Recently, the first-ever REVOLT Film Festival took place at the Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, located in the historic neighborhood of Overtown in Miami, Florida. The inaugural festival partnered with AT&T U-verse TV to showcase the emerging talent of millennial filmmakers.
Out of more than 500 submissions, only five finalists were chosen to participate in the film competition. Among the top frontrunners were, Ryan McIlraith, (Flatscreen); Kevin Rios, (Made of Sugar); Whitney Clinkscales, (Hush); Diego Barrios, (Mother’s Heart); and Tanner Jarman (High Hoops).
On hand, were a panel of film industry tastemakers to critique each of the five films such as, director, Eif Rivera; CEO of Liquid Soul, Tirrell Whittley; and critically acclaimed Oscar nominated director, Spike Lee.
Additionally, just as the days leading up to the event with the REVOLT Music Conference, the festival attracted some of Hollywood’s elite including actress and America’s Next Top Model winner, Eva Marcille who hosted the event along with special appearances by the cast of Creed, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson.
Not to mention, attendees were privy with exclusive access to a small 17-minute viewing of Lee’s controversial upcoming release, Chiraq. The premise of the film takes on a satirical form while discussing the sensitive subject matter of black-on-black crime, particularly in the Englewood area of Chicago’s south side.
Following the screening, an in-depth discussion on the cultural effects of gun-violence within the community took place. The, City of Miami Commission Vice Chairman, Keon Hardemon, led the intimate conversation and participants included, City of Miami Chief of Police, Rodolfo Llanes and Miami-Dade County Judge Tanya J. Brinkley.
But that’s not all, as Sean “Diddy” Combs stated throughout the weekend, during a previous event, “Welcome to the REVOLT Music Conference, where dreams come true.”
This was in fact, the exact case for, Tanner Jarman, one of the film festivals top contenders, who after much consideration, received the ultimate grand prize by winning this year’s competition. As a result, Jarman will not only receive the opportunity to travel to the REVOLT Studio in Hollywood but also participate in a one of a kind, REVOLT Live taping coinciding with his film’s appearance on REVOLT TV.
Undoubtedly, this year’s film festival served as a unique opportunity for rising film directors to showcase their talents, gain access to a wealth of knowledge, receive invaluable feedback and a renewed source of inspiration. It’s safe to say, aspiring film creatives should start gearing up for next year’s competition because we’re certain the second annual REVOLT Film Festival will be an event you don’t want to miss.