Philly Indie Film Awards Is a Winner!

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There were prizes all around – in front of the cameras, behind the cameras, and in the audience – at the 1st annual Philadelphia Independent Film Awards held Sunday, May 22 at International House in Philadelphia.

LGBT romantic comedy “Cassanova Was a Woman” directed by Kevin Arbouet took home the most prizes with Best Picture, Best Actress for Jezabel Montero as Cassanova (pictured left), and Best Supporting Actress for Carolann Valentino. Montero was there with other cast members including co-stars Margo Singaliese (Lola) and Chaz Mena (Fantasy Man).

Diemiruaya Deniran earned Best Director honors for helming the gritty, undercover cop drama “Diary of a Badman.” Peter Cilella co-starring as Officer McVitie in the satiric comedy “Driving While Black” won Best Supporting Actor. And Blake Scott Lewis took the prize for Best Actor as the heroin junkie Skyler in “Imperfect Sky.”

Two lucky audience members took home mink wraps courtesy of awards sponsor Zinman Furs and everyone who purchased a ticket walked away with complimentary swag bags filled with upscale goodies like Razac hair care products, Kissy Kosmetics and Primal Derma skin care products. And everyone enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres from D&D Quality Catering, gourmet cupcakes from Tonya Sears of Totally Delicious Delicacies and fine wines courtesy of Got Wine of Bristol (PA).

Bu the biggest prize goes to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards team. It took bravery to start something new in a city that has such a fine array of arts institutions. But the organization, headed by Founder Floyd Marshall Jr., Director Angelique Marshall, and Assistant Director Keyon N. Smith pulled it off with assists from Media Relations Manager Karen Waller Martin, Sponsorships Director Tascha Coleman, Strategic Consulting from Stephanie Cain and Demetre Pough Edwards, and yours truly Webmaster and Content Manager Terri L. Heard.

Visit the site to learn more about what you missed at the awards gala, join our mailing list to get alerts about upcoming 2016 events and the 2017 awards, and to see event photos that will posted in the coming days.

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at



Spend a night out with the stars!

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Every star started somewhere. Get your tickets for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards and meet the up-and-coming actors, directors and screenwriters BEFORE they’re out of your reach!

Just $40 gets you a night among the future glitterati. Get a touch of shine that won’t break your budget and might even bring you the connection you need to brighten your OWN star!

For just $40 you get:

  • FREE Swag Bag (while supplies last)
  • FREE Fine Wines
  • FREE Hors d’ oeuvres
  • FREE Admission to our May 21 AIDA Card Workshop (50 attendee limit)
  • FREE Bragging rights – Tell your friends “I met them BEFORE they hit it big!”

Plus, your Swag Bag might have the winning ticket that could get you

  • 1 of 2 FREE Mink Wraps courtesy of Zinman Furs!
  • 1 of 4 FREE Croton high-end, precision designer watches!
  • 1 of 2 FREE Ultra-modern, multimedia AIDA Cards!

How can you pass up this bargain? You won’t get a better deal going to the club!

Get your tickets today through Eventbrite or PayPal

Or visit our Awards Gala page at   for more details.

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at

Just 11 Short Days to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards!

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Have you reserved your seat? Just $40 gets you:
A seat in the room as we honor WILL SMITH with our Trailblazer Award!

  • FREE wine
  • FREE hors d’oeuvres
  • FREE swag bag
  • FREE live music

Plus, you’ll get a chance to win one of two swanky mink wraps courtesy of Zinman Furs or one of four precision, luxury watches from Croton!

Best of all you’ll be in the room with the movers and shakers including Essence magazine best-selling author Brenda L. Thomas “Woman on Top”
Visit our new Awards Gala page for more information. And see you in the winner’s circle!

Get your tickets online today at Eventbrite or PayPal.

Top 6 Reasons to Sign the Petition and Save ABC’s “Galavant”

This giddy gift of a show is on the bubble and may not live to see a 3rd season. Stop the insanity! Sign the petition to save the show! They have over 3000 signatures. They need 25,000. Here’s WHY you should sign:
1. This is the closest we’re ever gonna get to that “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” sequel we’ve been craving. (Don’t look away; you know you have…)
2. This is what Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” SHOULD have been. (Alan Rickman knew it; that’s why he amped up his Sheriff of Nottingham into the madcap marquee draw that took over the movie).
3. Keep triple threat Timothy Omundson employed! He can do drama (“Judging Amy”), comedy (“Psych”) and musicals (“Galavant” and, oh yeah – “Psych: The Musical”). Let’s show those limey Brits our American actors can keep pace too!
4. Did I mention Men. In. Tights? Yeessssss!!
5. Let your fairy tale flag fly without fear! Yeah I know you’ve got that princess gown stuffed in the back of your closet and those happily ever after dreams bottled up in the back of your head. Okay yeah, real life has stomped out your hope for a happily ever after. Who you think you fooling? Come on, come out of the closet, that’s right, come on out, loud and proud – “I love fairy tales damn it but I’m still cool…ish.” *grin*
6. You know you wept every time you heard Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You).” Don’t be ashamed. And where else are you going to get your weekly fix of romantic heroes, uplifting music, and soul-saving snark? Sing it with me now “Gaaaaaalllll -a-vaaaannnnttttt!” …and sign the petition (I have!)
(Pssst…you don’t have to donate, just sign…)
Read more about the Save Galavant campaign.

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at

Excitement builds for the upcoming Philly Indie Awards

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Tinsel & Tine video interview screencap. Floyd Marshall (left) and Le Anne Lindsay (right). Video originally shot by Terri L. Heard.


Philadelphia Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall sat down with Tinsel & Tine Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay (pictured above) to discuss the upcoming May 22 event honoring the best in independent filmmaking from around the world. Watch the video here: and read the article here: And visit the awards website – designed by yours truly! – here: Best Picture, Best International Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Student Film nominees’ trailers are all up and viewable on the site. Don’t forget to get your tickets online through Eventbrite or PayPal.  Awards will be presented May 22 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, PA. Cocktail hour is at 6 pm and award presentations begin at 7 pm. Come celebrate with us!

Best Picture Nominees are IN!

Best Picture Nominees for the BlogAt last! The Best Picture nominees for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards have been announced! Visit the website to watch the trailers for all five films. Download the complete list of nominees in all categories.

Order your tickets online at Eventbrite. Remember, just 35 days left until the awards ceremony. Get your tickets NOW as no tickets will be sold at the door.

And don’t forget to look for the write-up Tinsel & Tine Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay’s interview with awards founder Floyd Marshall later this week.

38 Days to the Philly Indy Film Awards!

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Phila. Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall (photo, left) with film blog  Tinsel & Tine editor-in-chief Le Anne Lindsay – Photo: Terri L. Heard

The countdown to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards has begun! To get the word out, awards founder and Gazelle Films LLC producer-screenwriter Floyd Marshall checked in with Tinsel & Tine blog Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay at the International Café in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Awards for Best Picture, Director, Lead and Supporting Actors will be presented May 22, 6 pm at International House. BET “Comic View” comedian TuRae Gordon (“Soul Comedy” standup show at Warmdaddy’s weekly) and actress Alice Wills (“Luv Don’t Live Here Anymore”) host. UK celebrity journalist and activist Jenni Steele (“Keeping It Real With Steele” and “Steele Got It” on Juice radio) will co-host from the red carpet. Get your tickets online today through Eventbrite! And check in with Tinsel & Tine later next week to read Le Anne’s write-up of her interview with Floyd.