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About the Urban Mediamakers

Changing the World, One Story at a Time!

Media images represent the most recognizable commodity in the world. The implied messages of media shape the world view of millions. In the United States and globally, Black Americans, Africans, Asians, Hispanics and other nonwhites are severely underrepresented in mass media and are most often shown in marginal roles when featured. As independent content creators, we can use our talents and creativity to change the narrative of the diaspora stories.

Founded in November 2001, the mission of the Urban Mediamakers Association is to promote and support diverse, independent digital/media arts content creation. Our annual signature event is the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) showcasing award-winning, global independent films. Join us October 5-10, 2017 for UMFF as we celebrate 16 years of showcasing award-winning content creations.

Learn About Us and Our Programs
The Urban Mediamakers Association is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, charitable organization headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. We promote the production, exhibition and training of various forms of artistic expression and content creation. Become a FREE member today! [Learn More]
Our YUMs program partners film, television and writing professionals with youth ages 12-17 to encourage, inspire and educate them in all areas of content creation including development, production and distribution. [Learn More]
Code is a language just like English and Spanish. It is used to program computers to develop websites, games, mobile/web apps, robotics and more. We are teaching youth how to use their creativity and critical-thinking to code with the WeCodeAcademy. [Learn More]
August 1, 2016 | 15th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) Short Film Script-to-Screen Competition 2016 [read more]
Our Consortium of Creative Geniuses
Filmmakers 60%
Writers 20%
Creatives 20%
UMFF Board of Directors

Lisa Dogan - Project Manager, Marvin Lowe - Music Composer and Logistics, Vera Lyons - Event Services and Logistics, Alexandra Overton - Filmmaker, Redelia Shaw - Assistant Director, Producer and Educator, Michael Syphoe - Business Strategist, Fran Ragsdale - Strategist, Beverly Collier, Generations Coordinator, Betty Ann Stephens, Life and Spiritual Coach and Cheryle R. Reynolds - Founder and Digital Content Producer.

Meet Our Team
Cheryle Reynolds - Urban Mediamakers
Cheryle Reynolds
Founder, Digital Content Producer and Festival Director
Redelia Shaw - Urban Mediamakers
Redelia Shaw
Assistant Director DGA, Producer and Professor
Vera Lyons - Urban Mediamakers
Autumn Monroe
sag Actor, Writer and Live Script Reading Liaison
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