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 Friday, May 17, 2023, 7- 9pm at Film Independent.
Join us for an evening filled with powerful stories,
innovative perspectives, and exciting Black filmmakers.
Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and
entertained by the next generation of documentary filmmakers


Kai Bowe

Director of Programming OWN

From writing to directing to showrunning and producing, in terms of work in film and television, Bowe has pretty much done it all. A woman who chose to work early on in the burgeoning unscripted genre,
her resume includes entertaining projects like Starting Over, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and The Great Soul Food Cook-Off. She has also been instrumental in bringing educational and
historically important documentaries and docu-series to the screen. She was co-EP and showrunner for Resist, a series that helped thwart LA County’s plan to fund two new jails, EP for the Emmy-nominated We Have to Talk about Cosby, Fight the Power, and Ferguson Rises, and co-EP for Emmy-winning Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

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Elizabeth Gray Bayne


Bayne is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of graybayne film/media, a
production company focused on health and social issue-based content. A recipient of generous grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Glassbreaker Films, and the Center for Cultural Innovation, her projects cover a range of issues from racial health inequity, sexual and reproductive health to environmental and climate justice. She has produced documentary and PSA content in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, USC Viterbi, the LA County Department of Public Health, and the National Medical Association. Her documentary and narrative projects
have aired on ABC, the Smithsonian Channel and Magic Johnson's Aspire TV Network.  Elizabeth's short documentary; Continuing A Legacy; about Black junior rodeo competitor London Gladney won Best Documentary Short Award at the 2021 BronzeLens and Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festivals. Her feature documentary; Chocolate Milk; about gaps in birth and breastfeeding outcomes for African American families won Honorable Mention for the Gordon Parks Black Excellence Award at the Tallgrass Film Festival in 2023 and was nominated for Best First Feature Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in 2024. Elizabeth is currently in development on a number of projects, including two narrative features and a documentary on climate justice. Her horror feature ; FORTRESS; was a semi-finalist for the Women in Film/ The Blacklist Writing Lab and the Project Greenlight Clive Barker's Reel Fear Pitch Contest.

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Majiye Uchibeke 


Mayije is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker hailing from Nigeria. Born and raised in a
culturally rich environment, Uchibeke developed a deep appreciation for storytelling from an early age. Fascinated by the power of film as a medium for social change and cultural exploration, he embarked on a journey to pursue his passion for filmmaking. Uchibeke's pursuit of his artistic aspirations led him to the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) Film School, where he honed his skills and expanded his creative horizons.
Immersed in an environment that fostered innovation and collaboration, Uchibeke thrived,
pushing the boundaries of his craft and embracing diverse storytelling techniques. His education at USC Film School provided Uchibeke with a solid foundation in the technical aspects of filmmaking. He gained proficiency in various aspects of the filmmaking process, including directing, cinematography, editing, and sound design. Uchibeke's background as a Nigerian 
filmmaker brings a unique perspective to his work. He draws inspiration from the vibrant cultures, rich traditions, and pressing social issues of his homeland. With a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of Nigerian society, Uchibeke aims to shed light on underrepresented narratives and challenge prevailing stereotypes through his films. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact through his work, Uchibeke is committed to creating thought-provoking and emotionally resonant stories that engage audiences on a profound level. His films explore themes
of identity, social justice, and cultural heritage, aiming to foster empathy, inspire dialogue, and effect change.

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Moses Bwayo 


Bwayo is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. Born and raised in Uganda, he was introduced to filmmaking by peeking through cracks in the walls of local bootleg movie theaters. Wrapped in the camerawork and storytelling of Hollywood’s martial arts films, Moses immediately fell in love with cinema. He graduated from Kampala University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication, earned a postgraduate diploma at Kampala Film School, and started
working as a production sound recordist and cinematographer, shooting for ABC, BBC, and VICE News in Uganda. In 2017, he began work on Bobi Wine: The People’s President. Spending five harrowing years following Bobi Wine, a pop star turned politician who ran for president, opposing the 35-year Yoweri Museveni dictatorship. Moses was arrested, imprisoned, and shot in the face
at close range while filming. Bobi Wine: The People’s President premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2022. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2023.

Krystal Tingle


Tingle is a Jamaican-American filmmaker living between Los Angeles and
Miami. Tingle’s films reflect the rich complexities of Black women and explore the miracles that lie within the mundanity of life. Tingle’s short documentary, Over The Wall, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at BlackStar Film Festival.She is the Series Field Producer for the Emmy-nominated, The 1619 Project (HULU), the Director/Producer for Soledad O’Brian’s Disrupt & Dismantle on BET, and the Supervising Producer for
The Queen Collective for Flavor Unit Entertainment and Tribeca Studios. Tingle is developing her feature documentary Oh Happy Day!, which has received early support from California Humanities, Women in Film and Video, and Docs in Progress. Her production company, Doctor Bird Studios, specializes in
documentary films and non-fiction content with a passion for stories that center
on the Caribbean diaspora. Her non-profit, Chapel Cinema, works to provide
ancillary care and support for independent Black women filmmakers on-set, in the field, and at home.



Film Independent
5760 Wilshire Blvd., #9
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Free validated parking in the building

 Tickets $20
 Due to seating, purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.
 Tickets purchased online only. No walk-ins.
 Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 17, 2024 at 5pm.

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