Hana Ali 

Hana Ali is a multi-award winning international makeup artist and educator. She began her career less than six years ago. Within that time she has been afforded the opportunity to work with TV networks such as Bravo, Lifetime, BET, Centric, Comcast, TVOne, and more. She has been published both nationally and internationally over 80 times in magazines and online print such as Vogue Africa, Upscale, Rolling Out, Fashion Affair NY, and others. Hana has been the key makeup artist on national ad campaigns for companies including Bronner Bros and Luster’s hair care products, and the lead makeup artist for music videos, short films, TV shows and commercials. In addition, Hana is the co-owner of Beauty Marked Atlanta makeup studio, and Beauty Marked Cosmetics™️; a cruelty-free makeup line. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education nine years ago and has been able to successfully use that background in conjunction with her passion for the beauty industry to effectively teach makeup artists and everyday women for the past several years.


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2019 CCFF Festival Ambassador 

Sean Baker 

Meet Sean Baker. Sean is from the Bronx, New York. An accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, and producer, Sean is a complete artist. 

He has performed in theatre productions such as “A Raisin in the Sun”, "A Mother's Love", "The Strength Of Love" and "The  Perfect Pastor". Sean is credited for appearing on TV shows such as Tyler Perry's "If Loving You Is Wrong" , The CW's "All American",  "TALES"  and "American Soul" The Story of Soul Train both on BET,  and "Queen Of The South" On USA Network.

Sean has also graced the Silver Screen in the films, "Take Over Your Trap" Ft. 2 Chainz,"The Plug",  "A Question Of Faith", "Making Moves" , "Things My Daddy Should Have Told Me" , The Tupac Biopic  "All Eyez On Me". And he's Currently in "Shaft 2"  In theaters everywhere starting  June 14, 2019. 

Sean lives by two important Mantras:

1."Do what you do with passion, or not at all." 

2. "The only way I lose, is if I quit. If I keep going, you gotta see me!"

He relishes  every opportunity to share his gifts with the world.

Jim Dougherty​

Jim is a character actor who studied theatre and film at Indiana University. He spent several years in Chicago training as a stuntman under John Hicks Pearce, and helped develop The Chicago Stunt Team. He also attended and managed The Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts for several years. Jim's early film work started with precision driving for Nora Ephron's film Michael. Jim appeared early on in his career on Discovery Channel, the SyFy Channel and on screen opposite Emmy winner Margo Martindale in the film Scalene. In 2016 Jim moved to Atlanta to work in the growing entertainment industry as an actor, editor, DP and instructor. Since his move Jim has booked roles in Marvel's The Gifted, ABC's Kevin Probably Saves the World, Netflix House of Cards and Ozark, CBS' The Inspector's and NBC's Chicago PD along with the NatGeo TV Movie Killing Reagan, to name a few. He has also had the pleasure of working on several independent features opposite some great talent such as Columbus with John Cho (Star Trek) and Parker Posey (Lost in Space), Reparation with Jon Huertas (This is Us) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark), Between Waves with Amy Jo Johnson (Covert Affairs, Flashpoint) and William Russ (Boy Meets World, Bosch). When not acting you can catch Jim's work behind the scenes in projects like Dead Draw (1st AD) with Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption) and the short E-Bowla (Cinematographer & Editor) with Will Chase (Nashville) and Ingrid Michaelson (singer/songwriter) and Homecoming (editor) as well as numerous music videos.

C. Nathaniel Brown

C. Nathaniel Brown is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, publisher, speaker, and writing coach. He has written, directed and produced more than two dozen films including short films and feature films. His scripts have been selected to dozens of film festivals and have won Best Screenplay for Tyin’ Up Loose Ends, Signs, and Six Months to Freedom. His first feature film, Chi Nu Legacy, won Best Feature Film at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival and screened all over the world including Canada, India and Africa. It will be featured during an HBCU tour beginning in the fall of 2019 to bring awareness to campus sexual assault. Several of his other projects can be seen on Amazon Prime Video. An international bestselling author, Brown has penned 13 books. He writes on topics ranging from self-help to sports to social issues. Dubbed ‘The Author Maker’ for his work in developing new writers and assisting them in the publishing process, Brown and his company, Expected End Entertainment/EX3 Books, were named Publisher of the Year at the 2016 The Writers Ball event. He also won 2018 Best Director and Best Screenwriter at The Writers Ball. The Baltimore native takes pride in teaching others how to succeed as an author, screenwriter, director, filmmaker, and actor. His workshops include Introduction to Screenwriting; Acting for the Director; Story and Character Development; Converting Books to Screenplays; and many more. Brown and his wife, Tarai, moved to Atlanta in 2011 to pursue the media and entertainment industries. Expected End Entertainment LLC, was founded from the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 and has a mission to entertain, educate and empower. Brown can be found on all social media platforms @cnathanielbrown.

Bobby Huntley

Bobby Huntley is a director, producer, writer, and editor who began his journey as a filmmaker at the age of ten years old.  His intense passion for the arts and creativity has captured audiences with each new film.  He specializes in striking visuals and period pieces done with little to no budget and resources.  His previous background as a professional editor allows him to know exactly what's needed to effectively save time and resources. 

He continues to grow his brand and supporters by independently touring the country with his award-winning projects.  Bobby strives to create compelling stories and classic films for years and generations to come.  His goal is to continue to inspire all creatives to go after their dreams and complete their projects without fear of the lack of financing and resources. 

Bobby's work has been featured on Ebony, The Root, Madame Noire, Okay Player, Eurweb, Shadow and Act, and Sentinel.

Ira Mallory

Ira Mallory started making films following the death of his Mother, Barbara Jean Wilburn to breast cancer, elevating  his gifts in the visual arts to a professional level. He is an alumni of the Fox Searchlight's Director's Labs in association with the American Black Film Festival under the instruction of John Singleton and Zola Mashariki. Mallory attended Indiana University majoring in Communications and Media Studies. With the formation of his production company, BJYL Productions, (Barbara Jean’s Young Lion) Mallory has directed over 30 commercials, videos and movies including five short films and two feature length projects. Mallory released Home Before the Holiday to a private audience at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in December of 2014 nearly a month after serving as Cinematographer for the feature film Night of the Unspeakable shot on the RED camera at Asmyth Recording Studio in Indianapolis. Ira’s films have screened consecutively at the Indiana Black Expo Film Festival, including the films The Camp and A Time Alive. Ira’s feature film Home Before the Holiday, is currently available on Amazon Prime and aired this past Christmas Eve in the central Indiana viewing market on the WHMB television network.  Ira also co-directed season one of television series Save My Soul. His latest directorial work includes the much anticipated Hanukkah movie The Dreidel, set for release late 2019. 

Shanice Williamson

Born in Queens and raised between Queens and Irving, TX (DFW area), Shanice is a dreamer, a dream-chaser and a doer. She's a recovering legal industry vet, walking away from law and jumping into the film and television industry - on the ground floor!

Leading up to the big leap, Shanice wrote, directed and produced a short dramatic film entitled Waiting Room and a comedy web series entitled All That Shabaz. 

Shanice is a freelance in the film and television industry, working in the Art Department. I’ve worked on “The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix), “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET), “American Soul” (BET), and “Stargirl” (DC Universe). I’m currently working on an upcoming feature entitled “Greenland.”