Juror Panel

These are the official 2017 HBFF Jurors

Features


Preston L. Holmes

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Preston Holmes is an industry veteran with 30 years experience as a producer, production manager and assistant director on feature films, television movies and documentaries.  His production experience runs the gamut from studio features to lower budgeted independent productions shot on locations ranging from Harlem and South Central to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

 

After attending Princeton University, Preston left school to enroll in the prestigious Director’s Guild East’s Assistant Director Training Program and then admission to the Guild as an Assistant Director.

Moving from commercial production to features in New York, first as an assistant director and then as production manager, Preston eventually joined Spike Lee’s production team and helped turn out such films as DO THE RIGHT THING, MO BETTER BLUES and JUNGLE FEVER and MALCOM X.  He then went on to Produce or Co-Produce films including JUICE with Ernest Dickerson and NEW JACK CITY, POSSE and PANTHER with Mario Van Peebles.

In 1994 Preston relocated to Los Angeles to become President of Def Pictures for Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan.  While at Def, he developed and served as Executive Producer for the films GRIDLOCK’D and DEF JAM’S HOW TO BE A PLAYER.

His most recent credits include;  Executive Producer – THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY written and directed by Malcom Lee for Universal Pictures.   Producer – WITH THIS RING written and directed by Nzingha Stewart for Lifetime Networks.

Producer – THE BIRTH OF A NATION written, directed by Nate Parker an Independent feature.   Executive Producer – ALMOST CHRISTMAS written and directed by David Talbert and GIRL TRIP, directed by Malcolm Lee for Universal Pictures.


Glenn Plummer

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On a foundation of talent, unbridled dedication and a passionate mindset, Glenn Plummer has enjoyed a successful acting career that spans almost two decades. He has starred in such feature films as: Saw II (2005), co-starring Donnie Wahlberg, Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer and Beverley Mitchell; Dennis Hopper’s Colors (1988), co-starring Sean Penn, Robert Duvall and Maria Conchita Alonso; Menace II Society (1993), co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Larenz Tate and Anthony Johnson; Showgirls (1995), co-starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon; The Salton Sea (2002), co-starring Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Anthony LaPaglia and Luiz Guzman; Poolhall Junkies (2002), co-starring Christopher Walken, Chazz Palminteri and Alison Eastwood and the compelling drama South Central (1992) in the break out role of “O.G.” Bobby Johnson, one of Glenn’s most memorable performances.

 

It was largely this very moving role that helped solidify Glenn as a staple in the African-American film community. Experiencing much crossover success, Glenn took his abilities to cover a wide range of personas and delved into television. Appearing in such television movies and mini-series as, ABC’s The Women of Brewster Place (1989) with Oprah Winfrey, Lynn Whitfield and Cicely Tyson; TNT’s Heat Wave (1990), L.A.’s Watt’s Riots of 1965, alongside Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, James Earl Jones and TNT’s Reversible Errors (2004), with William H. Macy, Tom Selleck and Monica Potter, Glenn Plummer generated praise and accolades from critics alike for his performances in Showtime’s Ruby’s Bucket of Blood (2001), co-starring Angela Bassett, as well as his deep, thought-provoking exhibition in HBO’s The Corner (2000), with T.K. Carter and Khandi Alexander.

Before returning to the big screen, Glenn had a re-occurring role as “Timmy Rawlins” in the inaugural season of the Emmy/Golden Globes Award-Winning, television show ER (1994) including the 88-minute pilot. Currently, Glenn Plummer’s projects include writing, directing (in his directorial debut), producing and starring in the upcoming horror film VooDoo Curse: The Giddeh (2006), co-starring Randy Brooks, Kira Madallo Sesay and Terry Bookhart.


Tyrone Dixon

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Tyrone D. Dixon is an award winning filmmaker and is excited to lead Dikajada Films, LLC into the future of multicultural, multimedia content development. Tyrone has over 20 years of experience of developing, producing, directing, crewing many successful feature film and television projects. Tyrone began his film career after receiving his MFA at the prestigious American Film Institute. Tyrone has worked with directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Lee, Clive Barkerjust to name a few.

 

Tyrone also spent 3 years working as a development executive for Russell Simmons and Def Pictures prior to directing and producing two seasons of Cool Women, an Emmy nominated WE Network television show executive produced by Debbie Allen.Tyrone also acted as the line producer for the Oscar nominated documentary, Tupac Resurrection.

Scouts, the PG-rated, coming of age comedy about the journey an upward bound-urban boy scout troop, is the first project on the Dikajada slate and will be shot in Houston, Texas.

Tyrone’s debut film, documentary, 8 Wheels and Some Soul Brotha Music, was the inspiration for the Fox feature film ROLL BOUNCE, starring Bow-Wow and Nick Cannon. Tyrone was a producer and marketing consultant for the successful Roll Bounce. 8 Wheels and Some Soul Brotha Music went on to win multiple film festival awards prior to its release in 2005.

Presently, Tyrone is directing/editing the awaited retrospective on the making of Roll Bounce called, A Hardwood Classic; Coming 2017. Tyrone holds a PhD in Media Psychologywhile serving as a professor at the prestigious New York Film Academy and Texas Southern University, School of Communication.


Documentaries


Ron Brewington

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Ron Brewington is the host, producer, and writer of The Actor’s Choice, a weekly international television talk show, focusing on actors, actresses and all persons associated with the theatrical world. The program has aired since December, 2015.

 

The program is also aired on The Power of Voices, an international radio service.

He was a host and producer of ActorsE Chat, a daily international television talk show for nearly 3 years. The program is seen by more than 6-million persons worldwide via internet and cable, and has aired since 2009 with over 1,400 guests. ActorsE Chat features live interview conversations with persons in the entertainment industry. He was also a host and producer of Actors Reporter, a monthly international television talk show.

Brewington is a well-known veteran entertainment reporter, having covered the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and numerous other award events since 1983. He also covered the “movie junket” circuit during the same period and was a noted film critic.

He has also served as a documentary film jury member for the Black Hollywood Film Festival since it’s inception.


Storme Sweet

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Storme’ is a documentarian who fell in love with the cultural influence of filmmaking as an undergraduate, while studying Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and Rashomom(1950) in a Japanese film class. She has produced and directed several individual accounts of lived history and the human condition. . Storme’ earned her MFA as one of the flagship group of UCLA film students in the 1960s-1970s penned as the infamous LA Rebellion. Storme’ is documentarian who has produced and directed several individual accounts of lived history and the human condition.  After earning her law degree and becoming one of the 1st  female Certified NFL Contract Advisors, Storme’ became the mother of Aliah a child with severe disabilities and subsequent to his death, she, her husband & daughter Ariel established the Aliah Sweet Fragile Hearts Foundation to provide support & grant wishes for Siblings of children with severe, multiple, life threatening disabilities.  Now 15 years later, Storme’ is back in the saddle.  Some of her vintage work includes The Single Parent: Images in Black(1982), in which black parents discuss their feelings about raising children alone; Locker Room Rites (1978) exploring professional athletes’ superstitions.

 

In 1982 Stormé and fellow filmmakers, Melvonna Ballenger, Julie Dash and Alile Sharon Larkin, formed the Black Filmmakers Collective as part of the independent black cinema movement. She co-produced and directed When I Grow Up I Want To Marry An African Prince (1984), a video with accompanying workshops exploring visual stereotypes in the media-recently screened in Africa

Current work includes  Back Burner Baby, intimate discussions with siblings of children severe disabilities, The Journey(in production), legacy collection essays, examining the evolving social constructs of centenarians, and a documentary on the Retired NFL Players Congress, The Men Who Made the Game.

EDUCATION:

Temple University B.A.1973, UCLA MFA 1978, WSU College of Law Juris Doctor 1987.


Short Movies


Fred Johnson

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Fred Johnson is a writer/producer whose television credits include 227, MY BROTHER AND ME, MOESHA, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW and SINGLE LADIES.  Prior to coming to Hollywood, Fred worked in public television for the Macneil-Lehrer Newshour and as an associate producer at WGBH-TV in Boston, Ma.


Calvin Brown

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Calvin Brown Jr. was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He has worked extensively in Hollywood as a writer and producer, some of his work includes Real Husbands of Hollywood, Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Moesha and Married with Children.


New Media


Stacy Littlejohn

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Stacy A. Littlejohn is an American screenwriter, producer and showrunner. She was the creator, writer and an executive producer of the VH1 network television series Single Ladies.

 

The hour-long scripted drama is set in Atlanta, Georgia and stars LisaRaye McCoy (as Keisha Greene), Stacey Dash (as Valerie “Val” Stokes) and Charity Shea (as April Goldberg-Jenkins).[1] Littlejohn has worked as a writer on Fox network’s The Wanda Sykes Show, as a writer and supervising producer on The CW’s All of Us, and as a producer on ABC’s Life with Bonnie. She is currently working as a writer & co-executive producer on the American Crime TV series on ABC created by John Ridley, the Academy Award winner for 12 Years a Slave


Peter Wise

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Peter Wise is a 25 year entertainment industry veteran. After a successful career in acting, Wise decided to combine his keen eye for talent and acting experience to become a casting director. In 1990, he launched Peter Wise and Associates, which became one of the most successful independently owned casting agencies on both the East and West Coasts. Wise soon become one of the most sought after casting agents, garnering awards and accolades for his extensive list of work encompassing film, television and theater.

 

Wise was responsible for comprising the cast of “Smoky Joe’s Café” which was nominated for seven Tony Awards and received a Grammy for “Best Musical Show Album.” Wises cast selections received rave reviews for their performances that contributed greatly to the production becoming the longest musical revue on Broadway to date. As the casting director of record for the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar,” he cast Ted Neely, Carl Anderson, Irene Cara and Dennis DeYoung.

Serving dual roles, Wise served as both the casting director and producer for the pre-Broadway workshop of “Car Wash, The Musical: A Norman Whitfield Story. Prior to that, he received a personal invitation from director Debbie Allen to cast her adaptation of Tennessee Williams’, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “ starring notable award nominated actors, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terence Howard, Anika Noni Rose and Giancarlo Esposito. Wise is often called upon to lend his expertise as a casting consultant lending his expertise to several critically acclaimed Off Broadway productions, such as “Cheaters, Friends and Lovers, Men Money and Goldiggers.” His regional theater work includes “Ain’t MisBehavin,” “Bigger Than Bubble Gum,” “The Emotion’s Story,” Sisterella,” I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change” and “Evita.”

Wise has expanded his impressive cache of casting accomplishments to include producing for film and television. His current TV series in production is “FOUR KINGS” an hour dramedy Starring Mars Callahan, Rob Iler, Joe Perrino, Kassem G, Kevin Pollak, Oleg Krupa, Mekhi Phifer, Willie Carson, Dan Negreanu, Roy Jones Jr, Vincent Van Patten, Ernie Hudson, Gerri Bednob, Ernie Hudson & Glen Plummer. His prior television production credits include, “One Love” ½ hour sitcom starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mark Curry, Chico Benymon, Carl A Payne, Drew Sidora, Sara E Fletcher and Sherman Hemsley, which became the highest ranking show for the network. Additional television credits include, Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,MOW directed by Debbie Allen, for Lifetime Television; “Unpredictable” a television Variety Special starring Jamie Foxx, for NBC. Additionally Wise has produced several independent films such as “Pastor Shirley,” King James Diner,” “Act Like You Love Me,” “In Mysterious Ways”, Soul Ties,” “Christmas In Compton” and Men, Money & Golddiggers” Wise & Associates casted “Kevin Hart’s,Let Me Explain,” The Hustle”, “Somebody’s Child”,“ Chain Letter”.

Wise was recognized for his outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry with the prestigious NAACP Spirit Award for theater, he previously received the both the Trumpet Award and a Grammy, for the Best Broadway Musical. He also recently launched the Peter Wise Actor’s Studio in North Hollywood, California, which he plans to take nationwide which is a 501 c3 non-profit organization to educate & mentor underprivileged youth in the community on the entertainment industry developing new talent & business leaders!