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2019 Panel

The Power of film to impact change

Following a presentation of her short film Illegal Rose, Harlem Lights Honoree and Filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper and CCBFF Ambassador and Actor Sherri Shepherd (Brian Banks), will be joined by Royce Brooks, executive director, Annie’s List, a statewide political organization that works to elect progressive women to office in Texas. These powerful, Black women will embark on a discussion surrounding the intersection of race, film and politics and the importance of using the art of film to influence change. 


Deborah Riley Draper

CCBFF Harlem Lights Honoree

and Film Maker

Sherri Shepherd

CCBFF Ambassador, Actress and Comedian 

Royce brooks

Executive Director 
Annie’s List 

Moderated by

Zakiyah Larry

Quest Media 

Getting to the Green Light

Diversity is the buzzword circulating through Hollywood, however, the path to leveling the playing field is an arduous road. This panel will offer insights to aspiring and up-and-coming filmmakers on overcoming adversity, cutting through the clutter and discovering the path to getting your film noticed.


Liliana Granados

Creative Executive

JuVee Productions

Elon Washington

Development Manager 

Monkeypaw Productions

Shayla Cowan

Chief of Staff
Will Packer Productions

and Will Packer Media

Image of the Capital City Black Film Festival's Public Relations Director, Desirae Jones

Moderated by

Desirae Jones

Desi Jones, co

Black Woman Rising

Meet talented creatives who are rising in the film industry. Be one of the first to preview their work and learn about their journey to the top.


Munirah Jones


Tia Williams


Tasha Edinbyrd

Take back the crown

Seckeita Lewis


Jabree Webber

It Happened One Night 

Textures & Tones

Earlier this year, Black actors throughout the industry began an online discussion about the lack of proper training among stylists and makeup artists in the film and television industry as it relates to styling Black talent.

Their cries were heard across the globe and this panel is designed to educate talented Black hairstylists and MUAs on the opportunities that exist within the film industry. The discussion will feature Black women who have forged their way into Hollywood after joining IATSE and the IATSE Local 484 will discuss the path to join the union and the opportunities that exist throughout Oklahoma and Texas.


Nikki Bell

Dept: Lead and Hairstylist 
IATSE Local 798 in Atlanta 

Tasha Edinbyrd

Take back the crown

Laura King

Business Manager 
IATSE Local 484

Moderated by

Zakiyah Larray

Quest Media