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Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival Awards Coveted Top Honors

11/15/2013, 10:03 a.m.
Founding Artistic Director Deidre McDonald, Awards Host Palmer Williams and Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand.

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The BronzeLens Film Festival also honored nine women during its Women’s Superstar Luncheon. Honored were: Web producer/writer Issa Rae, director/actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, former Coca-Cola Foundation CEO Ingrid Saunders Jones, The Benning Family (3), writer/director Kasi Lemmons, producer/author Tonya Lewis Lee and actress Anna Marie Horsford. Photo by Stan Washington.

A total of six films received top honors at the fourth annual BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, Ga. Best Feature and Best Overall Film went to The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska and was accepted by executive producer Sibyl Avery Jackson of Houston, Texas. The Retrieval also won the Panavision $30,000 camera equipment package, which is granted to the best overall filmmaker. The BronzeLens Film Festival, founded in 2009, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production.

City of Atlanta report helps communities and investors

The City of Atlanta has announced the release of the first of its kind residential parcel study designed to help communities and other stakeholders identify and address strengths and opportunities. The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) commissioned a citywide report of housing conditions in 258 neighborhood areas. The report called, the Strategic Community Investment (SCI) Report, confirms that some parts of the city have flourished while others have become fragile.

The report presents 25 assessment factors, such as quality of life, parcel and housing condition, amenities, and demographics for Atlanta’s neighborhoods. The purpose of the report is to inform community stakeholders and investors about the current conditions of the city’s neighborhoods and help them better coordinate and plan their investment activities.

The report is also designed to promote civic engagement by allowing residents to create solutions for their communities that are data driven, measurable and long lasting. The raw data collected and used to complete the SCI Report is accessible to the public and can be found on www.atlantaga.gov, under the Office of Housing section.

Additionally, information on the condition of individual parcels, including maps of each neighborhood will be accessible though the City’s existing geographic information system (GIS) website at http://gis.atlantaga.gov. DPCD will host two community meetings to allow community members to get an overview of the report and ask questions:

Community Meeting 1 – South Atlanta on Monday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m., Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Community Meeting 2 – North Atlanta on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m., Atlanta Speech School, 3160 Northside Parkway

The community meetings are free and open to the public.

Tameka Raymond Honors Son with 5K Run/Walk

Kile’s World Foundation is set to host its first Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk with veteran fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner and R&B singer Syleena Johnson. Proceeds will fund the foundation’s art camps.

Tameka Raymond encourages the community, particularly young people, to get active and give thanks with Kile’s World’s Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk. “It’s been proven that physical activity is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health,” founder and chairman of Kile’s World Foundation Tameka Raymond said. “So we are excited about families joining us as we get activity and stay healthy.”

R&B artist Syleena Johnson and fitness expert Donna Richardson Joyner will be joining Kile’s World for this initiative. “It’s really great that even in Kile’s death, lives will be saved,” Richardson Joyner said.