About AAWIC & Membership
For the past nineteen years, the AAWIC organization has served as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women filmmakers. We are dedicated to providing a platform and showcase for aligning experienced and novice filmmakers, directors, producers, screenwriters and/or actors. Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry. It is the goal of AAWIC to give artistic women a path to fulfilling their dreams through showcasing their talents, exposure to peers’ interaction, and mentoring by established professionals..
African American Women In Cinema is pleased to announce membership! Membership will last for the year, from January 1st thru December 31st. You can join anytime between then, however, the membership will end on December 31st. As a member, you will have the opportunity to receive information on upcoming events, discounts on AAWIC Industry programs and networking opportunities..
About the Founder
For the past 19 years, Founder and President, of African American Women In Cinema Organization, Inc. (AAWIC), Terra Renee has utilized her strong background in filmmaking to serve as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women. Before she founded AAWIC, Terra studied filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), and film directing at the School of Visual Arts. Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Renee associate produced several independent films including,” Island Alicia”, a feature which was the official selection of the Cannes film festival UN Certain Regard category.
Besides Terra’s film production success, she interned at Universal Pictures and served as a judge for some of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards such as the Emmy Awards, Student Academy Awards-Oscars, New York Film Festival and NATPE. Ms. Renee was featured in Essence Magazine representing the Wal-Mart Voices of Color Film Series. In addition, she was the recipient of the United States Postal Service Hattie McDaniel Stamp award and was 2011 NAACP Woman of the Year Award as well as the 2012 Living Legends Award by the New York Greater Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Renee also received the 2013, “Keeping the Dream” award from the prestigious youth organization, Jump Start and the 2014, “Bridge Builder” award from the United African Coalition.Ms. Renee recently became a Fellow recipient of the United Way and Baruch College “Leadership of the Non-profit Sector” program. She sits on the Executive Board of the UNESCO NYS Chapter and the Board of African Women of Good Governance.
Recipient of Woman of the Year Award
Recipient of Living Legends Award
Ambassadorship from African Women for Good Governance
Bridge Builder Award from the United African Coalition
AAWIC is very pleased to announce the launching of our Atlanta Georgia Chapter, headed by Director Lashell Lakes. This chapter has been designed to assist with the ongoing growth and development of burgeoning women filmmakers, writers, producers and directors nationwide.
The AAWIC Atlantic Chapter will host a variety of programming which will include film screenings, workshops, forums and special events! Ms. Lashell Lakes, a prominent industry professional whose background include over 10 years of organizational management in entertainment and founded the Red Carpet Society Media Group and has amassed a diverse network of actors, producers, directors and screenwriters that work collectively.
AAWIC is very pleased to announce the launching of our Florida Chapter, headed by Director Lynne Forde. This chapter has been designed to assist with the ongoing growth and development of burgeoning women filmmakers, writers, producers and directors nationwide.
The AAWIC Florida Chapter will host a variety of programming which will include film screenings, workshops, forums and special events!
Ms. Lynne Forde, previously worked in music management, event promotion and with the NBA. Forde is now a successful author and filmmaker, who has produced documentaries and short films. In 2012, Forde was accepted into the 65th Annual Cannes Festival “Producers Network.”