MPAC will present a Mini Film Fest featuring guest celebrity actor, producer and director, Kim Fields. This mini film fest will feature screenings and frank panel sessions on the fundamental aspects of filmmaking.
The Mini Film Fest
MPAC’s Mini Film Fest will kick off at the University of Houston Student Center (main campus) on Sept. 30 with three film screenings featuring the works of filmmakers Greg Carter, Ya’Ke Smith and Billy D. Washington followed by a panel of film industry experts on Oct. 1.
The mini film fest is designed to empower those presently working in the film industry or aspiring to get in the business by providing them with information to enhance their knowledge, skills and the confidence to be successful. The festival will cover the fundamentals of screenwriting for film; developing, producing, financing and distributing films; acting and casting and other interests in the world of film.
Admission is free for high school students (both days) particularly those interested in the arts. The film screenings, hosted by the Houston Film Commission, are open and free to the general public and require a RSVP – no children under 13 admitted.
This one-of-a-kind dynamic approach employed by MPAC continues to position the organization amongst the cream of the crop by connecting industry professionals with aspiring industry professionals for an informative, yet interesting two days.
Speakers will include Atlanta-based Casting Director Alpha Tyler, Entertainment Attorney Ricky Anderson, Houston Film Commission Deputy Directory Alfred Cervantes, Writer, Producer and Director Greg Carter, Writer, Filmmaker and Professor Ya’Ke Smith, Film Producer Jerri Moore, Filmmaker and Professor Tyrone Dixon, and SAG-AFTRA Texas Executive Director Trish Avery to date.
“I am always overjoyed in presenting these game changing events, because it has always been and will be my goal for MPAC to make an “impact” on the entertainment industry. We do just that when we connect entertainment industry resources to those that do not have access otherwise, which creates opportunities to be successful in this business.”
– Attorney Jalene Mack, MPAC’s Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director
Celebrity Speaker Spotlight – Kim Fields
Kim Fields staying power as a fan favorite and industry staple solidifies that she has what it takes to not only reign as one of America’s top actresses but as a filmmaker and successful director/producer as well. Known worldwide as an actress, starring in two long running series, “Facts of Life” and “Living Single”; both currently in worldwide syndication, she also is an award-winning director.
For the past year and a half, with nearly 100 episodes under her belt, Fields has been the lead director for “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Brown’s” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” on TBS. Fields directed the BET flagship scripted series, “Let’s Stay Together.” Additionally, she spent 5 years directing and producing the network’s specials, events and documentaries.
Furthermore, she has received high esteem for her directing and producing of the network’s documentary, “Discovering Monk and ‘Trane: One Night @ Carnegie Hall.” She also has written, executive produced and directed the network’s first original mini-series, “A Royal Birthday.” A dedicated jazz and gospel music fan, she’s produced and directed a documentary profile of jazz saxophonist Najee, entitled, “Najee: Sax in South Africa” and has two gospel music documentaries in development.