During Sundance, The Blackhouse hosted a conversation led by veteran film critic, Elvis Mitchell, with the legendary Harry Belafonte in the Sundance Filmmaker’s Lodge.

A few months later, The Blackhouse featured an exclusive conversation with Geoffrey Fletcher, screenwriter of Precious at the Tribeca Film Festival and honored participants of the Tribeca Film All Access Program.

During the Toronto International Film Festial (TIFF), The Blackhouse kicked off its first year at the largest North American Film Festival with a powerful panel entitled, “Social Issue Films: Getting Them Made & Seen.” Bill Duke, co-director of the Festival featured film Dark Girls moderated. Panelists included:

  • Co-director of Dark Girls, D. Chansin Berry;
  • Director of The Education of Auma Obama, Branken Okpako;
  • Screenwriter of Machine Gun Preacher, Jason Keller; and
  • Director of Color of the Ocean, Maggie Peren.