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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

Jamie is an internationally known, awarded-winning multi-diciplined creative that specializes in all communications channels, from TV to online content.

He is a creative innovator who has driven award-winning communication strategies for many of the world’s premier brands. Sony USA, Club Med, Remy Martiin, British Airways, Audi, IIIy, MIT, Merril Lynch, IBM, Swiss Air, Star Alliance, MasterCard, L’Oréal. In Italy, he produced award winning campaigns for B&B Italia, Mandarin Duck and Campari amongst many others.

Jamie conceives, shoots and edits compelling brand stories for clients bringing an aesthetic and emotional power to any project and is particularly good at work requiring global scale and a human touch. He has an instinctive approach to the creativity. Whether it’s re-branding a household name or birthing a new one into the world, Jamie is an excellent leader and brings passion and energy to everything he touches.

He has worked everywhere from Milan, Hong Kong, Rio, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Colorado to the slopes of a glacier in Whistler.

Jamie is a hands-on creative dynamo that speaks fluent Italian and is based in New York.

Jamie is especially connected to Italy and is a well-known advertising figure having worked for Saatchi & Saatchi, JWT and RSCG amongst others.

Bob Mora Jr.

Bio coming soon!


Langston Williams

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Allison Rittmayer

Dr. Allison Rittmayer is Associate Professor of Film Studies and English at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where she has taught since fall 2013. She has presented at international film conferences, and is currently working on a book about ethics, trauma, and state violence in both fiction and documentary film.

She is also book review editor for the interdisciplinary journal Southern Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies and English from the University of Florida.


Alaina L. Pinkney

Bio coming soon!