March 27th Red Carpet Opening Night

March 28th Festival Agenda
February 28, 2018

March 27th Red Carpet Opening Night


20th African American Women In Cinema Film Festival

Red Carpet Opening Night

“All attendees are required to wear Black in solidarity to women who have been abused.”

No tickets will be sold at door


Cinepolis Theater
260 W. 23rd Street
New York City

6:30pm VIP Red Carpet Reception

8:00pm Program-Film Premiere “Sinners Wanted,” starring, Clifton Powell, Lamman Rucker, Roland Martin, Traci Braxton and special appearance by Tasha Cobbs.



Leo Shepherd, a young vibrant minister from Macon, Georgia, relocates to Washington, DC, for a opportunity to pastor Grace Community Church. On the first night of his installment he meets a prostitute named Ginger Clementine known as GiGi. Ironically, Leo is immediately attracted to her as she reminds him of his mother. They begin to grow closer and their feelings develop. The church finds out about the relationship and immediately has concerns about how detrimental this woman is for the church’s image. Despite their demands and her troubled past, Leo continues to pursue GiGi, falling deeply in love until he asks for her hand in marriage. Their holy union turns out to be catastrophic and reveals both Leo’s and GiGi’s past.

Executive Produced by: Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood

Written & Directed by: Jimmy & Joshua Jenkins


Red Carpet Opening Night Host

Crystal Berger, Fox News Channel

CRYSTAL I. BERGER author of “Be Extraordinary: Claiming a Life of Purpose, Passion and Prosperity” is a speaker, producer & writer for FOX News Channel in New York. She hosts “Extraordinary”, an inspirational podcast on FOX News Radio.





Nzingha is an award winning Makeup Artist and have won numerous awards including,Two MTV Awards, and  NABFEME Fashion & Style Executive of the Year Award, including numerous VH1 Fashion Awards Nominations. She has continued to to lend her Makeup Artisry to the entertainment industry for 30 years. NZINGHA has also worked with film and TV actors Will Smith, Kerry Washington, Terrance Howard, Mo’Nique, Gabby Sidibe, Queen Latifah, Farrah Fawcett, Paula Patton & Danny Glover just to name a few.


Danielle Peake

Danielle R. Peake is a multi- faced Arts and Entertainment Executive & Creative Consultant. Over the past 25+ years this New York City native has emerged as a Trailblazer for women in Audio Engineering, Production, Live Concert Lighting Designer and Producer.  In 1998 she became the First African American woman to join Local One (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union) since its conception in 1886.  She has been recognized by many notable organizations; as key Engineer the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences saluted for her contribution to the Emmy Award-Winning program “Good Morning America” Chosen Outstanding Morning Program 2016-2017 Daytime Emmy Awards. She is a recipient of The World Institute of Black Communication Award. Danielle has been featured in the Washington Post and other various magazines.  In 2012 she was featured in a televised program highlighting the innovative installation technique of 80 transmitters (microphones) inside the Rockettes’ tap shoes.

Tressa Smallwood

Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood is an award-winning Book Publisher, Movie Producer, and co-owner of MegaMind Media,an American Film and Production Company specializing in book to film adaptations and original television programming. In 2003 after writing her first novel, A Life to Remember, she raked in over $40K in sales prompting Tressa to resign from her teaching tenure to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Since then she’s turned her knowledge into a multi-million dollar empire.