Cartersville High graduate captures acting award at Cobb International Film Festival

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Noting she will “always treasure this moment,” Rome Brooks captured a top acting award at the Cobb International Film Festival. The former Cartersville resident’s accolade — Lead in a Feature Film category — paid tribute to her portrayal of Mary in “The Wake of Light.”

“I was sitting in the theater at the awards show and they called out the list of the five actors nominated in the best lead performance category,” she said. “Then they said ‘and the winner goes to’ and my name popped up on the screen and my mouth dropped. I jumped up and ran down the aisle, giving a few high fives on the way.

“I was so excited and had a huge smile on my face. I ran track in high school and college and the elation of winning a race was a similar feeling; total exhilaration. I was so proud that I was able to bring this recognition to ‘The Wake of Light.’ It’s a special film that I hope we can bring to as large an audience as possible.”

Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Brooks was raised in Cartersville, graduating from Cartersville High School in 1998. Before being known by her stage name, Brooks went by her given name — Beth Cousins — when she lived in Georgia. See more at Daily Tribune.

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