This documentary film festival & music conference is for creatively inspired individuals interested in learning, developing and sharing ideas to coincide with new millennium strategies about how to thrive within the new film, video and music industries as it relates to their ever-evolving ecosystems. This is the golden age for real creators utilizing and integrating technology to produce various intellectual content as well as sustain a living. We will have informative and enlightening panels and workshops with a spotlight on inspiring documentary films. This is a conference for everyone!
FJK DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL & MUSIC CONFERENCE:
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time: 10:00am – 11:00pm (Scroll down for full panel schedule and film screening times)
Held in the vibrant and creative backdrop of the Southwest Arts Center, FJK Documentary Film Festival & Music Conference brings together cultured audiences, artists and influential documentary films.
Built from experience and community partnerships, this film festival / music conference presents a unique program of proactive dialogue, networking and documentary films. Here are some panels/workshops sessions incorporating music, film, videos and technology that we will be presenting along with other activities throughout the conference:
10:00am – 11:45am – How To Market Yourself As An Independent Artist With Digital Media/ Monetizing Your Music
Moderated by Dr. Oliver Greene (Associate Professor, World Music / Ethnomusicology, Georgia State University)
Dr. Oliver N. Greene, Jr., a native of LaGrange, GA, is an associate professor of music at Georgia State University where he teaches courses on traditional world music, the popular music of select countries and carnival traditions of the Americas, and has produced numerous world music shows. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology (emphasis, ethnomusicology) from Florida State University, Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. He has published articles in the Black Music Research Journal (2002, 1999), Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of Music (2005), and the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (1998) and Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2008), as well as in the book The Garifuna: A Nation Across Borders (2005). He has created websites on Garifuna music and ritual arts traditions. In 2005 he presented a paper at the Seminaire d’Ethnomusicologie at the International Gwoka Music Festival in Guadaloupe, French West Indies and directed a study abroad to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil. He has presented at meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Center for Black Music Research (CBMR), and International Council of Traditional Music. As a recipient of a Rockefeller fellowship at the CBMR in Chicago in 2000, he conducted fieldwork and research on the relationships between art, dance and music in the expression of ethnic identity in the wanaragua (Jankunú) ritual of the Garifuna of Belize. He has also conducted research on popular music and ancestor veneration rituals of the Garifuna in Belize and Honduras. His documentary film, “Play, Jankunú Play: The Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual in Belize” (2007) has been screened at scholarly conferences, universities, film festivals and cultural art affairs in Aukland, New Zealand; Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Dangriga, Belize; Belgrade, Serbia; Honolulu, Hawaii; the Bronx, NY; Rutgers, NJ; and Atlanta, GA.
SPEECH (Artist, Arrested Development)
He is a member of the progressive hip hop group Arrested Development and has released a number of solo albums. Speech also started Vagabond Productions since 1994 – Vagabond started as a vehicle for Grammy winners Arrested Development and their business dealings and became a promoter of neo soul, hip-hop, and rock concerts in Atlanta. The company then switched to representing artist in U.S. & Japan. Since then, Vagabond has become an all around production house that presents music to various labels and on-line outlets across the globe. Arrested Development continues to tour the U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East.
ANTHONY DAVID (Artist/ Singer)
Shortly after getting settled, he struck up a friendship with India.Arie and penned a song for her debut, 2001′s Acoustic Soul. At one point, he was Arie’s manager. After he warmed to the idea of being a performer — rather than just a songwriter — in his own right, he hooked up with the local Brash label, which released 3 Chords & the Truth (2004) and The Red Clay Chronicles (2006). (Dome issued both of the albums in the U.K.) Through Arie’s Universal-distributed Soulbird, Acey Duecy was put together for a 2008 release; it combined tracks from the two independent releases for greater exposure and reached number 30 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He then switched to the eOne label, where he released As Above So Below (featuring the Enchantment-inspired Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop hit “4evermore,” 2011), the compilation #LocationLocationLocation (2011), and Love Out Loud (2012).
AVERY SUNSHINE (Artist/Singer)
With over 25,000 albums sold independently and 200-plus reviews and features, including VH1.com, Vibe.com, BET.com, JET, USA Today, The Washington Post and more, Avery Sunshine has made her presence known. Her videos “All in My Head” and “Ugly” landed heavy rotation on Music Choice, VH1 Soul and Centric. And she’s toured with Ledisi and shared the stage with Kem, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell, and the legendary B.B. King, among others. In 2010, Avery won Best New Artist at the Reader’s Choice Awards. The following year, JET Magazine named her one of their 5 rising Indie Artists. Flexing her theater and thespian skills, Avery starred in the musical drama, I Dream, directed by Jasmine Guy, in addition to appearing on BBC 2 Live with Jools Holland. Her song “Like This” was featured in the TBS series, Franklin & Bash. And she appears on Will Downing’s latest release, Silver, on the duet “You Were Meant Just For Me.”
DANA JOHNSON (Music Producer /Music Marketer)
Founding partner in BigShine Music with artist, Avery Sunshine.
DAVID SWEENEY (Fresh Behavior Media, Kolsole Kings LLC)
David Sweeney is a Media Content Creator helping businesses and organizations thrive, utilizing social media and multi-platform distribution platforms. With over 12 years of professional experience creating impactful media content, Sweeney is recognized as an innovative and creative entrepreneur experienced in the areas of media production, and videography. Fresh Behavior Media takes a unique and creative approach to media creation. They look for ways to add an extra dimension to content by merging traditional media with advancements in platform technology, distribution, and enhancements to create a bond with the target audience. They specializing in:
•Video Production for website and application distribution
•Digital Content and Brand development
•Digital Platform Creation (Websites, Smartphone/Tablet Applications)
•Social Media Integration
KHALID F. GROSS (Broken Equipment)
Gross is a managing partner of Broken Equipment Productions (BEP). He oversees business development
and special projects for the company. Most recently, He led the initiative to develop and release BEP’s first Android App. Gross has worked in the broadcast/digital media industry for over 12 years. He has worked with media companies and organizations such as Harpo Productions, National Public Radio (NPR), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), AllHipHop.com, and GoDigital Media Group undertaking responsibilities in the production, distribution, acquisitions and business affairs departments. Gross earned a BA from Morehouse College and has completed graduate-level coursework in film and business management at Cooper Union and the University of Maryland respectively.
ASYA SHEIN (Marketer, Founder of Fusicology)
Within the realms of new media and quality urban music, Asya Shein is the quintessential Renaissance woman. A veteran in the music industry from an early age, Shein has managed to keep ahead of the curve of pop culture, always striving to stay fresh by introducing new sounds, events and talent to an unsuspecting public. With an uncanny knack for finding the next big thing on the pop culture underground, the Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based entrepreneur has garnered respect from the global underground industry for her uncanny ability to promote and market quality music while maintaining its integrity. Shein has established herself as the go-to source for a great promotion from start to spectacular finish. In 2003 Shein founded Fusicology, a lifestyle marketing company that focuses on event production, promotion, alternative advertising and new media. What started out In addition to its more business-oriented role, Fusicology also spawned a weekly e-newsletter, listing events. The expansion was rapid. Within 3 years, 18 cities in North America were listing their events on their respective city sites. As of the first quarter of 2011, the site will expand overseas to include markets like Amsterdam, Johannesburg and more. With a worldwide audience, Fusicology is currently receiving over 2 million hits a month. The site has become a portal for progressive music and culture with an emphasis on event listings and abundant content an important resource for the industry insider and discerning music fan. In recent years, corporate America has seen Fusicology as a crucial portal to the expanding alternative entertainment market, working with the company on cross-promotion and sponsorship projects. Past clients have included Scion, Puma, Universal Music Group, Hennessy, Toyota Matrix, Bacardi, Burrell Communications, Beaujolais Wine, Lucky Brand, J Records, Heineken, Akademiks, Complex Magazine, Smirnoff, Blue Note and Ciroc Vodka, to name just a few. The LA entrepreneur is at the vanguard of young creatives shaping the entertainment industry for the future. From her unique position as an industry insider and member of her target demographic, Shein has created a cooperative new medium for communication, information exchange, community and advertising rooted in a common ground conscious, quality music where there is a place for everyone. Her growing roster of corporate clients enthusiastically concur. By incorporating a large spectrum of content and technology, Fusicology has become more than a website or an event production company it is an expansive hub for the global progressive movement.
12:00pm – 1:45pm – Finding Success With Crowd Funding
Moderated by Ed Garnes (Founder of From Afros to Shelltoes)
Atlanta native Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is an award winning journalist, counselor, educator, editor, producer, and activist. He is the founder of From Afros to Shelltoes, a community based organization uniquely focused on cultural productions that bridge generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip hop community. From Afros To Shelltoes clients have included Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, MTV, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Atlantic Records, National Urban Leauge, 21st Century Foundation, Morehouse College, National Black Arts Festival, Fulton County Arts Council, Katrina On The Ground, Hands On Atlanta, The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, and the Woodruff Arts Center.
The Atlanta Tribune Man Of Distinction holds a B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and a M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University where he studied as a Competitive Fellow in Urban Counseling. Recently honored as Chozen Awards 2011 Motivator of the Year, Garnes currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in Public Speaking at Spelman College.
Garnes’ seminal essay, ” Sweet Tea Ethics: Black Luv, Healthcare, and Cultural Mistrust,” appears in Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community , a 2007 NAACP Image Award nominated collection edited by Gil Robertson. Garnes’ film and television credits include Finally Sayin’ What I Really Mean, a feature length music documentary featuring Jill Scott, Common, and Saul Williams, and the Black Family Channel’s Spoken, a poetry program hosted and produced by Jessica Care Moore. As a highly sought after commentator on hip hop, black identity, manhood, and popular culture, Garnes has appeared on the Fox’s MY TV Network, Sirrus Radio, CBS Radio, and allhiphop.com.
FAHAMU PECOU (Visual/Performing Artist/ Scholar)
Fahamu Pecou is an artist/scholar based in Atlanta, Georgia whose works comment on contemporary and hip-hop culture while simultaneously subverting it to include his ideas on fine art. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and scholarly work addresses concerns around representations of black masculinity in popular culture and how these images impact both the reading and performance of black male masculinity and identity. Currently he is a Ph.D. student in Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts (ILA). Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule as well as public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide. In 2012, he launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for his work, “If Heaven Had Heights…” which exceeded his $5,000 excpectation. See it Here.
LEATRICE ELLZY (CEO & Founder of Beatrix Moss)
Leatrice Ellzy is a cultural curator, producer, arts administrator, thinker and fan of disruption. A member of the new generation of presenting arts professionals, she pushes the envelope to engage new responses to old questions. Beatrix Moss is her response to the perpetually shifting paradigms she sees in art and culture. She has held key positions with organizations such as Girl Scouts, YWCA, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Woodruff Arts Center and the National Black Arts Festival. Earlier this year she successfully raised $4,000 for her project, “The 13th Floor Lounge” using Indiegogo.com. She raised $2,900 through the indiegogo.com site and another $1,100 via checks paid directly to her fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.
RUSSELL GUNN (Musician)
If one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician, trumpeter/fluegelhornist/composer Russell Gunn is the model. A certified member of the hip-hop generation, Russell’s early aspirations in the world of rap music took precedence over the trumpet that he began playing in fourth grade. When he reached sixteen, his dedication to the art of jazz took shape. Gunn’s eclectic musical approach also brought him together with artists like Cee-Lo , Maxwell, D’Angelo, Ne-Yo, Branford Marsalis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, while continuing to perform with his own groups and push the boundaries of how music is heard. With a singular style that incorporates the influences of masters like Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, and the underrated Booker Little, Gunn has continued to gain recognition for his own music through touring and well-received albums, including the Grammy-nominated Ethnomusicology, Vol. 1 and Ethnomusicology Vol. 2. Last year he and Soul singer Dionne Farris co-produce an album and raised funds for it’s production with crowdfunding via Gofundme.com.
BREYUNA L. WILLIAMS, ESQ
As the Firm Principal of The Law Office of Breyuna L. Williams, Breyuna counsels clients on all aspects of non-patent intellectual property. Specifically, her practice includes counseling clients regarding (1) state, federal and international trademark and service mark prosecution, registration, maintenance, and enforcement; (2) copyright prosecution, registration, maintenance, and enforcement; (3) intellectual property licensing; (4) Internet trademark and copyright protection issues, (5) matters relating to sweepstakes and promotions, including drafting rules and related documents for sweepstakes, contests and promotions, registering and bonding sweepstakes and contests, and, reviewing advertisements to determine both regulatory compliance and the risk of challenge from regulators and competitors; (6) conducting due diligence for merger and lending transactions; (7) drafting website privacy policies and terms and conditions of use and (8) financing innovation through crowdfunding. Ms. Williams’ clients include entertainment entrepreneurs, content creators, digital media companies, producers of social media.
DIANNE ASHFORD (Symmetry Entertainment- Film)
Dianne Ashford, co-founder of Symmetry Entertainment has been producing and line producing for over 10 years now. From an internship with Rainforest Films in 2001, she quickly learned the business and went on to produce titles like Trois: The Escort. The Gospel (line producer), Motives 2 (producer), Three Can Play That Game (co-producer), Pastor Brown (line producer), Stomp The Yard 2 (line producer), Season 4 of BET’s The Game (Production Supv), Echo At 11 Oak Drive (producer), No Good Deed (Production Supv) and most recently Ride Along (Associate Producer). Never one to be confined to just one aspect of the industry, Dianne has also produced numerous short films, documentaries and commercials for clients like CNN and TBS. She is most proud of a documentary she produced for BET, which took an unconventional look at Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, entitled: Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK, Jr. She will share her experience with crowdfunding for films.
2:00pm -3:45pm – Radio Today: Terrestrial vs. Digital Radio/Streaming (How Important Is It?)
Moderated by Ken Rye
Ken Rye has had career in radio, marketing and communications for nearly 25 years now. Getting started in in 1987 at WCGI-AM/FM in Chicago, Rye got exposed to radio under general manager Marv Dyson the 1st station to pick up Tom Joyner as a syndicated radio property. When Rye came to in Atlanta the following year, he started his 10 year radio career at WCLK-FM 91.9 FM hosting the morning drive and specialty programming to over 200,000 listeners locally. With his partner in crime Ken Batie, the two pushed-the-envelop on programming jazz, funk, and import music fusions that spawned more fusion programming on WCLK along with a series of live concerts and events. Often given credit for breaking new artists like India.Arie, Incognito, Jamiroquia and Brand New Heavies on-air, as a radio duo the team appealed across generations by including a mix of classic artists like Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Gil Scott Heron, George Duke, Grover Washington and other jazz funk legends in the musical mix.
JAMAL AHMAD (WCLK- 91.9 On Air Personality)
This statement was made by Tavis Smiley and rings true for the Atlanta native, who hosts the daily drivetime radio program The S.O.U.L. of Jazz, on Jazz 91.9fm WCLK Atlanta. Ahmad’s unique programming style, which incorporates the best in classic and contemporary soul/jazz, international rhythms, dance music and other genre-bending styles; garners supporters from all over the world. Using jazz as the foundation, Ahmad has managed to create a sound that blurs the lines between style and category. His show has broken countless artist from all over the world such as Esperanza Spalding, Amy Whinehouse, Robert Glasper and many more. In 1996, he co-founded Groovement/Earthseed, an artistic collective/record label and served as A&R for artist such as India.Arie, Donnie, Anthony David, Khari Cabral and others. Ahmad pitched a story on the Atlanta soul music scene to the NPR show, All Things Considered in 2008 and it resulted in the story “Atlanta Soul Reborn”, which received high praise from their listeners. His accolades include Creative Loafing’s “Best Radio DJ” and voted “Best Drivetime DJ” by the readers of The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
TERRY BELLO (CBS RADIO- V-103 – On Air Personality)
Terry Bello is heard every Sunday on V103 from 12-3pm. He has extensive knowledge and experience with Neo Soul, R&B, Top 40, World and Hip-Hop music formats and on-air commercial programming as well as developing computer concepts software. He has been in positions such as Program Director of Radio One’s WJMO in Cleveland and afternnon host on Radio One Detroit -KISS FM to name a few. Bello is also the Founder and Executive Producer of The International Soul Music Summit, the largest music conference in the world dedicated to the soul genre. It’s platform provides mainstream, emerging and independent soul artists, retailers, consumers and executives with information, networking opportunities, and technology on how to build noteworthy careers while continuing to make passionate, timeless music.
WANIQUE SHABAZZ (WRFG – 89.3 – Director of Operations & On-Air Personality)
Wanique Khemi Tehuti Shabazz WRFG 89.3 FM- Director of Operations and Programs. He is also the on-air host of MAPPTIME JAZZ which airs live Sunday midnight till 6am Mondays. Mr. Shabazz is Executive Producer of Cosmic People Time Network and Master Time Keeper of Natural Time (Time Travel). He also serves as the CEO and Life Coach of “Melanin6: the Health Emporium” offering alternative options for wholistic wellness.
DEREK HARPER (Radio One – WAMJ – 107.5 – Program Director & On-Air Personality)
After graduating with a degree from Florida A&M’s prestigious School of Business and Industry, Derek joined WVEE as producer of its #1 rated morning show in 1994. In 1998, he accepted the Operations Manager/Morning Drive Personality position with WFXM in Macon, Georgia. Over the next four years he would make the fledgling station the 2nd most listened to Urban station in Middle Georgia. In August of 2002, Radio One brought Derek back to Atlanta as Assistant Program Director/co-host/producer of the “Si-Man in the Morning” Morning Show. In 2005, Derek assumed the title of Program Director for WAMJ and in 2007, he was given the additional responsibility and title of Program Director for WPZE. In 2009 he helped launch the syndicated “Coco Brother Live Show. In 2010 ..he led WPZE to number four in every demo in the Atlanta market. He guided WAMJ to to #1 in the Atlanta market in June of 2013. With all the duties that are required of him in his current capacity, he still does his own airshifts on WAMJ and finds time to help charity organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center. The father of four visits schools throughout the Atlanta area when time permits.
LAMONT CARSON (Founder & Producer of Basement Soul Radio)
LaMont Carson has deep technology and broadcasting roots. He was Sr. IT Project Manager for Entertainment projects at Turner Broadcasting. He has managed game, video and mobile products for CartoonNetwork.com, AdultSwim.com , ToonamiJetstream.com and CNN.com. He has also served as an IT consultant for WebMD, Ericsson, MediaOne, Dell Secureworks and in addition to the US, has worked in Scotland, London and Sweden. He has built or managed over 500 web projects and currently consults for several organizations via his consulting business, http://www.ALVwebdesign.com. LaMont got his start in radio broadcasting when his first Hip-Hop mix was played on “The Jerry Bloodrock Show” on WHBI in Newark, New Jersey in 1981. In Atlanta, he has hosted the ‘Spin Cycle’ radio show on 88.5FM and ‘House Vibes’ on 102.5FM. Both shows featured exclusive club, disco, dance classic and rare groove mixes. During that time, LaMont worked with voiceover and production master, Mitch Faulkner, while serving as Assistant Editor of The Edge Radio Trade magazine. He has also worked in the radio broadcast industry at WANM, WAMF, WIQI, WHBX and WHBT, in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2009, LaMont launched http://www.BasementSoul.com, a full-time Internet-based radio station. BasementSoul presents a full spectrum of SOUL music including Rare Soul, Soulful House, Neosoul, Dance Classics, Jazz, Afro Beat, Reggae and Latin. The station features live remote broadcasts and mixes from DJs around the world. Independent recording artists are featured during regular rotation and music is submitted from global listeners. Currently, LaMont is working to merge his Information Technology and music backgrounds to grow BasementSoul Media which creates, manages and promotes digital content. Some of the brands that his company manages include http://www.BasementSoul.com, http://www.ALVwebdesign.com, http://www.ALVhosting.com, http://www.AtlantaHouseMusic.
Add to that:
Marketplace Exhibitors and Music all day
Three exciting documentaries will screen starting in the afternoon.
The award winning music documentary film “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” is narrated by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Chuck D (Public Enemy) and includes appearances by Cee Lo Green, Dick Gregory, Cornel West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, George Clinton, Janelle Monae, Roy Ayers, Bilal, Public Enemy, Caron Wheeler, Speech, Common, Kevin Powell, Omar Lye-Fook, Andre 3000, Van Hunt, The Mizell Brothers, Loose Ends, Doug E. fresh, Joi Gilliam, Meshell Ndegeocello, Eric Roberson, Dionne Farris, N’Dea Davenport, DJ Kemit, Lil’ John Roberts, Dallas Austin, Raphael Saadiq with many others… commenting on the condition and evolution of “Soul” music as it relates to our current music business with the absence of live bands and the rise of Atlanta’s FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival as a movement.
(World Premiere screening) – In Contradiction, Jeremiah Camara travels across the country examining religious obsession and the impact of faith amongst African Americans. Contradiction explores the paradox of an abundance of churches coupled with the great number of societal ailments in Black communities and seeks to find if there is a correlation between high praise and low productivity. Camara talks to the faithful and the faithless to determine the empirical benefits of prayer, worship and religious loyalty.
Winner of “Best International Film” at Duke City Docfest and the “Audience Award” at Biografilm Festival, this is a rare glimpse into the world of Sly Stone, who granted dedicated fan Alkema his first interview in 20 years after the Dutch filmmaker spent years tracking down the reclusive funk genius. Part detective story and part bio-doc in which Stone and several of his former cohorts recount his rise to fame and fortune, his financial meltdown, disappearance from public life, and current straitened circumstances. Special appearances include: George Clinton, Nile Rogers and The Family Stone Band.
TRAVEL & LODGING:
Here’s a list hotels nearest to Southwest Arts Center:
Hotel Indigo - 7 miles
Hilton Atlanta (Airport) – 8 miles
Renaissance (Airport) – 8 miles
Airport Marriott – 8 miles
- Full Day Pass = $30 (allows admission into all panels and films screenings)
- Individual Movie (In advance) per film = $10
- Individual Panel/Workshop (In advance) per film = $10
- Panels and movies day of the event per panel/film= $15