2020 PANELS, LIVE EVENTS & SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

2:00 p.m. EST
UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT’S ROLE IN DIVERSE STORYTELLING

(Sponsored by Motion Picture Association – MPA)

UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT’S ROLE IN DIVERSE STORYTELLING. Copyright is the legal foundation of the creative economy serving not just the interests of entertainment companies, but also individuals – whether you are an established creator or someone just breaking into the industry. This panel will explore how copyright law can serve as an instrument of empowerment, independence and expression for members of historically disadvantaged communities, and discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by diverse creators seeking to tell their stories and protect their work in this fast changing business.

Panelists:

  • Steven Jumper, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ghost Note Agency
  • Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
  • Karyn A. Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association
  • Kim Tignor, Executive Director, Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Moderator: Terrica Carrington, Vice President, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel, Copyright Alliance


5:00 p.m. EST (Live Event)
REAL TALK WITH VERIZON MEDIA: RACE IN MEDIA

(Sponsored by Verizon Media)

Panelists discuss the history of race and representation in media across the last 100 years and their role in the industry as well as offer advice for the next generation.

  • Romany Malco, Actor, Director, YouTuber
  • Carlos Watson, Host of “The Carlos Watson Show”
  • Lamorne Morris, Actor, Woke, New Girl

Moderator: Ramcess Jean-Louis, Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion, Verizon Media


7:00 p.m. EST (Live Event)
MIX IT UP WITH MOET HENNESSY

(Sponsored by Moet Hennessy)

Join Moët Hennessy National Brand Ambassador Cameron George to craft this year’s ABFF cocktails at home, with a special guest appearance by LisaRaye McCoy to create a favorite movie meal pairing with a champagne toast!


8:00 p.m. EST
SON OF THE SOUTH (Spotlight Screening)

Directed by Barry Alexander Brown with executive produced by Spike Lee, the film is Set in the summer of 1961, Son of the South tells the true story of Bob Zellner, grandson of an Alabama Klansman, who went against his family as the civil rights movement began to heat up in the deep South. Living in Montgomery, he witnessed first-hand the heroism of John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks who said to him when he was wavering, “Something bad is going to happen right in front of you someday and you’re going to have to choose which side you’re on – not choosing is a choice.” Made by a fellow Southerner, this is an honest and inspiring account of what it takes to do the right thing.

Immediately followed by IG Live talkback with Barry Alexander Brown @americanblackfilmfestival.