Reel Black Men - 2007 Program

Moderator
Sylvain White-  Director/Producer

Son of an American professional basketball player and a French flight attendant, Sylvain White was born in the French costal city of Nantes. He spent his formative years in Paris, France. Sylvain first arrived in the United States in 1991 and completed his studies in Los Angeles, California in 1998. A dual citizen of France and the United States, Sylvain's extraordinary and distinctive vision extends through the diversity of his work ranging from feature films and documentaries to music videos and commercials.
Sylvain holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College where he double majored in media studies and film production, receiving the highest honors for his work.

Sylvain scored notoriety for his recent feature film, "Stomp the Yard" which grossed the highest out of its box-office competitors in its January, 2007 opening weekend. His earlier short films, the 2002 HBO produced "Quiet" and 1999 "Urban Short Circuit Mind Scrape" landed him numerous awards at top-ranked film festivals around the world. Leveraging his success with the short film format, Sylvain went on to direct a spectrum of groundbreaking music videos and commercials in the US, Europe and Japan. The now LA-based director thrives off his extensive international experience and the unique perspective that it has shed on his work over the years.
In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Sylvain is very active in supporting charitable organizations that focus on youth. His belief in the effectiveness of literacy programs has motivated his desire to give back to the community and the less fortunate by contributing his time and energy to programs such as "Read Across America," and "Readers Make Leaders," which empower children to aspire to achieving greatness through teaching them about the joys and value of reading.


- FILMMAKERS & FILMS -

Michael Ajakwe Jr. - Writer / Director
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mike wanted to be a writer since he was 12. He graduated from Inglewood's Morningside High and later attended the University of Redlands on a full academic scholarship, majoring in English and Political Science. Mike began writing; producing and directing theater in 1993. He has written and/or produced TV shows like Soul Food, The Parkers, Martin, Moesha, Between Brothers, The Brothers Garcia, Built To Last, Sister Sister, Entertainment Tonight, Steve Harvey's Big Time, Eve, and E! Network's Talk Soup for which Mike won a producing Emmy in 1995. From 2000-03, he was the TV Professor for the Bill & Camille Cosby-sponsored Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller TV & Screenwriting Fellowship Program at USC.

Happy Anniversary Punk
Happy Annivesary, Punk! - 24 Min.
In America, when a Black or Brown child is murdered, nobody seems to really care -- until now. Inspired by a true story, "Happy Anniversary, Punk!" is a familiar urban tragedy with a twist.
 

Michael Cory Davis - Writer / Director
Michael is an actor/filmmaker/activist. While starring in a film for the Sci-Fi channel shooting in Bulgaria, he became involved in the fight to end modern day slavery when he became the Goodwill Ambassador for the organization Face to Face Bulgaria, which works to combat human trafficking in Bulgaria. Michael wrote, directed, produced the award-winning film Svetlana's Journey, a true story about a Bulgarian girl forced into prostitution. He lived in and toured the country meeting countless victims and potential victims, using Svetlana's Journey as the tool to educate them. In 2005, the film aired on Bulgaria's national television station and here in the U.S., it won the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Short Subject.  Presently Davis has completed his second film Cargo: Innocence Lost, a documentary about sex trafficking in the United States. Additionally, law enforcement and government agencies are using the films as training tools. Michael has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and KTLA news bringing light to the issue in the United States. Michael is now prepping to shoot his next feature film production and is continuing his nationwide I Stop Traffic tour this fall which focuses on spreading awareness throughout the country.

Svetlana's Journey - 40 Min.
The movie is about stolen innocence; a gruesome look into the life of a 13 yr. old Bulgarian girl sold into prostitution by her adopted parents. She was tortured, manipulated, and abused by the "pimp couple" that kept her.

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