The VIPP Report: The kickoff of IBFF 2015 brings filmmakers from all over the world to Nashville


The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFF) is underway and kicks off in grand way with a red carpet entrance into the beautiful Medical Medical College in the Cal Turner Event Center.   The founder of IBFF Hazel Joyner-Smith says “What a great way to open the festival with the marquee film, “Chapter & Verse”. Producer Cheryl Hill took questions from the audience followed by an Opening Night Reception.

On Friday, Grammy-nominated artist and actress Antonique Smith will attend this year’s festival for the screening the World Premiere of “Stock Option” starring Amin Joseph, Tasha Smith and Smith. “Stock Option” tells the story of a stock broker down on his luck becomes homeless and rescues a famous model, (Smith) from a robbery attempt when the writers say “sparks fly”. The screening takes place on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. on the campus of Meharry Medical College at the Cal Turner Event Center.

Smith recently performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for Pope Francis during the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally. She will discuss that experience and her career as an actress and R&B Artist (with a new hit single “High” which is currently available on Tunes) in a panel discussion on Friday, October 2nd from 11:00 am- 12:15 pm with the Power & Influence of Music in Film & TV.

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