Blackhouse Returns to Sundance With Facebook

The Blackhouse Foundation returns to the Sundance Film Festival for the 3rd year in 2020. Committed to advancing opportunities for Black content creators, The Blackhouse Foundation paves pathways and strives to eliminate roadblocks for minority creatives. The slate of panels and events taking place at Blackhouse this year reflect their efforts.

Partnering with Facebook as their Presenting Sponsor, The Blackhouse has the following events scheduled.

Friday, January 24th at The Blackhouse

The Blackhouse Foundation and Facebook Presents Short Cuts to the Future: Content, Platform & Black Story 2020 at the Filmmaker Lodge

Join Blackhouse and Facebook in a deep-dive conversation with the directors behind a selection of Sundance’s hottest short films. This conversation will reflect on the stories behind directors’ buzzed about films and their paths to Sundance. In keeping with the goal of elevating emerging talent, the conversation will discuss where panelists’ careers are headed next and how they are using the most dynamic and innovative platforms to advance their creativity and art. A private reception will follow.

Moderator: Brickson Diamond
– Jovan James (Co-Director “Buck”)
– Elegance Bratton (Co-Director “Buck”)
– Thembi Banks (Director “Baldwin Beauty”)

Saturday, January 25th at The Blackhouse

The Blackhouse Foundation and Facebook Presents Brunching & Digital Storytelling


Join Facebook Watch for brunch and an intimate conversation with Complex’s Editor in Chief, Damien Scott, as they discuss the future of digital storytelling, the power of building communities, and the importance of elevating and engaging creative Black voices in the industry. Facebook Strategic Partnerships Manager Mayola Charles will host this discussion with Scott.

Alongside Blackhouse’s partnership with Facebook, WarnerMedia and Strayer University have partnered with The Blackhouse Foundation as their Premier Sponsors.

Friday, January 24th at The Blackhouse

Meet the Filmmakers Party Presented by WarnerMedia 150

Join The Blackhouse Foundation in welcoming, meeting and celebrating the best of media and film-making and the talented content creators that make it happen! Supported by the best in the business, WarnerMedia’s OneFifty.

Saturday, January 25th at The Blackhouse

HBO x Blackhouse: Insecure Conversation

Ahead of Season 4, Issa Rae and Prentice Penny will have a candid conversation about all things Insecure, moderated by Bevy Smith. Committed to highlighting the power of Black creatives and storytelling, Blackhouse has been a long-standing partner of HBO. By bringing this special to Sundance, we’ll have the opportunity to speak about the special ahead of it’s premiere and amongst those who are continuously pushing culture forward.

Moderator: Bevy Smith
– Issa Rae (Insecure)
– Prentice Penny (Insecure)

Sunday, January 26th at The Blackhouse

WarnerMedia Presents: “See Yourself in the Work We Do”

The WarnerMedia’s “See Yourself in the Work We Do” brunch-panel will be an engaging discussion that examines the work being done to improve representation and diversifying our voices through storytelling.

Panelists will highlight current projects, their respective career journeys and share insight into various opportunities. Learn from the talented team behind some of WarnerMedia’s biggest portfolios from Warner Bros. Films to Warner Bros. Television, to the content creators–and executives behind the scenes, in the boardroom, the writer’s room and beyond!

Panelists include:

– Peter Dodd, Warner Bros. Vice President of WB Theatrical Creative
– Michael Quigley, WarnerMedia’s Executive Vice President of Content Acquisition
– Kelly Edwards, HBO’s Senior Vice President of Talent Development
– Gina Yashere, Co-creator, Executive Producer and actor for Bob Hearts Abishola
– Nkechi Carroll, Showrunner for The CW’s All American

The Blackhouse recently announced the Blackhouse 2020 Fellows. The Blackhouse fellowship program is designed to progress the developments and continue momentum regarding diversity and inclusivity of minorities at Sundance Film Festival and within the entertainment industry. The film students involved in the Fellowship Program include students from Columbia University, Chapman University, New York University, and the University of Southern California – School of Creative Arts amongst other prestigious universities.

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I am originally from Tampa Bay, Florida and was raised in Reno, Nevada. I graduated from UCLA (Go Bruins!) and moved to SLC, chasing love and I ended up loving myself, and Utah.

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