The Blackhouse Foundation Returns To Sundance With Exclusive Elevated Programming For 2019

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that for the 12th consecutive year, The Blackhouse Foundation programs a full slate of panels, discussions, events, and community gatherings at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival-January 25-28 in Park City, UT.

This year, OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK will serve as the inaugural Presenting Sponsor and will be joined by returning partners Facebook and BET Networks as Premier Sponsors.

The Blackhouse Foundation stands out as a bastion for the most influential and impactful Black writers, directors, producers, crew, actors and actresses throughout film, television, digital media, and beyond. It continues to elevate such talent into the spotlight on a global scale via engagements at Sundance.
Among our programming for 2019, Blackhouse & OWN Present: "David Makes Man" - Clips & Conversation.

This will be the very first look at Academy Award-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney's ("Moonlight") highly anticipated new drama David Makes Man, from executive producers Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Dee Harris-Lawrence, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.

The intimate "clips and conversation" (Friday, January 25) spotlights the series about a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney's own life and explores childhood trauma and the power of imagination to survive. Panelists: Tarell Alvin McCraney (creator/EP), Michael B. Jordan (EP), Oprah Winfrey (EP), Dee Harris-Lawrence (showrunner/EP), and cast members Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, and Phylicia Rashad.

Additionally, OWN will host an intimate fireside chat (Saturday, January 26) with Tina Perry (General Manager, OWN) and Carla Gardini (EVP, Harpo Films) moderated by The Blackhouse Foundation Co-Founder, Brickson Diamond.

Other highlights include the return of the BET Networks-Blackhouse Fellowship Program, which brings ten (10) Black MFA students from across the country to the festival to work alongside Blackhouse leadership to execute this year's programming and interact with countless industry heavyweights and up and comers. Facebook will return to extend the reach of its Project SEEN, including an interactive workshop and the opportunity for filmmakers to partner with Facebook to create their own promotional content. About this year's programming, The Blackhouse Foundation co-founder Brickson Diamond says, "We are blown away by the growing presence of Black audiences, creatives and programmed films at Sundance. This year is on track to be another record showing. Our sponsor partners are bringing the best in education, access and opportunity for our constituents and we can't wait to open our doors."

The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black content creators by providing pathways to opportunities within film, television, digital and emerging platforms. Blackhouse provides opportunities for minority creative to learn about the financial, production, marketing and distribution resources that will raise the profile of their content, while also providing participants with a nucleus for continuing support, community and education.

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