I finally made it to a Reel Black Filmmakers meeting last night. It had been my intention to join after meeting some of the groups' members last fall at the Black Harvest Film Festival. Living between Chicago and Los Angeles, however, I somehow manage to not be in town when most of the monthly meeting occur. What impressed me most about the group, is that they are one of action, not just networking. I mentioned to a couple of the members that I enjoy working, as a performer, on student films because student teams tend to be professional, but still freshly in love with filmmaking, they are comprised of able directors willing to work on each others projects in any capacity needed. My impression of Reel Black Filmmakers is that they are of this ilk; able filmmakers willing to work together to the common good. They are in post production now for a group project and are already planning for their next collaborative effort. This is the mindset that will raise the bar of both product and privilege for people of color and women: We need only contribute our unique gifts to the group talent pool to make or to do what is best for the group and therefore each member. I am looking forward to bringing more of my film projects to the front burner now. Stay tuned...