Meet the Panelist - Kimberly Conner

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An honors graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Kimberly D. Conner is a self-published author, screenwriter and independent filmmaker. She has placed as a finalist in several screen writing competitions including the Hollywood Black Film Festival Screenplay Competition, the Urban Media Makers Short Film Competition, the University of Southern California - Guy A. Hanks and Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Program, and a semi-finalist in Creative Screenwriting Magazine AAA Screenwriting Competition.

Written, directed, and produced by Kimberly, “This Life Ain’t Pretty” premiered December 1st directorial debut, this socially conscious short film challenges the stereotypical beliefs associated with HIV/AIDS in young, Black, heterosexual America. Backed by sobering statistics, the film is based on a true story.

 Kimberly launched Predestined Arts & Entertainment in 2005, a company that cultivates artistic endeavors, a creative voice for people of color. The company develops independent projects aimed at entertaining through books, films, art, photography, and other creative works that promise to encourage and enlighten, while generating dialog about key issues and raising awareness in our community.

 The book, Naked Poetics – Poetry, Expression and Illustrations, takes a thought-provoking look at life through the eyes of two sisters, candid in nature, the book tackles topics relative to life through the art of expression. The book delves in areas some would deem politically incorrect and controversial, yet stimulating and entertaining.

 In 2007, predestined Arts & Entertainment produced Real Brothers Wear Pink, a delectable Male Calendar, honoring breast cancer survivors and raising awareness about the disease. The calendar featured an array of Brothers from the Midwest, a portion of the proceeds were donated breast cancer research. Kim is a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, a two-time breast cancer survivor and volunteer with the American Cancer Society

Kim is a staff writer with Capital City Courier Newspaper, an urban newspaper that focuses on issues relative to the African-American reader. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She is a mentor with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program.