Once again, Blackhouse Foundation brings it with a major African American film event in coordination with a major film festival. Back in November, I was there for their Sundance 2011 season kickoff event in NYC, and although I didn’t get to hit the snowy slopes of Utah this year, I was definitely in NYC for Blackhouse at the Tribeca Film Festival 2011.
Film trailblazers Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song) and Warrington Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) were in effect, along with industry heavy hitters Malcolm Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother), Ralph Scott (Exec Producer, BET Lens On Talent), producers Roni Wheeler and Rachel Watanabe-Batton, Urbanworld Film Festival Exec Producer Gabrielle Glore, writer Deborah Gregory (Cheetah Girls), Moikgantsi Kgama (imageNation Film Festival), and many more.
And of course, several of the filmmakers from the 2011 Tribeca Film Institute All Access Projects were in attendance, including Alrick Brown (the upcoming Somebody to Love).
The general feel, and I can say this for myself, was that it was amazing to be around so many industry movers and shakers, many who in turn influenced those present. What a crowd!