Carla M. McCullough, Ed.D is a filmmaker and educational leader who hails from Chicago, Illinois. After completing her undergraduate education at Spelman College where she majored in Drama and Political Science, Carla moved to Los Angeles and began a career in education. She served the Gompers community for nearly a decade before joining the staff of PBS-Health Services as the Assistant Principal and later Principal, and beginning drama teacher. In addition to her K-12 educational career, Carla worked as an adjunct professor for Masters Level educational candidates and currently serves on the boards of several local charter schools and nonprofit organizations. Throughout her career in education, Carla continued to pursue her creative passions and is excited to direct her first feature film, College Reunion, which pays tribute to the HBCU experience.
Shanequa received her B.S. degree in Computer information Systems. After working in her degree plan she realized that she was still missing her passion for film and tv. Shanequa became a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc while attending an HBCU and finished her degree at UTA (Arlington). She has been featured in several commercial and commercial print jobs, starred in an infomercial along with several indie feature films. Realizing if she wanted a fair chance at pursuing her dreams she needed to make a move to Los Angeles CA. She has worked as a producer and 1st AD on several projects combined with the multiplicity of being an actor to feed the creative mind. Shanequa is currently in different phases of production for several feature films in 2022, including College Reunion and look out for her nationwide theatrical debut as an actress in John Wynn's "One Hour."
Tony Bracy; a writer, producer, director born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He is the Executive Director of Brace Yourself, Inc. (BYS) a nonprofit Media Arts company. Brace Yourself! films have won National and International Film Festivals, and produced works which were integrated into College and University courses as well as featured in National and Worldwide Television Broadcasts.
BYS partners with production companies and talented skilled entertainment professionals to produce the best films and theatrical productions. We use personnel and facilities that has a vision consistent with the objective of the company and work with the very best the industry has to offer to help to support our programs:
Bracy ‘s personal goal is to produce 'slice of life' movies which touch the soul and uplift the spirit. He considers his mission is 3-fold: to Edify, to Educate and to Entertain. Most importantly he is a benevolent spirit, an excellent writer and production junkie who is a team player with a winning attitude!
A triple graduate from Loyola Marymount University (BA 85’, MA in School Administration 91’ and EdD in Leadership for Social Justice in 07’) Dr. Pawinski was born in Indiana but moved to California at a very young age. She has spent her entire educational career serving the youth of Los Angeles. She began her career as a teacher and coach. She successfully opened Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School and led the school for 7 years. This school is still a nationally recognized Title I school serving the community of South Los Angeles. In 2010, she became a foster parent to a teen and her infant daughter. She went on to adopt this teen and one of her sisters and today is a proud grandmother of 5. Her youngest daughter, Reggiona will attend Texas Southern University in the spring. Dr. Pawinski was also one of the many coaches who supported Sanaa Lathan as she prepared for her role in Love and Basketball. More recently, she has become involved in Carla McCullough’s work with College Reunion. She is compelled to be a part of this film and movement to promote HBCUs to the many students across the country who have been and will be part of the HBCU family.
Thomas H. Stewart, is an 2017 Emmy Awarded film producer, for his powerful short, Protect and Serve. Stewart is a graduate of The Penn State University Film & Video Department and recipient of the Donald P. Bellisario Scholarship. He also received a B.A. at Alabama State University in Visual and Performing Arts. His independent films earned him an internship at Tyler Perry Studios, followed by a position as a camera operator on the hit series Deserving Design with Vern Yip. Stewart is a film producer for The Los Angeles Unified School District in the Art Education Branch, developing original programs to promote the arts in education. Earning a 2018 Emmy Nomination with the hit show "Spotlight Arts", created by Rory Pullens on behalf of The Los Angeles Unified School District.
Elizabeth Lind is a seasoned entertainment professional who’s worn a variety of hats while on set. She worked behind the scenes prior to and during the height of the pandemic and her experience has taught just how multifaceted and delicate the nature of production and development truly is. She’s mastered a variety of roles. Making things happen and seeing a project come together through collaboration with her team keeps her inspired and enthusiastic about the industry. She attended the New School University in New York studying International Affairs and Global studies before transferring to Mount Saint Mary’s In Los Angeles where she obtained a BA in Film and Media.
Simone Dilley is a native of Los Angeles and graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University and New York University earning BFA and Masters degrees in Theatre and Education. She is eager to apply and hopefully begin Doctoral Studies in performance in 2023. No stranger to stage or set, Simone has worn many hats in the performance and production arenas. When not caring for her two boys, Simone spends her time in the studio as a Voiceover Artist.
Jerel Duren is a native of Detroit, MI and a graduate of Central State University - Ohio’s only public HBCU. Jerel has worked as a casting producer on shows like NBC’s The Voice and American Song Contest. Also, he has been an Associate Producer on productions like Issa Rae’s Sweet Life. Jerel prides himself on making space for “the culture” in mainstream spaces.
Raised in Southern California, Robert “Art Racc" Clemons began his art journey at the age of 3. Developing basic drawing skills and creating a strong foundation through art, Robert carried his passion for creating with him as he started high school and enrolled in a graphic design class during freshman year. He received his first art commissions during his sophomore year of high school. From what started out as a Geometry project, led Robert to design 3 large poster size images of rapper, Snoop Dogg. Snoop saw the artwork that was created by Robert and requested an original art piece in 2003. In 2016, Robert partnered with Shirt King Phade from The All-Mighty Shirt Kings Brand and developed a skill for airbrushing designs on garments for fashion and canvas. Robert and Shirt King Phade curated an art exhibit with 20+ local artists, whose works have been seen in MOCA, CAAM and the Getty, at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, CA that lasted from February-May 2016. Robert has held several solo art exhibits in Pomona, Ca (2019), Los Angeles,Ca (2020) and San Diego (2021 & 2022). He is a father, author and creative visionary. He enjoys spending his free time with his daughter, Ayvah, while also cultivating and training her artistic skills.
China Robinson, raised in the ghettos of Los Angeles was born in Seoul Korea in 1955 was one of 30,000 outcast orphans rescued after the Korean war. 50 years after being outcast because of her mixed Korean & Black blood, China’s youngest daughter takes her back to Korea to be the first black model on the cover of Korean Vogue. China appeared on the Tyra Banks show and in several magazines including Vogue and People. An author, motivational speaker and versatile artist are just a few mentionable attributes that credits China’s calling.Set Designer/Prop Master has currently built a reputation of being one of the best in the business, designing sets and props for theatre and independent movies, shorts and featured films. Her work and impeccable eye for details speaks for itself and is known for building a set that truly captures the essence of each character and scene. Her creative design and prop master skills are impressively on point every time. Her motto: “If you have a concept, I can create it”
Ithan Payne is a full-service creative/art direction and brand identity development professional specializing in consulting small companies, entrepreneurs, civic organizations & non-profits in building dynamic brand identities. Through collaboration and in-depth consultation, Ithan delivers expert branding, design and creative strategy services to help businesses stand out in a very crowded market.His expertise is guided by best practice and driven by an intelligent, intuitive, and creative mindset. This not only defines Ithan's strategic approach to every brief and the high quality of work produced, but ensures the success of every project and partnership. Whether a business requires subtle changes to positioning, wording, logos and styling, or wants to breathe new life into a tired brand identity, he has the skills and perspective to make the branding/rebranding process inspiring, energizing & commercially successful.
Baron E. Ojogho is an associate in AGMB’s corporate/business and entertainment law practices. Mr. Ojogho began his career at a large Wall Street firm as an associate in the corporate finance group. He handled a variety of complex corporate matters, including real estate financings, corporate formations, private equity investments, joint ventures, fund formation and management, bankruptcy events, and 501(c)(3) formations. Mr. Ojogho also has high-level and well-rounded experience in the entertainment industry, including television production, streaming and distribution deals, and IP licensing.
Tonya Fewell, J.D. is a strategist at Bridge Every Gap where she and her team build optimal systems and strategies for success among individuals, teams, and organizations. Tonya is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family law mediator and qualified arbitrator. She is also certified by the University of South Florida Muma College of Business in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace. As a graduate of Spelman College and The University of Florida Levin College of Law she is well trained and passionate about systems development and strategic implementation. She is sensitive to the plight of others and has to her benefit a composed, insightful, and creative approach when responding to challenges. Her greatest honor is serving as the mother to three (Briana, Evan, and Grace).
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