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Published on June 26th, 2018 | by Jessica Williams

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Gentleman Jack Presents Real to Reel with Omari Hardwick During ABFF 2018

For the 2nd year in a row, Omari Hardwick has joined forces with Gentleman Jack to present the Reel to Real competition, a national contest that celebrates and uplifts African American voices in film. Thousands of filmmakers from across the country submitted their films for the chance to screen their short film for an exclusive audience in Miami during ABFF 2018 and win $10,000 to help further their dreams.

“I am honored to continue this partnership with Gentleman Jack Real to Reel,” says Omari Hardwick. “This initiative is close to my heart as a writer and producer. Real to Reel helps to elevate the progress of Black creativity and stories we see on screen, which fuels true diversity in film and entertainment.”

Soul Fire, a short by Atlanta-based filmmaker, Janlatae Mullins, was selected as the 2017 Real to Reel winning film. The film is a timeless story of love, loss and remembrance. In addition to winning the grand prize, Janlatae’s film was highlighted as part of this year’s Real to Reel program.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Real to Reel has provided to me and many other filmmakers,” says Janlatae Mullins. “It’s important for us to continue to drive the conversation of diversity in film forward; and I’m excited to continue the effort with Gentleman Jack.”

The evening’s hosts, Anthony Rose of Black Rose Studios production company and Jill Tracy of Hot 105FM, captivated the audience with witty conversation, the screening of three short films, and a jewel-dropping Q&A segment with award-winning actor, producer, and writer Omari Hardwick.

This year’s winning filmmaker was Damien D. Smith with his short-film entitled “Daddy’s Big Girl,” a film that shows the importance of the black man’s roles in the life of their daughters.


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