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March 18, 2013 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Community Arts Auditorium | Map
450 Reuther Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Staff


An Educational Symposium and Documentary Film Screening

On March 18, the Elvin Ross Studios, in partnership with: The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; The National Urban League: The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences NARAS and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher, ASCAP, will be hosting a seminar on producing a documentary film.

8:30 a.m. - Coffee

9:00 a.m.
Welcome comments - Dr. Irvin D. Reid, President Emeritus, Wayne State University; Introduction - Robin Tracey, President, Michigan Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Award Presentation - Elvin Ross, Producer/Director, Composer
9:45 a.m. - "Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles"

10:45 a.m. - Q & A - Elvin Ross
11:30 a.m. - Break
11:45 a.m. - Panel 1: Moving Forward - "Connecting and Growing our Educational Roots"
PANELISTS:  Melba J. Boyd, Professor and Chair, WSU Africana Studies, Dr. Xavier Livermon, WSU Africana Studies

12:45 p.m. - Panel 2: The Documentary Production Process - "How does it work in the current market?"
PANELISTS: Elvin Ross, Tony D'Anunnzio, Gary May, Harvey Ovshinsky, Tony Mottley, Jennifer Champagne

1:30 p.m. - Panel 3: Film & TV in our Schools - "How is it working? How do we improve it?"
PANELISTS: Jennifer Champagne; Adjunct Instructor at Madonna; Owner, MiLake Pictures, Chuck Derry; Director of Broadcast & Cinema Arts & Associate Professor at Madonna University, Dick Kernen; Vice President, Specs Howard School of Media Arts, Jerry Rimmer; Freelance Actor/Director, Director of news - WXYZ (Ret.), Cory Davis and Kyle McNiff; Broadcast and Cinema Arts Program students at Madonna University

2:30 p.m. - Final words and Wrap - Elvin Ross

Students enrolled or interested in film and video production, journalism and/or music are especially invited. In addition to meeting Elvin Ross and being the first to see the Elvin Ross Studios documentary production of  “Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles”,  panels  of area professionals will discuss various aspects of documentary  production, from pre-production and research to final edit and music “sweetening.”

“Kuntah Kinteh Island:  Coming Home Without Shackles”
Film website:  http://www.kuntakintehislandmovie.com/ 

Kunta Kinteh is the main character and ancestor of Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which inspired the creation of the Emmy® award-winning primetime television mini-series “Roots” in 1977.

Admission is FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-served, basis. Parking is located at several parking decks on campus, and attendees are recommended to arrive early.  

Elvin Ross, filmmaker and music composer: 
Elvin has been an artistic collaborator on several of Tyler Perry’s movies, such as “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, “Madea’s Family Reunion”

Please direct any questions to John Hammond at jhammond44@gmail.com or Chiquita Lockley at chiquita.lockley@gmail.com.

For more information about this event, please contact Pam William at 313-577-3465 or plwilliam@wayne.edu.