(LOS ANGELES, CA) – April 3, 2014 – The Black Association Of Documentary Filmmakers West (“BAD West”) has announced that Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, will moderate their 8th annual “Day of Black Docs” being held Saturday, April 12th, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Three documentaries, “God Loves Uganda”, “The Black Line: Profiles of African American Women”, and “Be Known” will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and moderated by Ms. Allain.
Stephanie Allain is an accomplished film producer and former studio executive who has been an advocate for visionary filmmakers for more than two decades. “To have Stephanie Allain’s extensive professional experience represented on our panel is an honor” states BADWest Co-chairperson Denise Hamilton.
Allain began her career as a Story Analyst for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. before landing at Columbia Pictures where Amy Pascal promoted her to Creative Executive in 1989. The following year, Allain read John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood and supervised its production, which garnered Singleton two Academy Award nominations and set the bar for contemporary urban dramas.
As Senior Vice President of Production – the highest creative production position for an African American for over a decade – she launched the careers of several writer/directors including Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin and the films played at top film festivals including Sundance, Telluride and Cannes.
After a stint as President of Jim Henson Pictures where she produced a handful of brand films, Allain formed Homegrown Pictures and produced Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2005, an Academy Award for Best Original Song and earned a Best Actor nomination for Terrence Howard. She followed that with Sanaa Hamri’s directorial debut, Something New, Craig Brewer’s Black Snake Moan, Tim Story’s Hurricane Season and Tina Gordon Chism’s directorial debut, Peeples. Next up will be Gina Prince-Bythewood’s blackbird, and Justin Simien’s directorial debut, Dear White People, which will premiere at Sundance 2014.
In addition to being Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Ms. Allain is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Producer’s Guild of America and she sits on the board of Women In Film. She has taught producing at USC’s Peter Stark Program and UCLA’s Entertainment Studies Division.
All day admission to the 8th Annual Day of Black Docs screening is $15.00. Tickets are available online at www.dayofblackdocs.org as well as at the event. Seating for all screenings will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Free parking is available.
Day of Black Docs is co-sponsored by the International Documentary Association, and the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators in collaboration with ECRC – the Education is a Civil Right Committee.
For additional information about the event, please call Queen Publicity at (310) 849-3820 or e-mail Allison Queen at [email protected]