Atlanta-based D Street Pictures will hold contest for aspiring black filmmakers

Atlanta-based D Street Pictures is looking for aspiring filmmakers, specifically African American ones. The company is holding Reel Aspirations, an independent filmmakers' case study and networking event. It's also holding a "Don't Wait for Your Break ... Make It" contest.

The meeting is at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. N.E., in Atlanta.

It's free, but you need to sign up to attend at www.reelaspirations.com

This event is to educate and inspire independent filmmakers of of African American descent to tell their stories.

D Street Pictures recently optioned the short story “Mothers” written by Marilou Kerr. “Mothers” is a story of a gay couple's desire to introduce their adopted child to one of the father’s estranged mothers.

Guest speaker and filmmaker John Gilbert Young will be at Reel Aspirations to screen his successful indie film, "The Reception." Young will go through the ins and outs of true guerrilla filmmaking. With a budget of only $5,000, "The Reception" was praised in the New York Times as being “a quietly ambitious and memorable film.” Following Reel Aspirations there will be a networking reception.

The "Don’t Wait for your Break, Make it" contest will have participants adapt a short story into a scripted short film (story will be provided upon registration). The winner of the contest will be selected from a panel of judges and will be awarded a budget of $5,000 like Young used to create his film. The winner will be able to produce the script into a film through D Street Pictures.

For more information, go to www.reelaspirations.com