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AFFRM @ Sundance 2012

By Y. Marie Johnson

On January 24, 2012, AFFRM held its second annual AFFRM @ Sundance dinner dialogue, made possible by BET Networks. We invited filmmakers, film artists and film advocates to join a frank discussion about the state of black independent cinema. The evening yielded bright ideas, shared experiences and new personal connections with the goal of furthering and fostering black film in 2012. Onward!

Guests included: Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Michael D. Olmos (Filly Brown), Sheldon Candis (LUV), AFI Executive Director Jacqueline Lyanga, Sundance Institute's Bird Runningwater, Common (LUV), Goapele Mohlabane, as well as BET executives Loretha Jones, Stephen Hill, Connie Orlando, Maurice Marable, Robi Reed, Kendrick Reid, Kelly Griffin, and Urbanworld Film Festival Executive Producer Gabrielle Glore.

After the dinner plates were cleared, guests headed to the afterparty saluting all black filmmakers participating in the festival. The event was sponsered by BET Collection with performances by MIDDLE OF NOWHERE soundtrack artist Goapele and LUV's Common.





Adetoro Makinde | A Good Day To Be Black and Sexy

Ava DuVernay | AFFRM

Common | LUV

Constance Orlando | BET

Darrien Michele Gipson | SAGIndie

Datari Turner | LUV

Diana Williams | Tribeca Institute

Diarah N’Daw-Spech | The African Diaspora Film Festival

Emayatzy Corenaldi | Middle of Nowhere

Gabrielle Glore | AFFRM - Urbanworld Film Festival

Gil Robertson | AAFCA

Goapele | Middle of Nowhere

Gordon Bobb | Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka

Jacqueline Lyanga | AFI

Julie Dash | Daughters of the Dust

Kelly Griffin | BET

Kendra Carter | NBC Universal

Kendrick Reid | BET

Kisha Cameron Dingle | Completion Films

Loretha Jones | BET

Matthew Cherry | Last Fall

Maurice Marable | BET

Michael D. Olmos | Filly Brown

N. Bird Runningwater | Sundance

Omari Hardwick | Middle of Nowhere

Paul Garnes | Middle of Nowhere / BET's The Game

Qasim "Q" Bashir | Mooz-lum

Robi Reed | BET

Sheldon Candis | LUV

Stephen Hill | BET

Tilane Jones | AFFRM

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