Born in Kearny, New Jersey, Kellyann Chippendale, a middle child of three girls to Nancy and James, spent her childhood and young adult years on a soccer field growing up in 'Soccertown USA', earning her a Division I NCAA scholarship to St. John's University where she captained and earned a BIG East Championship. She played in England after graduation and was a pioneer member of the first year of the United States Women's League.
Utilizing her degrees in Reading and Education, while minoring in business, she taught emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children while getting her start in entertainment as a stand-up comedian at NYC's Gotham Comedy Club. Due to her nervousness in auditioning, deciding to start in stand-up conquered her fear and she began performing, producing and hosting her own comedy shows.
Soon after, she began her debut in theater and performed Off Broadway in Two-mur Humor: He's Malignant, She's Benign, playing 9 roles in a 90 minute, 2 person, 21 character dramedy that she co-wrote, produced and starred in at NYC International Fringe Festival. In an effort to help childhood cancer survivors pay their medical bills, she formed The Tumor Humor Fund, a national charity to inspire others to survive and thrive and performed the play at Gilda's Club, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, WE Spark Cancer Center to name a few.
Jan Conklin works as an Operations Consultant for www.NewYorkCityRelief.org. NYCR is a non-profit that brings shelter, medical care, addiction recovery and job training lifelines to the poverty stricken in the NYC and NJ metro area. Formerly, Jan was a TV Producer for 13 years at CBS/Guiding Light; winning an Emmy in 2006 for Outstanding Drama Series. Jan dedicates her service on the PTAFF council to her nephew serving 15 years in a privatized prison in TN. Privatization relies on recidivism. Profitability compromises rehabilitation.
Tara is very passionate about bringing awareness and creating change through purposeful, engaging narratives and visual storytelling. Her overall goal is to influence action and affective change for the advancement of humanity. She began her production career at Paramount and Dreamworks Studios in Los Angeles, and continues her career as a freelance Producer working with clients across the country. Tara is very excited and proud to be a part of the Pembroke Taparelli Arts & Film Festival team this year.
diana directed the foreign film Happy SAD starring Bill Cobbs and Angel Ross. She was a director for Paramount, ABC and Showtime with shows The Parkers, Cousin Skeeter, Soul Food and the TV movie Intimate Betrayal. She was nominated for an Emmy as Best Director Daddy’s Girl. She is a Film Professor at California State University Northridge. She is contributor and editor of Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen published by Palgrave-McMillan. Publications include “The Stories Nickelodeon and Nielsen Tell Black Children” in Identifying Stereotypes II, “The West Wing” for The Journal of Film and History.
Jason W. Fandrich
Jason W. Fandrich serves as Of Counsel to Rome & Associates, A.P.C. At Rome & Associates, Jason provides legal services on a variety of litigation matters, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes, and business and commercial disputes. Jason has extensive experience in civil litigation, including jury and court trials.
In addition to litigation, Jason represents a number of clients on transactional matters, with an emphasis on entertainment transactions, Jason concentrates in the area of music, and motion picture and television finance, production, distribution and talent. Jason’s principal clients include television and motion picture production companies and producers, actors, directors, writers, entertainment financiers, music labels, music artists and producers, modeling agencies, and other entertainment-related individuals and companies. In addition to providing production and finance legal services on motion pictures projects, Jason has served as an executive producer on three independent films.
Jeffrey Anderson Gunter
A multi-talented performer, Jeffrey Gunter has done many movies for the screen, “Predator II” “Marked For Death” “Don’t Be A Menace” “Only the Strong” to name a few, and numerous guest spots for television including series lead roles in “Hudson Street” for ABC and “Union Square” for NBC, prime time shows and daytime soap operas, and other series lead roles for the major television networks. A director of numerous productions on, and offBroadway. He recently directed and premiered“Speak Of Me As I Am”, the story of Paul Robeson, with K.B. Solomon for the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival to rave reviews, the show is now touring. He was Associate Producer for, and performed in, the “Black Stars OfThe Great White Way” event, at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, NY, in June of 2014. He owned Calabar Travel in New York, He is the founder and Artistic Director for The Caribbean American Repertory Theatre, West, and sits on the boards of the National Black Theatre Festival, in North Carolina, Hollywood Diversity Association and Splassher . com, winner of several NAACP theatre awards a contract instructor for Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First, and is currently in pre-production for two films. His upcoming film musical, “Revival” is scheduled to be released in 2017, where he plays Herod to Chaka Khan’s Herodias.
He is an actor/director/producer/father, and teacher of voice, articulation and American Sign Language. Jeffrey's face is most recognizable from Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video, where he was morphed into posterity.
Dedra N.dedra tate Tate has been a thriving contributor to the entertainment industry for over thirty years. Tate started her career at MTV Networks followed by executive positions at MCA, Motown and Biv 10 Records. Tate then joined Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, where she spent thirteen years as president/general manager, overseeing the daily operation of their record division and burgeoning TV/Film production company.
Tate stepped into the entrepreneurial arena with her company Unlimited Contacts, Inc. after serving as supervising producer ofthe VIBE Awards, a joint venture between Flavor Unit, Vibe Magazine and CBS.
Under the UCI banner, Tate has successfully leveraged her years of experience and contacts to segue into TV/Film production, event planning, career management, promotion/marketing consulting, public speaking and pens a lifestyle/entertainment column titled #HotOffThePress in the New York Beacon newspaper.
Tate has built long term business relationships with clients including ACE Media Corp., Odyssey Media, The Studio Museum in Harlem, GlobalHue Advertising Agency’s Brand Influence, Ruff Ryders and Elite Nation Entertainment.
Stacey L. Holman’s work expands across two continents. From the United States to South Africa, this Harlem-based filmmaker has directed/produced award-winning shorts (Mirar Mirror, Girl Talk), content for cable TV (Red Heeled) and critically acclaimed documentaries (Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, Freedom Summer, Jesse Owens, Freedom Riders). Her most recent work as producer, Tell Them We Are Rising the Story of Black Colleges and Universities, premieres on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2018. Currently, Stacey is teaching a new generation of storytellers at City College of New York.