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Office Hours: Get Help On Your Project

Start 2022 off right and #MakeYourWork! Chat with BTFC Board Member and writer, director, and 2021 producer Emmy-nominated producer (UnladyLike 2020) Okema T. Moore about your project!

During Office Hours we do our best to offer insight and feedback that can help push you forward!

During BTFC Office Hours we’ll answer general production questions and provide an environment where you can get advice and feedback on your projects from industry professionals.

How can we better describe them? It’s an open door for any member who would like to just come in and ask a question. Get a second pair of eyes on a rough cut, get some help on budgets, have your script reviewed…Remember back in the day when our professors had office hours and you would just go in to ask a question or get some help? That is what these office hours are like.

Join us to talk about your projects and ideas, so that you’re better equipped to move them forward. It’s all-time well spent.

NOTE: 40-minute slots will be assigned on a first RSVP basis. A Zoom link will be sent to you 48 hours before your session. Please block out 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET on your calendar until your slot is received.


About Okema T. Moore

Okema T. Moore is a seasoned producer, writer, and director who started as a child actor on Sesame Street, cultivating quite a life of experiences since then. These experiences include sharing an EMMY Nomination for a PSA she AD’d, produced and voiced, premiering as a digital series producer at Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca N.O.W. 2019, producing the NAACP nominated doc series UNLADYLIKE2020 for PBS, and producing the American Black Film Festival 2019 Best Web Series, Little Apple. She can be seen as a hologram in Brian Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL, and in successful web series such as Makeup X Breakup and the Emmy Nominated Pillow Talk.Behind the scenes, Okema holds a BS in finance and business from Brooklyn College and a Producing Certification from NYU’s SPS. A member of the Board of Directors of the Black TV & Film Collective, Okema leads Programming.


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Nielsen VP Charlene Polite Corley on “The Download”

Join us for a conversation about diversity and representation in the TV industry with Charlene Polite Corley, VP of Diverse Insights & Partnerships at Nielsen.


You don’t want to miss thisvirtual FREE, LIVE insiderconversation and the opportunity to discuss the findings of the latest Nielsen report on diversity and how it impacts and informs representation in Hollywood!


On Mon. December 20th at 7:30PM ET, Charlene Polite Corley, Vice President, Diverse Insights & Partnerships at Nielsen will discuss her role as VP of Diverse Insights and Partnerships at Nielsen, the findings of the latest Nielsen diversity report and how it directly impacts Black screenwriters in the film and TV industry.


Charlene is passionate about representation in media. As a part of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team, Charlene is responsible for thought leadership and research development leveraging Nielsen data that enables the perspectives, needs and value of historically excluded groups to be more fully understood. In her current role, Charlene also collaborates with media industry and advocacy organizations to drive equity and awareness for diverse communities.


Ron McCants(BTFC Board Member, Co-Founder of The Parity Project) will be moderating this conversation. Ron holds his MFA and is a TV writer, award-winning playwright and WGA member who has written for Speechless. His plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and London.


Ron was a writer for the Disney/ABC Writing Program and a recipient of multiple playwriting awards and the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship for children’s television. He was most recently a staff writer on Chicago Fire, has written a music video for Nas and worked on Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier. Ron is a Board Member of the Black TV & Film Collective. He also co-founder The Parity Project, an organization aimed at improving the career outcomes of marginalized writers through data.


This discussion will also include a roundtable featuring BTFC members, Laura Fielder (Screenwriter, BTFC Co-Founder and Board Member), Monique Hazeur (BTFC Producers Fellow, “I Won the Lottery”), April Guscott (BTFC Member, Screenwriter), and Dafina Roberts (BTFC Member, Writer) and providing them with an opportunity to ask our guest pressing questions.


This is your opportunity to educate yourself on what the present data says about the future of Hollywood and diversity in the entertainment industry!


Interested in becoming a member? Visit www.blacktvfilmcollective.org/join


Building Your Network

On Thursday, Oct. 28th at 7:30 PM ET; join us for another conversation on directing – and this time, we’re talking about building your network – and netWORTH! 

Building your network can be trivial if you’re unsure where to start. Is film school still a better option than going the unorthodox route? How do you distinguish yourself – better yet, how do you even find your voice and brand in such a saturated market? We’re taking the guesswork and self-doubt out of your journey with this panel of creatives who have taken different paths in their journey – but all meet here at the BTFC Director’s Chair!

This panel will be moderated by award-winning filmmaker, musician, photographer, and artist, Quincy G. Ledbetter (Director, 2021 Webby Award Winner “Alieu the Dreamer”). Quincy will be joined by other multi-hyphenate creatives who have chartered unknown territory but are still Making Their Work! This panel features Denzel Whitaker (NAACP Award-Winning Actor & Filmmaker), Lisa Janae (Actor, Filmmaker & Founder of TERRA Visuals LLC), Craig T. Williams (Writer/Producer/Editor), and Yhá Mourhia Wright (Award-Winning Filmmaker & Actor, “#LoveMyRoomie”).

Our discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A – see you there and come ready to take notes!

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Building Your Network


Speakers Series: Producing Short Films During COVID

Are you wondering how and when to take your script into production; particularly in light of the continued COVID pandemic? This is a question only you can answer, based on your comfort level, capabilities as a producer and resources. To help with your assessment, join us for a chat with Producer and Certified COVID Safety Officer Okema T. Moore, as she shares production protocols and union rules that all film productions, large and small, should be aware of and implement if they decide to proceed with filming. During the chat Okema will share her experience on set and on location throughout the pandemic, as a producer/director and CCO respectively, along with best practices and budgeting ideas. The talk will be interactive, with a Q&A at the end.  Like this event? Check out other upcoming events and member opportunities.
Okema Moore
Okema T. Moore is an actress, producer, writer, and director. She most recently completed producing – during the pandemic – the PBS/American Masters docu-series Unladylike2020 and producing/directing a feature-length documentary for network television.  As a regional EMMY nominee and an alum of the Tribeca Film Festival, Okema has produced and directed a number of projects ranging from web series – like 2019 ABFF winner Little Apple – to branded content for Netflix, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks and FOX. She has also produced shows for the Food Network, TLC and OWN.  Okema is a Certified COVID Compliance Officer for clients that include Netflix, Spike Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule, NY’s Governor Cuomo and the 2020 Gotham Awards.


Speakers Series feat. Effie T. Brown, CEO “Gamechanger Films”

We have a true pioneer and renaissance woman Effie T. Brown in the (virtual) house on April 10th at 12 PM ET to chat with us about her journey in becoming a filmmaker. She’ll also dive into the trials and tribulations she encountered and how they helped shape her career to where it is now.

Effie has produced some of our favorite films and projects from Dear White People to Lee Daniels’ STAR on Fox. Her achievements led to her most recently being named CEO Of Gamechanger Films which launched in 2013 as the first film fund for women filmmakers.

Under Effie’s leadership – this fund has expanded to include projects by people of color for people of color, LGBTQ+ stories and, people with disabilities.

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Effie T. Brown is the CEO of Gamechanger Films, which launched in 2013 as the first film fund for women filmmakers and now under Brown’s leadership includes projects by and about people of color, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities as well as its expansion into television and digital content. Brown is also an award-winning film, television, and digital producer known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Brown has produced several critically acclaimed films and award-winning projects including Real Women Have Curves (directed by Patricia Cardosa), Dear White People​ (2015 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay), HBO’s Project Greenlight (Executive Produced by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck), among several others. Brown also served as an executive producer on Lee Daniels’ ​STAR ​on FOX and Disney Channel’s ​Zombies. Prior to Gamechanger, Brown founded Duly Noted Inc., a company dedicated to ground-breaking narratives that use the genre to challenge and advance our culture in a disruptive way. Brown’s dream is to change the world through film and TV – celebrating our differences while bringing us all closer together.


Sound of Metal: Discussion Circle

Let’s talk about the highly acclaimed film, Sound of Metal. 

On Thursday, May 27th; we’re discussing the highly praised film,  the Sound of Metal. Come ready to dive into what makes this film that won the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, the Academy Award for Best Sound…the Critic’s Choice Movie Award for Best Editing – to name a few – resonate with audiences across the globe.

We’ll be discussing:

  • The Protagonist
  • Characters
  • Themes
  • Three Act Structure

The Sound of Metal has reinspired filmmakers to take a creative leap in storytelling and owning diverse narratives. Please watch the film and read the script prior to our discussion.

About Sound of Metal :

The life of an itinerant punk-metal drummer (Riz Ahmed) begins to unravel when he suddenly loses his hearing, and with it, his identity. Directed by Darius Marder with an original screenplay by Darius and Abraham Marder; story by Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance.

Genre: Drama

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