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AAWIC Educational Series

The AAWIC Educational Series is presented monthly, featuring established professionals in the entertainment industry discussing various career insights. Presented by Ufront Media and hosted by Roger Maloney, CEO of UFront Media, the audience is provided with the opportunity to learn from and direct their questions to industry leaders regarding their chosen profession.
The AAWIC Education Series will take place on the last Friday of each month—from 7:00-8:00pm EST—via live stream.
The series is free and open to the public. Space will be limited—on a first come, first served.

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Storytelling 101 for Filmmakers

So, you want to be a storyteller! Learn the important steps in becoming a storyteller for Scripts, TV/Film and Plays.

September 24th – 7:00-8:00pm EST

Special Guest Host: Barbara “Roxie” De Laleu

Intrigued by storytelling and connecting with people, Barbara “Roxie” De Laleu uses her platform and powerful voice to inspire others. She founded a non-profit, Self-I-See, which focuses on language positivity, strengthening self awareness, and fostering cultural pride in the classroom. She also co-founded the #NoDisrespectCampaign, an initiative that focuses on self respect and respect for others in and out of the classroom. Her community involvement throughout NYC has garnered her recognition and opened doors to new opportunities where she can continue to put her voice to good use.

With two Master’s degrees from New School University under her belt, Roxie is currently pursuing a PhD in Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University. Her goal is to expand on educating global entrepreneurship in the areas of media, cultural responsiveness and engagement, and curriculum development.

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Guest Speaker: Arlene A. McGruder

Born in Chicago and raised in New York, Arlene is an actress, writer, comic and producer. She is a founding member of The BlackHER the Pen, a multidisciplinary writers collective for women of color, and was nominated Best Actress in the 2014 Venus/Adonis Theatre Festival. Arlene did a stint as a Standup Comedienne and was acknowledged for her funny….NYC Black Comedy Award Nominee for Best New Jack Female Comedienne.

At the Los Angeles International Indie Short Film Festival 2020, Arlene was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film, Killing Joanne, which can currently be viewed on Tubi TV. In addition, she can be seen in the mini-series, Sauce, on A Space for Creators YouTube channel and in the Netflix series, Jessica Jones. Some of her film credits include: Serial Killer in Harlem (in post-production), Manhattan Night, An Englishman in New York, and The Other Brother. Arlene also has numerous Theater and Producer credits to her name. 

Join Us Live on September 24th, 2021

African American Women In Cinema invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Storytelling 101 for Filmmakers

Time: September 24, 2021 @ 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You will need to have a Zoom account to participate.
You can register for a free Zoom account here.

Previous Series Presentations

Screenplay Writing 101 - Replay
Acting 101 - Replay
Cinematography 101 - Replay
So You Want to Come to Hollywood - Replay
Directing 101 - Replay

The Presenters

African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) organization has served as continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers for the past twenty-two years. AAWIC has provided a platform to showcase experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors. Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals.
In addition to donating to the grants for the individual featured filmmakers, we welcome and greatly appreciate any additional donations to the AAWIC Online Media Series project. You can make your tax deductible donation by clicking on the button below.
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the AAWIC Online Media Series, or any of our other programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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