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10th Annual Black Women Film Festival

June 13-15, 2014
Three-day affair to highlight stories that uplift and entertain

The Black Women Film Network will present its
10th Annual Black Women Film Festival at Spelman

The Black Women's Film Festival, sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios, and Madame Noire, kicks off on Friday, June 13, from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Spelman, in the Science Center, NASA Auditorium.

The Black Women Film Network,  an organization designed to increase the number of women of all cultures in the film and media industry, was founded by Spelman alumna Sheryl Gripper. The organization has given more than $15,000 in scholarships to women pursuing careers in film, broadcast and related areas and is undertaking a program to provide completion funding assistance in post production, marketing and distribution for established filmmakers. Gripper is also co-founder and executive director of the BronzeLens Film Festival, a multi- cultural film festival.


Schedule of Events

Day 1 - Film Festival at Spelman

The festival will feature seven films by or about African-American women, including "Danger World,"  by former Spelman Cosby Chair Tananarive Due and her husband Steve Barnes; and  the controversial 72%, a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor.  

Day 2 - Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshops

The celebration will continue at Atlanta Technical College on Saturday, June 14,  with "The Reel Business of Filmmaking Workshops," and Black Women Book Festival. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. Learn More

Day 3 - The Reel Networking Affair, A Dessert Reception

On Sunday, June 15, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Spelman alumna Jaunice Sills, director of program scheduling and promo strategy at Revolt TV, will talk about her multifaceted career and answer questions about her current position.

Based in Los Angeles, Sill's plays diverse roles in programming operations, scheduling, and promotion strategy. She works with various departments on tasks ranging from marketing programs on-air, managing a live news schedule, and integrating the Linear Programs with Multi-Platform Initiatives.



Prior to joining Revolt TV, Sills was manager of program planning at BET Networks in New York, New York. She was recruited into the MTV Networks' Associates Program, and held internships at MTV, Tyler Perry Studios, CBS News and Home Box Office.

Sills graduated cum laude from Spelman with a bachelor's degree in English. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Women in Cable Telecommunications.



Official Selections of the 2014 Black Women's Film Festival

"Room to Breathe," by Crista Baldwin. Stacey Carr, a celebrity interior designer, tries to find love while juggling her career.
  "A Glimpse", by Sandra Nixon. - Follows Detective Jackson as she works hard to discover the reason a suspect would commit murder.
"Elijah," by Janlate Mullins - A young couple struggles with a decision that could change the entire course of their lives. Won Best Actress at 48 Hour Film Festival.

"Good Girls," by Rhavynn Drummer, for young women of faith trying to navigate their morality.

STAND! Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement, by Donna Dukes chronicles the key events which led to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), select-ing Birmingham, Alabama as the site for the now famous 'Project C' (Project Confrontation) in 1963.

“STAND! Untold Stories from the Civil Rights Movement” features interviews from heroes and heroines of the movement, who have, until now, been inexplicably unsung. The music of jazz legend Cleve Eaton, who played with Count Basie, Ramsey Lewis and many others, is seam-lessly interwoven with hip hop beats from King B Low and gospel music by Nims Gay and Pat Fields. This authentic combination of music gives “STAND!” the true feeling and power that was the Movement.

"72%", by Janice Garcia & Jeremy Batcheler. A documentary on the sobering statistic that 72% of African American children are born to single mothers.


"The Helen Lindsey Story" by Maria Howell and Mike Ray. It is about one woman's determination and faith in God and herself after her life-changing experience.

"Sometimes you have to make do with what you have". THE HELEN LINDSEY STORY proves that truth. It is about one woman's determination and faith in God and herself, after her life-changing experience...leaving you feeling inspired, uplifted and encouraged. Directed by Mike Ray and produced by Maria Howell/OTG Films. www.otgfilms.com

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Danger Word, by Tananarive Due and Steve Barnes - Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, the husband-wife writing team, have announced the option of their YA zombie novel series Devil’s Wake and Domino Falls to ToniK Productions and Tonya Lewis Lee (Spike Lee’s wife). The announcement came a day after the short film Barnes and Due co-produced and adapted from Devil’s Wake, called Danger Word, launched online Monday at www.dangerword.com. Danger Word is directed and co-produced by Luchina Fisher, starring Frankie Faison (“The Wire,” The Silence of the Lambs) and introducing child actress Saoirse Scott (“One Life to Live.”)