SCAD student wins Best Student Film at Charlotte Black Film Festival with movie filmed in Savannah

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Riana Love, a 20-year-old, senior Savannah College of Art and Design student and filmmaker, recently won Best Student Film with the production of “MLK Jr. Blvd.” at the 9th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival in North Carolina.

Produced on Habersham and 39th streets in Savannah, “MLK Jr. Blvd.” has been screened in eight film festivals nationwide. This is Love’s first award.  

The film was headed by director Kareem McMichael, a graduate of Savannah State University and the Georgia Film Academy and the film was written by SCAD graduate Chad Penchion.

The rest of the cast and crew were made up of SCAD students and local actors including SCAD student and Savannah Bananas’ Darius Johnson who plays DeAndre and Melissa Lloyd-Wade who has appeared in some feature films.

Love’s 10-minute film showcases the life of DeAndre, a young African American man whose father, a policeman, is killed in the line of duty. With tones of underlying racial tension and stereotypes, the short film explores negative perceptions surrounding race relations and DeAndre’s struggle to find
himself through it all.

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