November 30, 2023


WASHINGTON — HBCU First LOOK Movie Pageant (HBCUFLF) kicks off its inaugural 12 months at Howard College, also called “the Mecca.” The competition will happen the weekend of November 10 – 12, 2023 and showcase a stellar group of main HBCU alumni becoming a member of the (HBCUFLF) initiative with movie challenges, internships, faculty excursions and extra competition programming. 

With the theme “A Celebration of Black Filmmakers Rooted in HBCU Tradition,” attendees will expertise a diaspora of HBCU college students and alumni in movie and broadcast coming collectively to have a good time Black movies, nurture Black expertise, and supply a platform for rising filmmakers to showcase their inventive work.

“I’m excited to deliver collectively a collective of companions who share my imaginative and prescient to construct an annual initiative solely designed to function a singular pipeline for HBCU college students,” stated Sheila Eldridge, competition founder and CEO of the award-winning agency, Miles Forward Leisure & Broadcasting.

Kicking off “Opening Night time on the Motion pictures” on Friday, November 10 is Netflix and Greater Floor’s “Rustin.” Govt produced by Greater Floor’s Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, America’s forty fourth president  and first girl respectively,  “Rustin” is the story of Bayard Rustin, the architect of 1963’s momentous March on Washington. The particular screening will likely be held on the Smithsonian’s Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition (NMAAHC). Directed by DGA Award and five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe and starring Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, and produced by Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen, Greater Floor’s Tonia Davis and George C. Wolfe, the movie options an all-star forged. “Rustin” will likely be in choose theaters November 3 and on Netflix November 17.

As a part of its programming, the competition hosted an HBCU First LOOK Movie Problem. The problem has acquired over 150 submissions from HBCU college students throughout the nation who’re anticipated to converge on the campus of Howard College.

On Saturday, November eleventh Café Mocha radio’s “My HBCU JOY” filmmakers’ lunch will characteristic Hampton alum, two-time Academy Award successful movie costume designer Ruth E. Carter, as keynote speaker.  She will likely be honored with the Café Mocha Salute HER’ Ladies of Type Award, offered by AARP. 

TV One will current “A Dialog with City One Founder and Chairperson, Cathy Hughes,” the place seven HBCU First LOOK Movie finalists will likely be introduced with the winner receiving a $5,000 grand prize. 

The competition’s “Closing Night time on the Motion pictures” will characteristic the movie, “The Crossover: 50 years of Hip Hop and Sports activities,” and “Discuss Again” offered by ESPN E60. A shock efficiency will accompany this movie block.

From panel discussions to grasp courses led by alumni, contributors may have the chance to attend two days of steady curated screenings of impartial movies within the competition’s “We Gotta Have It” Movie Marathon, which can even characteristic HBCU pupil filmmaker finalist movies. They’ll attend the First Annual PITCHFEST with main Hollywood executives, and go to the Profession Lounge, the place contributors may have the chance to jumpstart their careers with internship alternatives.

Presenting sponsors and media companions embrace AARP, Thurgood Marshall School Fund, Café Mocha Community, Howard College Tv + Movie,  Howard College Tv (WHUT), HBCUGO.TV, Howard College Radio Community HBCU SiriusXM Channel 142, L.A.I. Communications, ESPN and Netflix.

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