Thursday, August 14, 2008

Be Reel Filmmakers in Good Hands With Allstate

Why are these handsome men and one lovely above lady smiling? Because, they are among a select group of independent filmmakers chosen as finalists of Allstate's Be Reel Film Contest at this year's American Black Film Festival. So what are their names?: Travis Dent, Roy Clovis, and Dana Hanna respectively.

The competition gives independent black filmmakers broader exposure and challenges them to create a film, less than 90 seconds in length, that demonstrates how "the community helps people achieve success." While attending the film festival's closing night reception at the Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, I talked with these anxious filmmakers about being a finalist and what they hoped to do if chosen as the winner of the $5,000 award. Take a listen!

AND ALLSTATE'S BE REEL FILM CONTEST WINNER IS? DRUMROLL PLEASE! ROY CLOVIS, for his film "Lucky Suit." Hear him attempt to explain his excitement.

Visit to learn more about his film and the films of the other finalists. And here's an inside scoop: "Lend A Hand", produced and written by Dana Hanna, was directed by "Daddy's Little Girls" actor, Gary Sturgis. Congratulations again to all the filmmakers!

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