What Comes Next

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 3:00pm

As we draw closer to the end of an unprecedented year, we step back, ask and imagine: what comes next for artists and filmmakers of color? Join us for a free live virtual discussion with Linda D. Addison, CR Capers, Michael A. Pinckney, curated and moderated by filmmaker and DCTV Youth Media alum and instructor Jamal Hodge. Attendees from near and far are invited to share experiences, ask questions, and join in the conversation.


CR Capers is the Founder and CEO of Harlem Film House, a nonprofit that creates and produces film & music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. She is also the Founder and CEO of the award-winning Hip Hop Film Festival. Her popular radio show and podcast Why You Mad Son? has generated over 3 million listeners worldwide and still boasts a legion of loyal fans raised in the global Hip Hop culture. Ms. Capers has directed and produced 3 films and 2 shorts through her film company MBS Films.

Linda D. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. She has published over 300 poems, stories and articles, and is founding member of the writer’s group Circles in the Hair (CITH) and a member of SFWA, HWA and SFPA. Addison is the first African-American winner of the Bram Stoker Award, which she won five times.

Michael A. Pickney has written and directed features, television pilots, and a variety of digital series. His feature film debut was distributed by Lionsgate and he has directed a variety of digital series from Sole Kings for BRIC TV and Black Actress for Issa Rae Productions. He produced the award-winning digital series For Colored Boys - Redemption starring Tim Reid, and co-produced BET’s Docu-Series From The Bottom Up. Michael has also written and directed The Trade, and directed the pilot for Blue Flame, a new series about an all-female undercover police unit. Michael got his start as an assistant director on films such as Inside Man and Precious as well as TV shows like Broad City and Law & Order CI before transitioning to writing and directing.

Jamal Hodge is a multi-award winning filmmaker and writer whose films have been an official selection in over 100 film festivals, and have won 40+ awards including Best Director (Hip Hop Film Festival, 2019), Best Short Film (The People's Film Festival, 2019), and the Audience Choice Award (Blackstar Film Festival, 2016). In 2018 he directed the first season of Investigation Discovery Channel's Primal Instinct and came on as a producer on the animated feature film, Pierre The Pigeon Hawk starring Nick Cannon and Whoopi Goldberg. As a writer, his screenplay Mourning Meal won 5 awards including Best Short Script (NYC Horror Film Festival, 2018) and was featured as a finalist in 7 writing competitions. Jamal's horror poetry has been featured several times in Space and Time Magazine, and in the upcoming anthology Chiral and Mad 5 alongside such literary greats as Linda Addison, Sheree Renee Thomas, and Jack Katchum.

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