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MINI SESSION – BLACK GIRL JOY & TRIUMPH OVER TRAUMA IN BLACK FILM

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Speaker: Dr. Annette Teasdell

 

This session addresses the importance of Black joy as a counternarrative and a vehicle for transformative healing. Participants will explore examples of triumph over trauma in Black film.

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DR. ANNETTE TEASDELL

Lecturer of Women & Gender Studies | Africana Studies

 

Dr. Annette Teasdell is a lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte. She believes in the transformative power of education. Her research centers on the belief that culturally responsive pedagogy and a curriculum that is accurate, relevant, and appropriate can yield improved student outcomes.

FILM MAKING SESSION – FROM FOOTAGE TO FINAL FILM

10:45 AM – 11 AM | Director, Keema Mingo

 

Participants will learn how to take their footage to craft a final product. This session is led by film director Keema Mingo.

BLACK WOMEN IN ANIMATION

Halcyon Person 

Halcyon is an Emmy-nominated TV maker based in Rockaway Beach, New York. She’s currently working as Head Writer at 9 Story Media on multiple projects, including Karma’s World, coming soon to Netflix. Before that, she was a director and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. You’ve probably seen her writing on Nickelodeon and Netflix.

IN FOCUS

AN INTIMATE CHAT SESSION WITH

HALCYON PERSON

11:00AM - 11:20AM

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Karen Toliver 

As executive vice president of creative for Sony Pictures Animation, Karen Toliver is responsible for the creative supervision of a number of upcoming features for the studio, from inception to script, and through production. In her role, Toliver is also in charge of recruiting key storytelling talent and discovering and acquiring new creative material and intellectual property aligned with Sony Pictures Animation’s vision including original concepts, books, comics, video games, shorts, websites, and toys. Toliver is also the producer of the Academy Award®-winning animated short film, "Hair Love," directed by Matthew A. Cherry. Toliver has extensive experience in production and development, including 10 years at Fox Animation where she supervised the production of the “Rio” film franchise and the latest three films in the “Ice Age” series, which grossed a combined $3.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Toliver also spearheaded the original feature “Ferdinand,” which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Toliver served as a production executive at Walt Disney Animation Studios on films such as “Brother Bear,” “Chicken Little,” and “Meet the Robinsons.”

IN FOCUS

AN INTIMATE CHAT SESSION WITH

KAREN TOLIVER

11:20AM - 11:50AM

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HAIR LOVE Accepts the Oscar for Animated Short

Paula Puryear

 

Paula Puryear was born in the American South to a political scientist and Civil Rights activist father, and an educator mother. She is a graduate of Duke University where she co-founded the Duke University Women’s Center, and Columbia University School of Law, where she was on the Human Rights Law Review, and did a human rights internship in Kenya. Her experiences that summer with CIA operatives, gun runners and a failed coup led her to embrace the adventure of storytelling over the career she’d once envisioned in the law.

Paula currently writes for ABC’s THE ROOKIE. She has also written features and TV movies for Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, Showtime and Lifetime, and various production companies.

IN FOCUS

AN INTIMATE CHAT SESSION WITH

Paula Puryear

11:50AM - 12:15PM

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