In this installment of A King's discussion series, creator, filmmaker, and California State University - East Bay professor Steven "The Prof" Cleveland will be joined by three dynamic guests to discuss the impact of film in the social justice movements of our past, present, and future. What is the role of media and film in creating equity? How will social justice films, like the upcoming A King in Paradise, take us to the next step of our Black Lives Moment, and every civil rights moment moving forward?
Our Films will be moderated by A King in Paradise creator Steven "The Prof" Cleveland, who will be joined by:
Mobolaji Olambiwonnu, Writer/Director/Producer. Mobolaji is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Directors Guild of America Student Award for his MFA thesis The Visit, which he made while attending the American Film Institute (AFI). In addition, Olambiwonnu was invited to screen his film as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. He won 2 Hermes Awards for 6 commercials he directed for the Los Angeles Metro's new 1.8 billion dollar rail line to the LAX airport.
He has held positions as producer, cameraman, and director for companies and organizations such as Sierra Club, Lions Gate, Paramount, Discovery and HBO. Olambiwonnu has also worked in the fields of education, conflict resolution, economic development and campaign organizing. His community-based experience is not only the conscience behind his work, but the driving force behind his filmmaking choices. He is currently producing content for various corporations and nonprofits like Metrolink and Frank Gehry's non-profit, turnaround arts, and is working on a documentary on how people find hope, love and beauty in the midst of tragedy. Olambiwonnu’s goal is to use cinema as a tool to share diverse cultural and political experiences, critique the superficial conditions that divide us, and accentuate the merits of shedding our prejudices.
Caleb Slain, Director. Slain first gained notoriety at age 20 with the haunting short doc "It Ain't Over" which premiered at SXSW and Telluride. Within five years his collective works had received millions of internet views, six Vimeo Staff Picks and been used as teaching materials at USC, NYFA, and USF. In 2016, Slain launched the experimental writing app Flowstate which garnered praise from Wired, The Verge, GQ, and dozens more. His latest film "DEMON" was awarded Best Narrative Short at the Austin Film Festival, and his surreal virtual reality collaboration with Eminem, "Marshall From Detroit," premiered at Sundance 2019. His latest piece, "enough," speaks to the current moment in time, racial inequality and systemic racism, despair, hope, and ultimately, love.
Julie Manriquez, Writer/Producer. Julie is a freelance marketing and creative writer/screenwriter/producer. Julie currently works as associate producer and marketing coordinator for nonprofit, Amateur Films. As content contributor and editor for the company’s current documentary project — Spark: A Systemic Racism Story https://spark-doc.com/ — Julie also oversees the post-production marketing and outreach to Diversity & Inclusion leaders within corporations, organizations, and academia. Julie regularly contributes original content to health and wellness publications and writes for technology and lifestyle brands. Before moving to San Diego, Julie taught middle school and high school English in the Bay Area. She later entered the Silicon Valley tech scene as a marketing writer. Julie currently resides in La Jolla, CA with her family and three rescue pups.
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