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About AAWIC Online Media Series

Celebrating the upcoming 22nd AAWIC Film Festival, this monthly series highlights the works of African American Women In Cinema A-list members. This online presentation features shorts, webisodes, and feature films. This unique program enables our viewing audience to support women of color filmmakers through African American Women In Cinema Organization.

With a small donation per film view, the audience is able to support and view the works of these talented filmmakers. Each participating AAWIC A-list member will receive a grant.

We are pleased to inform you that  our October Grand Prize winner is Yasmin Neal, writer, director and executive producer of the short film, Queen of Kings.  

We want to thank all of our very talented filmmakers for participating in the the AAWIC Online Media Series. We look forward to seeing more of their works in the future.

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October Featured Films

Thank you for your support!

The October AAWIC Online Media Series has concluded. Our next series will begin on November 27th.

Donation:  $5 per Film Rental

Filmmaker, CC Stinson, is an award-winning artist who has spent over a decade merging her passion for film with the innovativeness of technology through transmedia production. Notable works include her directorial debut Breakdown, which was televised on BET, International Children’s short Hot Summer Daze, and her transmedia (untitled) documentary on the issue of Colorism.
HOT SUMMER DAZE — We follow two young girls as they struggle with financial woes, transportation issues, and bully problems. Nothing will stop them from that ice cream cone. A lighthearted romp through an Austin afternoon, this piece will make you long for your childhood the same way these characters long for a frozen treat.
Filmmaker, Nikki Smallwood, recently began writing scripts as a part of her film production career. She started in film production as a production assistant on various student and indie films. Nikki found her niche in the Art Department, settling in Set Design.
BEFORE THE UNDERGROUND — While Volume 1 of the series, Rit, showcased the courage of Harriet Tubman’s mother, Harriet (Rit), Volume 2 introduces us to the early life of the younger Harriet, who was known as Araminta Ross ( “Minty”) during her childhood. We witness Minty deal with confrontations with the same bravery instilled in her by her mother. She eventually escapes slavery, alone, returning to bring countless slaves to freedom through The Underground Railroad. 
Filmmaker, Crystal Roman, is a content creator, producer, actress and the founder of the Black Latina Movement—a vibrant grassroots theater and film production company based in New York City. Black Latina Movement strives to break the norms, ideologies and stereotypes prevalent in the entertainment industry.

CECELIA THE CELIBATE— Fed up with dead end relationships and meaningless sex, Cecelia decides to take a vow of celibacy, to obtain a deeper and more meaningful and spiritual connection with a prospective suitor. After countless blind dates, speed dating sessions, and referrals, Cecelia unexpectedly meets a man who sparks her interest. She isn’t upfront with him about her celibacy, but he has a secret of his own.

Filmmaker, Kadia Blagrove, is a Jamaican-American writer, producer, and author. The Bronx native has used her gift of storytelling to help diversify the imagery of people of color—particularly black women. Her thoughtful and conversational pieces have been published and discussed in numerous publications and, in 2018, she published her first book, Casual Musings, a collection of essays and poems.
LEA THE LATE BLOOMER: BLACK MAGIC GIRL — After a failed attempt at “making it” in LA, a 28-year-old underachieving filmmaker returns to The Bronx to live with her parents, and is forced to face her old demons and self-sabotaging behavior. In this webisode, Lea attends a “Black Girl Magic” brunch—only problem is, she ain’t that magical.
Filmmaker, Yasmin Neal, is an award winning screenwriter, director, and producer, who was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Prior to filmmaking, she was the youngest member of the Georgia House of Representatives and an undercover homicide detective. Her short film, Queen of Kings, has received international recognition and numerous awards.
QUEEN OF KINGS — This film is based on the true story of the hostile rise to power of Pharaoh Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt to rule for 20 plus years. Lust, love, war and treachery guides this amazing tale of the life of Pharaoh Hatshepsut in what was known as the perfect reign.

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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