Black Women Film Preservation Project Hosts Reel Business Weekend, June 20-22

Black Women Film Festival on June 22 presented in partnership with Woodruff Arts Center “Celebrate Diversity in the Arts.”
Atlanta (May 5, 2008)- To build on its mission of supporting black women filmmakers and digital media artists, as well as those who serve as advocates for this growing sector of the entertainment industry, the Black Women Film Preservation Project is expanding its one-day film festival to a weekend of activities that will appeal to a broad spectrum of professionals, from emerging talent to seasoned veterans.  Programs include a daylong workshop at Savannah College of Art & Design-Atlanta with sessions focusing on pitching investors, digital marketing and distribution; a Reel Networking Affair at Silk featuring filmmakers whose works appear at the Black Women Film Festival, which closes out the weekend.
“Atlanta is a growing marketplace for digital media artists and filmmakers, and Tyler Perry’s Atlanta-based studio signifies the region’s growing importance in the industry,” said Sheryl Gripper, founder, Black Women Film Preservation Project.  “We’ve created Reel Business Weekend to offer more resources to local artists and professionals to make certain that the voice and perspective of black women is nurtured and highly visible in film and digital media.”
Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshop, June 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
In the HBO Documentary, The Black List, Chris Rock asks “Who will be the female Tyler Perry?”  This daylong workshop will help those busy working to follow in his pioneering footsteps.  Sessions include:
Getting Funded:  Pitching Your Idea to Investors
Marketing & Networking with Twitter and Other Social Media
Distribution Tips: Getting Your Film to the Public
Location:  SCAD-Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA  30309
Cost:  $35
Reel Networking Affair, June 21, 6 p.m.
Meet the filmmakers from the 2009 Black Women Film Festival
Location: SILK, 919 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA  30309
Cost:  Free
Black Women Film Festival, June 22, 7 p.m.
Presented by Woodruff Arts Center “Celebrate Diversity in the Arts” and Black Women Film Preservation Project, the festival will feature films and short features that showcase the voice of Black women. 
Reception, 7 p.m.
Films, 8 p.m.
Location:  Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cost:  Free

**Artists interested in submitting films should mail entries, along with a $50 fee for each, to:
Black Women Film Preservation Project
P.O Box 311288
Atlanta, GA  31131
DEADLINE:  JUNE  1, 2009
To purchase tickets for any of the events listed above or to pay the $50 entry fee for film submissions, visit