Jussie Smollett Produced Film Set To Premiere

90 Days, the new film executive produced by Empire star and recording artist Jussie Smollett, will be featured as part of 4th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival.  Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, the event returns to Long Beach Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, delivering five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more.

90 Days is a love story directed by Nathan Hale Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte, and featuring stars Teyonah Parris, Nic Few, Pauletta Washington, Rodney Chester, Emmett Short, Collin Lee Ellis, and V Bozeman.

Founded by Dr. Daniel Walker in 2014, the festival celebrates diverse content and creators. “I created Long Beach Indie because I wanted to bring true diversity to every facet of the media and entertainment ecosystem,” says Walker. “It’s about more than just names on the closing credits and recognition during awards season. It’s about economic empowerment, self definition, and using the power of media and entertainment to shape the perceptions that individuals and systems have of women and people of color. ”

The event produced and hosted by Perfect Works and BLU Educational Foundation fosters international dialogue between scholars and the entertainment industry, and bridges the gap between urban communities and careers in arts, entertainment, fashion and digital media via distinct conference and expo clusters.

The Long Beach Indie International Film Festival screenings take place Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3 at Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90892. More than 180 films, TV pilots, web series and music videos are in this year’s spotlight—including 90 Days,

The festival conference and expo segments will be held at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel, 701 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90831.

The International Entertainment Business Summit and Expo convening Thurs., Aug. 31 – Sat., Sept. 2, is produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) Global Media & Entertainment Team. This segment will connect diverse film, television, music and digital media creation companies to international economic opportunities and introduce Virtual and Augmented Reality developers to the multi-billion U.S. education sector.

Career Pathways in Arts, Digital and Entertainment Conference to be presented Wed., Aug. 30 – Fri., Sept. 1, unites K-14 educators, parent advocacy groups, counselors and administrators to knowledge, trends and individuals driving career advancement in the creative sector.

Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Conference taking place Fri., Sept. 1 – Sat., Sept. 2 will encompass workshops and panels conducted by international scholars and entertainment industry leaders offering insight on social media, independent label operation and talent management.

Long Beach Indie College and Career Fair on Sat., Sept. 2 provides free workshops and college exhibits displaying trends and leaders in fashion, digital media and music.

Step to the Mic running Fri., Sept. 1 – Sun., Sept. 3 is a talent competition educating youth vocalists on the entertainment industry, honing their skills and performing for industry leaders.

 

For Long Beach Indie registration options visit LongBeachIndie.com.

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