The National Black Film Festival just took place and this event brought the lights, cameras and the action to Downtown Houston! The festival was all about Bringing Hollywood to H-Town– mission accomplished! The ambiance of the new Marriot Marquis, across the street from Discovery Green Conservatory gave the festival an upscale, fast tempo, creative vibe. Both upcoming and professional celebrities gathered on one platform for five days of education, industrial empowerment, and entertainment.
Film producer J.O Malone of the J.O Malone Studios is the creator of this cinematic experience. He credits his desire to showcase local talent as the driving force behind this platform for the stars of tomorrow.
A graduate in Mass Communications at Prairie View A&M University, Malone, who has a powerful passion for filmmaking, came up with the idea of The National Black Film Festival so that people like him could tell their stories themselves and learn the art of making quality films.
The National Black Film Festival had everything for starting actors and filmmakers. There were a number workshops present for attendees to partake in. The National Black Film Festival was not just about showcasing talent through films but empowering filmmaking professionals via the plethora of information and access to resources provided.
The festival included entries from short films to feature-length films as well as documentaries. On Saturday, a lot of short films were shown that were simply excellent. Paradise Inn and Make America Great were two of the best that day, in my opinion. The lead actress in Make America Great Cheryl Francis Harrington garnered the award for Best Actress. The Audience Award for Best Short Film also went to Make America Great directed by Candice Vernon. Other award-winning films and rightly so, The Sandbox, Singleton Boulevard and Remnants were quite incredible too. The Audience Choice Award for Feature Film was awarded to The Sandbox by Jennifer Kramer.