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Deep Focus: Distribution & Festivals

On Thurs. July 7th at 5:00 PM PT | 8:00 PM ET, join us for our new hands-on virtual workshop series DEEP FOCUS! We’re partnering with Distribution Advocates, a movement to reclaim the means of distribution for independent storytellers, to discuss navigating distribution and strategizing festival season.

Deep Focus

Deep Focus is a workshop series centered on filmmaking from acting to cinematography and distribution. In these exclusive workshops, experts teach hands-on techniques coupled with a segment for Q & A and workbooks as takeaways. Those who are unable to attend can take advantage of a replay accessed from our Black TV & Film Collective library.

About Distribution Advocates

Distribution Advocates works to collectively reclaim power for independent storytellers in the current systems of distribution and exhibition. We are a coalition-in-formation striving to advocate for filmmakers and maintain plurality and originality in a culture that needs it more than ever. We fight for radical transparency, rebalancing entrenched inequities and blazing a new, more interesting, accessible and inclusive way forward.

Meet Our Moderator

Avril Speaks has been carving out her path as a bold, innovative content creator for several years, not only as a Producer and Director but also during her former days as a professor at Howard University. Avril produced the award-winning film Jinn, which premiered at SXSW and won Special Jury Recognition for Writing. Jinn gained distribution through MGM/Orion Classics and continues to be seen throughout the world. Avril has also produced several films including Hosea and the upcoming comedy Dotty & Soul, starring Leslie Uggams, Gary Owen and David Koechner.

Her latest projects include the NAACP Image Award nominated film African America, which is available on Netflix, and the docu-series Black America Is…, which has received support from The Blackhouse Producer’s Lab, the CNN/Film Independent Docu-Series Intensive, and the Kettering Foundation. Most recently, Avril was the Showrunner and Director of the docu-series Uprooted: The Untold Keith Warren Story, which is available on Discovery+. Currently, Avril is the producer of the feature film Pure, which is based on the short film streaming on HBO Max.

Avril has been selected for producing labs with Film Independent, Sundance, IFP, Rotterdam and Cannes, was a 2020 Sundance Momentum Fellow, and is currently a 2022 recipient of the Dear Producer Award. She is also a member of Distribution Advocates and is part of the Executive Committee for the newly formed Producer’s Union.

Meet our Panelists

Whitney Skauge is an award-winning filmmaker dedicated to diverse storytelling and representation. They are Vice President of Development at two-time Oscar-nominated Breakwater Studios, dedicated to the craft of the short documentary. Their debut short film, produced by Breakwater Studios, premiered at SXSW and was distributed by LA Times Short Docs in 2021. Their films act as an extension of social and political activism with hopes of helping audiences understand themselves and the world around them better.

Quincy Ledbetter is a filmmaker, musician, and artist from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Woodbridge, Virginia. As a self-taught jack of all trades, Quincy excels in writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and music composition. He’s made films for notable organizations such as BET, PARAMOUNT PLAYERS, NPR, TIME, COLOR OF CHANCE, MASHABLE, MIC.com, HUFFPOST, VOX, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. His work in media has garnered two Edward R. Murrow Awards (2018 and 2021), a ASME Ellie Award for News Documentary (2018), an Emmy Nomination for Short Format Daytime Program (2017), and two Webby Awards (2016 and 2021).

Quincy is the inaugural winner of BET’s Project CRE8 competition through which he received a one-million-dollar budget to write, direct, and compose the score for his first feature film, ALIEU THE DREAMER. His most recent short film, THE BLACK DISQUISITION, has been accepted into 16 film festivals, has won two awards for Best Narrative Animated Short Film, and one for Best Director.

In 2021, Quincy and his partner Yuki Maekawa-Ledbetter founded their production company, ML-NEBULA.

#MakeYourWork

Join us for Deep Focus: Distribution & Festivals and get the information and inspiration you need to #MakeYourWork! RSVP today!

 

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Members, make sure to use your code to access this event!

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BTFC Membership Orientation

Join us virtually on Sat. July 9th at 1:30 PM ET for New Member Orientation! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet fellow members, share your ideas, and become better informed about the BTFC! If you have not yet signed up for membership but want to or want to learn more, you’re welcome to join us!

The Black TV & Film Collective holds member orientation because we want to ensure that members new and old are aware of simple, easy steps you can take to maximize your membership.  Now that you’ve joined our organization (or are considering joining), we want to make sure you both know the tools and resources that are available to you, and how to use them.

This BTFC orientation session is important to ensure that you understand the process for seeking and lending help. We want to hear what you seek to gain from your membership and encourage you to jump right in and get involved. We also want you to meet each other!

Come to our member orientation with an open mind and come with ideas on ways to make the BTFC better serve your needs!

 

We’re looking forward to walking you through:

  • Staple BTFC professional development events
  • The BTFC calendar
  • Ways to stay informed and connected
  • Ways to get involved

 

 

Let’s work together to help you move forward in your creative journey! See you soon! 

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Office Hours: Get Help On Your Project

Need some extra support to help you #MakeYourWork? Let ‘s go!

On Thursday, June 9th at 4:00 PM ET, chat VIRTUALLY with BTFC Board Member and Emmy Award winning film/TV producer, Kibi Anderson.

 

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 project 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 and form 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. Limited seats available.

 

About Kibi Anderson

Kibi Anderson is an LA based business executive and Emmy Award winning film/TV producer with over 18 years of experience in strategy, business development, media, entertainment, tech, finance and entrepreneurship. Working in executive roles at Red Table Talk (President), Bloomberg Media (Head of Digital Strategy & Business Development), ABC News (Senior Manager, Business Strategy and Operations), and Broadway Federal Bank (VP/ Business Development Manager) she’s become recognized for her ability to mix comprehensive industry insight, entrepreneurial acumen, and strategic communications skills to build digital businesses and brands globally. She is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Wordsmyth, a tech-enabled platform for companies to discover and hire new Black + Diverse freelance writers.

 

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Office Hours: Get Help On Your Project

Need some extra support to help you #MakeYourWork? Let ‘s go!

On Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00 PM ET, chat VIRTUALLY with BTFC Membership Coordinator, actor, writer and producerKellianne Rae Jordan about your project or the BTFC!

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 project 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 and form will be sent to you 48 hours before your session. Please block out 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET on your calendar until your slot is received. Limited slots available.

 

About Kellianne Rae Jordan

Kellianne Rae Jordan is a multi-passionate creative who loves telling stories and helping other storytellers share their work through film, theater and events. She has produced several short films, including the award-winning project, “The Park”. Kelli has also served as a producer of both live and virtual events for local municipalities, nonprofits and private businesses. She is also an established actor and burgeoning writer who has written various works for the stage and for film.

 

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The BTFC Presents Pop-Up Legal Clinic by The Filmmakers Legal Clinic

On Tuesday, April 26th at 4:00PM PT | 7:00PM ET, The Black TV & Film Collective and The Filmmakers Legal Clinic are hosting a FREE pop-up legal clinic for BTFC Members!

 

Are you interested in getting free legal advice to get your project off to the right start? The Filmmakers Legal Clinic at Cardozo School of Law is running a pop-up legal clinic for members of the BTFC.

This is a unique opportunity to meet with a student legal team in a brief, intimate setting.  Bring your legal questions on fair use, entity formation, distribution, licensing, work-for-hire agreements, and other issues.

 

Registration Details

If you’re interested in participating in this event, please RSVP. Once you finalize your Eventbrite registration you will receive a FORM to complete. (This form closes on April 15th at 11:59 PM PT). There are a limited number of meeting times available.

Filmmakers Legal Clinic

The Filmmakers Legal Clinic (FLC) at Cardozo Law provides free transactional, intellectual property, and First Amendment legal services to visual advocates, filmmakers and video journalists working to move the social justice needle and diversify the stories that are told through media.

Cardozo Law helps filmmakers navigate contractual, legal, and business issues so that their important films can be made and distributed. To empower creators, the FLC provides individual client representation, educational services, “know your rights” trainings for community partners and pop-up legal clinics.

Client films have screened in leading U.S. and international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, South by Southwest, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, the Tribeca Film Festival, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Docs, DOC NYC and more.

Make Your Work

Don’t miss this opportunity to get legal advice for your project from the knowledgeable team at the Filmmakers Legal Clinic.

If you’re interested in participating in this event, please RSVP (and complete the form) by April 15th. There are a limited number of meeting times available.

This event is for BTFC Members Only. 

**Members, don’t forget to get use your SPECIAL CODE to access your ticket!* If you need your code, please email [email protected]

Interested in becoming a member of the BTFC? Visit www.blacktvfilmcollective.org/join!

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BTFC Membership Orientation

Join us on Sat. May 7th at 1:30 PM ET for New Member Orientation! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet fellow members, share your ideas, and become better informed about the BTFC! If you have not yet signed up for membership but want to or want to learn more, you’re welcome to join us!

The Black TV & Film Collective holds member orientation because we want to ensure that members new and old are aware of simple, easy steps you can take to maximize your membership.  Now that you’ve joined our organization (or are considering joining), we want to make sure you both know the tools and resources that are available to you, and how to use them.

This BTFC orientation session is important to ensure that you understand the process for seeking and lending help. We want to hear what you seek to gain from your membership and encourage you to jump right in and get involved. We also want you to meet each other!

Come to our member orientation with an open mind and come with ideas on ways to make the BTFC better serve your needs!

 

We’re looking forward to walking you through:

  • Staple BTFC professional development events
  • The BTFC calendar
  • Ways to stay informed
  • Step by step guide to using the Member Database
  • Ways to stay connected and get involved

 

 

Let’s work together to help you move forward in your creative journey! See you soon! 

Like this event? Check out other upcoming events and member opportunities.

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