Oh Gee Productions in the House at Blackhouse Foundation’s Season Kickoff Event

6 Oct
Filmmaker Olu Gittens (r) with Model/Actress Kenya Brome and Blackhouse Chairman Brickson Diamond

Filmmaker Olu Gittens (r) with Model/Actress Kenya Brome and Blackhouse Chairman Brickson Diamond

While attending the Sundance Film Festival on the snowy slopes of Utah back in  2006, investment manager-philanthropist-film enthusiast Brickson Diamond found himself asking, “Where are all the black people?” It was then that he and colleagues, including TV and film producer-director Carol Ann Shine and entertainment attorney  Gordon Bobb, decided to create a space at Sundance where African-Americans could gather, network and support each other’s goals.  They called it the Blackhouse, and since then the idea has grown into a Foundation that provides ambitious filmmakers, actors, investors, and film lovers with a resource and go-to place at the Sundance, Tribeca and L.A. Film Festivals and beyond.

Yesterday evening, the Blackhouse Foundation held its 2011 film festival season kickoff event overlooking New York City’s lights from the Fifth Avenue offices  of HSBC Bank. Movers and shakers in film and television mixed, mingled and made what we hope will be lasting connections at the “friend-raising” event, co-sponsored by HSBC, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, SAG Indie and Film Independent.
The event was hosted by power players Crystal McCrary Anthony, Dolly Turner, Andre Des Rochers, Loren Lilian Hankin, Sherri Shepherd Elvis Mitchell, Bevy Smith and Al Thompson, and it featured members of the Blackhouse Board of Directors: Diamond, Shine, Turner, Bobb, Pauline Fischer, DeMille Halliburton, Maurice Jamal, Elizabeth Powell and Ryan Tarpley.
Filmmaker Nicole Sylvester (r) with multimedia powerhouse Dolly Turner

Filmmaker Nicole Sylvester (r) w. multimedia powerhouse Dolly Turner

At the height of the evening, members of HSBC’s Film Services Team addressed the crowd. “At HSBC, we love filmmakers,” they said, outlining  the global banking company’s track record with film projects.  HSBC’s array of benefits to filmmakers include customized accounts, relationships with distributors, and even financing for qualified projects.  Sounds like love to me!

-O.G.

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