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As a Prelude to the 18th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, Neil Drumming, Marvin Scott and Leslie Fields-Cruz Will Discuss Resources and Lessons Learned in NYC Production in "Making It in NYC: Tips on Indie Film Production"

Presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Urbanworld Film Festival, African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and Hunter College (CUNY)

September 3, 2014 - As a part of “Made in NY” Talks, a free series of conversations focused on jobs in the local entertainment industry, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with Urbanworld Film Festival and African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) will present "Making It in NYC: Tips on Indie Film Production" on Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will bring multicultural directors, producers and industry professionals together to discuss the process, possibilities and opportunities of independent film production in New York City.

Neil Drumming, director and writer of BIG WORDS; Leslie Fields-Cruz, interim executive director of Black Public Media; and filmmaker Marvin Scott will share their ideas on the topic, which will be moderated by marketing and creative executive Dolly Turner. A Q&A will follow.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about opportunities in the entertainment industry. For more information about panels, training, production resources and other initiatives from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, please visit www.nyc.gov/film.

“Making It in NYC: Tips on Indie Film Production”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7pm; doors open at 6:15pm
Free: Space is limited. RSVP to events@media.nyc.gov by Monday, Sept 8 at 5pm.
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall
Hunter College, North Building, Rm. 424
Entrance: East 69th Street between Lexington & Park Avenues, South Side, New York, NY 10065

By subway: Take the 6 train to 68th Street (Hunter College), exit and walk west on 69th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. The entrance to North Building is on the south side of the street.

About The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, facilitating and supporting film and TV production throughout the five boroughs; and NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York. The agency’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City.

About Urbanworld Film Festival
The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings, events, live staged screenplay readings, the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media panels and workshops and Urbanworld Music, which highlights emerging talent in live performances during after party events. Over the last 18 years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits. Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today's leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media. By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld Film Festival. The festival website is www.urbanworld.org.

About African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM)
Established in 2011, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) is a film distribution collaborative founded by award winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay. Anchored by the passion + prowess of a collective of black film organizations, @AFFRM + Array Releasing empower black independent filmmakers with theatrical and multi-platform distribution. Over the last three years, AFFRM has distributed seven feature films including Ava DuVernay's award winning MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, Andrew Dosunmu's RESTLESS CITY, Storm Saulter's BETTER MUS' COME, Neil Drummings' BIG WORDS and most recently Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS.

Hunter College
Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. Most Hunter students are the first in their families to attend college and many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other rare and competitive honors. The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter's faculty are unparalleled. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world's leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.