The Blackhouse Foundation returned to in-person programming at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival at Park City over the weekend for this year’s fest.
Featuring an extensive slate of programming at the Star Bar on Main Street in Park City for its 16th year, programming was hosted in collaboration with many studios, networks and streamers across the opening weekend of the festival.
Events included an opening reception hosted by founding sponsor Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a panel featuring Black showrunners from NBCUniversal that was moderated by Sharronda Williams of Pay or Wait, a panel from Proctor & Gamble and Queen Collective — and more.
Attendees and panel participants included Meagan Good, Omarion, Boots Riley, Malcolm D. Lee, MC Lyte, Daniel Dae Kim, Da Brat, Omarion, Nicco Annan, Romeo Miller, Tracy Oliver, Nkechi Okoro Carroll and Jimmy Akingbola.
View a listing of the weekend’s events below:
Friday, January 20
The Sundance Filmmaker Lodge at the Cinema Cafe with Joe Brewster (“Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”), D. Smith (“Kokomo City”) and Thembi Banks (“Young. Wild. Free.”) moderated by Blackhouse new board member and producer from Reform Media Group, Deniese Davis.
Founding sponsor Creative Artists Agency (CAA) hosted the opening reception at Buona Vita.
Saturday, January 21
NBCUniversal Presents Creators in Conversation: Shaping The Culture Through Television: Creators and executive producers from hit series across the NBCUniversal portfolio including Carla Banks-Waddles (Peacock’s “Bel-Air”), Nkechi Okoro Carroll (NBC’s “Found”), Phil Augusta Jackson (NBC’s “Grand Crew”), Malcolm D. Lee (Peacock’s “The Best Man: The Final Chapters”), and Tracy Oliver (PrimeVideo and Universal Television’s “Harlem”) discuss their creative processes and examine how their body of work has shaped the cultural zeitgeist. Moderated by Sharronda Williams, Pay or Wait.
ALLBLK Presents Music in Media: Musician and Actors Omarion, MC Lyte, Da Brat, Romeo Miller and Entrepreneur and CEO Jesseca “Judy” Harris-Dupart. Moderated by Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment.
P&G and Queen Collective Presents Widening the View of the Black Experience: Imani Dennison, an experimental documentary filmmaker and DP; Jenn Shaw, an award-winning commercial, documentary, and narrative filmmaker specializing in sports, coming-of-age and dramady content; Idil Ibrahim, an award-winning director, producer and changemaker; Luchina Fisher, an award-winning writer, director and producer whose work is at the intersection of race, gender and identity and Vashni Korin is a Caribbean-American Director from New York. Moderated by Kay-B, an entertainment journalist, host, and Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, producer, and podcaster covering all things TV & film, from reviews & world premieres to comic conventions & film festivals
Sunday, January 22
Warner Bros Discovery Presents the Anniversary Brunch to reflect on Blackhouse history since 2007.
Prime Video Presents Amazon Entertainment’s Impact on Community: Boots Riley (Writer and Director, I’m a Virgo) and Meagan Good (Actress, Harlem). Moderated by Latasha Gillespie, Global Head of DEIA, Amazon Studios and Prime Video.
Paramount’s Content for Change Presents A Seat at the Table: A Conversation on the Importance of Diverse and Inclusive Stories and Storytellers: Crystal Barnes, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Paramount; Dami Akinmeji, Multicultural Content Partnerships at Google; Nicco Annan, actor, dancer, choreographer, known for iconic role as ‘Uncle Clifford’ in P-Valley; CJ Faison, Producer and Founder of Face Forward Productions; Daylon Goff, CEO of the historic JET Magazine; and Giona Jefferson, Producer and Founder of Third Rail. Moderated by Melissa C. Potter, Vice President of Strategy and Impact at Paramount.
Google TV Presents Emerging Voices Thembi Banks (“Young. Wild. Free.”), C.J. Obasi (“Mama Water”), and Tari Wariebi (“We Were Meant to Be”).