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The Art & Business of Filmmaking: An African-American Perspective

African Voices Magazine

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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In honor of Oscar Micheaux, America's first Black filmmaker, four successful filmmakers will share their passion for creating  stories that celebrate our lives and traditions. They will talk about how they are carrying on Micheaux' legacy in their own work as independent filmmakers. The discussion will include everything from character development to the fundraising process.

Featured filmmakers: Byron Hurt, award-winning director of Soul Food Junkies and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes; Nicole Franklin, diector of the popular Little Brother film Series and Double Dutch Divas; Kim Singleton, director of nine short films including Kelly's Secret and On My Way to School; and Randall Dottin, the director of Lifted and the forthcoming feature film Indelible.  Please come with your energy and questions! Light refreshments following discussion.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Wed., Feb. 19 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Please RSVP in advance, seating is limited.

Location: Time Warner Center, Screening Room, 1 Time Warner Center (58th St. between 8 & 9 Aves.).

The event is presented by The Black Employees of Time Warner, Inc. and the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series. For information about Reel Sisters visit:

Filmmaker Bios: 

Randall Dottin grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He went to Dartmouth College and received his bachelor's degree in Film. He completed his MFA in Film Directing from the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division. In 2007, Randall completed a short narrative film, Lifted, sponsored by Fox Searchlight's program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. Lifted completed post-production at Skywalker Sound and had its premiere at Skywalker Ranch. Lifted was the official selection in over 40 festivals including the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and won 10 festival awards. In March 2009, Randall was named by INDIEWIRE Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Voices in Black Cinema.  

Nicole Franklin: A 20-year broadcast industry professional, Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker, television director, stage manager, editor, educator and web event host. For more than a decade, her company EPIPHANY Inc. has been producing independent films for numerous cable networks including Showtime, BET, IFC, Nickelodeon, Sundance Channel and The Documentary Channel. Her credits include The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys In Black: the Jamie Foxx Biography, Kids Around the World, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Black Enterprise Business Report, UrbanErotika: an Odyssey of Eros on Film, Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown and Little Brother.

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexist activist. Hurt is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT."  His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS’ Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens.

Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies, won the CNN Best Documentary Award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. Soul Food Junkies aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens in January and April 2013. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt’s next film is called Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In?

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Kimberly Singleton has written, directed and produced nine short films of various genres including comedy, drama and science fiction. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. Her film C-Lo: In the Beginning was featured at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Market in Cannes, France. Her screenplay, “Conscious”, which deals with a young poet living with the HIV virus, qualified her as a finalist in the 2006 BET Rap-It-Up short subject screenplay competition. Her 2002 films, On My Way to School and Kelly’s Secret dealing with teen issues related to bullying and teen promiscuity, respectively, continue to be screened in schools and for youth organizations in the New York tri-state area.

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When & Where

Time Warner Center
1 Time Warner Center (58 St. bet 8 & 9 Aves.)
New York, NY 10019

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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African Voices Magazine

African Voices is a non-profit literary arts magazine devoted to publishing and presenting work by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices will celebrate its 20th year anniversary in 2012. The magazine has published more than 700 writers since its inception.

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