John Legend, Anthony Hemingway Set for Blackhouse Foundation Sundance Panels

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The 2018 schedule includes panels with the cast and crew behind feature 'Monster' and series 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.'

The Blackhouse Foundation has announced the schedule of panels for its 11th year at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Blackhouse will partner with SAG-AFTRA for a panel with the cast and crew behind festival title Monster. Participants include director Anthony Mandler, producers Tonya Lewis Lee, Nikki Silver, Mike Jackson and Aaron L. Gilbert, as well as executive producer John Legend and star Kelvin Harrison Jr. SAG-AFTRA Diversity Advisory Committee chair Jason George will moderate.

"We are thrilled to have Monster premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and are excited to partner with SAG-AFTRA and Blackhouse to engage in a panel conversation around the issues of social and criminal justice that the film raises," said Lewis Lee and Silver. 

USA Network will sponsor the panel, "20 Years. Still Unsolved," with the cast and creators of Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. Executive producer and director Anthony Hemingway, creator Kyle Long, music supervisor Lyah LeFlore, as well as cast will be on hand to discuss the new series.

Working with Color of Change and Planned Parenthood, the foundation will launch the "Women of Color in Hollywood" panel that will be moderated by CNN and NPR analyst Angela Rye.

In addition to the panel schedule, Blackhouse announced that BET will sponsor the Blackhouse Fellows Program, which brings 10 MFA students from Howard University.

“We’re excited to join with the many incredible creative forces at the festival this year and honored to work with each of our incredible sponsors to continue transforming the texture and face of the independent film and media landscapes," said Blackhouse co-founder Brickson Diamond. "It’s a very special year for African-American films/projects and a proud moment for Blackhouse. We are honored to return to Sundance and continue to count them as partners!”

The Blackhouse Foundation made its Sundance debut in 2007 when seven African-American films debuted at the fest. This year, 39 projects featuring African- American stories will be screened. 

The full Blackhouse Foundation Sundance schedule can be accessed here

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