Above: Nate Parker Foundation
Launched in 2018, #Talk4Reel lives under the umbrella of the PAFF Institute as an extended panel series, specifically for film and television enthusiasts. Featuring casts, top-of-the-line crew members and those making it happen in front and behind the camera for new and upcoming movies and television shows, #Talk4Reel digs deeper into the message, evolution and inner workings of what it takes to bring our stories to life!
Staying true to the goals of PAFF Institute, #Talk4Reel does its part to move both culture and careers forward. Take a look at the featured panels from our 2018 experience:
Nate Parker Foundation Film Premiere Event
Through the cinematic arts, the Nate Parker Foundation empowers young voices of African descent to advance social justice and revolutionize culture. Two films, #Hashtag and Baggage, were screened and was followed up with a discussion led by Nate Parker.
TV One: Social Justice Screenings and Community Forum
TV One hosted a free Social Justice forum to showcase their new short films, Evidence of Innocence and Two Sides as well as an intriguing town hall discussion of societal concerns. The event was followed by a panel discussion featuring D’Angela Proctor (TV One SVP of Programming and Production), Rushion McDonald (3815 Media, Exec. Producer, “Evidence of Innocence”), Cheryl Dorsey (Retired Sergeant, LAPD), Nana Gyamfi (Attorney, Black Lives Matter), Julius Tennon (JuVee Productions, Exec. Producer, “Two Sides”), Lemuel Plummer (L Plummer Media, Exec. Producer, “Two Sides”).
UMC Presents…New Series Showcase
UMC Presents…featured a showcase of UMC original series. Packed with preview screenings of episodes for four new shows, the event also featured discussions with talent and content producers followed by a Q&A moderated by Gil Robertson, founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA).
Screening films:Craig Ross Jr.s’ Monogamy, The Rich and the Ruthless, Fifth Ward, World Wide Nate: African Adventures
Seed & Spark
An innovative new streaming service is changing the way films are financed and distributed. Its equal parts streaming network and crowd-funding platform and founder, Emily Best, was on hand to discuss the future of filmmaking and distribution. This event featured the following films: Kingsley’s Crossing, Across the Track, and Matter of Black
In an exclusive screening of an upcoming episode of the BET hit series, THE QUAD, this event was followed by a discussion with the cast and crew: Jazmen Darnell Brown, Randy Huggins, Felicia D. Henderson, Kevin Arkadie, Sara Finney-Johnson
Sports and Activism Panel
Presented By NAMIC
Presented by National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the sports and activism panel explored the balance between the two areas and how to make an impact on the community and the world through influence. The panel featured Marc Spears (SR. NBA Writer, The Undefeated), Galen Gordon (VP, Talent Management, NFL Network), Ramona Shelburne (Sr. Writer, ESPN.com) and LZ Granderson (Sr. Writer at ESPN and ABC Contributor).
Featuring never before seen clips of the upcoming drama, Canal Street, this event featured an exciting panel of conscious conversation surrounding social injustices against Black men and the Black community and why Canal Street is a must-see film for such a time as this. Moderated by Okayplayer News & Culture Editor, Elijah C. Watson, the panelists included: Rhyan Lamarr (Filmmaker/Director), Mykelti Williamson, Woody McClain, Juani Feliz, Yancey Arias, Don Benjamin, Bishop Eric D. Garnes, Pastor Terrell Fletcher and more!
The Chi (Presented by Showtime)
Presented by Showtime, this event featured an exclusive screening of an upcoming episode of the SHOWTIME original drama series, THE CHI, from Emmy Award-winner Lena Waithe and Academy Award-winner Common.
This event featured a screening and discussion of the hot, new CW hit series, Black Lightning, which was created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. The conversation explored the concept of Black Lightning, how it’s finding its space in the realm of super heroes and what it takes to make the series great! Featured panelists included: Charles Holland (Co-EP of Black Lightning), Pat Charles (Writer), Lamont Magee (Writer) and Adam Giarconde (Writer).