(L to R) John Newberg, Yohance Myles, Thada Catalon, Katheen Bertrand, Jo-Ann Robinson, Spence Maughon and Ketrick "Jazz" Copeland pose on the Bronze Carpet at the closing night screening event at the BronzeLens Film Festival.
Photo Credit: Candace Ledbetter - CNBetter Media
Floyd Mayweather wasn't the only winner this past weekend! While boxing fans crowded around big screens across the country, film enthusiasts piled into theaters at the Action On Film Festival (AOF) in Las Vegas and the BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF) in Atlanta to see the award-winning film, Created Equal - an independently produced legal thriller that has sparked social debates and discussions regarding women's equality and gender discrimination in religion.
From the West Coast to the East Coast, Created Equal not only held exclusive screenings at the two festivals, but also took home the WIN for multiple awards! At AOF, the film won "Best Picture" and "Best Actress," and legendary actor/director, Bill Duke, received the esteemed Icon Award - the ultimate honor from AOF that celebrated his lifetime of achievements in Hollywood.
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At BLFF, Created Equal took home the win for "Best Feature." Deidre McDonald, artistic director of the BronzeLens Film Festival shared, "BronzeLens is pleased to have awarded Created Equal as our 2017 Best Feature. Bill Duke's skillful direction made a story of gender equality in the Catholic Church an exciting thriller. Kudos, also, to Thada Catalon, an actress, writer, director and now producer who was able to bring it to the screen. I have no doubt we will see a lot of her films in the years to come!"
Check out a few more awards and accolades that
Created Equal has earned while touring the film festival circuit:
Sunscreen Film Festival Awards (St. Petersburg, FL)
"Best Actor" (Aaron Tveit)
"Best Director" (Bill Duke)
San Antonio Film Festival (San Antonio, TX)
"Best Actor in a Leading Role" (Lou Diamond Phillips)
Imagen Awards (Los Angeles, CA)
Nominated for "Best Actor - Feature Film" (Lou Diamond Phillips)
Nominated for "Best Actress - Feature Film" (Edy Ganem)
ABOUT CREATED EQUAL
Thomas "Tommy" Reilly (Aaron Tveit), a cocky, up-and-coming attorney, begrudgingly takes on a case for Sister Alejandra "Allie" Batista (Edy Ganem), who's desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church. Against his supervisor's wishes, Tommy files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for gender discrimination without justifiable cause.
As the trial unfolds, an extremist concocts a plot to stop the heresy against the church by attacking and threatening to kill Alejandra if they don't back off.
Tommy's faith and conviction are tested, and as he questions his purpose, he begins the transformation from an egotistical, arrogant person, to one who is committed to a mission larger than his own self-interests.
Based on the novel, Created Equal, written by Roger A. Brown, who also serves as executive producer, the film certainly lives up to its intent, as it sparks a worldwide conversation that explores the disparity between men and women holding the highest leadership positions within the church, as well as other positions that hold the greatest authority in the world.
For more information on Created Equal, visit www.CreatedEqualMovie.com.