Sponsored By: SAGindie | Presented With: BRIC TV
For this special event, we’ve invited three series creators and longtime industry professionals to talk about how they’ve built their latest projects and forged sustainable careers in the industry. Michael Pickney, Caralene Robinson and Anu Valia will talk about each of their latest series for BRIC TV while also reflecting on the path that led them to where they are now and offering tips on how to keep on top of a changing industry.
Anu Valia is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her short film, LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival and has screened at over 30 festivals around the world. Anu is currently developing the feature film, WE STRANGERS, which is supported by Cinereach, Sundance Institute, Women in Film, Tribeca Institute, IFP, and Hamptons Screenwriters Lab.
Anu has directed episodes for Comedy Central's THE OTHER TWO, created by former SNL head writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly and BET's FIRST WIVES CLUB, created by GIRLS TRIP writer, Tracy Oliver. She is the Director and Executive Producer of Adult Swim's, SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN. She's slated to direct episodes for Comedy Central's new shows ROBBIE and AWKWAFINA this summer. Anu is a Big Vision Empty Wallet 2018 fellow, a New York Film Festival 2017 Artist Academy Fellow, and an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm in New York and Studio Faire in Nérac, France. She is also an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad.
Caralene Robinson is a filmmaker and marketer committed to telling meaningful stories. Her career began at companies such at Coca Cola and Sprint. Most recently she ran marketing at VH1 and Logo, launching all series, original movies and documentaries. Several years ago Caralene expanded beyond award-winning brand and series campaigns by producing documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. V73 is currently being adapted into a feature. Next, she served as writer/director of scripted short The Bill. The comedy screened at more than dozen festivals, garnered five awards, and can be seen on several platforms including Amazon Prime and kweli.tv.
Caralene’s recent projects include producing digital series Sauce and King Ester, directing dystopian short Lifeline, and completing her latest writer/director effort, DisordHer. Sauce premiered last month at the Seattle International Film Festival and will be seen on Emmy-winning cable channel BRIC TV later this year. Indy project King Ester will premiere in June at the American Black Film Festival. And finally DisordHer, a short that explores the stigma of mental illness in the black community will premiere at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival later this summer. Caralene’s range of experience allows her to play a unique role within the content creation process that includes creating, directing , producing, marketing, strategy, and distribution. Caralene graduated from Howard University and New York University’s Stern School of Business
Michael A. Pickney has over 10 years experience as an assistant director on films and television series such as INSIDE MAN, TOP FIVE, BROAD CITY, THE 25TH HOUR, 7TH HEAVEN, THE BEST MAN, LAW & ORDER and the academy award nominated film PRECIOUS. Michael made his feature film directorial debut with YOU’RE NOBODY TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU, a gritty crime thriller Executive Produced by Spike Lee and distributed by Lionsgate. He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film THE CANDY STORE and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection. More recently he wrote and directed "The Trade" a film that takes place in the dark world of sex trafficking, the pilot presentation for his all-female unit tv drama "Blue Flame" and reached 500k views on Youtube with the dramatic short film GOD BLESS YOU. He’s directed a variety of digital series from SOLEKINGS, BLACK ACTRESS to THE COLORS OF LOVE in addition to producing the award-winning digital series FOR COLORED BOYS REDEMPTION starring Tim Reid.
Kuye Youngblood is an Emmy award-winning producer with experience in scripted and documentary series. She is currently the Head of Development & Production at BRIC TV. Her responsibilities include creative development of new series & managing a team of dynamic media makers. At BRIC TV she has worked on official selections for major festivals including Tribeca, Sundance, New Voices in Black Cinema, Hot Docs and ABFF.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Reserve Deadline: June 20, 2019
Made in NY Media Center by IFP
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