of the Romantic Comedy "He’s Mine, Not Yours", Directed by Roger Melvin starring Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game), and Carl Payne (Martin), Darius McCrary (Young and the Restless and Family Matters) Clifton Powell (Ray and 35 and Ticking ) and Jason Weaver (ATL, Love For Sale). Kent (Jason Weaver) is ready to put his playboy past behind him and marry the girl he loves- but first, he has to prove he’s changed his ways for good. Convinced that "all men cheat," Brooke (Gabrielle Dennis) hires a reputational temptress to confirm her suspicion that Kent is incapable of fidelity.
"He's Mine, Not Yours' represents the future of creative indie filmmaking with its clever writing and superb production. We wanted to premier such an entertaining piece in the heartland of America, at IBFFN, to get raw, unfiltered feedback from true cinema fans," says Brett Dismuke, VP of Acquisitions and Urban Programming for One Village Entertainment based out of Chatsworth, CA.
One of the most talked about documentary’s of the year "Dark Girls, produced and directed by renown actor/director Bill Duke and producer D. Channsin Berry has deservingly claimed the Closing Night film position. It chronicles the life of dark-skinned women and profiles the impact of how people view the color of their skin. Duke and Berry will be attending this year’s festival and will host a Q&A session immediately following the film.
IBFFN is also honored to have nationally syndicated radio personality, socially conscious and best selling author, Michael Baisden, as a part of 2011 festival line up. Baisden will screen his wildly popular and clever documentary "Do Women Know What They Want". In this documentary, Baisden takes the very colorful conversation from the studio to the streets to find out what women want inside and outside the bedroom! Tune into "The Michael Baisden Show" in your city for updates and interviews for the 2011 festival.
"The Perfect Gift" by Image Entertainment, written and directed by Moss Point, AL native and Nashville resident, Alvin Moore, Jr. will make its debut at the 2011 festival. With a stellar cast such as R&B crooner Ruben Studdard (Season 2 Winner of American Idol), TV & Film Actress Golden Brooks (Girlfriends) and, local actors Debbie Powell, Maurice Bullard, and starring Alvin Moore, Jr. himself as his signature character "Gramps" (A Mother’s Prayer, When The Lights Go Out) . The Perfect Gift illustrates how hard times and holiday tensions teach a father, Michael Harris (Ruben Studdard), what Christmas is all about. When both Michael and his wife Sandra’s (Golden Brooks) parents come for an unannounced visit, what should be a joyous and festive holiday turns into chaos.
Producers, actors, directors and more will have a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the top, A-List casting directors in the industry. IBFFN welcomes Kim Hardin for her first visit to Nashville, TN as she leads her 2-day Master Class, "Casting with Kim" during the 2011 festival. Hardin is credited with launching the careers of Halle Berry, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps, Tyrese Gibson and many more. She has casted for many high profile films such as Hustle & Flow, Cadillac Records, Madea Goes to Jail, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Friday and This Christmas and Four Brothers starring Mark Wahlberg. Her most recent casting project was for the popular, upcoming movie Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man(based the the national best selling book by comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey) ."Hardin's next upcoming project is a television series called "Flyy Girl, Inc", based on the NY Best Seller by Omar Tyree. She will begin casting for this project in the fall. "Casting with Kim" will be held on October 7th & 8th at the Scarritt-Bennett Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration for this individual workshop is open now. There is limited seating for this class. To register go to www.castingwithkimNashville.eventbrite.com
The "Casting with Kim" master class will provide a unique opportunity for those in front of or behind the camera to receive expert knowledge and specific instruction from of one of the most critical roles in film production, the casting director. We are honored to have someone with Kim Hardin's background and credentials as a part of the festival." says VP of Communications for IBFFN, Ivy Brown."We are also looking forward to revealing more details about the celebriity line up and VIP guests that will be attending in upcoming releases", says Chief Operations Officer, Ingrid Brown. Again, the IBFFN will take place in Nashville, TN October 5th-9th. The411 has been invited to attend the festival so I will be blogging, and sending reports from the festival's red carpet events.