Shifting seamlessly between heart-wrenching and uplifting, Damien D. Smith's winning short is a stirring account of childhood, fatherhood, and love's power to transcend life's greatest losses.


Real to Reel

Omari Hardwick

Writer, producer, and award-winning actor Omari Hardwick has always been passionate about staying true to what drives him. Learn where he and 2017 Real to Reel winners Janlaté Mullins and Maxie McClintock find inspiration to tell truer stories.


We’re showcasing bold, new filmmakers in theaters all over the country and bringing some of film's most distinct African American voices into the spotlight. Lend your support by RSVP'ing to a screening in your local area.



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2017 Winner

Last Year's Winning Film

The winner of our inaugural Real to Reel short film competition is an award-winning writer, director, and producer based in Atlanta, GA. As a strong believer in the power of collaboration, Janlataé’s ability to develop honest performances and capture those performances in her unique visual style is on full display in her winning Real to Reel submission, Soul Fire.

Presented by Gentleman Jack

Our exceptionally smooth, twice-mellowed Tennessee Whiskey is crafted like any good film—with a bold vision, attention to detail, and a whole lot of passion.