INTERNATIONAL FAITH & FAMILY 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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Cicely Tyson
Actress/Advocate/Humanitarian IFFFF Legends Award Honoree
 
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Tasha Smith
Actress, Comedian and Model
 
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Monique Coleman
Actress
 
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Neema Barnette
Director And Producer
 
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Lesley Burbridge
Senior Vice President at Rogers & Cowan
 
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Will Campbell
 
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Margena A. Christian, Ed.D.
Lecturer/Journalist/Editor
 
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Shawn Edwards
Journalist, Pop Culture Guru And TV And Film Producer
 
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Matthew Faraci
President of Inspire Buzz
 
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Derek Folk
President Williams Tax & Financial Group, Inc
 
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Jackie Folk
CEO Williams Tax & Financial Group, Inc
 
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Ri-Karlo Handy
Senior Vice President of Original Programing at Bounce TV
 
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Leshawnda Larkin
Senior Manager at Samsung Electronics
 
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Darrell D. Miller
Chair of the Entertainment Law Department and Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild
 
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Gil L. Robertson IV
President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)
 
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Santiago Pozo
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arenas
 
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Robi Reed
Casting Director And Producer
 
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Lateef A. Sarnor
 
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Lee Strobel
Author of "The Case for Christ"
 
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Teddy Zee
Film Producer, Media & Technology Executive

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
An Inspiring Conversation with a Hollywood A Lister | Tanika Ray
Omni Hotel
International Faith & Family Film Festival - MASTERCLASS
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Leading Men in Hollywood | Laz Alonso
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Debra Langford
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 - 5:30 PM
Master Class with A Lister | Tanika Ray
Omni Hotel
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"Same Kind of Different As Me vs. Difference" | Matthew Faraci
Omni Hotel
Opening Night Screening (6:30 p.m.- Red Carpet Arrivals)
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
"STEP"
Omni Hotel
Late-Night Screening

International Faith & Family Film Festival

9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
International Faith & Family (Ticketed Event*)
Omni Dallas
Open to Registrants
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Inspiration | Debra Langford
Omni Hotel
Begin this glorious day at the International Faith & Family Film Festival with words of inspiration by one of Hollywood's top producers who believes in the power of God and faith-based media.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Emerging Technologies for Impactful Storytelling | Leshawnda Larkin| Lateef A. Sarnor| Will Campbell| Michelle Ohayon
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Matthew Feraci
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 and other digital technologies.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Red Carpet Arrivals
Omni Hotel
International Faith & Family Film Festival - Awards Luncheon
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
1st Annual IFFFF
Omni Hotel: Honoree: Cicely Tyson
"1st Annual IFFFF "LEGENDS AWARDS" LuncheonNew to the festival in 2017 will be the "LEGENDS Awards" luncheon that will recognize a Hollywood legend who has been victorious, purposeful, and incredibly impactful in their career and in the industry. This year the Legends Award will be presented to award winning actress, Cicely Tyson.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
"The Case of Christ"
Screening
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
"Marshall" / "Thank You for Your Service" | Matthew Faraci
Omni Hotel
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Writing the Vision and Making it Plain | Wendy Calhoun| Randy Brown
Omni Hotel
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.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Agent, The Manager, The Lawyer, The Publicist, and the Business Manager | Derek Folk| Jackie Folk| Lesley Burbridge| Marcus King| Talitha Watkins
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Debra Langford
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!
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
The Reality of Reality TV: How to Make Reality TV Work | Ri-Karlo Handy| Sarah Poage| Sitarah Pendleton
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Adrianne Hopper Williams
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!
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Actors Bootcamp
Omni Hotel
Back in 2017! An Award-winning actor who has appeared in the Oscar-nominated movie, Hurt Locker, gets IFFFF actors in shape for their big break.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Directing the Vision | Teddy Zee| Neema Barnette| Santiago Pozo| Michelle Ohayon
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Debra Langford
The International Faith & Family Film Festival recognizes the hidden director in you and has you covered with the insights you will 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 project of your dreams!
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Women In Hollywood | Debra Langford| Robi Reed| Sarah Poage
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Tanika Ray
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!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"A Question of Faith"
Movie Screening
(6:30 p.m.- Red Carpet Arrivals)
10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
"Mully"
Omni Hotel

International Faith & Family Film Festival

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Inspiration with Lee Strobel of "The Case for Christ" | Lee Strobel
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Debra Langford
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.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
International Faith & Family (Ticketed Event*)
Omni Dallas
Open to Registrant
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Film and TV Reviewers: The Art of the Critique | Gil L. Robertson IV| Shawn Edwards| Margena A. Christian, Ed.D.
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Pia Catton
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, blog posts and more for today's audiences that connect and make an impact.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
The Roadmap to Success in Hollywood: Building Your Brand | Sharon Liggins
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Derek Watkins
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 marketing and promotions, successfully entering festivals to how to present your best self, to ensure that you enjoy lasting success in a demanding and challenging industry.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Tasha Smith's Actor's Workshop | Tasha Smith
Omni Hotel
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!
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Next Generation of Filmmakers: IFFFF Short Film Showcase
Omni Hotel
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
The IFFFF Fish Tank | Robi Reed| Wendy Calhoun
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Derek Watkins
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.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Hollywood's Millennials: IFFFF Rising Stars | Monique Coleman| Ashley Blaine Featherson| Edwina Findley Dickerson
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Kevin Frazier
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!
Omni Hotel: Moderator: Kevin Frazier
Receive valuable insights, knowledge, and wisdom from a Hollywood superstar on how to have a sustainable and successful career in the entertainment industry.
*More details coming for ticketed events