CodeBlack, TV One and Gentlemen Jack Join Forces with Omari Hardwick To Find New Black Filmmakers


Great news for Black filmmakers looking to breakout into the scene!

Codeblack Entertainment and TVOne are joining forces with Gentleman Jack Whiskey have launched its Real to Reel contest to support and highlight bold, new African American voices.

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Participating filmmakers across the country will be competing for a chance to win $10,000 and a VIP trip to Miami Beach to screen their short film for an exclusive audience. Writer, producer and award-winning actor, Omari Hardwick will be collaborating with the effort.

“Real to Reel is a rare opportunity for new filmmakers to screen their work for industry insiders,” said 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.”

The short film entries for the national competition can be submitted online and will be judged by a panel of industry experts. The films will be judged on the following criteria: screenwriting, production quality and entertainment value.

True to its initiative to highlight Black voices, Real to Reel will also feature a seven-city tour, with local film screening events showcasing the works of additional aspiring Black filmmakers. During these events, there will be a panel discussion around the selected films and attendees will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite short film. The events will culminate with the winner of the showcase being recognized at the final local screening event.

Local screenings are set to be held in the following cities:

Saint Louis: April 27
Los Angeles: April 28
Chicago: May 11
New York City: May 20*
Atlanta: June 4*
Houston: June 8
Miami: TBA (Final)

*Denotes Omari Hardwick appearance.
(Dates may change)

“We are thrilled to team with Omari Hardwick, Codeblack Entertainment and TVOne to recognize the emerging talent in African American film,” noted Tracey Johnson, Multicultural Marketing Manager, Brown-Forman. “As filmmaking continues to evolve, Gentleman Jack is proud to celebrate the creativity, passion and inspiration behind the next big filmmaker in the African American community.”
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

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