Panel Discussion: Developing Film Projects as Black Artists @ Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg [24 February]

Panel Discussion: Developing Film Projects as Black Artists

17:00 - 18:30

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Winnipeg Cinematheque
Main Floor - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H3
Saturday, February 24 / 5:00 PM — Cinematheque
Panel Discussion: Developing Film Projects as Black Artists

Film is a powerful tool to keep stories alive. As we explore Black narratives through film we invite members of the public join in an open conversation with emerging Black filmmakers. Listen as we explore the realities faced by Black filmmakers and creatives in Winnipeg tell their stories of creativity, art and seeing their vision come into reality on screen.


Julie Hackett For the last 22 years, Julie Hackett has worked in the Winnipeg film and Television industry as a Feature Film Assistant editor, Documentary editor, writer, director and researcher who does clearances in her spare time! Julie is the Manitoba Jury Committee member for the Yorkton Short Film Festival (YFF) North America’s longest running short film festival since 2008. As a partner in Winnipeg based iSplice Films, Julie has expanded her skills to include Descriptive Video Services and Combined Continuity and Spotting Lists for feature films, and clocks time each year as a guest speaker and editor for the National Screen Institute’s New Voices program for Aboriginal Students from across Canada. Julie is currently a board member with the Afro Prairie Film Festival and is developing an historical food documentary series with ethno-botanist Wade Davis that she will write and direct.

Bisong Olaoye Taiwo is a film director, screenwriter, software developer, animator, and video game designer. Some say he is a jack of all trades and master of none kinda guy. He currently runs a video production company in Winnipeg and provides videography services for weddings/birthdays as well as produces and directs short films.

Adeline Bird is part African and Obijway from Rolling River First Nations, Manitoba. Adeline has a passion for social change and justice, so much so, she immediately went into the profession of social work. Adeline's passion and drive for knowledge, truth and consciousness gave birth to her podcast Soul Unexpected, which can be found at Adeline is also the author of the book titled Be Unapologetically You: A self-love guide for women of colour. Adeline uses Soul Unexpected w/ Adeline Bird and her book to inspire, create awareness, and get viewers to think differently.

Ben Williams is the Production Centre Director for the Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) – For the past four years he has served as one of the artistic, development and operational leaders. Ben has a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Advertising Graphics from Central State University in Ohio and studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan. For over 15 years, he has worked in digital media studios in NYC, Chicago and Shanghai and has freelanced as a video editor in the U.S. and Canada. Most notably, he worked for JWT/New York in the broadcast and entertainment division and for Wieden+Kennedy in Shanghai on an award winning, groundbreaking Nike campaign featuring NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Additionally, he can also be counted among the first generation of podcast pioneers and independent digital producers to emerge in the online community.

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