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Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) is an annual 4-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. HBFF’s INFOTAINMENT CONFERENCE features a wealth of informational panels and workshops covering a wide variety of topics which include: film production, distribution and marketing, pitching, writing for television and film, in addition to specific programs designed to inform and educate actors.

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Friday, October 26 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hollywood 101: I Want To Be An Actor, Writer, Director Or Producer –Where Do I Start?

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This workshop and panel discussion will focus on resources for the beginner actor,writer, director producer, will discuss the importance of networking, and give information on developing your talent so when they opportunity comes, you’re ready.

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Sheldon Candis

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis’ documentary “The Dwelling,” chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine. | Candis’ short film THE WALK tells the dramatic story of a wheelchair-bound septuagenarian who builds a robot suit with his grandson in an attempt to walk again. Sheldon has also... Read More →
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Matthew Cherry

Producer / Director
Matthew A. CHerry is a filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University Of Akron on a football scholarship and with honors with a double major oin radio/tv broadcast and media production and a minor in marketing. He is a former NFL football player who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinatti Begals and Baltimore Ravens his first three years post college. Upon retiring he moved to Los Angeles, CA and pursued a career in... Read More →
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Dorian Missick

No stranger to the stage, film or television, New Jersey-born, New York raised, Dorian Missick is a true artistic Renaissance man. This versatile actor burst onto the entertainment scene where he starred alongside Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant in “Two Weeks’ Notice.” Currently he plays Detective Ruben Robinson, partner to notable actress Regina King, in TNT’s hit cop-drama series “Southland.” | |   | Before joining... Read More →
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Ashida Onrae

Host / Speaker
Ashida Onrae is a dynamic host and inspirational speaker, native and current resident of Los Angeles, CA. | | Ashida’s intrigue with the entertainment industry came at an early age, having been exposed to it by her mom, Cyndi Reece-Thorne, a successful makeup artist, whose wealth of credits rang from CSI to the box-office sensation The Hunger Games. Ashida got her big break working at Saban Entertainment, which lead to positions at The... Read More →
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Amber Rasberry

Director of Development, 34th St Films, a subsidiary of Tyler Perry Studios
Upon graduating from USC, Amber Rasberry started her career in music video and commercial production with HSI Productions in Los Angeles, working with such directors as Paul Hunter, Little X, Hype Williams, David LaChapelle, and Sam Bayer.  Making the transition from video to film she moved to Naa’ila Entertainment with auteur Hype Williams where she worked on videos for Jay-Z, LL Cool J, No Doubt, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez... Read More →
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Nzingha Stewart

Writer / Producer / Director
Nzingha Stewart attended NYU’s Gallatin School majoring in Philosophy, but found her true passion as a filmmaker, and upon graduation went on to shoot over a hundred MTV & BET videos, garnering awards and nominations along the way, for artists like Joss Stone, Common, Eve, Keyshia Cole, Fabolous, and 50 Cent. | |   | | An equally in-demand commercial director, Nzingha has also filmed clips for ESPN, McDonalds, Coors Light... Read More →
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Datari Turner

With more than 15 years of experience, Datari Turner has worked along side some of the biggest names in entertainment including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Demi Moore, Tim Story, Francis Lawrence, Bruce Webber, and the late Herb Ritts to name a few. In 2011 and 2012, as a feature film producer, Datari produced a total of eleven films. Turner produced films “Another Happy Day” and “Salvation Boulevard” both... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
W Hotel, Great Room 1 & 2 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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