HW Talk: The State Of Indie Filmmakers Of Color In Harlem (update)

June 10, 2015

hw talk at raw space-04ImageNation Foundation, Reel Sisters and Harlem World Magazine have partnered to create the Harlem World Magazine  HW Talk Series regarding the State of Indie Filmmakers of Color.

The goal of the talk is to assess how to effectively move forward in the film industry and maintain real power, wealth, and creative control” said Hadasah Ingrid, Harlem World Magazine contributor.

Can independent black filmmakers achieve true success in the entertainment industry by making an impact with great content and grab a sizable portion of the market in order to attain wealth, fame, and power like their counterparts in the digital age?

Diversity has taken television by storm in terms of proactive content and talent. What will it take to break further ground on multi digital platforms as well as independent or studio made projects?

With Social Media and web platforms giving unprecedented direct access to audiences, what happens to the indie filmmakers of color when their content reaches a large audience and they become “bankable?” What should they do? Should they go mainstream with a “Hollywood Contract” – if they do what truly happens to them?

How should we be doing business…the smart way? Is there a “Shonda Rhimes” in the film world? Can there be? How do we get there? Can we hold on to power, our content, and our own ability to greenlight and distribute our films?

“Our goal with the HW Talk series is to extend the conversation beyond what our local expert contributors create in the content posted on our website HarlemWorldMag.com as it’s pushed across our social networking platforms Google, Facebook, Twitter and Blogtalkradio.” said Daniel Tisdale, CEO and Founder of Harlem World Magazine, Inc.,. “Also, we are extremely happy with the assembled panel to discuss issues regarding Independent filmmakers in and out of Harlem along with our partners ImageNation and African Voices.” Mr. Tisdale Continued.

What: Discussion Panel on the current state of Indie Filmmaking for Artists of Color


Leslie Fields-Cruz, Executive Director, National Black Programming Consortium

Anre Garrett, Filmmaker, Producer, and Founder of The Collective Initiative

Sura Khan, Award Winning Filmmaker

Moikgantsi Kgama, Executive Director, ImageNation Foundation

Kim Singleton, Filmmaker/Reel Sisters Advisory Board member

Moderated by Hadasah Ingrid, Film Director and Harlem World Magazine writer

Where: Raw Space At ImageNation Foundation Soul Cinema, 2013 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., Harlem, USA

When: Wednesday, June 17th at 7-8:30 pm

To learn more about the Harlem World Magazine Talk series, visit HarlemWorldMag.com. Follow us @hwmag and on Twitter @hwmag.

About African Voices

African Voices Communications is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and awareness through literature, art and film. Founded in 1992 by a small group of writers and visual artists, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora. The organization publishes a national quarterly literary magazine and presents community arts programs. For more information go to AfricanVoices.com

About ImageNation Foundation

ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide. For more information go to Imagenation.org

About Harlem World Magazine

Harlem World Magazine is the premier destination for marketing and distribution of Harlem news, film, lifestyle and entertainment curated content. Harlem World Magazine, was founded in 2003, is a company that curates Harlem online, events and in print content to a 30,000 readers weekly and has a rapidly growing network. For more information go to HarlemWorldMag.com

HW Talk is a trademark of Harlem World Magazine

@ Harlem World Magazine 2015

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