5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

April 27, 2007 at 11:29 pm | Posted in Hip Hop News/Press Releases | Leave a comment

Celebrating its 5th year, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival will take place August 8-11, 2007.  As always, this film festival continues to honor and support aspiring African American filmmakers and their achievements.  

Only 7 miles off the Massachusetts coastline, the location and rich history of the island provides the perfect place for the premiere African American festival. This four day event will highlight “The Future Of African American Filmmakers And The Issues We Continue To Face.”  Festival goers can expect to walk away with a valuable experience that they will never forget.   What makes this festival so exceptional is that it caters to an upscale, mature audience who truly appreciates quality entertainment and fine cinema.  Festival goers will have the opportunity to visit the art expo, participate in actor workshops and attend discussions with filmmakers that will delve into the best ways to get started in this extremely competitive industry. Additionally, they can attend the Directors Chat, Q&A sessions and a host of other activities that promise to be thought provoking yet entertaining. 

Not only is Martha’s Vineyard the host of the premiere African American film festival, but there are wonderful sightseeing opportunities that attendees can take advantage of as well.  From the Gay Head Cliffs, that provide a beautiful view of the western horizon to Cottage City, known for its gingerbread houses, the island offers a “getaway in the midst of a getaway”. MVAAFF showcased over 30 films last year and will showcase even more this year. In addition to screening newly discovered films, attendees can enjoy the history of the Island’s African Diaspora experience, which has contributed significantly to the overall stability of the island.   

Attendees can obtain all information by visiting the festival’s website: http://www.mvaaff.com/ 

About the Festival Founders  Stephanie T. Rance has been in the forefront of the entertainment industry for over ten years. She started her career at EMI Records in the A&R Department working with such acts as Frank Sinatra, Prince, Jon Secada and Arrested Development.  Rance later enjoyed a successful stint at Code magazine where she oversaw all the marketing and event aspects of the magazine. Once Code folded, Rance started her own events/pr company called Crescendo Entertainment, whose clients have included Martell Cognac, HBO, Biz Markie and a host of others.

Floyd A. B. Rance III has been on the front lines of several award winning feature films, music videos, commercials and episodic television. He recently produced and directed several commercials through his company, Run and Shoot Filmworks, Inc. for clients such as Foot Action, Spalding, Reebok, Nike and NBC Sports.


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