23 Jun 2014


Local filmmakers share festival-winning documentary film and now, webisode

BOCA RATON, Fla.—(June 23, 2014)—The Boca Black Film Festival announces a special screening of The Black Miami at the inaugural film festival, held July 17 – 19, 2014. Directed by Carlton Smith and Michael Williams, the documentary film highlights the historical significance of blacks to the business, culture and development in the Miami-Dade community. The film won a Spirit of Independents Award at the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. And, the documentary will screen on Friday, July 18, at 3 p.m. Co-director Carlton Smith will present a workshop session on Documentary Filmmaking after the screening along with a Q & A.

Following The Black Miami special screening, the film festival will present a showcase premier of the official 2014 film selections in documentary films and short films. All screenings will be held at the Boca Raton Marriott at the Boca Center. The Boca Black Film Festival will feature seasoned professionals in their respective fields who will share about documentary filmmaking, product placement and the filmmaker’s toolbox. Other workshop sessions will highlight acting, directing, storytelling, financing, casting and shooting in addition to film discussions, film dialogues and film screenings.
Additionally, newcomer McKinson Souverain, who recently won the ABFF 2014 Webisode Challenge will also present a workshop session on the ins-and-outs of webisodes for beginners on Friday, July 19. The webisode, Close Friends, available on YouTube—is a series about friendship, love, dating and drama, and everything in between.

Other workshop sessions include on Friday, July 18, the new state president of the Film Florida association, Michelle Hillery. And that afternoon, Miami Local of SAG-AFTRA will also be represented and provide information on union membership for actors and the low budget agreement. Then, on Saturday, July 19, the Women in Film & Television panel discussion champions the collaborative efforts of women filmmakers to create new projects and opportunities that recognize the diversity of female roles in the entertainment industry.

The film submission deadline for short films, feature films, screenplays or documentaries has been extended until Monday, June 30. Films can be submitted via the Festival’s website at www.BocaBlackFilm.org. The first Boca Black Film Festival will also recognize a local filmmaker or film enthusiast for his or her contributions to the film and television industry. Nomination information can be found online via Boca Black Film on Facebook (Boca Black Film), Instagram (@BocaBlackFilm) and Twitter (@BocaBlackFilm).

Interested attendees can purchase tickets or preview the Festival Schedule at BocaBlackFilm.org. Family & Friends rates start at $100 (50% discount) and the Awards Luncheon is $35. Discounted room rates are also available for guests and attendees at the Boca Raton Marriott and can be purchased online.
The Boca Black Film Festival is the premier creative arts and educational film fest that specifically celebrates and champions independent film works created, designed and inspired by persons of black heritage. As one of Florida’s and the tri-county area’s only film festivals dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking for black content makers, the Boca Black Film Festival organization strives for authenticity and originality in promoting and screening film works. The Festival provides balance in creative arts development, training sessions, networking, mentorship and endeavors that promote well-balanced, diverse images of color in film, television and other media venues. The Boca Black Film Festival celebrates the imaginative, organically grown, perspective that is uniquely black American.
Media Contact:
Dhima Days @ 561-235-3028 Dhima@BocaBlackFilm.org