This past April, the city of Las Vegas proclaimed, celebrated, engaged, appreciated and honored Ms.Michelle Payne, aka, Ms. Michelle. Ms. Michelle is the First Lady of Gospel Theater. In addition to that achievement, she’s the Founder and Chief Executive Director of the 2nd Annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival. That’s not all. Ms. Michelle’s extraordinary lifestyle, and go-getter attitude is a mother that finds extra time to juggle being the CEO of Praize Productions Enterprises that eventually set the stage for LVBFF.
Ms. Michelle envisaged that the “Las Vegas Black Film Festival” is primarily organized to celebrate the works of Black Filmmakers from all over the world or films written, directed or produced by persons of African descent – including films featuring a person of African descent in a leading role.”
A beginning to an end
As a result, Ms. Michelle is now recognized and deserved in front of Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr., the 2nd Annual LVBFF Legendary Award-winner recipient. Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman acknowledged that Ms.Michelle is a phenomenal woman on the rise. Senator Spearman announced at Suncoast Grand Ballroom,“It’s exciting to present a Proclamation to a person you know truly loves their community and for her awesome work at the 2nd Annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival.” Of course, much to Payne’s surprise, she elegantly broke down with tears of joy.
Hard work pays off
For 2+ years, Ms. Michelle focused on being a prominent figure in her community. In fact, in the beginning of 2015, Ms. Michelle petitioned aspiring film writers to a “Submit Your Film” contest, and rule number one, all writers must be in school. Once selected, Ms. Michelle provided a keep it real platform, empowering each participant to tap into their consciousness and never give up on their passion for the film/entertainment business.
Tapped into talent
As time went on, March 14 – April 11, Ms. Michelle constructed a community film workshop that required her to spend hours with each attendee individually. Her assorted workshops consisted of the fundamentals, along with the rules of engagement in the entertainment business, instructed in an unorthodox way. Simply put, Ms. Michelle constantly instilled confidence, while preparing her class for the trials and tribulations that comes from the film industry. Now that’s doing the most!
LVBFF was like no other with the help of support from sponsors like L.J. Harness/ Cadillac of Las Vegas,Trina Jiles/ Gritz Cafe, Greg Carter/Shelter Insurance, John Pinnington/AA Printing Service, Sony, Juan Diaz/ State Farm, txtwire, Final Draft, BORIS FX, Justin Blum/Raw Fitness, Dr. Sam Colarusso Chiropractor, Ami Stafford/ The Trophy Stop, Lawrence Ennis/Chapman Warm Springs and catching all memories, Tony White Photography.
Thursday, April 23:
- Meet & Greet Champagne Toast, free and open to the public: 5 p.m.- 6 p.m.
- Interviews on Orange Carpet event by MC/Comedian Dani King: 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.. Lobby of Cinemark Theaters Suncoast
- Showing of the Premier Movie “INSTITUTIONALIZED”: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Opening night upscale after party: 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday, April 24
- ScreenACTORS Boot Camp at Sunrise Conference Room: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
- Distribution Workshop for Filmmakers and Producers at Madrid Conference Room: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
- Screenwriters/Directing for Film-Master Class:10:30 a.m.- 12:30 noon at Sunrise Conference Room
- Up Close & Personal with Black Movie Superstar Special Guest, Louis Gossett Jr.: 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at Madrid Conference Room
- High Rollers Pitch Fest /Actors Showdown: 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Madrid Conference Rooms
- All White Steppers Set/Dance Party: 9 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 25
- Film Screening Competitions, Short Feature & Documentary: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. inside the Century Theater at Suncoast Casino floor Theater #12
- Steppin’ with The Stars: 9 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Sunday, April 26
- Closing Champagne Brunch and Awards Ceremony: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Ballroom C
- Steppers Farewell Set: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at City Lights Bar & Grill at 2650 S. Decatur Blvd
Liked to know more about Ms. Michelle? Click here or find out more about the 2015 Las Vegas Black Film Festival, click here.