BY MARY L. DATCHER
The 8th Annual Global Mixx Music & Film Forum was held over the weekend targeting people in film, music, marketing and production within the urban entertainment community in Chicago. Kicking off on Saturday, aspiring filmmakers got to experience a day of panel discussions by key industry leaders from around the country and Chicago based filmmakers.
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios hosted the daylong event on one of the many movie sound stages to give an aura of real, raw space.Â Panels included, KILL YOUR TELEVISION???: Content Creators & the New Distribution Models featuring Aaliyah Williams, VP of Development & Production â All Def Digital, Sanicole Young, Writer/Director of web series âThe City Hates Usâ, Maurice Dortch, Filmmaker, Maxim 13:22 Productions, Kenneth Yoder, Writer/Director/Web Series Development Instructor, Nate Gilbert, Sales Director, Interactive One, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ACT??? : Tips to Being a Successful Working Actor featuring Jaime Henderson, TV/Film/Theatrical Agent â BMG Talent, Kathy Byrne, Director, TV/Theatrical â SAG/AFTRA Chicago, Erica Hubbard, Actress â BETâs âLetâs Stay Togetherâ; ABC Familyâs âLincoln Heightsâ, Jamaal Buchanan, Manager â Buchanan Management & Consulting, LLC, THE REEL DEAL: Behind the Scenes â Careers in Film & Television Roundtable featuring Carlos King, Executive Producer â âReal Housewives of Atlantaâ; âHollywood Divasâ â Kingdom Reign Entertainment, Robin Thede, Comedy Writer/Actress â âQueen Latifah Showâ; âReal House Husbands of Hollywoodâ, Christopher Nolen, Director â â72 Hoursâ; âFour Seasonsâ â Nferno Productions, Delvin Molden, Producer â E.N.D. Productions.
Wrapping up the day was a wonderful Actors Workshop featuring Jemal McNeil, acting coach/voice coach for the past 20 years and has coached talents such as Academy Award Winner, Octavia Spencer (âThe Helpâ); Taraji P. Henson (âThe Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonâ, âEmpireâ), and Tika Sumpter (âRide Alongâ, âBessieâ, âThe Haves And Have Notsâ).
Global Mixx Film event organizer, David Leonard comments, âThe Global Mixx Film Forum was an extraordinary gathering of film and television professionals who gave the attendees an unprecedented insight into the real mechanics of the industry.Â The networking that took place at Global Mixx is an essential element to the growth of a burgeoning Chicago production community that will continue to thrive if more dialogue and business opportunities are exchanged at events like this.Â It was truly an amazing experience.â
Moderators included Troy Osbourne Pryor, Monique Spence and Art âChatdaddyâ Sims throughout the day at the Global Mixx Film Forum.
Sundayâs Music Forum was another jam packed day of panel discussions hosted by presenting sponsor, ParentPowerChicago and Global Mixx at the Zhou B. Art Center in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Between both floors, there was a great deal of panels to choose from featuring âBend But Donât Breakâ, a panel that included young talent Kam, Hip Hop veteran, New Sense and others talking to young attendees as well as social media panelists that did double duty; Tenille Jackson (The Intelligence Group), Carl West (TruthBTold) and Wally (Urban Grind TV). The ParentPowerChicago line-up ended with a special guest speaker Kayla, co-star of the Lifetime TV Series, âBring Itâ, show highlighting the competition world of high school dancers. The young star and her Mother sat on the panel giving advice and guidance to parents and their children pursuing a career in entertainment.
Attendees was able to go between floors experiencing panel discussions that included:Â âIn the Labâ Production Workshops with Ableton Instructor, Orville Kline moderating the EDM/House segment with Grammy award producer/remixer, Maurice Joshua and the Hip Hop/RnB workshop with producer Xtreme and 5-time Grammy award songwriter/poet, Malik Yusef.
In the main gallery rooms, âImage, Branding & Marketingâ featuring
Moderator: Jeffrey VP of New Business Strategies (Music Dealers), Ella Britton-Gibson, VP of Multi-Cultural Lime Green Agency, Regina Daniels- President, Daniels Entertainment Group, Kevin McFall-VP of Digital Marketing (Johnson Publishing) and
A&R consultant, Kevin Shine. The Management, Touring and Money featured Moderator: Martin Atkins-Music Business Chair, SAE Institute, Jerry Catalano- Catalano, Caboor Accounting Firm, Dylan Rice-Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Entertainment Attorney, John Tellis. The Fall & Rise of House Music included an in-depth discussion of the state of House Music and the future direction featuring, Moderators: First Lady Khris Raye and DJ Taigo Onez (WHPK), Dedry Jones- Owner, The Music Experience, DJ Lady D,Â performer and label owner, Georgie Porgie (Music Plant Records), DJ Lilâ John (Soul 106.3) and DJ Skip (S&S Records).
One of the highlights that attendees was interested was the The Radio & Mixshow Model panel discussion and the conversation was intense.
Moderated by radio veteran, First Lady Khris Raye; the panel featured Cynthia Johnson (Columbia Records), Sean Dale (Power 92) DJ Averi Minor, Julia Johnson (Know1Radio.com) and Reggie Brown (V100-Milwaukee). With the ongoing panel discussions, the spacious gallery of the Zhou B. Art Center also included media partners conducting interviews, vendors and the sounds of the Blok Bizness DJs.
Music, Television and Marketing professionals participated in a short speed mentoring session with young attendees in the CafĂ© to discuss their interest in pursuing careers in the music and entertainment industry. Professionals on hand included; Tyra Martin (WGN-TV), Patricia Edwards (Crawford Broadcasting), Xtreme (Producer), Daryl Jones,Esq. (Entertainment Attorney), Caryn Lee (Interscope Records), DJ Hugo H. (Foxxhole/XM Sirius), DJ Lilâ John (Soul 106.3), Daryl Hervy (Universal Music Group), Dewayne Holmes and (Jaguar Promotions).
The Global Mixx Music Forum continued to keep a steady flow of attendees that included various age groups and people that networked and exchanged information. Not missing a beat, one of the most inspiring parts of the conference was the one-one-one conversation between living legend, George Daniels and Grammy award producer and EVP of Def Jam, No I.D. Both men covered many aspects of the business and how No I.D. started, his inspirations, his collaborations, the changes in the industry as well as his new transition in to the executive role at Def Jam Records. As cameras flashed and recorders were flipped on, there wasnât an âuninterestedâ attendee in the audience as these two exchanged advice and encouragement for the Global Mixx participants.
As the Global Mixx Music & Film weekend concluded its 8th year within itâs 10-year span Sunday evening, independent artists performed as attendees was treated to a complimentary food and beverages. The entire weekend never missed a beat as organizers tried to give everyone a combination of what the music and film business encompasses.Â The Global Mixx Music & Film Forum proved that there is a growing industry in Chicago, as long as Chicagoans believe in themselves and in their talentâŠbusiness will flourish.
Money Management Touring Panel