HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Harlem International Film Festival countdown has come to a close. The festival took place September 14th – 18th at Mist Harlem showcasing 99 films in four days! The films and shorts presented this year were so diverse and inspiring. Reel Reality had the privilege of working at the festival taking pictures and recording a few interviews with great directors. Check out some pictures from HIFF below:
#NYFW CHINAZA MOSES PRESENTS FRACTAL
Moses Spring 2016 collection was inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, origami! All of the pieces glistened in white and were each intricately, folded and designed to create a wonderland of creativity. Moses brought a feeling of Japanese glamor to the runway adding amazing headpieces to each ensemble along with matching white origami sneakers! Take a good look at her work in the pictures below along with a quick video Reel Reality shot of the event!
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AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL!!
Reel Reality was in attendance at the 2015 American Black Film Festival held in New York City! Founder, Meah Denee, was working backstage filming interviews for MoxieBlack.com and ShowBizCafe.com! She had the oppurtunity to meet amazing actresses like Tracee Ellis Ross, Jennifer Lewis, Naturi Naughton, and more! Check out some of the pictures along with the interview Meah Denee filmed of Tracee Ellis Ross, and a very memorable acceptance speech given by the amazing Jennifer Lewis below!
DIRECTOR’S CUT AT ROOKIE REPUBLIC!
Last night was the Rookie Republic’s Pop Up event featuring myself, Reel Reality creator Meah Denee, and Paige Wilhide founder of Paige Media!
If you do not know what Rookie Republic is then let me inform you! Rookie Republic is an amazing organization that focuses on inspiring individuals to become entrepreneurs, and helping them to build their businesses and build networks for success! Every month Rookie Republic has a pop up event that recognizes an entrepreneur, and this month I was chosen to be February’s ROOKIE OF THE MONTH!!
This months event took place at ACME Studio Brooklyn in Williamsburg! The atmosphere was so comfortable and wildly artistic! The studio consisted of numerous props (leather couches, musical instruments, plenty of animal heads and rugs!) definitely not your typical production studio!
Filled with a diverse group of entrepreneurs we started the night with a Q&A from Rookie Republic founder, Arleen von Londen. This was my first speaking event and to say that I was not nervous would be a big understatement! Thankfully, I was able to share the opportunity with Paige, helping to take some of the focus off of myself! Paige is such an amazing videographer and has a great spirit. We both discussed our beginnings in the entertainment industry and why we chose to become entrepreneurs. We both knew that we did not want to work to build someone else’s dream, and that our love and desire to tell stories made our decision to start our own businesses simple!
The one thing I loved most about the Rookie Republic pop up event was that it did not feel like a networking event! A lot of networking events I have gone to have been so stuffy, uncomfortable and awkward. You are trying to build connections with strangers but everyone knows you are there to basically “use each other!” On the contrary, this event was in a comfortable atmosphere and showcased two individuals that were in the same position, career wise, as many of the attendees. Also, the Q&A allowed for conversation to be formed and took the attention off of “networking.”
Last night was definitely an experience I will remember forever! And I am truly thankful and humbled I was given the opportunity to talk about something I love! To see more pictures from last nights event visit www.RookieRepublic.com and support the cause and Become a Rookie!! Also, throughout the night people were asked to write down there definition of “What is a Rookie?” My picture is below!!
Photos taken by Reel Reality photographer Briana Felix @briwrks FOLLOW HER!!