Join the Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Filmmakers Guild for a virtual conversation about the importance of building a diverse film crew. Discover how diversifying your talent and crew creates a stronger production and contributes to a more equitable film industry.
Local filmmaker Meleisha Edwards will moderate a discussion with four Nashville-based film production professionals and take audience questions. This free event is designed for anyone working in film production at any level.
This is the first in a series of film production discussions hosted by the Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Filmmakers Guild.
Call-in information will be sent to you on the day of the event.
Meleisha Edwards (moderator)
Mark D. Jackson
About the speakers:
Christin Baker is an award-winning director and Emmy-nominated producer who is passionate about telling relevant and meaningful stories. She started out directing music videos and SNL parodies with the neighborhood kids and moved on to start her own digital distribution and production company, tellofilms.com. Tello Films is the the first lesbian network to receive an Emmy nomination. Christin is also passionate about directing and was awarded best director for her work on the television series Maybelle at the 2016 London Raindance Film Festival. Christin is a member of the Producers Guild of America as well as the Television Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Meleisha Edwards is an award-winning writer/producer whose most recent film, DARK GIRLS 2, premiered in June on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The co-founder of ET AL Films, she has produced over 17 multimedia projects, including web series, music videos, documentaries, shorts, and features. Producer and co-director of IN THE SHADOWS, the short film made as part of the Belcourt’s Words Caught in My Throat seminar for Black 7th and 8th Grade Girls.
Gabrielle Woodland is a producer and project manager who works in the Nashville/Atlanta region. She is a co-owner of Scout Fox Productions, LLC. She previously worked at Contrast Visuals, making cinematic branded storytelling content. Her background is in news, having worked as a multimedia producer from Nashville's WSMV-TV. She has a passion for documentaries, music videos, and anything that's going to bring a good story into this world.
Mark D. Jackson has worked in the film and TV industry for over 20 years. He has produced, directed, and edited a wide variety of independent film projects, commercials, industrials, corporate video, television shows, music videos, documentaries and marketing projects. He has freelanced for MTV, BET, CMT, TBN and ESPN, just to name a few. His first feature film experience was as one of Spike Lee’s assistants on 1996’s GET ON THE BUS. Mark is also an award-winning producer, director and editor. His shorts and feature films as well as his corporate productions have won several film festival awards around the U.S. Mark is the producer, director and CEO of Above the Mark Productions in Nashville.