Now in its sixth year, Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival begins this week, continuing its dedication to films made by people of color.
New York-based filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu’s first feature film, “In the Morning” will screen at the festival. The film has won awards both across the country and internationally.
“I am a huge fan of the films of Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen and Richard Linklater, and I never get to see films like that with people like me in them,” Nguyu said. “So I wanted to create a film that was similar in the aspect of dialog-driven, of having these interconnected stories, having a deep emotional space, but I wanted it to reflect my community.”
“In the Morning” joins 50 other films at the BronzeLens Film Festival, including a few made by Atlanta filmmakers like Babacar Ndiaye and Will Feagins. There will also be panel discussions.
One of the goals of the festival is to promote Atlanta as a hub for filmmakers of color.
“We want people to be able to compete on a high level and to see what is happening in terms of storytelling and technical abilities in filmmaking,” Artistic Director Deidre McDonald explained.
Nguvu said she has a lot of respect for Atlanta as a film hub. “Tyler Perry, for example, and Rainforest Films, like these are people who started outside of the margins and built serious production companies here in Atlanta. And, as an independent filmmaker, that is something I aspire to. The stories I’m trying to tell don’t exist within the margins of Hollywood.”
The BronzeLens Film Festival is this Thursday through Sunday. Tonight, there will be a special presentation of Nguvu’s film “In The Morning” at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College starting at 7 p.m.