The Future of Film & Media Recap!

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It was an honor that I did not take lightly and as I thumbed through my digital Rolodex p/k/a, an "iPhone" and began to formulate the panel topics with Pierre, we realized that the framework had an electric synergy and could be groundbreaking.

   FOF Keynote Speaker and General Manager of CityLab, Robert Bole delivers the opening address

FOF Keynote Speaker and General Manager of CityLab, Robert Bole delivers the opening address

Fast-forward again and it did just that, broke new ground for the creative economy of Prince George's County and the surrounding regions. The three-day weekend event did better than any previous years and set the stage for continued programming that enriches the lives of current and future contributors to the creative economy of the DMV.

   Creative Commerce Panel (L-R): Ian Fay, The Lookout, Teo Melchishua Williams, Visual Jazz, Michelle Darden Lee, Gateway Media Arts Lab, Robert Wolgamotti, World MediaNet Studios #THESWITCH   

Creative Commerce Panel (L-R): Ian Fay, The Lookout, Teo Melchishua Williams, Visual Jazz, Michelle Darden Lee, Gateway Media Arts Lab, Robert Wolgamotti, World MediaNet Studios #THESWITCH  

A huge thank you to Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of the Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council, Carleton Jackson Director of Media Services at UMD Libraries, Donna Foster of the Prince George's Film Office, Pat Thornton, interim Executive Director of Gateway CDC and Michelle Darden Lee, Program Director for the Gateway Media Arts Lab. Also, to all the amazing panelists and Arts, Beats, and Cocktails musical performing artists: NuChoyce and The Mighty Peacemakers. 

   Lance Kramer, Meridian Hill Pictures, Tressa "Azarel Smallwood, Mega Mind Media / Life Changing Books, Karim Mowatt, 100 Films

Lance Kramer, Meridian Hill Pictures, Tressa "Azarel Smallwood, Mega Mind Media / Life Changing Books, Karim Mowatt, 100 Films

Check out the FOF website for images, videos and updates from this amazing experience that I will forever cherish and relish in as we continue its growth. #IAMFOF          

All images courtesy of Sanmi Jinadu

I've learned to truly appreciate all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me, even when I didn't recognize them. In November 2016, I met this group of filmmakers called the Creative Edge Collaborative through my good friend Desiree DuBose and although I appreciated their energy and commitment, my focus was splintered.

   Donna Foster, Programs Director, Prince George's Film Office, Yours Truly, Pierre Walcott, President/CEO, Creative Edge Collaborative

Donna Foster, Programs Director, Prince George's Film Office, Yours Truly, Pierre Walcott, President/CEO, Creative Edge Collaborative

I had the arduous task of galvanizing the entire creative community of Washington, DC under the 202 Creates banner and being an uber communicator (TV hosting, publicity, etc) with a huge government contract. However, even though the timing was wrong for me to be a true member of this collaborative, I attended meetings when I could and stayed in contact with the organization's President/CEO, Pierre Walcott.

   Carleton Jackson, Director of Media Services, University of Maryland Libraries

Carleton Jackson, Director of Media Services, University of Maryland Libraries

Fast-forward to me post-D.C. government contract and eager for new opportunities and as fate would have it one was presented to me by Pierre. He asked me if I could curate the 4th Annual The Future of FIlm & Media Conference at the Hornbake Library on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.

   Yours Truly, April Reign, Creator #OscarsSoWhite, Raoul Dennis, Publisher, Prince George's Suite Magazine, Michel Wright, Media Personality

Yours Truly, April Reign, Creator #OscarsSoWhite, Raoul Dennis, Publisher, Prince George's Suite Magazine, Michel Wright, Media Personality