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The Cane River film festival is one of the new film festivals that will give independent and student filmmakers an opportunity to network with writers and panelist in this fall's lineup, making this event more interactive and engaging.  The films submitted will be shown to our community of film professionals and a panel of judges. Filmmakers participating in the festival attend special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences. The Winner will receive a cash award of $1,000.00 and a $500.00 travel assistance grant. We look forward to viewing the films submitted to the 1st Annual Cane River film festival...




Judges Panel Information

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Pemon Rami

Since the late 1960’s, Pemon Rami (a descendent of the Goudeau's) has been involved in the development of television, films, music concerts, documentaries, plays and multimedia productions.

The first African American film casting director in Chicago, Rami provided talent for the classic feature films and television movies; "Blues Brothers", Mahogany", “Cooley High”, “The Spook Who Sat By The Door”, and “Uptown Saturday Night”. Pemon produced the feature film “Of Boys and Men” released by Warner Brothers starring: Angela Bassett and Robert Townsend.

Pemon produced the feature film “93 Days” in 2016, in Nigeria starring Danny Glover and Nigerian actress Bimbo Akintola for which he was nominated for an African Academy Award and the African People Choice Award.

Mr. Rami served as a judge for the new directors competition at the 2018 Chicago International Film Festival and for the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Short Film Prize, 2018.

Rami has been recognized with awards from numerous organizations including: American Advertising Federation, International Television Association, the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP (Best Theatre Director Award), Proclamation from the Los Angeles City Council, Key to the City of Detroit, the Life Time Achievement Award from the Chicago African American Arts Alliance, the Pan African Film Festival Visionary award and the Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership from the Black Harvest Film Festival. In 2018 Mr. Rami was selected for the HistoryMakers national archives.

Jaime Ambler

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Bob Mora Jr.

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Langston Williams

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Allison Rittmayer

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Alaina L. Pinkney

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