FJK Documentary Film Festival + Music Conference: Review

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The 1st Annual FJK Documentary Festival & Music Conference was powerful! All of the panels were extremely informative and the movies were inspiring! This is the new place for artists and creators of unique content to discover ways to create, finance and distribute films and music by utilizing accessible technologies. Welcome to the next era of content creators. With the lofty goals of building a vibrant arts and business community, the inaugural festival wove together music, art, food, networking and TED Convention -style talks at the Southwest Arts Center. It featured creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, product displays, technology demonstrations and enlightening documentary films.


Vector Images 1 The “How To Market Yourself As An Independent Artist/ Monetizing Your Music” panelists included Speech (Arrested Development), Anthony David, Avery Sunshine, Dana Johnson, David Seeney, Khalid Gross, Asya Shein (Fusicology) and moderated by Dr. Oliver Greene (Professor of Ethnomusicology at Georgia State University).


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The “Finding Success With Crowd Funding” panel heard from Leatrice Ellzy, Fahamu PecouBreyuna Williams, ESQ, Dianne Ashford and moderated by Ed Garnes (Founder of From Afros to Shelltoes)

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Crowdfunding Panel_by Shannon McCollum _ Vector Images 1 Our final panel, “Radio Today: Terrestrial vs. Digital / Streaming Radio”, we had the best minds in Atlanta radio. Moderated by former WCLK host / Marketing Strategist, Ken Rye, panelists included Derek Harper (107.5), Wanique Shabazz (WRFG -89.3), Jamal Ahmad (WCLK -91.9), Terry Bello (CBS Radio – V103) and LaMont Carson (Founder & Producer of Basement Soul Radio). Props to the fusion band SolStar for providing musical vibes as well! This is a band that you want to check out! Radio Today Panel_Crystal Furlonge_                     Terry Bello, derrick Harper & Jamal Ahmad_Radio Today Panel_By Crystal Furlong_ Wanique Shabazz 2-WRFG- RADIO TODAY PANEL_Crystal Furlonge_



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The movies were the award winning film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” followed by Jeremiah Camara’s controversial debut film, “Contradictions” and the evening closed with a rare documentary on funk/pop legend, Sly Stone , “Coming Back For More: Finding Sly Stone”.

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Thanks for making the 1st annual FJK Documentary Festival & Music Conference a success! Visual Artist Wade Harrison & Speech_By Wade Harrison Jeremiah Camara, Jason Orr, Wanique Shabazz & Ken Rye_by Ric Mathis_               Avery Sunshine @ FJK Doc Film Fest & Music Conf._by Avery SunshineFJK Doc Fest & Music Conf. _Panelists 1_by Asya Shein                 Artwork By Wade Harrison262613_10151624014709093_612614608_n                         Vector Images 1 We’d like to give a very special thanks to Councilman Kwanza Hall for his support of the arts community as well as Fulton Arts Council, WRFG, Rolling Out Magazine, Fusicology and Asante Bradford for his consultation. FJK Supporters 2   Vector Images 1 The 2014 FJK Documentary Festival & Music Conference will be on November 22, 2014. Submit your music documentary by July 1, 2014 for consideration (!

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3 Responses to “FJK Documentary Film Festival + Music Conference: Review”

  • When is the next Funk Jazz Kafe? Anxious Montgomery natives want to know…..

  • Hi Cecile,
    We’re working on venue clearance for a mid May date then July 26 and Oct. 18th.
    Thanks for checking with us.

  • amen elohyim

    Im an independent hip hop artist, my contents are celestially orientated and aligned with the divine, i produce and rhyme. I want to become a part of this movement. Where do I start?

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