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(ATLANTA) – Black Women Film Network(BWFN) has announced that its 2019 Black Women Film Summit will take place March 7-9, 2019 in Atlanta. HBO and Georgia Power have signed on as Summit partners. Atlanta Technical College returns for the 4th consecutive year as a venue sponsor.   The annual three-day event, taking place during Women’s History Month, will celebrate the work of women of color in film and television and provide attendees with networking opportunities, information and resources to further their careers in the industry.   The Summit kicks off Thursday, March 7 at 6:30pm with an invitation-only Welcome Reception and Scholarship Awards Presentation hosted by Georgia Power at their headquarters (241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30308).   Just in time for International Women’s Day, on Friday, March 8 at 6:00pm, the BWFN Short Film Festival, sponsored by HBO, will take place at the World of Coca-Cola Theater (121 Baker St. NW, Atlanta GA 30313). Eight films – produced, directed by or starring black women — will be screened Friday night. Over 100 entries were received from Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the U.S. A cash prize will be awarded to the “Best in Festival” winner on Saturday at 1:30pm during the Summit.   The Summit continues Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Atlanta Technical College (1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310) with a full day of workshops as well as the BWFN Book Festival (11:00am – 1:00pm) featuring over a dozen authors.  

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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