The 21st Annual Reel Sisters International Film Festival

Janelle Stein, Carolyn Butts, and Nina Kennedy

For The Noshing with Nina Show’s January episode, we presented our coverage of the 21st annual Reel Sisters International Film Festival. In Red Carpet interviews, African Voices founder Carolyn Butts discussed the founding of the festival, and its new status as an Oscar-qualifying festival. 

Also, producer Janelle Stein introduced her film Ashley's World The Series, which explores the difficulties faced by young actresses of color.

J.T. Takagi, Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, received the Trailblazer Award during the festival and honored us with a Red Carpet interview.

Filmmaker Valerie Woods moderated a discussion with former Black Panther Ericka Huggins, who is writing her autobiography, and will be the subject of Woods' next project. An excerpt from In Conversation with Ericka Huggins: Our Stories. Our Medicine was screened, and Ms. Woods shared with us the news of her recent engagement as director of an episode of Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar.

Producer Elizabeth Charles discussed her film Cross My Heart, which was filmed in Jamaica, and broaches the subject of child molestation.

Kwanza Gooden, director of the short film Token, discussed her journey toward becoming a filmmaker. You'll get a sneak peek of the trailer for her film,  produced by Andrea Lewis.

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