Omari Hardwick & Gentleman Jack Provide Filmmakers With 'Reel' Support
Ava Duvernay, Jerrod Carmichael and Justin Simien are about to be joined by a new crop of creatives looking to share their unique stories thanks to technological advances, audience support, and what the New York Times once dubbed a “subtle shift to corporate patronage.”
Organizations from telecommunications firms to energy drink brands are contributing to diversity in the media by financing the dreams of creatives without constricting their ability to make strong statements. Currently Jack Daniels’ Gentleman Jack is partnering with Codeblack Entertainment to aid and bring attention to fresh African-American voices in film through its “Reel to Reel” contest.
Filmmakers who enter this contest are competing for the opportunity to win a $10,000, and an all expenses paid VIP trip to Miami Beach to screen their film at the American Black Film Festival alongside entertainment industry veteran and every girl with a Starz package’s fantasy Omari Hardwick. “As a writer and actor who owns a production company, I am personally excited to collaborate with Gentleman Jack on such necessary recognition of Black talent behind the camera” said Hardwick. He was proud to lend his celebrity and credibility to supporting others noting that “Real to Reel is a rare opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their work for industry insiders.”
Contests like these democratize the entertainment industry experience as “Reel to Reel” is open to any filmmaker twenty-one years of age or older no matter the size of their social imprint, breadth of their connections, or access to capital.
A Lions Gate subsidiary, Codeblack Entertainment is a wonderful resource for any young filmmaker to have access to. The company, which uses a transmedia approach to service the reportedly trillion dollar African-American consumer market and is engaged in everything from live performances to video game consoles, released the critically acclaimed “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and will soon be screening the highly anticipated Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me”.
Hardwick will be making appearances during the seven city tour where each stop will feature a panel discussion on the films chosen where attendees can vote for their favorite to receive recognition at the last local screening stop on the tour.
Multicultural Marketing Manager Tracey Johnson expressed the company’s joy about the partnership saying “We are thrilled to team with Omari Hardwick and Codeblack Entertainment, to recognize the emerging talent in African American film.”
To learn more about the Reel to Reel contest check out the clip below.
The American Black Film Festival is just a well timed JetBlue ticket purchase away. I attended when it was held in New York and thoroughly enjoyed myself so if you have the PTO days stacked nab some passes and head on down to South Beach to catch some screenings!