The Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) will take place this year from October 6-11 in the metro-area of Atlanta, Georgia, and this year, the organization will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Founded in November 2001, the mission of UMFF is to promote and support diverse, independent digital/media arts content creation with an emphasis on projects produced by or featuring African, Asian, Black, Hispanic and Latino individuals. Each year, UMFF is known in metro-Atlanta for showcasing award-winning, global independent films.

In addition to the films and workshops, Hollywood’s Black Renaissance has the pleasure of hosting a panel with UMFF titled “A Conversation With Dynamic Black Women in Film and Television.”  Our guest panelists will include Nakia Stephens (Cream x Coffee), Johnetta Boone (Greenleaf), Rhavynn Drummer (Why did I Get Married Too?), and Redelia Shaw (Assistant Director, DGA and Media Professor, Santa Monica College).

The panel will take place on Saturday, October 8th @ 3:00pm at Georgia State University Student Center West – Room 462; 66 Courtland Street; Atlanta, Georgia 30303For Tickets and more information, please click HERE, and check out the brief bios of the panelists below!


Johnetta Boone is one of Hollywood’s most sought out costume designers.  She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and has been a costume designer for hit films such as For Colored Girls, Cadillac Records and, The Notebook.  She currently works as a costume designer for Oprah Winfrey’s hit new drama series, Greenleaf, starring Oprah Winfrey, Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, and critically acclaimed actress Merle Dandridge, and recently wrapped production on Girl From Compton by Sony Pictures Television, Lifetime Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media.

Rhavynn Drummer is an Atlanta based Casting Director who began her career in casting at Tyler Perry Studios. While working at the studio she participated in the casting of thirteen feature films, seven television series, and seven theatrical productions.  She has worked on projects such as The Family that Preys, Why did I Get Married Too?, The Marriage Counselor,  The Haves and The Have Nots, and If Loving You is Wrong.  In 2014, Drummer created the digital series, Good Girls, which follows four women of faith as they navigate the morality and individuality by living and dating in Atlanta. The series was released in June of 2014 and went on to win awards at the Bronze Lens Film Festival along with the Black Women in Film and Television Festival.

Nakia Stephens is an award winning screenwriter and founder of Damn Write Originals. She is an Atlanta, Georgia native and graduate of Savannah State University’s Mass Communications program where her concentration was Radio/Television Broadcasting. After receiving her degree, Stephens went on to work and study screenwriting in Los Angeles, California where she helped contribute towards productions with BET, Americorps, Funny or Die, NAACP Image Awards, and many others. As a travel and culture enthusiast and an avid champion for Women and People of Color, Stephens is devoted to telling authentic and purposeful stories, and is known for her bold independent works including her first feature film Muse, her Award Winning and BET sponsored short film Suga Water, and the Award Winning dramedy series Cream x Coffee.

Redelia Shaw is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and DGA 2nd Assistant Director.  She has worked on numerous projects including Blackish, Scandal, House of Lies, The Muppets, Heroes, The Office and has also worked on has worked on television specials such as ABC’s Inauguration Special and Showtime’s Jamie Foxx Presents Laffapalooza.  Shaw is currently a professor at Santa Monica College.