Dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of black filmmakers

Annual Summer Mixer

In July 2018, we hosted our 3rd Annual Summer Mixer at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Our summer mixer is our signature event where our community networks, eats, drinks, and dances to the tunes of DJ Jon Blak. Photos taken by Edna Holifield. 

Annual Screenwriting Retreat

Every June we travel a few hours outside of New York City for an extended weekend to focus on screenwriting. We also incorporate workshops, casual dinners, yoga, and group walks into our excursion. Our objective is to create a peaceful space in order to write and build genuine connections. 

Panels

Speed Pitch & Panel

Featuring Marvin Scott (HBO Marketing Executive), Janelle James (writer on The Rundown with Robin Theade), and Keith Josef Adkins (writer on Girlfriends, The Good Fight).

This event was divided into two parts: breaking in as a TV writer, and allowing our attendees to pitch their ideas to the panel for constructive criticism. 


HollandWest Productions

Featuring Warren Oliver, Tiffany Jackson and Kurt Williamson. 

The HollandWest team has produced content for  Wal-Mart, BET, and the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. In this panel they breaks down their creative and business process in regards to  directing and producing for TV, film and commercials. 

HBO & American Black Film Festival

Featuring Nikyatu Jasu (2016 ABFF HBO short film winner), Terron Jones (2014 ABFF HBO short film finalist), Kiara Jones (2013 ABFF HBO short film finalist), Greg Rhem (Director, HBO Documentary Films) discuss producing short films for the film festival circuit. 

Moderated by Lamonia Brown (director of programming at ABFF Ventures).

Making & Marketing Documentaries

Featuring Chana Ewing (Founder of marketing company Little Big Girl + Co), Jason Pollard (Editor of Get Met Roger Stone, Rapture), Sam Pollard (Director of Mr. Soul!, Maynard). Moderated by Rashida Jones (Senior VP of News Specials, MSNBC).

In this panel, Rashida discusses how to direct, edit and market documentaries with our established panel. 



Black Film Trivia Night

We get together and answer questions about historical black figures in cinema. Each member of the winning team receives a prize. 

Can you name the first black writer, director, and producer of independent films?

Autumn Screening Series 

In 2017, we partnered with the Luminal Theater for two screenings and Q & A's featuring short projects from our community. 

Stay connected for more screenings in the near future! 

Workshops

DSLR Cameras

Sterling Milan, cinematographer and director, teaches members in our community the basics of DSLR camera settings, composition and more. 

Screenwriting

Every month we host a peer to peer screenwriting workshop. Two members read their scripts (15 pages or less) and receive constructive criticism. Join us for the next one! 


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