Kayla Robinson is a director, writer and artist from San Antonio, Texas. Within filmmaking she holds the unique perspective of client, crew and talent. Her career began as an art director in NY and California developing award-winning ads for top brands like Apple and Snickers. Worlds began to collide when colleagues would regularly request her for voice and on-camera roles thus beginning her career as a commercial actor and model. Kayla further developed her craft studying at the American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater. She made her film debut as “Ayla” in Last Chance Charlene.Passionate about capturing authentic human experiences, Kayla harnesses vulnerability as a superpower. Her directorial debut, Ball is Ball, has received high praise for its honest portrayal of PTSD in trauma survivors. Her latest film, Quilted Education, celebrating her mother’s artistry and drive to keep Black History alive through quilting, has its world premiere at the 2022 Austin Film Festival.
She will present her short film, featuring her mother’s story of teaching Black History through quilting, “Quilted Education.”
Check out her work: kayla-robinson.com
Damien D. Smith stage and television credits include the NAACP Theater Award-winning production of “12×9,” and most recently the television series “Snowfall” on Fx Networks and “The Purge”on USA networks. His directorial debut short narrative film entitled ABOUT THAT…, a powerful look at love through the eyes of a mentally disturbed young man won the Arts with Impact film Award. Smith’s last short film Daddy’s Big Girl won the Gentleman Jack Daniel’s Reel to Real Filmmaker of the Year Awards. In 2021 he won Best Documentary Film at NYC’s URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL for his “Target St. Louis Volume 1.”
He will present his newest short film which is a historic and current exploration of the heavy social, economic and health implications that many Black Women face regarding their hair : “Free to be Free: How God Created Us”
Check out his work: https://4910rosalie.com/
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