Dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of black filmmakers


Marissa Crespo

Marissa Crespo is an entertainment and business law attorney, author, and entrepreneur. As the principal of Crespo Law Office, P.C., she represents entertainment content creators, multi-national publicly traded companies, private corporations, and media conglomerates in complex commercial deals and general real estate and corporate transactions. 

In the entertainment industry, Ms. Crespo has been involved in deals for television shows on major networks such as NBC, VH1, Bravo, and WE tv, including such shows as Love and Hip-Hop and the Real Housewives franchises, and has negotiated development deals for scripted and unscripted television shows and films. She has negotiated brand sponsorships and IP licensing deals on behalf of  writers, and new media adult and kid influencers, secured the registration and SAG-AFTRA franchising of minority and women owned talent agencies and management firms throughout the country, and has successfully drafted and negotiated film deals for directors, writers, actors, and production companies as production legal counsel on films that have been premiered at Tribeca and Sundance. 

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Alece Oxendine

Alece has dedicated her 12+ year career to helping filmmakers achieve their goals, something she's actively pursued working at film festivals, art house theaters, streaming platforms, and distribution companies. Currently, she is the Director of Industry and Festival Outreach at Columbia University’s Film Program, where she is an esteemed alumna and is committed to giving back to the Columbia community. She is also a proud HBCU graduate of Winston-Salem State University where she received a magna cum laude distinction. Alece is originally from Durham, NC and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and is glad to call New York City home again.

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