Chase anounces finalists for The Legacy of Homeownership Film Challenge MortgagePress.comChase, The Legacy of Homeownership, BlackFilm.com, HBO, Kodak Motion Picture Film
Chase has announced the four
finalists of The Chase Legacy of Homeownership Film Challenge. The
public can view the finalists' original five-minute movies online
and vote for the grand-prize winner. Chase is working with BlackFilm.com and Home Box Office (HBO) to discover
emerging filmmakers in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and New York and
share their vision of legacy preservation within the
African-American community through the lens of a camera.
The four finalists are:
• Adetoro Makinde from New York;
• Marc Newsome from Houston, Texas;
• Crystle "Clear" Roberson from Atlanta, Ga.; and
• Vincent Singleton from Chicago.
Each finalist received $5,000 and motion picture film products
from Kodak Motion Picture Film to produce and direct an original
five-minute film on African Americans who built, sustained and
passed on their legacy through homeownership. The public can view
all four films at www.blackfilm.com/chasefilmchallenge
and cast their vote for the grand-prize winner until June 30.
"We want to highlight inspirational and empowering stories on
the importance of legacy preservation through homeownership, which
builds and maintains viable communities," said Veronica Seale,
emerging markets and affordable lending marketing manager at Chase.
"It's important to celebrate these success stories."
"At HBO, we are committed to finding and developing diverse
talent," said Lucinda Martinez-Desir, vice president of market
development. "The Chase Legacy Film Challenge is an important
opportunity for us to help bring to light the creative genius of
rising filmmakers and to infuse the film industry with new ideas
All four films will be shown during an exclusive screening in
New York on July 24 at HBO headquarters. The grand-prize winner
will win an opportunity for their film to air on HBO
According to Valerie Moore, founder of blackfilm.com, "The Chase
Legacy Film Challenge is one of the most meaningful grant programs
available to filmmakers. Not only are we providing them with
funding and industry resources, but we are inspiring filmmakers to
reflect and celebrate the meaning of legacy and homeownership in
the African-American community."
The finalists were judged by the following panel of film
• Effie Brown, producer and founder, Duly Noted Inc.
• Patricia Lomax, film acquisition coordinator, HBO
• Lola Ogunnaike, entertainment correspondent, CNN's American
• Samantha Taylor Pickett, director of development, Focus
• Gail Huggins Porter, director, Ebony Jet Entertainment
• A. Doran Reed, casting director, Robi Reed &
• Bryce Wilson, actor/music producer
• Billie Woodruff, director
for each panelist's biography and photo.