Ed Rampell, Tina Andrews, Dionna Michelle Daniel, Sue Hamilton, Denise Yolén
Sunday, 13 October, 12:40 p.m.
The panel will focus on the role theater, film and TV can play in reflecting and influencing society in order to help change the world. The panel will, among other things, explore issues in the panelists’ different works. Tina Andrews can discuss acting in the 1977 TV classic “Roots” and how that mini-series impacted America and how her screenplay for “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal” raised issues about slavery, racism, U.S. history and Thomas Jefferson’s role. Dionna Michelle Daniel can discuss the epidemic of police/vigilante violence against Blacks as presented in her drama “American Saga – Gunshot Medley.” Sue Hamilton can talk about how ARULA uses theater to spread awareness and raise funds for lefty causes and groups.
Ed Rampell is a full-time writer, film historian, theater/film/opera critic and co-founder of Hollywood Progressive. Rampell moderated panels at the 2017 and 2018 Left Coast Forums and has been an organizer for the Forum since its first year. As an author Rampell wrote “”Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States”” and co-authored 3 movie history books on the screen image of Pacific Islanders, including “”The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.”” Rampell is also a playwright and aspiring screenwriter, plus a programmer and presenter of film series. As a freelance writer Rampell has written for: Hollywood Progressive, The Progressive Magazine, The Progressive Populist, Sierra Magazine, Earth Island Journal, The Nation, Washington Post, In These Times, L.A. Times, LA Progressive, etc.
Screenwriter Tina Andrews is an international award-winning writer, producer, director, and playwright. For her work as screenwriter and Executive Producer on the highly rated CBS miniseries, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, Miss Andrews won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding TV Movie, Miniseries or Special,” and the Writers Guild of America Award for “Outstanding Television Longform”—becoming the first African American to be so honored in the category. Her nonfiction book, Sally Hemings An American Scandal: The Struggle to Tell The Controversial True Story, won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Literary Nonfiction” and the Literary Award of Excellence from the Memphis Writers Conference. The miniseries was based on her play The Mistress of Monticello. Tina’s work in film and television has led to other accolades, including a Proclamation from the City Council of New York.
Born 1995 near Appalachia in North Carolina, Dionna Michelle Daniel is in bard Lorraine Hansberry’s tradition. Only 24 years old, the North Carolina-born actress and playwright’s one-woman show Rain, River, Ocean and her ensemble piece American Saga – Gunshot Medley: Part 1 have already been presented at theaters.
Sue Hamilton is the Founding Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Artists Rise Up Los Angeles. Created the day after Trump’s election ARULA presents live stage events to raise consciousness and funds for left-leaning organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Human Rights Campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood.
Born in Queens New York, and raised in South Florida, Denise Yolén has been described as “Funny, passionate, a solid writer and a great storyteller.” Denise honed her skills at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She most recently wrote and co-starred in her very first feature film, entitled Sundays In July, a frank exploration of two modern lovers at different stages of their relationship. Denise was also featured in Scraps (LA Times critics choice) in the role of “Aisha” at The Matrix Theater on Melrose. The pulse of New York thrives in all of her artistic endeavors; ultimately authenticity is key.