Ms. Michelle Payne, also known as the “First Lady of Gospel Theatre”, presented the 3rd annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival at the Suncoast Casino on April 28th through May 1st. Opening night consisted of networking at the meet and greet, showcasing on the Orange carpet, and the first set of short film screenings. The focal point of this evening was the premiere of the highly anticipated film by the founder herself entitled, “The Truth”. A significant aspect of this movie were the stars, Terrance Washington and Joie Williams, won the 1st and 2nd years Actor’s Showdown.
On Saturday morning and afternoon, Master classes in Script Pitching, Acting, and Directing for Film were offered to festival participants and presented by M. Legend Brown and Vernon Williams, seasoned professionals in the field. The “High Rollers Pitch Fest” catered to nominees of “Best Screenplay” in this year’s contest. Participants were provided with a chance to pitch or learn to pitch their script or script idea in front of Industry Professionals.
“The story can’t be told without the screen writer,”
M. Legend Brown. Brown’s Feature film, “A Man Called John”, was premiered during the festival.
“The problem is we lack to train,” Vernon Williams. Williams, founder of the Williams Entertainment Group, coached the “Screen Actors Boot Camp”.
Also, the Actor’s Showdown provided an outlet for actors to compete in a boxing ring for the Heavyweight “Best Actor” title. The winner, Lester Greene, received the coveted trophy and a lead role in an upcoming film.
The Las Vegas Black Film Festival has provided a platform for Directors, Producers, Actors, and Writers for the past three years. The categories that received nominations included Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, Best Web Series, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Student Film, Best Actress in a Feature/Short, Best Actor in a Feature/Short, Best Music Video, Best Edited, and Best Sound.
Leon (Temptations) graced the festival where his film, “I Really Hate My Ex” was screened. He also hosted the “Throwback 70’s Party of the Year”.
Most importantly, Irma P. Hall was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Soul Food Awards Brunch.
“To God be the Glory. I don’t want to be a movie star. I want to be an actress,” Irma Hall. Hall has been acting since 1972.
The 4th annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival is slated for April 27th through April 30th, 2017. Hope to see you on the Orange Carpet!!!