Written by | Ray Cornelius

Noted filmmaker Roger Bobb was honored Tuesday night by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) at a special reception in Buckhead-Atlanta.

The Los Angeles-based organization, founded by journalist Gil Robertson, recognized Bobb with this year’s Synergy Award for his pioneering efforts to advance the cinema community in Atlanta. The one-time executive vice president for Tyler Perry Studios and owner of Bobbcat Films has been responsible for producing a host of award-winning films and television programs for TV One and UPtv.

Chelsye Burrows, Brad Siegel and Kathleen Bertrand

 (UPtv’s Chelsye Burrows, Brad Siegel and BronzeLens Film Festival’s Kathleen Bertrand)

Many of Bobb’s closest friends and colleagues were in attendance including last year’s Synergy Award recipient, Terrell Whitley; Vice Chairman of UPtv, Brad Siegel and founder of the BronzeLens Film Festival, Kathleen Bertrand.

Also present was actress and producer Terri J. Vaughn, Atlanta tastemakers Evelyn Mims and JaQuitta Williams, filmmakers Deborah Riley Draper and Cas Sigers-Beedles and Sheryl Gripper, Director of the Black Woman Film Preservation Project.

Terri J. Vaughn, Brad Siegel and Cas Sigers-Beedles

 (Actress Terri J. Vaughn, UPtv’s Brad Siegel and filmmaker Cas Sigers-Beedles)

In addition to being recognized by AAFCA, Bobb was also given the Phoenix Award.  It is Atlanta’s highest and most coveted honor and was presented by LaRonda Sutton, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment.

Gil Robertson, Roger Bobb and Terrell Whitley

 (AAFCA’s Gil Robertson, Roger Bobb and Terrell Whitley)

During his remarks, Bobb credited filmmaker Spike Lee for influencing his career and said his success was a direct result of his “faith, passion and life-long desire to promote positive images of African Americans.”

Check out a few more photos below:

Ed Adams and Katrina Curtis

(Creative Loafing’s Ed Adams and Katrina Curtis from TMarie Radio Show)

Deborah Riley-Draper, Asante Bradford, Gil Robertson and Kelley Jackson

(Deborah Riley Draper, Asante Bradford, Gil Robertson and Kelley Jackson)

Sheryl Gripper, Evelyn Mims, Roger Bobb, and Kathleen Bertrand

(Sheryl Gripper, Evelyn Mims, Roger Bobb and Kathleen Bertrand)

Roger Bobb and his brother

 (Roger Bobb watching his brother during video tribute)

Morris Baxter and Roger Bobb

 (Jazz 91.9 radio host Morris Baxter with Roger Bobb)

Photo Credits: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com