By: Bowie State University

Prince George’s County experienced a bit of Tinseltown magic this past weekend as the host site for the Prince George’s Film Festival: Take Two, a four-day event that highlights local filmmakers and their movies, organizes professional workshops and facilitates networking between up-and-coming creatives and industry professionals.

Bowie State University, one of the major partners for the festival, hosted events in the Fine and Performing Arts Center last Saturday, including film screenings and panel discussions on diverse representation in animation, fashion, and wardrobe and how to break into the business.

Actor and producer Lamman Rucker, who has performed in film and television shows such as “Why Did I Get Married?”, “Sinners Wanted” and “Greenleaf”, appeared as a speaker during the Actors Study: An Actor’s Intensive Course Study workshop to share insight and perspective with aspiring actors based on his 25 years of experience in the film industry.

“I popped in and shared a few nuggets of wisdom with the actors,” said Rucker, who also served as the film festival’s ambassador and gave a keynote address during the festival’s opening ceremonies.

Rucker said that events like the Prince George’s Film Festival are important for giving guidance to aspiring filmmakers who live outside of established media hubs and help those areas grow their own creative scene that can highlight and support local talent.

“There are people who live in cities and regions like this and, because they’re not in NY, LA, Chicago or Atlanta, they feel like ‘Where do I go? How do I do that here?’”, he said. “That’s why this is so valuable. You’re connecting all the different people who are already or want to be invested in building something more significant here.”

Rucker sees his participation in the festival as a form of service and a way to inspire the next crop of talent as they look for their big break. Rucker remembered attending similar events when he was getting established in the film industry and is thankful he’s in a position where he can help others find their way forward.

“It’s cool to be a part of it, encourage what’s happening, and keep people engaged so this can be sustainable for years to come,” he said. “These are the things that are full circle. There’s a place that has helped to make you who you are, now you get the opportunity to come back and do what people did for you. It’s super cool to take everything that I’ve learned and turn around and give it back.”