Martha’s Vineyard African American film fest has stars, streaming TV

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  • Aug 02, 2022

Martha’s Vineyard African American film fest has stars, streaming TV

Who will be on Martha’s Vineyard next week talking about movies and representation of people of color? For starters, look for actor/director Tyler Perry, activist Reverend Al Sharpton, actors Trace Ellis Ross and Regina Hall, directors Spike Lee and Cassie Lemons, musician Bobby Brown and TV’s Tamron Hall.

Over the past 20 years, the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival has grown from an initial screening of 10 films to a nine-day Academy Award-winning, star-studded event with several hundred films in competition.

The annual festival, from Aug. 5-13 to “Celebrate 20 Years of Black Excellence in Film,” has in recent years attracted the attention of top production companies, cable and streaming channels — as well as Hollywood’s elite and history in Behind and in front of the camera

Writer/director/producer Tyler Perry will bring his new film. "a jazzman's blues," Go to the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival in Oak Bluffs and do a post-screening Q&A.

In a joint phone interview with husband Floyd Rance, co-founder of Run&Shoot Filmworks, which is producing the film, Stephanie Tavares Rance says: “From the beginning, we knew there was a need for people of color to be represented on the big and small screen.” MVAAFF. “You fast forward 20 years, now we have over 700 submissions from around the world, and we’re down to 70. You can see the progress that’s been made, and we’re happy to be a part of it. “