2011 RIFE Closing Film | ‘Mayor for Life’ Featuring Marion Barry | Sunday, October 23 at 8:00pm

2011 2nd Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Closing Film will feaure the reality dramaseries; the life of DC former Mayor and current DC Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, screening directly in his backyard at THEARC Theater in DC's Ward 8.
Oct. 16, 2011 - PRLog -- MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

“Mayor for Life” Comes to the Big Screen at the 2011 RIFE

WHAT:        “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry Reality Dramaseries

WHEN:        October 23, 2010 | 8:00pm

WHERE:     2011 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (@2011RIFE) | THEARC Theater

Washington, DC – October 14, 2011 – The 2011 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza is next week and we continue to update the production details with exciting news.  Nothing could be better than having a film festival in Washington, DC and being able to close the extravaganza with such a phenomenal project such as “Mayor for Life.” Mayor for Life will grant viewers a look into the life of former Washington, DC Mayor and current DC Councilmember Marion Barry.  The series produced and directed by DC’s own May 3rd Films CEO Kirk Frasier, who is responsible for cult classics such as “Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown” for BET, “Against All Odds” for FOX Sports with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and NBA star Jerry Stackhouse, “American Gangster” for BET, “Party Boyz” for TV One, “Len Bias aka WITHOUT BIAS” and more.

“Mayor for Life” will conclude the festival at 8:00pm Sunday, October 23, 2011 at THEARC Theater in Washington, DC.  

Kirk will also be the recipient of the RIFE’s very first 2011 DMV Reel Filmmaker Award.  The award is well deserved as Kirk Fraser is the filmmaker to observe for quality educating and entertaining films, he will become a household name in the next coming years.  Witness Kirk receive his award on Sunday following the screening of “Mayor for Life.”

Stay tuned for more updates to come!  Get your tickets now for 2011 RIFE.  Also, follow us on Twitter @2011RIFE.

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“Mayor for Life” is a dynamic new reality series that will grant audiences with an in depth look into the life of former Washington, DC Mayor and current DC Councilmember Marion Barry; through the face of scrutiny, triumph and a chance to set the record straight.  Struggling to rebuild his once powerhouse image, Barry attempts to maintain a relationship with his only son Christopher while still under constant investigation by the federal and local government for his indiscretions.

Marion Barry struggles with the stigma of being “The Mayor who smoked crack cocaine” and it continues to haunt him to this day, despite his mistakes in the past, his first priority still remains in the best interest of the people of the once known “Chocolate City.”

This film is a reality drama series with appearances by Radio & TV Legend Donnie Simpson, Yvette Alexander, Kwame Brown, Vincent Gray and more.

“Mayor for Life” is a May 3rd Films production directed and produced by DC’s own filmmaker Kirk Fraser.


Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Kirk Fraser is a gifted storyteller and rising talent. President of Washington, DC based May 3rd Films, he independently released his first documentary THE LIFE OF RAYFUL EDMOND to high acclaim in 2005. Hailed as a cult classic, the success and creative marketing behind the film landed him on the cover of The Washington Post.

In 2006, Fraser teamed up with Hip-Hop starlet Lil’ Kim and Tracey Edmonds (Edmonds Entertainment) to develop the Black Entertainment Television (BET) reality series; LIL' KIM: COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN. The series debut garnered the network’s highest ratings. Coming off the heels of the show’s success, he turned his attention to a venture between Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban and NBA star Jerry Stackhouse to produce AGAINST ALL ODDS (2006) for the Fox Sports Network. Other television credits include directing and producing episodes for BET’s television series AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007) and creating PARTY BOYZ (2009) for TV One, an hour special in honor of President Obama’s inauguration. In June of 2009, LEN BIAS (aka WITHOUT BIAS) won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 13th Annual American Black Film Festival.

In 2009 ESPN selected Fraser to join the list of the top 30 film directors to develop 30 for 30, a series of documentaries in celebration of ESPN's 30Th Anniversary.

Fraser is currently penning the script for LENNY, a biopic about Len Bias scheduled for release 2012.


Saturday | October 22, 2011 | 12:00am – 6:00pm | THEARC Theater
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza | 12:00pm – 7:00pm
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza WORLD PREMIERE | All in the Game | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza WORLD PREMIERE | Coffin | 8:30p – 10:00pm

Sunday | October 23, 2011 | THEARC Theater
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza DMV Showcase | 11:00am – 4:00pm
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza WORLD PREMIERE | End of Occupation | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Awards Finale | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
   Reel Independent Film Extravaganza Closing Film | Mayor for Life | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

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