IBFFN PRESENTS TN PREMIERE OF HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED FEATURE “BEYOND THE LIGHTS” Director Gina Prince-Bythewood & Actor Nate Parker Lead a Panel Discussion on “Depiction of Black Love in Film”



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2014) – The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) announces the continuation of its“2014 Festival Lite” line-up which will showcase the Tennessee  Premiere of Relativity Studios’ critically acclaimed feature film “Beyond the Lights”.

 IBFFN, in collaboration with the historic Fisk University, will present a panel discussion featuring  Writer/Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Actor Nate Parker on the “Depiction of Black Love in Film” on Wednesday, November 5, at 4:00 pm in Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room on the campus of Fisk University, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN.  The panel is open to the public at no charge.

The advanced screening of  “Beyond the Lights” with a Q&A to follow, will then be held at Regal Cinemas Hollywood/100 Oaks, in Nashville TN at 7:30 p.m.  The Q&A Session will be
held immediately follow the screening.
Gina Prince-Bythewood, an accomplished writer/director, recently received the distinguished honor of being being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her body of work includes the widely-acclaimed feature film “Love & Basketball” starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, the HBO film “Disappearing Acts” starring Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes, and the award winning (2 NAACP Image Awards & 2 People’s Choice Awards) “The Secret Life of Bees” starring Nate Parker, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson & Alicia Keys.  Nate Parker,  a vocal activist, talented actor and producer, is known for roles in Non Stop (2014), The Great Debaters( 2007) and Red Tails (2012).

Beyond the Lights“, starring GuGu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Nate Parker as (Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters)  tells the story of Noni (Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicole (Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. The film makes its debut in theaters across the country on November 14, 2014.

All events scheduled for this year will be apart of an abbreviated version of the full festival, appropriately titled “2014 Festival Lite”. With support and direction of the new IBFFN Board of Directors and Advisory Committee, the festival is eager to return to its regularly scheduled format in 2015.

“2014 Festival Lite” will continue to offer unique and engaging programming inclusive of premiere screenings, workshops and networking opportunities throughout the year.

“We are honored to have esteemed writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood share her insight and vision with our Nashville audience.  Gina’s presence at IBFFN represents the achievement of a major milestone for us, as we have always followed her work. We are equally excited for the return of Nate Parker who has been a specical guest of IBFFN at a previous festival. As “Beyond the Lights” has made its rounds to sold out crowds at major film festivals around the globe, we also have heard that the film has already generated some Oscar buzz.  We are also proud to partner with Fisk University, which has a rich history steeped in the arts and film”, said IBFFN Founder Hazel Joyner-Smith.

Over the next few weeks expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at (502) 295-0435. You may also email us at info@ibffnashville.com  or call the festival office at (615) 565-9256. Please visit our website at www.ibffnashville.com for event details. Ticketing information for the screening will be available soon.

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