The Bronzelens Film Festival conducted its 8th Annual Women Superstars Luncheon to give tribute to four of the film industry’s most influential women- Queen Latifah, Crystal Fox, Neema Barnette and Nefertite Nguvu. The BLFF considers films, whether they be studio films or indies, that are made by, for and/or depict people of color, specifically of the African Diaspora. The festival showcases exceptional films, workshops, workshops and conversations related to the art of filmmaking. This year’s event took place at Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.
Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally as Queen Latifah, was the first recipient of BLFF’s ‘Icon Superstar’ Award for her work as an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television producer, record producer, and talk show host. She was awarded by filmmaker Will Packer, who also took an interview from her regarding her career.
Neema Barnette received the ‘Legendary Behind-the-Lens Superstar’ Award for her ccontributions as an American film director and producer. Neema is the first African-American woman sitcom director and the first African-American woman to get a three-picture deal with Sony. She praised filmmaker Ava DuVernay for giving her the opportunity to direct OWN’s hit series, Queen Sugar. She was awarded by Omar Dorsey who is starring in the series.
American actress and singer Crystal R. Fox was awarded with the ‘Visionary Superstar’ Award. She is best known for her roles as Luann Corbin in the NBC/CBS police drama series In the Heat of the Night, and as Hanna Young in the Oprah Winfrey Network prime time soap opera, The Haves and the Have Nots. She received her award from fellow actor T.C. Carson.
Nefertiti Nguvu is an emerging director, writer and producer, who was presented with the ‘Behind-the-Lens Superstar’ Award for her feature film In The Morning. In The Morning is a film about love and its inevitable change. It charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day. Nguvu received her award from Queen Sugar’s Timon Kyle Durrett.
Check out photos from the Festival featuring the award-winners and the attendants(Source- Ray Cornelius):