Allstate Announces 3 Be Reel Finalists at ABFF

(released 8/5/2008)

Allstate Insurance Company announced the three contestants moving on to the finals of the 2nd annual Allstate "Be Reel" Film Contest. The winner of the "Be Reel" contest will receive an award, a $5,000 grand prize and a mentoring session with Jeff Friday, founder of American Black Film Festival.

The three finalists are: "The Lucky Suit" by New York resident Roy Clovis, a 13-year veteran of the film industry; "Lend A Hand" by Sherman Oaks, Calif. resident Dana Hannah, a screenplay writer and founder of an actor networking group with a passion for film; and "Simple Things" by Bossier City, La. resident Travis Dent, a television-news-industry veteran who wrote his first screenplay last year.

Allstate will announce the winner of the second annual "Be Reel" Film contest at the conclusion of the 2008 12th Annual American Black Film Festival. ABFF festivities, of which Allstate is a presenting sponsor, will be held August 7-11 in Los Angeles. Allstate's sponsorship of ABFF is part of a larger commitment to the black community entitled Beyond February, a national initiative designed to create, support and sponsor programs that empower African Americans.

During ABFF, Allstate will also host a symposium entitled "Are You In Good Hands? ... Finding the Right Representation", on Friday, August 8, 2008 from 3-4:30 p.m. The panel will consist of entertainment insiders who represent some of the biggest names in the industry including Derek Dingle, executive editor Black Enterprise Magazine, who will also serve as the panel moderator. Other invited guests include: Dwight Parham, Allstate regional financial services representative; Vincent Cirrincione, president, Vincent Cirrincione & Associates (artist management include: Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and Common); James Lassiter, Overbrook Entertainment (Will Smith's manager & producing partner); Andrea Nelson-Meigs, International Creative Management (ICM), agent (clients include: Beyonce, Chris Brown and Cedric "the Entertainer"); Meredith O'Sullivan, 42 West Publicist (clients include: Halle Berry, Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rosario Dawson and Kerry Washington) and Darryl Miller, attorney (clients include: Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance).

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