Today, NYC university The New School will be holding its second annual conference entitled ReMixed and ReMastered: Defining and Distributing The Black Image in an Era of Globalization. This year's event will honor the twentieth anniversary of the ground breaking, award-winning film "Daughters of the Dust" with an evening screening as well as a panel, featuring none other than the film's phenomenal writer, producer, and director Julie Dash. Panel speakers will discuss the question of how far we've come in the African-American film community, as well as innovative ways to distribute and market independent films. The event will also include a Q&A discussion, a cast and crew meet-and-greet, and a networking session between renowned scholars, influential critics, filmmakers, industry professionals, and audience members. Dash will cap off the event by sharing her experiences in the film industry.

Joining Dash on the impressive panel will be the evening's curator Michelle Materre, veteran film producer Grace Blake, cultural critic Thulani Davis, Arthur Jafa, co-producer and cinematographer of 'Daughters,' Leslie Harris, director of "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T," and many others. If you need a quick refresher on how exactly Dash changed the movie industry with her classic film, she and her stellar team devised what would immediately become a blueprint for independent filmmakers and producers to successfully get their films into theaters. If you're in New York City, make sure not to miss this spectacular event.

Should filmmakers of color follow suit and do the independent thing like Dash did? In what ways can technology help further new forms of distribution and marketing of these films?

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