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16th Annual African American Women In Cinema Festival 11/21-23 NYC

We encourage you to explore this film festival. Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival as well.

Welcome to African American Women In Cinema

16th Annual African American Women In Cinema
Film Festival

Wednesday, November 20th

6:00pm –VIP Red Carpet Reception

7:30pm— Salute to the 16th AAWIC Trailblazer Honoree: Zola Mashariki- Fox Searchlight, Senior Vice President of Productions
(The Secret Lives of Bees, Just Wright and Black Nativity)

Special Screening of “Black Nativity” Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

Starring; Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Forest Whitaker

Question & Answer Segment with Film Director, Kasi Lemmons & Principal Cast

Location: Clearview / Bowtie Cinemas —260 W. 23rd Street, New York City
Benefactor Sponsor: Fox Audience Strategy

Sponsored by: Greater New York Chamber of Commerce

Tickets must be purchased prior to attending the event.  There will be no ticket sales at door with the exception of AAWIC Membership Discount Festival All Access (Tickets $130.00) and Student Festival All Access Passes with valid I.D. ($95.00).

To purchase the Opening Night Pass $50.00
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Student Opening Night Pass $35.00 (to be purchased at Festival location only)


To purchase the Festival All Access Pass $160.00
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Seating is limited!

Thursday, November 21st

Location: ImageNation’s RAW SPACE, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue Between 121st & 122nd)

12:00noon-1:30pm Webisode Competition hosted by Al Thompson of “Lenox Hill”

2:30pm– 3:30pmNew York Loves Film Workshop Hosted by:The New York State Governors office of Motion Picture & Television

Meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development workshop on all the things New York State has to offer-tax credits, location scouting assistance, finding stages and crew, and more. Unlike standard panels and Q&A sessions, the dais, podium and microphones will be removed to enable participants to engage in a genuine free-flowing exchange of ideas relating to filmmaking in New York State. Whether you’re a first time filmmaker wondering where to start or a veteran producer looking to catch up on the latest, this informal face to face Q&A is an invaluable opportunity to Meet Team New York and hear firsthand about all the resources that are available to you.

4:00pm-7:30pm Screening Program 1 & Screening Program 2
Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront

Location: ImageNation’s RAW SPACE, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Avenue Between 121st & 122nd)


4:05pm- Due For Love
Filmmaker: Kwanza Gooden
Synopsis: Jade’s life drastically changes for the worse when her mother is arrested for running an escort service.
4:25pm- Sis Anna
Filmmaker: Director: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins
Producers/Executive Producers: Cheryl Lewis Hawkins & Sherelle Williams

Synopsis: One woman born in slavery eventually becomes a foremost African-American educator, scholar and visionary who fights for the rights of her students’ access to higher education.

4:45pm- Goodbye Apathy
Filmmaker: Osaretin Omorodion
Synopsis: Young woman kills her boyfriend in the mist of a violent confrontation, symbolic of a climatic burst after years of emotional suppression.

5:25pm- Secrets
Filmmaker: Mike Berry
Synopsis: Four friends reunite after ten years for a game of poker, drinks and catching up on old times. But old wounds are soon re-opened, setting the stage for lies, betrayal and murder.

6:05pm- Pursuit of Truth: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice
Filmmaker: Valerie Gibson
Synopsis: Our film chronicles the plight of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who seek legal redress against their abusers.

7:05pm- Heaven Help Us
Filmmaker: Mickie Banyas
Synopsis: After Mary passes to the other side, the Archangel assigns her to watch and protect her son, Maurice, as his guardian angel, proving to be a bigger challenge than when she was alive.
To purchase the Festival All Day Pass $50.00 (enable pass holder to attend all events for the day) 
To purchase tickets to Screening Program 1 $15.00

To purchase tickets to Screening Program 2 $15.00 

click here:

*Special Note—In addition to on-line purchase, the Screening Tickets and Festival Day passes will also be sold at this festival location. Checks or Cash accepted only.

Friday, November 22nd
Location: Mist Studios, 46 W. 116 Street, New York City
12:30-2:00pm “Master Class with Keith Clinkscales: The Path to becoming a Media Mogul”

CEO-Chief Executive Officer at Revolt TV and CEO & Founder at The Shadow LeagueA rare opportunity to learn the do’s and don’ts in becoming a Media Mogul. A once in a lifetime chance to get insider information from a Legendary Mogul!
Hosted by: Raqiyah Mays, Entertainment Editorial Director, The Shadow League; CEO & Founder of Broadway Night Out.

$20.00 For the First 50 to purchase their ticket! To purchase your ticket click here: Friday Festival Day Pass
Festival Day Passes are $50.00
“Neema Barnette’s Black History Mini-Docs” Special Screening

Legendary Producer and Filmmaker Neema Barnette (Civil Brand, Women thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day) presents Black History Mini Docs. These are a fast and entertaining way to educate young and old about the varying contributions of Blacks in American history. Think of it as the “Cliff Notes” for the digital age. Barnette teams up with her husband Reed R. McCants (Cuttin’ Da Mustard), also an award winning filmmaker. Reed brings his unique style of storytelling to chronicle the many contributions and achievements of the African-American throughout history.

The series will feature the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Madam CJ Walker and Malcolm X along with great living legends like Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte. Contemporary heroes like Tupac Shakur will be included as well as everyday un sung heroes in the Black community who have devoted their life’s work to upholding the race and giving back. Black Mini Docs is designed as a crash course in Black history. It meets the demands of our fast paced digital age by using quick cuts and cinematic savvy. Designed for easy access, the series can be used as an application on smart phones, computers and all media outlets.  Black History is a commercial for REAL HISTORY. Later sets will include: Writers, Actors, Producers, Novelists, Playwrights, Journalist, inventors, Politicians, Activist, Freedom Fighters, Musicians, Composers, Scientists, Inventors and Unsung Heros whose sacrifice and deserve tributes.

Question & Answer Segment with Special Guest: Reed R. McCants 

Hosted by: Roger Maloney Creator of UFront
4:30pm—6:30pm Special “African American Women In Cinema” Keynote panel

Everyone knows the directors, producers, actors and writers in the business. But who does the casting? How does one market a film that is geared towards the African American experience? What are the intricacies of these types of indispensable positions? Find out as we have a candid and informative conversation with African American women who are forging their own path in various areas of cinema.

Presented by: The Gilchrist Experience

7:30pm—11:00pm Film Screening Program 3 & Screening Program 4 Hosted by Roz Murphy (New York Women In Film & Television).
Location: Mist Studios, 46 W. 116 Street, New York City

7:30pm– Special  Promotion”The Lost Book of Rap”
Synopsis: Set in 1988 Brooklyn, NY The Golden Age of Rap. The young aspiring rapper Charisma Coy must find The Lost Book of Rap! When she loses her Father’s prize gold cross chain in a rap battle against her rival Mocca.  Her siblings convince her to journey from Brooklyn to the Bronx to find the Lost Book of  Rap.  She must find The Lost Book of Rap, win a rematch with Mocca and get her father’s chain back and home all before her mom returns!

Created & Directed by Ron Elliot
Ron Elliot’s veneration of story enables him to manage all aspects of a project from development through post-production.  Not only is Ron the creator, writer, director for The Lost Book of Rap but he has also Produced and directed a Hurricane Sandy documentary called Heart of The Shore as well as he is currently producing and directing Respect the Jux.

Cordelia Donovan-Publicist/Producer
Cordelia is a well respected publicist landing placements in all major news publications such as WSJ, New York Times, ABC, NBC, Fox and many more for a diverse set of brands and corporations.  Due to her love of film and her uncanny ability to mobilize she decided to try her hand at producing independent films. Within one year of adding this role, she has produced The Lost Book of Rap, a Hurricane Sandy Documentary called Heart of the Shore and is currently in production on a best selling book published by Simon & Schuster called Respect The Jux by Frank C. Matthews.

Angela Renee Coakley Producer
Before producing films, Angela Renee Coakly has produced concerts and events for entertainers such as, Patti LaBelle, Sinbad, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Estelle, Zac Brown Band and Pharrell.  She has worked on several Indie films including, The Bluest Note, Danny Simmons’ Footprints, and recently produced buzzing Indie sensation The Lost Book of Rap.

7:45pm- Charity Case
Filmmaker: Jenn Shaw
Synopsis: Charity Case is the ultimate thriller about a struggling single mother tempted by a charity offering a unique solution to all of her problems.

8:05pm- No Snakes In the Garden
Filmmaker: Annette Bonner
Synopsis: A beautiful young woman believes she has found true love, but quickly learns sometimes love bites.

8:30pm- This Woman’s Work
Filmmaker: Brandi Berry
Synopsis: Angela Dessisso is a survivor of sexual abuse. For 17 years her stepfather treated her like a girlfriend rather than a daughter.

9:15pm- Soaring on Invisible Wings
Filmmaker: Jamari Perry
Synopsis: Her entire life Jamari Perry has watched her mother struggle with Lupus. Now, an adult, she wonders how to best help her aging mother, all the while knowing that she has a 10% chance of getting this chronic illness.

9:40pm- Undefiled
Filmmaker: Raykel Tolson
Synopsis: Liz is a 40 year old single mother who has never been married. Her son has graduated from high school, and she has finally met the man of her dreams who wants to make her his wife

10:05pm- Crossing Jordan
Filmmaker: Marion McMillan
Synopsis: Jordan, a nontraditional woman of the cloth diligently grows her inner city ministry with love, music and dance.

To purchase the Festival All Day Pass $50.00 (enable pass holder to attend all events for the day) 
To purchase tickets to Screening Program 3 $15.00 

To purchase tickets to Screening Program 4 $15.00 
click here:

*Special Note—In addition to on-line purchase, the Screening Tickets and Festival Day passes will also be sold at this festival location. Checks or Cash accepted only.

Saturday, November 23rd

2:00pm-3:30pm Youth Film Screening Segment “Presented by: DCTV”

Youth Films

Unknown Road                               Filmmaker: Carmelo Varela

When Life Hands You Lemons           Filmmaker: Jasmine Barclay

Lioness                                         Filmmaker: Nicole Diaz

You Only Live                                 Filmmaker: Joelee Cummings

Memoirs of a Superwoman               Filmmaker: Khadija Charles

Love at 18: A Portrait of Odalys         Filmmaker(s): Alyssa Dyal, Josiah Johnson, Michael Onitiri
Day By Day         Filmmaker: Troi Hall
Admission: Free (First Come, First Serve)
Location: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, New York City

12:00noon-1:00pm VIP Closing Program Co-Presented by: The Sky Financial Group
Brunch Hosted by: The American Diabetes Association

Sponsored by: The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
                     African Women For Good Governance   

Closing Film Premiere ” The Magic City” Starring Jenifer Lewis and Keith DavidThe Magic City is a gritty story filled with hope and the will to survive.Hosted by Honoree: Winsome Sinclair

Location: Scandinavian House, 58 Park Avenue—at 38th Street, New York City

Seating is limited!
Special offer for the First 50 that purchase a ticket on-line!
Tickets are available for $35.00. To purchase the Festival Closing Pass
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For Press Inquires
Contact: Rose Guerrier (Festival Publicist)

AAWIC Donation Corner

“Support the next Generation of Filmmakers Today!”

Content copyright 2013. African American Women In Cinema. All rights reserved


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