Saturday, March 29, 2008
Doors open - 2:00 pm
Admission - $10.00
Raleigh Studios - 650 Bronson Ave - Los
(Melrose Ave. across from Paramount Studios)
Chaplin Screening Room
RSVP - 323/957-4747 (seating is limited)
beautiful and talented actress singer
director, is a performer who always
delivers. From her memorable performance in
the cult classic film New Jack to her sexy
no nonsense portrayal of Maxine Chadway in
the Showtime and BET television series Soul
Food, Vanessa Williams is magic guaranteed.
Born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant
section of Brooklyn New York she became a
member of the New York City Opera's
Children's Chorus at age 11. After
graduating from New York's famed High School
of Performing Arts she earns a Bachelor's
degree in theatre and business from
Marymount Manhattan College.
Vanessa arrives in LA in '91, "just to check
it out." She makes her west coast move
official and becomes one of the stars in the
Fox TV hit Melrose Place. She earns a
Daytime Emmy Nomination for her
extraordinary work in Our America a Showtime
original movie directed by Ernest Dickerson.
As hot mama, Maxine Chadway, in the hit
Showtime series Soul Food, Vanessa secures
the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding
Actress in a Drama Series.
As filmmaker, Vanessa, wrote, directed and
produced the short film, DENSE, which aired
on Showtime Television and is a favorite
among film festival goers.
Featured Films ::..
- 15 Min.
Kendra, an intelligent 8th grader calls
on her best friend, Rashad to help her
with her science project. After having a
brief disagreement, Kendra and Rashad
quickly call a truce. The following day,
Kendra comes home to find saddening
news, that Rashad had been killed.
Although she does not get a chance to
say goodbye, she must decide whether or
not to fall apart or try to cope with
her loss. A story of a young girl's
grieving process after the loss of her
Falena Hand - Writer /
Falena is a recent graduate of Temple
University's Film and Media Arts
program and a proud native of North
Philadelphia. She was chosen out of
many senior film students to complete
a short film as her senior thesis.
"Yesterday's Today" was Falena's first
major directorial debut, and its
success amongst community and
non-profit organizations has compelled
Falena to seek out graduate school to
obtain her masters degree in film.
Presently Falena is teaching
videography classes to inner city
youths, seeking out filmmaking
opportunities in order to further her
knowledge in the field, and writing
her second screenplay "Illa DELPH,"
which is her first feature. Her
ultimate goal is to direct mainstream
films of all genres, especially those
that tell compelling stories.
Fat Girl's Guide to
Yoga - 12 Min.
Oversized and with a knack for wise
cracks, Wendy turns to yoga to lose
Insecure at first about whether she's
cut out for all the bending and
is a disastrous combination of
self-consciousness and misplaced
undergoes a series of challenges, giving
audiences a comical glimpse into the
mind of a woman trying to find her "Om."
Tajamika Paxton -
Co-Writer / Co-Director
Ms. Paxton's career has included
positions in film, television and music.
She was the head of Forest Whitaker's
SpiritDance production company for three
years. She was an MTV Films Executive,
supervising "The Wood" and serving on
the development team for "Election" and
"Varsity Blues." She managed acclaimed
recording artist Me'Shell Ndegeocello
during her Grammy nominated 2nd album
and was also an Associate Producer on
Star Jones' first TV show. Taj's writing
was published in the groundbreaking
collection of essays edited by Rebecca
Walker entitled What Makes A Man: 21
Writers Envision the Future.
Gregory M. T. Colleton
- Co-Writer / Co-Director
Gregory entered Hollywood with "Road to
Freaknik," bought by Fox Searchlight for
Edmonds Entertainment. "Freaknik" led to
rewrite work, developed with producers,
artists, and studios in the comedy
world. He continues to work closely with
the Underground Films production
Ties that Bind - 24 Min.
Inspired by the true story of Sandra
Daniels, who used abuse to motivate her
success. The film looks at how child
abuse plagues the adult, threatening
their happiness until they are willing
to cut "The Ties That Bind."
Angela E. Gibbs -
Writer / Director
A native of Detroit, Angela Gibbs
attended NYU's intensive Sight and
Sound program graduating top of her
class before become a directing fellow
at the American Film Institute, where
she garnered the Mary Pickford
scholarship. She studied Theater Arts
at Howard University and in 1982, went
back to Los Angeles to Co-found
Crossroads Arts Academy and Theater
with her mother, Marla Gibbs.
Currently Gibbs is working on the
feature film Hard Knocks, due to go
into production late 2007. Whether
it's film, television or stage, Angela
Gibbs is passionate about the dramatic
arts and the potential of its impact
on the quality of life for everyone.