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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Sherlene Shanklin’s One on One with Actor Eddie Goins


Exclusive: Actor Eddie Goines on his film about Muhammad Ali
The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with actor/writer Eddie Goines about his career and why he decided to write and star in a film about the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali. This is the raw video of the interview. Goines is in Louisville for two screenings of the film at the Muhammad Ali Center. He will also attend the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at the Galt House Thursday, October 3rd. If you have a story idea, send it to me at You can also follow me on twitter @Sherlenemediapr.