Multi-award winning and acclaimed Actor, Director and Producer Tim Reid will present a 2 week intensive filmmakers workshop in partnership with the BFI Southbank. Reid, best known for his roles in the television series the Frank’s Place, Sister Sister, and more recently Treme, will host the workshop between March 5 – 17, 2012 through his initiative the Legacy Media Institute (LMI).

The workshop, unparalleled amongst the black British filmmaking community, will create a unique exchange where participants will collaborate with top Hollywood and UK industry professionals to refine their filmmaking skills. The participants will culminate the programme by producing their own short narrative film to be screened at the end of the workshop in front of a UK audience.

Under the guidance of Director/Producer, Tim Reid, the participants will be exposed to the expert advice of other established industry professionals such as: award-winning cinematographer John Simmons, ASC, Joan Whitehead Evans, an industry Senior VP of Business and Legal Affairs, Miko Simmons, a graphic design artist, and Ken Roy, a producer and post-production supervisor. Various UK industry professionals will also join the group.

Tim Reid aims to bring about more interaction amongst filmmakers of African descent globally. Commenting on the first international collaborative effort for the US-based Legacy Media Institute he said; I am excited by the opportunity to expand our mission of promoting excellence and accountability in the industry of media creation for a diverse global society.

David Somerset, Curator of Adult and Community Education at the BFI also stated; I welcome this partnership with the Legacy Media Institute as a model for promoting genuine diversity within the media. It’s a perfect accompaniment to BFI Southbank’s African Odysseys which aims to deliver films by and about the peoples of Africa and its diaspora. Such films if they are fortunate enough to have been made, and often through sheer determination and self-financing, regularly fail to reach an audience despite their artistic excellence and potential to extend the knowledge and experience of all humanity.

Press Enquiries: Nadia Denton nadia_denton@hotmail.com / 07930 941 080

Notes to Editors

1. Filmmakers of a BME background are eligible to apply. The 2 week LMI Workshop will cost £250 before 17th Feb and £300 thereafter.

2. To apply applicants must submit a CV and a link to examples of their work to Nadia Denton at nadia_denton@hotmail.com stating their suitability for the scheme. Deadline is 28th Feb 2012.  Upon acceptance into the workshop, payment by PayPal can be made on this page.

3. The Legacy Media Institute (LMI) is based in Virginia, USA. Built on the same model as Robert Redford’s Sundance, the LMI is a support system for diverse, independent film artists with a state-of-the-art facility providing training in filmmaking, business and media production.

4. Previous black British Filmmakers to have benefited from the LMI scholarship programme include Nosa Nedion and Louis Buckley. Full length interviews with Tim Reid and the filmmakers talking about the scheme and can be found in The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide To Success at www.blackfilmmakersguide.com

5. The BFI Southbank’s African Odysseys is a series of films by and about the people of Africa and its diaspora. BFI teamed up with cultural leaders and activists and decided to set up an ongoing series of films that would be educational and raise the audience understanding not just about ‘film’ but also the subject of the film. The programme reaches out beyond regular film goers and promotes all events through grass roots organisations and keeps the ticket price at a minimum to prevent exclusion.

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