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Hi everyone,

I’m so excited to announce a new partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to encourage screenwriters and filmmakers to utilize NASA resources to tell sci-fi stories.  Check out the press release below.  More details will be announced next week.
Tanya Kersey
Founder & Executive Director
Hollywood Black Film Festival

GREENBELT, Md. — NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office is pleased to announce a collaboration between NASA and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. 

Also known as “The Black Sundance,” the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) works with emerging writers and artists, filmmakers, film and television celebrities, and industry executives who are responsible for creating new innovative film products and distributing those products to a broad and diverse global audience.

“This agreement is a novel and fantastic opportunity for NASA Goddard to provide scientific expertise for future film and television projects,” says Dennis Small, Technology Transfer Manager and NASA’s HBFF Project Manager at NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, Md.

The collaboration between NASA and the HBFF will provide screenwriters and emerging filmmakers from diverse communities with new resources to tell science fiction stories that capture science facts resulting from NASA science missions. The collaboration will also introduce a novel approach to gaining ideas of transferring NASA technologies to different medium and utility.

Not only will this collaboration help stimulate creative new work by writers, filmmakers, and producers about the great science resulting out of NASA, but it will also enlighten audiences of several generations on how NASA science programs and the technology that enables the science to fulfill NASA and non-NASA needs. Both are consistent with NASA’s central objectives.

“This program is an exciting extension of HBFF’s mission, which is to play an integral role in discovering and developing talented writers and filmmakers and bring them to the attention of the entertainment industry, media and public,” says Tanya Kersey, founder and executive director of HBFF, Beverly Hills, Calif. “This collaboration will afford us the opportunity to encourage emerging visionary screenwriting talent from diverse communities to create compelling science fiction projects within the frame of their own communities’ needs and issues.”

“This innovative alliance provides an amazing platform for diverse writers and filmmakers to create innovative new works in the sci-fi genre,” says Tony Chamblee, the festival’s multimedia and technology director, who will oversee this collaboration with NASA.

The partnership will allow filmmakers and screenwriters to interact with NASA Goddard subject matter experts on a non-interference basis. In a unique and compelling manner, this collaboration will provide opportunities to demonstrate how NASA capabilities and technologies evolve for Earth applications that benefit society and strengthen NASA’s ability to contribute to the goal of attracting and retaining students’ interest in science and engineering careers that can impact the Nation’s future workforce.

“This collaboration is another innovative outreach approach of transferring knowledge and gleaning new ideas for applications of NASA technologies,” said Nona Cheeks, Chief of the IPP Office at NASA Goddard.     

Founded in 1998, the HBFF aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established Black filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.  The 13th Annual Hollywood Black Film Festival will take place October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, California at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre and W Hollywood Hotel.

For more information on NASA Goddard’s Innovative Partnerships Office, please visit:  http://ipp.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

For more information on the Hollywood Black Film Festival, visit: www.hbff.org, email: info@hbff.org


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Black Literary Marketplace Expo & Exhibits Author Signings




The First Annual Black Literary Marketplace Expo

April 19, 20 and 21, 2011

Author Signings

Jacqueline Lewis-Kemp, author of Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds will be author signing at The First Black Literary Marketplace Expo in April.  In ‘Blessed’ she tells the story of her unlikely life highlighting three main themes—living with diabetes, running a company and raising a family successfully while diabetic and Gods grace, healing ability and faithfulness through adversity. Jacquie lived with Type 1 diabetes and was insulin dependent for 33 years. She was diagnosed with the chronic disease at age 7.  Her story chronicles the history of diabetes maintenance and what it was like growing up in the 1970s with diabetes, working for her father right after college, and her fathers passing leaving her with the responsibility of running the company. Through her book, Jacquie educates others how to incorporate the tedious regimen of chronic illness into a busy life rather than limit life because of chronic illness. The book is about faith, the balance of work, health and family as well as transplant and organ donation.  Jacquie now volunteers and speaks for Gift of Life, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, is chair of the “Choose to Live” program at the American Diabetes Association and does fundraising for the University of Michigan Transplant Center. Jacquie is also one of the 42 authors of ‘Victorious Living for Women’. This inspirational book is a collection of stories told by women from across the country about living victoriously.  Jacquie’s chapter is entitled, “We Can’t Always Predict How God Will Bless Us”. jacquie@jlewiskemp.com

Author Joyce Burnett will be author signing her best seller book ‘Adam’s Belle: A Memoir of Love’ at the First Annual Black Literary Marketplace Expo in April, 2011.  As a native of Los Angeles, California, Joyce Burnett has always been interested in music, entertainment and fitness. She knew little, however, about the dynamic sounds and lifestyle of the Harlem Renaissance until she ran head on into Isabel Washington Powell, the glamorous showgirl from the 1920’s who married the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. From the moment they met, Joyce was enthralled by the vivid pictures Belle painted of her life. ‘Adam’s Belle’ is the incredible autobiography of the late Isabel Washington Powell from her early years as a young drama queen with her big sister, Fredi Washington, in early 1900’s Savannah, Georgia; her young adult years as a Cotton Club dancer in Harlem during the 1920’s; her marriage to Adam Clayton Powell in the 1930’s; her divorce following his election to Congress in 1945; and her life after Adam. This story is a powerful journey from love to forgiveness and back. It was also the love and support of her family and especially her sister, Fredi Washington (star of the 1929 film ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ and the Academy Award nominated 1934 film ‘Imitation of Life’) that enabled her to survive. Belle’s life was truly fantastic. It was the best story that had never been told. Author Joyce Burnett began this project shortly after publishing an article on her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. She worked closely with Belle for almost ten years to record this incredible story. Belle was very pleased with the early draft of Adam’s Belle, but sadly, she passed away before her story was published. Joyce holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins, and American University. She remains an avid fitness enthusiast. georgiegirl961@yahoo.com


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