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The 12th Harlem International Film Festival’s Opening Night Afro Punk celebration on Thursday, May 4, highlighted by the world premiere presentation of Daniel Peddle’s GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON, featured more style on the red carpet than most. The impressive looks on the carpet showed that these filmmakers have figured out that the attention you get in front of the photographers and interviewers there can be useful to get attention for your film when it plays in the fest – and beyond.

Sewra Kidane, director and editor of PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

Sewra Kidane, director and editor of PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

KIMCHI TACO director Seran Kim,with her star, Young Ok Hong (Photo by Quack Nation)

KIMCHI TACO director Seran Kim,with her star, Young Ok Hong (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Ayo Janeen Jackson, one of the cast members from PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

Ayo Janeen Jackson, one of the cast members from PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Young Ok Hong (KIMCHI TACO) (Photo by Quack Nation)

Young Ok Hong (KIMCHI TACO) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Rubadiri Victor (CLEANSE) (Photo by Quack Nation)

Harlem Film Festival alumni Rubadiri Victor (CLEANSE) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Namakula Naseje Musoke (PROD), Ayo Jeneen Jackson (CAST), Sewra Kidane (DIR/ED), Michael Cooke (DP), and Yvonne Durant (SCR) of PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

Namakula Naseje Musoke (PROD), Ayo Jeneen Jackson (CAST), Sewra Kidane (DIR/ED), Michael Cooke (DP), and Yvonne Durant (SCR) of PROCLAMATION PUNCTUATION (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Sasha K.Gordon (NATASHA) gets her photo taken (Photo by Quack Nation)

Sasha K.Gordon (NATASHA) gets her photo taken (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Sasha K. Gordon, star of the recent art house release, NATASHA (Photo by Quack Nation)

Sasha K. Gordon, star of the recent art house release, NATASHA (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Cavu Pictures's Isil Bagdadi with NATASHA's Sasha K. Gordon (Photo by Quack Nation)

Cavu Pictures’s Isil Bagdadi with NATASHA’s Sasha K. Gordon (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Director Abdul Malik Abbott and producer Phillpa Davis of LET IT ALL GO (Photo by Quack Nation)

Director Abdul Malik Abbott and producer Phillpa Davis of LET IT ALL GO (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

NATASHA's Sasha K. Gordon's Harlem FF portrait shot (Photo by Quack Nation)

NATASHA’s Sasha K. Gordon’s Harlem FF portrait shot (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

THIS IS FAMILY cast member Rob King (Photo by Quack Nation)

THIS IS FAMILY cast member Rob King (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Mtume Gant, director of WHITE FACE (Photo by Quack Nation)

Mtume Gant, director of WHITE FACE (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Natalie Eakin (PROD) and Mtume Gant (DIR) of WHITE FACE (Photo by Quack Nation)

Natalie Eakin (PROD) and Mtume Gant (DIR) of WHITE FACE (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Malik Burke (EXEC PROD/SCR/and STAR) of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

Malik Burke (EXEC PROD/SCR/and STAR) of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Producer Gregory Thompson of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

Producer Gregory Thompson of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Al Malonga, VERSES AT WORK's Art Director (Photo by Quack Nation)

Al Malonga, VERSES AT WORK’s Art Director (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Malik Burke, with fellow cast member, Marcus Das Chagas of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

Malik Burke, with fellow cast member, Marcus Das Chagas of VERSES AT WORK (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Ilker Savaskurt, director of GROOMS BLOCK (Photo by Quack Nation)

Ilker Savaskurt, director of GROOMS BLOCK (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Posing the VERSES AT WORK team (Photo by Quack Nation)

Posing the VERSES AT WORK team (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The creative triad behind VERSES AT WORK: Gregory Thompson, Al Malonga, and Malik Burke (Photo by Quack Nation)

The creative triad behind VERSES AT WORK: Gregory Thompson, Al Malonga, and Malik Burke (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Director Serena Dykman, and producer Alice Michalowski of NANA (Photo by Quack Nation)

Director Serena Dykman, and producer Alice Michalowski of NANA (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Vincent Fournier, director of LANDSCAPES (Photo by Quack Nation)

Vincent Fournier, director of LANDSCAPES (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

VERSES AT WORK's art director Al Malonga gets her Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)

VERSES AT WORK’s art director Al Malonga gets her Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Ben Hartley, director of EARLY MORNING (Photo by Quack Nation)

Ben Hartley, director of EARLY MOURNING (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Bahiyah Hibah, star of EARLY MORNING (Photo by Quack Nation)

Bahiyah Hibah, star of EARLY MOURNING (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The EARLY MOrNING Team: Matt Gibson (AD), Ben Hartley (DIR), Lisa Donmallreve (PROD), Bahiyah Hibah (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

The EARLY MOURNING Team: Matt Gibson (AD), Ben Hartley (DIR), Lisa Donmall-Reve (PROD), Bahiyah Hibah (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Table tennis champ Wally Green (THE TABLES) (Photo by Quack Nation)

Table tennis champ Wally Green (THE TABLES) on his unicycle. (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Getting the names correct for the INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX team (Photo by Quack Nation)

Getting the names correct for the INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX team (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Dru Blumensheid, director of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

Dru Blumensheid, director of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Zsamia Loki, cast member of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

Zsamia Loki, cast member of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Lyricist Jade (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX) (Photo by Quack Nation)

Lyricist Jade (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Miguel Ovalle Dizmology (AD), and Dru Blumensheid (DIR) of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

Miguel Ovalle Dizmology (AD), and Dru Blumensheid (DIR) of INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The women behind INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX: Jade (Lyricist), Dru Blumensheid (DIR), and Zsamia Loki (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

The women behind INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX: Jade (Lyricist), Dru Blumensheid (DIR), and Zsamia Loki (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Ping Pong Champ Kazuyuki Yokoyama, at the Harlem FF to see THE TABLES (Photo by Quack Nation)

Ping Pong Champ Kazuyuki Yokoyama, at the Harlem FF to see THE TABLES (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX Team: Miguel Ovalle Dizmology (AD), Jade (Lyricist), Dru Blumensheid (DIR), and Zsamia Loki (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

The INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX Team: Miguel Ovalle Dizmology (AD), Jade (Lyricist), Dru Blumensheid (DIR), and Zsamia Loki (CAST) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Griselda San Martin, director and producer of THE OTHER SIDE (Photo by Quack Nation)

Griselda San Martin, director and producer of THE OTHER SIDE (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

THE OTHER SIDE's Fabiana Sala and Griselda San Martin (DIR/PROD) (Photo by Quack Nation)

THE OTHER SIDE’s Fabiana Sala and Griselda San Martin (DIR/PROD) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Daniel Peddle, director of GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON (Photo by Quack Nation)

Daniel Peddle, director of GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Designer Phillip Lim with GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON's director Daniel Peddle (Photo by Quack Nation)

Designer Phillip Lim with GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON’s director Daniel Peddle (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX's Zamia Loki's Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)

INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX’s Zamia Loki’s Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Maria Stratford, director, producer, and DP of RASTAS' JOURNEY HOME (Photo by Quack Nation)

Maria Stratford, director, producer, and DP of RASTAS’ JOURNEY HOME (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Jacques Zanetti, director of DAY AFTER DAY (Photo by Quack Nation)

Jacques Zanetti, director of DAY AFTER DAY (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The Harlem FF portrait: Jade (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

The Harlem FF portrait: Jade (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Cave Pictures's Isil Bagdadi,and Daniel Peddle (GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON) (Photo by Quack Nation)

Cavu Pictures’s Isil Bagdadi,and Daniel Peddle (GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON) (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

Literally, the family photo: Diana Aaron (Daniel Peddle's aunt), Betty Peddle (his mother), Daniel, and Larry Peddle (Daniel's father) out to enjoy the world premiere of his film, GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON (Photo by Quack Nation)

Literally, the family photo: Diana Aaron (Daniel Peddle’s aunt), Betty Peddle (his mother), Daniel, and Larry Peddle (Daniel’s father) out to enjoy the world premiere of his film, GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON (Photo by Quack Nation)

 

The man of the evening, GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON's director Daniel Peddle with his Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)

The man of the evening, GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON’s director Daniel Peddle with his Harlem FF portrait (Photo by Quack Nation)