Wonderful event and nice turnout. Special thanks to our sponsors and partners — The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University, BLAC Detroit Magazine, Thornhill Communications, Skillman Foundation, Motor City Media Group and Horizon Communication Systems.
I will be hosting this event on Friday, Feb. 19, 2011. Come join in the discussions about the entertainment industry in Michigan and see the HBO movie presentation, “Thurgood”. Hope to see you there. — TWC
Local filmmakers, entertainment industry experts and educators discuss the direction of film and television making in Michigan
Local filmmaker casting for new movie, “I Hope You Dance”
Detroit, MI — Focused on Michigan’s burgeoning entertainment industry, The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History, Thornhill Communications and B.L.A.C. Detroit Magazine present a special Black History Month event for everyone interested in the dynamics of the local and national film/television industry.
The “Black History in the Making Symposium — Breaking into the Entertainment Industry” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. Special guest speaker James Cofer, Jr., Executive Producer of BET’s new romantic comedy, “Let’s Stay Together” will present “The Real Hollywood Shuffle: Art of Financing Projects and Attracting Investors.”
“There’s always been a connection between the legal community and black entertainers that date back to the early days of the civil rights movement,” said I. India Geronimo, director of The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School. “We are proud to sponsor this symposium because this is a part of our history that we must remember, and the entertainment industry is part of our future, particularly in Michigan, that must be nurtured.”
Other special panelists and speakers include: Writer/Filmmaker dream hampton — Ghost Writer of Jay-Z’s book “Decoded”; Actor Sean H. Robertson (Detroit 1-8-7); Emery King, Chairman, Michigan Film Office Advisory Board; award-winning filmmaker Sultan Sharrief; Harry Arnold, filmmaker and producer of the movie Happy Holiday and Darralynn Hutson, producer and owner of DHutson LLC and head of product placement/brand integration for Maxsar Digital Studios. Trevor W. Coleman, author of the book, “Crusader for Justice — The Life and Amazing Times of Federal Judge Damon J. Keith,” (which will be available this Spring) will be the host for the day’s panel discussions, presentations, networking forums and exclusive movie presentation.
There will be two panel discussions: A Realistic Look at Michigan’s Film Industry, moderated by Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, Chair of Africana Studies at Wayne State University, and The Aesthetics of Black Entertainment — Finding Success in Television in the Digital Age, moderated by Dr. JuJuan C. Taylor, Chair of Communications at Schoolcraft College. Local actor Sean H. Robertson will talk to high school students and other guests about careers in TV and Film. Also, attendees are encouraged to bring their headshots and bios as Detroit filmmaker Harry Arnold is looking for teens that act and dance for Horizon’s next feature film, “I Hope You Dance.” Graphic Designer, photographer and owner of Motor City Media Group, Stephan Franklin, will host a special breakout session on “Visual Arts and the Film Industry: Graphic Design, Photography and more.” Franklin and friends will talk about the other side of the industry — behind the scenes and behind the camera.
Lastly, the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University will sponsor a special presentation for Black History Month on Judge Keith’s relationship with the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. This will be followed by an exclusive movie presentation for the symposium attendees in the Charles H. Wright Museum’s GM Theater.
The cost for the symposium and movie is $25, if you pre-register online and $30 at the door. There’s a special student rate of $15. For more information and tickets go to www.blackhistorymaking.eventbrite.com.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
12 noon – 5:00 pm
Registration — Pick up your schedule, name badge and swag bag
1:00 – 2:15 pm
Panel Discussion: A Realistic Look at Michigan’s Film Industry
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Jim Cofer, Cofer Entertainment Group, Executive Producer of BET’s new romantic comedy, “Let’s Stay Together” presents “The Real Hollywood Shuffle: Art of Financing Projects and Attracting Investors”
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Breakout Session #1: So You Want To Be Famous
Actor Sean H. Robertson talks to the young (and older) and aspiring about careers in TV and Film. Also, bring your bios and headshots as Detroit filmmaker, Harry Arnold, is looking for teens that can act and dance for Horizon’s next feature film, “I Hope You Dance.” (Hosted by Horizon Communication Systems)
Breakout Session #2: Visual Arts and the Film Industry: Graphic Design, Photography and more
Learn about opportunities in the entertainment industry that don’t require acting lessons. Graphic Designer and photographer Stephan Franklin and friends talk about the other side of the industry — behind the scenes and behind the camera. (Hosted by Motor City Media Group)
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Aesthetics of Black Entertainment — Finding Success in Television in the Digital Age
5:30 – 6:15 pm
“Black History in the Making” Reception in the Rotunda
6:30 – 8 pm
Exclusive Black History Month Movie Presentation sponsored by the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History
The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School was created to meet the need for a central repository for the nation’s African American legal history. The collection is dedicated to recording the history of African American lawyers and judges. Upon the founding contribution of papers and records by the Honorable Damon J. Keith, judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Keith Collection was firmly established. It has since taken a leading role in preserving and promoting African American legal history. The collection has been designated as the repository for the papers and works of historical importance by many distinguished persons, including Kenneth Cockrel, Judge George Crockett, and Steven Lighthill. The Keith Collection is also the home of the “Marching Toward Justice” Exhibit, which was created to inform the public about the fundamental importance of the 14th Amendment and our nation’s ongoing quest to realize the high ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
Black History Month is a very important part of our American heritage and the team at Thornhill Communications wants to do its part to keep the momentum going in celebrating our history through the arts, vibrant discussion and networking. Thornhill Communications LLC is a full-service minority marketing communications firm that offers big agency services. We have assembled a network of Michigan-based marketing resources that work together to meet our clients’ unique needs – professional writers, editors, marketers, photographers, videographers, producers, PR experts, web designers and more. Together, we create a seamless, quality experience with professional results. Karla Thornhill Coleman has three decades of experience in PR, marketing and event planning for Fortune 500 companies. Find us on the web at www.thornhillcom.com.
B.L.A.C. is the premiere lifestyle magazine for African Americans in and around Detroit. We cover the people, places and issues of importance to our community. We strive to be inclusive of the entire African Disapora in our region, covering African descendants of various national and ethnic backgrounds. We also empower readers with the information they need to fully appreciate and enjoy metro Detroit. We are committed to providing our target audience—ranging in age from the late 20s to the upper 50s—with engaging, high quality editorial and visual content. Founded in 1999 as African American Parent, the magazine’s name was soon changed to African American Family. During our 10th anniversary year, the publication was renamed B.L.A.C. (an acronym for Black Life, Arts & Culture) to more accurately reflect our content and mission. Our goal is to make B.L.A.C. a more trusted and treasured resource than ever before.