Darrin Henson's "The Hotel" Debuts
at Pan African Film Festival Today
LaHitz Media's "From PAFF To OIFF To Cannes & SFBFF" Reception Follows
WHO: Director, Actor, Choreographer Darrin Henson, San Francisco Filmmaker, Cannes Consultant, Jacquie Taliaferro, Oakland International Film Festival Executive Director David Roach, San Francisco Black Film Festival Directors, Kali O'Ray and Katera Crossley; Invited Guests include: PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Actress Lynn Whitfield, Actor & Humanitarian Danny Glover, Director, Actor, Producer, Comedian & Humanitarian Robert Townsend, Actor and Producer Shabaka Henley, Director Xavier Mitchell, PAFF Founder & Executive Director Ayuko Babu and General Counsel Asantewa Olatunji, Northern California Rainbow PUSH Director & SFBFF Community Partner, Dr. Joseph Bryant Jr., Senior Pastor of Calvary Hill Community Church in San Francisco, Olis Simpson, Executive Director, Youth Uprising in Oakland.
WHAT: Debut of Darrin Henson's Narrative Short of Film "The Hotel" starring Henson, Amrapali Ambegaokar, Carlos Korotana, Mona Sishodia with a reception following to discuss opportunities for the upcoming April 4-6 Oakland International Film Festival, May 15-26th Cannes International Film Festival and the June 13-16th San Francisco Black Film Festival. After the viewing of Henson's "The Hotel," filmmakers, actors, investors and sponsors will hear about the Cannes International Film Festival and the Bay Area bookend festivals, the Oakland International Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festivals. From his 20 years of working Cannes, Jacquie Taliaferro, will give filmmakers special insights of how to maximize the Cannes marketing experience even without a film in the festival. Taliaferro who works with both the Oakland International Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival will share some highlights along with directors Roach and O'Ray.
WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 6:15 p.m. (30 minute Film Screening) with reception immediately following.
WHERE: Pan African Film Festival, Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15, 4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008. (Located inside Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza)
WHY: Reception will be held for filmmakers, sponsors, actors, investors and the public to interact after "The Hotel's" screening. Information about festival timelines for submission will be given and how to maximize publicity opportunities especially in Cannes when over 10,000 producers and distributors from around the world are gathered. Henson will share investment opportunities that remain with "The Hotel." Taliaferro will give special insights to the African Diaspora Filmmakers.