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Run&Shoot Filmworks and Newman Center for the Performing Arts Announce Partnership

April 22, 2019—Denver, Colorado
For immediate release

As Run&Shoot Filmworks’ signature extension event, The Color of Conversation Film Festival will feature current thought leaders and influencers, along with frontline content from storytellers of color.

Run&Shoot Filmworks, the production company behind the Academy Award®-accredited Martha’s Vineyard African American Festival (MVAAFF), announced today a newly formed partnership with the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Run&Shoot Filmworks, in collaboration with the Newman Center, will present The Color of Conversation Film Festival (COCFF), which will run from July 18-20, 2019. The Mile-High City will serve as the perfect backdrop for the COCFF because of its diversity of culture and heritage. With its “must-see” art exhibits and performing and public art spaces, Denver has emerged as a thriving, impressive, and creative landscape.

In 2002, Run&Shoot Filmworks successfully launched the Martha’s Vineyard African American Festival (MVAAFF). Now in its 17th year, the festival provides a nurturing environment for African American filmmakers and audiences on the historic and coveted beach island destination.

This new film festival represents an extension of the MVAAFF’s dedication to support the creation and advancement of innovative, artistic cinematic works for both rising and seasoned filmmakers of color. The Color of Conversation Film Festival seeks to stimulate an acknowledgment of film as a viable and appreciable art form and encourages people of every background to participate in the conversation.

Floyd and Stephanie Rance, Co-Founders of Run&Shoot Filmworks, proudly embrace the passion, vision, and independent spirit of talented artists. The Color of Conversation Film Festival invites a global audience to hear from these creative individuals. “Several years ago, Floyd and I developed The Color of Conversation Series with Macy’s and CBS on a smaller scale. Expanding the event is a natural progression into a complete film festival,” states Stephanie Rance.

The Color of Conversation Film Festival adds compelling and prolific programming to the Run&Shoot Filmworks portfolio and gives attendees who are unable to attend the MVAAFF an opportunity to participate in one of the film industry’s premium storyteller events.

“We are thrilled to be asked to partner with Floyd and Stephanie on this new undertaking. We are aware of their success with the film festival at Martha’s Vineyard and extending their innovative programming outreach to the Denver area is sure to connect with a receptive audience. The Color of Conversation Film Festival will make for a unique and exciting new addition to the Newman Center and one that we can’t wait to share with our audience,” said Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Executive Director of the Newman Center.

“We continuously look for ways to bring dynamic programming to audiences outside of MVAAFF. We are so happy to collaborate with the Newman Center; this is the perfect complement to what they have previously presented,” adds Floyd Rance, Founder of Run&Shoot Filmworks.

The complete lineup for the inaugural Color of Conversation Film Festival will be announced in May and tickets will go on sale May 1 at newmantix.com. More information is at colorofconversation.com.

About Run&Shoot Filmworks

Run&Shoot Filmworks, producer of the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF), is a film production company credited with creating outstanding visual work for several clients including HBO, Martell Cognac, Reebok, NBC Sports and Footlocker. For the past 17 years, Run&Shoot Filmworks has produced the MVAAFF with the primary goal of providing a positive environment where filmmakers can share their thoughts, ideas and aspirations. The brainchild of husband and wife team, Floyd and Stephanie Rance, the MVAAFF provides a nurturing environment for African American filmmakers to test their creativity, while providing sponsors a captive audience to promote their brands among a discerning community of color.

About the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Opened in 2002, the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that provides innovative, diverse, and thought-provoking performance and education opportunities, enabling the Denver and Colorado community to be engaged, inspired, and connected through the performing arts. The Newman Center is home to the Lamont School of Music, DU Theatre Department, the Newman Center Presents series, over 150 hosted events, and approximately 500 performances each year. More information can be found online and on Facebook.

About the University of Denver

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

For information about Run&Shoot Filmworks and The Color of Conversation Film Festival:
Kelley A. Jackson / kelley@mvaaff.com / 610-639-9394 / colorofconversation.com

For information about the Newman Center:
Nathan Willers / nathan.willers@du.edu / 303-871-4154