Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles is offering an open invitation to a unique and provocative panel discussing the current state of Black Hollywood.
Moderated by producer and NYFA filmmaking instructor Cheryl Bedford, the panel includes six additional African-American members of Hollywood who represent a multitude of professions in the industry. Over the course of the 90-minute event, panelists will address the past, present, and future of African Americans in Hollywood and assess how the state of the industry has both improved while de-mystifying problematic stereotypes about the global profitability of black film and how black characters and stories are represented on screen.
"We wanted to do the diversity panel of Black Hollywood to discuss openly what we discuss amongst ourselves. It is time to start open conversations and dialogue with Hollywood and to let them know that we collectively can debunk all the myths that exist,” says moderator Cheryl Bedford. “In a perfect world there is only one Hollywood, where everyone enjoys the same equal standing. We have to strive for perfection."
The panel consists of seven Hollywood veterans who remain highly active and are influential directors, producers, actors, and publicists.
Since its inception in 1992, the New York Film Academy has grown into an international film and performing arts school with a focus on learning by doing, providing its students with hands-on instruction. Students can choose to enroll in one of the Academy’s MFA, MA, BFA, BA, and AFA degree programs and short term workshops in filmmaking, acting for film, photography, producing, 3D animation, cinematography, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking, game design, musical theatre, broadcast journalism, dance, music video, and digital editing. By holding this panel, NYFA hopes to initiate a discussion amongst students and the public about the role of African Americans in Hollywood and what can be done to increase equality in the entertainment industry.
The Black Hollywood panel is open to students and public, but people must RSVP laevents(at)nyfa.edu to attend.
If you are a member of the media interested in covering the event, please RSVP Nicholas Zurko at nicholas.z(at)nyfa.edu.