INT'L FAITH & FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Speakers

 
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Kevin Frazier
Moderator
 
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Debra Langford
Moderator
 
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Adriane Hopper Williams
Moderator
 
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DeVon Franklin
Franklin Entertainment
 
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Carl Gist
Moderator
 
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Tasha Smith
Actress, Comedian and Model
 
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Laz Alonso
Actor
 
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Kim Fields
Actress
 
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Blair Underwood
Actor
 
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Monique Coleman
Actress
 
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Edwina Findley Dickerson
Actress & Motivational Speaker
 
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Ashley Blaine Featherson
Actress
 
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Isaak Presley
Actor
 
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Elijah Kelley
Actor
 
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Richard T. Jones
Actor
 
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Robert Townsend
Actor/Producer
 
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Brian White
Actor
 
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GregAlan Williams
Actor
 
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T.C. Stallings
Actor
 
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Malik Yoba
Actor, Musician, Educator, Inspirational Speaker and Author
 
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John Singleton
Film Director, Screenwriter And Producer
 
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Tom Allen
Award-Winning Filmmaker/Writer
 
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Dr. Daina Berry
University of Texas at Austin
 
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Catherine Brewton
BMI
 
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Lesley Burbridge
Rogers & Cowan
 
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L. Scott Caldwell
Actress
 
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Wendy Calhoun
Writer/Executive Producer
 
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Will Campbell
Quantasy
 
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Jekalyn Carr
Evangelist, entrepreneur, artist and speaker
 
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Pia Catton
Editor-in-Chief of Dance.com
 
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Dr. Margena A. Christian
Lecturer, Journalist, Editor
 
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Michelle Duffie
D3 Entertainment Group
 
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Wanda Durant
Mother of NBA All-Star, Kevin Durant
 
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Paula Dofat
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
 
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Shawn Edwards
Journalist, Pop Culture Guru And TV And Film Producer
 
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Julie Fairchild
Lovell-Fairchild (LoveChild) Communications
 
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Monique Pressley
The Pressley Firm PLLC
 
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Matthew Faraci
Inspire Buzz
 
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Derek Folk
Williams Tax & Financial Group, Inc
 
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Jackie Folk
Williams Tax & Financial Group, Inc.
 
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Ron Hall
Author of "Same Kind of Different As Me"
 
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Fred Hammond
Singer/Songwriter/Producer
 
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Ri-Karlo Handy
Bounce TV
 
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Ashley Holland
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
 
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Reginald Hudlin
Director and Producer
 
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Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
 
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Jelani Johnson
 
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Marcus King
Manager/Executive Producer
 
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Jon Klein
Producer, Director, Executive
 
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Leshawnda Larkin
Samsung Electronics
 
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Sharon Liggins
Communications Strategist
 
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Janice Littlejohn
 
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Nancy Lovell
Lovell-Fairchild Communications
 
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Monique N. Matthews
Writer/Director
 
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Darrell D. Miller
Fox Rothschild
 
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Michele Ohayon
Kavana Entertainment LLC
 
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Connie Orlando
BET Networks
 
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Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin
 
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Sarah Poage
44 Blue Productions
 
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Santiago Pozo
Arenas
 
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Tanika Ray
Pop Culture Specialist, Director, Producer
 
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Robi Reed
Casting Director And Producer
 
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La'Porsha Renae
 
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Lateef A. Sarnor
Kollide TV
 
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Angela Simmons
Social Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Executive Producer, Actor, and Activist
 
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Amber Thompson
Artist
 
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Brad Tiemann
Executive Producer / Director
 
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Dani Van De Sande
The Reality Experiment
 
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Talitha Watkins
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
 
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Kiyah Wright
Celebrity Hairstylist
 
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Josh Webber
Director, Producer, and Screenwriter
 
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Jasmine White-Killins
 
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Tony D. White
Executive, Producer and Director
 
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Teddy Zee
Film Producer, Media & Technology Executive

Additional Int'l Faith & Family Film Festival Speakers:

Ngozi Paul

 

INT'L FAITH & FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Artists

 
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J. Moss

International Faith & Family Film Festival SCHEDULE

*Schedule and locations are subject to change

June 29, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 01, 2017
June 29, 2017

International Faith & Family Film Festival

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Making of a Mogul
Moderator(s): Tanika Ray
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Master Class
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Leading Men In Hollywood | Brian White| Laz Alonso| Richard T. Jones| Malik Yoba| John Singleton
Moderator(s): DeVon Franklin
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
This session features some of Hollywood’s hottest leading men and their perspectives on the industry.

This session features some of Hollywood’s hottest leading men and their perspectives on the industry.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sitting with Giants! | Jon Klein
Moderator(s): Debra Langford
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Sponsored by Bishop's Village
Master Class with Jon Klein
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
"Same Kind of Different As Me" | Ron Hall
Moderator(s): Matthew Faraci
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
"Step" | Paula Dofat
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Featuring: The Potter’s House Youth Step Team
11:55 PM
"Mully"
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening

International Faith & Family Film Festival

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Inspiration with DeVon Franklin | DeVon Franklin
Moderator(s): Debra Langford
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Begin this glorious day at the International Faith & Family Film Festival with words of inspiration by one of Hollywood’s top personalities who believes in the power of God and faith-based media.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Emerging Technologies for Impactful Storytelling | Leshawnda Larkin| Will Campbell| Lateef A. Sarnor| Michele Ohayon| Franklin Santagate| Dani Van De Sande
Moderator(s): Matthew Faraci
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Virtual Reality and other technologies are expanding the ways storytelling is being showcased. However, it is important to make sure that we have diverse stories and images present in this ever growing ecosystem. Session attendees will learn about the Virtual Reality industry and other emerging technologies needed to start creating diverse content. This session will also highlight some key examples of how brands and global content leaders in Film and TV are leveraging Virtual Reality.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
"Marshall" | Reginald Hudlin
Moderator(s): Pia Catton
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Writing the Vision and Making it Plain | Wendy Calhoun| Dwayne Johnson-Cochran| Ashley Holland| Evette Vargas| Michele Ohayon
Moderator(s): Tanika Ray
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room B
Whether a project debuts on television, online, or DVD, it must begin with a solid script. Screenwriting is a technical and emotional art form that requires knowledge of story structure, timing, and proper character development. Without understanding how these three interrelate, even the best ideas will fail to translate from paper to screen. Our Screenwriting Experts will walk you through the process of developing compelling characters, creating and using conflict to propel your plot, and meeting the structural requirements needed to tell an emotionally engaging story for television audiences and beyond.

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Agent, The Manager, The Lawyer, The Publicist, and the Business Manager | Lesley Burbridge| Talitha Watkins| Jackie Folk| Derek Folk| Marcus King| Monique Pressley
Moderator(s): Debra Langford
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room C
Does this Director have the necessary talent, experience and vision to bring my material to life? Which casting choices will help me realize my project’s full potential? How do I choose the right Lawyer and Publicist? Giving the proper attention and receiving the correct answers to these questions is crucial to producing an entertaining project that will draw mass audiences. Hear first-hand from leading Hollywood Executives everything you need to consider when assembling a team for your next production!
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
The Reality of Reality TV: How to Make Reality TV Work | Ri-Karlo Handy| Sarah Poage| Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin| Endyia Kinney-Sterns| Brad Tiemann
Moderator(s): Adriane Hopper Williams
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room E
The International Faith & Family Film Festival has reached out to experts in Reality TV to help showcase this ever-evolving genre. Do you have an idea for a Reality TV series? This session is the place to present all of your questions and have them answered!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Directing the Vision | Santiago Pozo| Teddy Zee| Ashley Holland| Michele Ohayon
Moderator(s): Pia Catton
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
The International Faith & Family Film Festival recognizes the hidden director in you and has you covered with the insights you’ll need to embark upon the journey of bringing your dream to the screen. Sit with established Directors and receive helpful information that will put you on the road to directing your first film or the film of your dreams!
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Women In Hollywood | Robi Reed| Connie Orlando| Edwina Findley Dickerson| Angela Simmons| Catherine Brewton| Kim Fields| Sarah Poage
Moderator(s): Tanika Ray
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Women in Hollywood continue to make great strides in all aspects of the business. Hear from A-list actresses and network studio executives who are kicking down the glass ceiling!
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Masterclass: GET MUZED! Change Your Hair and Style, Change Your Life | Kiyah Wright
Moderator(s): Tanika Ray
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Learn the celebrity stylists’ secrets to hair and more that inspires and empowers you to unveil the best aspects of your true self every day. Session will feature Special Guest Pat Smith – author, philanthropist, and wife of former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"A Case For Christ" | L. Scott Caldwell| Franklin Santagate
Moderator(s): Julie Fairchild
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
"Second Coming" | Blair Underwood
Moderator(s): Debra Langford
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
"Never Heard" | Josh Webber| Jekalyn Carr| Brian White| Tony D. White
Moderator(s): Carl Gist
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening featuring J. Moss

International Faith & Family Film Festival

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Inspiration w/ Robert Townsend | Robert Townsend
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Begin this glorious day at the International Faith & Family Film Festival with words of inspiration by one of Hollywood’s top hit makers. From the "Five Heartbeats" to "The Parent Hood" and more, Mr. Townsend has had an amazing career in the entertainment industry. He will share his thoughts on how his faith has served him well in Hollywood.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Film and TV Reviewers: The Art of the Critique | Gil L. Robertson IV| Shawn Edwards| Dr. Margena A. Christian| Janice Littlejohn
Moderator(s): Pia Catton
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room B
Having the ability to write a poignant review for a film, documentary or television program is truly an art. Hear from today’s top film and TV critics on the power of reviews as well as how to develop critiques for today’s audiences that connect and make an impact (and sell tickets).
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Roadmap to Success in Hollywood: Building Your Brand | Sharon Liggins| Tom Allen| Nancy Lovell| Michelle Duffie
Moderator(s): Carl Gist
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room E
Nobody enters the entertainment industry expecting to be relevant one minute and gone the next. Nevertheless, this happens with a fair degree of frequency. In this session, you will learn how to develop your brand and projects, from enter festivals to how to present yourself, to ensure that you enjoy lasting success in a demanding and challenging industry.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Next Generation of Filmmakers: IFFFF Short Film Showcase | Adriane Hopper Williams| Nicole Thompson| Monique Coleman| Carolyn McDonald| Fred Hammond| Dr. Daina Berry
Moderator(s): Bre Scullark
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room F
IFFFF is proud to support the next generation of filmmakers with our annual short film showcase. See short films from around the world and meet the artists who have successfully brought their visions to fruition.
12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Tasha Smith's Actor's Workshop | Tasha Smith
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Breakout Room C
With the great success of this workshop in 2015, learn from award-winning Actress Tasha Smith about character, motivation, and development to scene blocking and improvisation. No matter if you have been acting for years or just days, there is always room for improvement. In this session, you will receive valuable insider information while elevating your skills for your next big role!
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
"The Real MVP" | Wanda Durant
Moderator(s): Bre Scullark
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Screening
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
The IFFFF Fish Tank | Robi Reed| Wendy Calhoun| L. Scott Caldwell| Jelani Johnson| Ngozi Paul
Moderator(s): Pia Catton
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
A la “Shark Tank,” this year, IFFFF has created our very own showcase for your ideas to shine. During this session, bring your best pitch for a film or TV project to industry experts who will serve as judges. All ideas are welcome in the areas of scripted, unscripted, reality and feature.
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Hollywood's Millennials: IFFFF Rising Stars | Angela Simmons| Elijah Kelley| Monique Coleman| Ashley Blaine Featherson| Amber Thompson| Isaak Presley
Moderator(s): Kevin Frazier
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Hear from today’s up-n-coming stars on how they thrive in Hollywood while maintaining their spiritual foundation.
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Surviving and Thriving in Hollywood | Kevin Frazier
Moderator(s): Pia Catton
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas Ballroom DH
Receive high-value insights, knowledge, and wisdom from a Hollywood superstar as he shares experiences on how to have sustainable and successful career in Hollywood.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
"A Question of Faith" | Richard T. Jones| Kim Fields| Amber Thompson| GregAlan Williams| T.C. Stallings
Location: Omni Hotel Trinity Theater
Red Carpet 5:30 PM
*Registration is required to attend this event