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Hank Announces Winners of 2018 CBCALC 2018 Film Festival

Georgia Congressman announces winners; screenings on Thursday at Convention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced today the winners of his inaugural Film Festival at this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBCALC).

The winners are: Bobby Huntley, Nana Roxie’s Revenge, Atlanta, GA; Santosh Lamsal, A Doll’s House, New York, NY; Maryam Farahzadi, Blue, Los Angeles, CA and Christine Arnold, Don’t Lose Heart, New York, NY.

The four films and filmmakers will be featured in a live screening on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 10 AM to noon in room 147B of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The Congressman received more than 450 entries for the conference’s first-ever film festival. A panel discussion led by film and television professionals about increasing diversity and inclusion in the short film industry will also be held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9 to 11 AM in room 103A of the Convention Center.

Among the topics to be discussed are: Access to capital for film production, marketing your film, how to overcome racial and gender discrimination in the TV and film industries and the influential role of African Americans play as consumers and financiers of films.

There will also be an exclusive viewing of multi-Grammy and NAACP Image Award winning artist Maxwell and Director Gerard Bush’s short film at the Friday panel discussion.

Rep. Johnson serves as Chair of the Congressional Caucus for the Advancement of Studio, Talent, (CAST) and Film Diversity. As Chair, Mr. Johnson has facilitated conversations with industry professionals, filmmakers, directors, and artists to promote inclusion of minorities in film and television — an extremely important industry in his home state of Georgia.

This year, Congressman Johnson wanted to continue discussing important improvements in representation across film and television, while giving a platform to independent artists to share their work and their stories.


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