2015 Industry Discussions

DISTRIBUTION FOR SHORT FILMS,  Sept. 4, 2015, Noon – 1:30 pm, Ardent Studios in Studio C, 2000 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN

Christie Taylor, Acquisitions Coordinator, Black Lava Films / Script Consultant, The Script Polisher

Christie B. Taylor is a radio veteran whose journey into film was fostered by a Saturday routine of taking in double matinees for relaxation.  A life of writing poetry and songs segued into screenwriting in 2000. Her first screenplay, N-Secure, independently produced, is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.  With the near completion of a MFA in Professional Screenwriting, in 2014, she launched her professional script consult service, The Script Polishers; developed a screenwriting course, Flip The Script, for novice and intermediate screenwriters; and joined forces with her Grammy Award winning brother, Michael-Anthony Taylor, to lay the groundwork for Black Lava Films, a home distribution company, which will focus on releasing high caliber, independent films and documentaries beginning in 2016. She recently completed a book adaptation, and is assisting with packaging the project for production. Truly her favorite pastime has become her second act.


Linda O. Olszewski, Acquisitions Consultant, Shorts HD - The Shorts Movie Channel

Linda O. Olszewski, Acquisitions Consultant, Shorts HD – The Shorts Movie Channel

Linda O. Olszewski is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the short film industry. After trying to get a shorts division launched at several studios, she joined SHORTS INTERNATIONAL in January 2006 and oversaw the launch of the Oscar Shorts Theatrical/VOD/iTunes releases and has served as an Associate Producer for 10 years. She has served on over 100 international film fest juries and panels while offering distribution deals for iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and nonexclusive TV license for ShortsHD™ – The Short Movie Channel, the global television home to high quality celebrity, comedy, animation, adventure, sports, sexy, action, and award winning short movies.  ShortsHD™  is available across Europe, East Africa and in the US on DIRECTV (Channel 568) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 1789).


DO YOU KNOW JOHNNIE WALKER, Sept. 4, 2015, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Cooper Walker Place, 1015 S. Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38103


A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Johnnie Walker is the Founder of NABFEME; the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. Walker holds the distinction of being named the first female Sr. Vice President of Promotion for the Island Def Jam Music Group and the only female to ever hold that position for the company.  In 2008, in a move she called ACT 111 … Johnnie Walker returned to Memphis as Executive Director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission. With a variety of music influenced programs in place, the Music Commission strives to promote Memphis music locally, nationally and to the world!  From indie to major and now back to indie, do you know Johnnie Walker?


HOW TO SECURE FILM DISTRIBUTION, Sept. 5, 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Trey Haley

Trey Haley is the CEO / Founder of Tri Destined Studios.  Tri Destined Studios was founded in 1998 to provide world-class film, television and multi-media productions that empower, entertain, and inspire urban and modern America. Their corporate mission is to be the number one trusted brand in urban entertainment, production, and distribution.  Trey Haley is also an accomplished director.  Trey’s drama/thriller “The Man in 3B” starring Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, DB Woodside, Robert Richard, Brely Evans and Billy Dee Williams, will be in theaters November 16, 2015.

Leo Hall 2015 (3)

Leo Hall has been working in the television/video/film industry since 1993. He grew up in Chicago, IL and graduated from Memphis State University (Univ. of Memphis) with a degree in Engineering.  Leo started his industry career by working on local programming in Memphis, TN. In 1995, he moved to Nashville and produced a gospel music video program, called “It’s Time”. He has worked on various video projects for several clients in the Nashville and Middle TN area. His work has appeared on national programming as well.