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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, African Americans, Africans, Asians, Latinx and other non-whites 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 Festival (UMF) showcasing award-winning, global independent films. Join us October 14-28, 2024 for UMFF as we celebrate 23 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]
The Urban Mediamakers West Chapter is at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA started in January 2016 under the direction of Professor Redelia Shaw. [Learn More]
The Urban Mediamakers East Chapter is at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, started in March 2018 under the direction of Dr. Herbert Eichelberger and Professor Maynard Eaton. [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 40%
Writers 20%
Creatives 40%
UMFF Board of Directors

Beverly Ragsdale Collier - Generations Bridger, Oscar Freeman - Accountant, Writer, Carl Gilliard - Actor, Producer, Director, LaTonya Black Gilliard - Actor, Director, Producer, Singer and Writer, Vera Lyons - Event Services and Logistics, Cheryle R. Moses - Founder, Producer and Digital Content Producer. Alexandra Overton - Filmmaker, Educator, Redelia Shaw - Assistant Director, Producer and Educator, Michael Syphoe - Community Liaison.

Meet Our Creatives
Cheryle Reynolds - Urban Mediamakers
Cheryle R. Moses
Founder, Digital Content Producer and Festival Director
Redelia Shaw - Urban Mediamakers
Redelia Shaw
Assistant Director, DGA, Producer and Professor
Vera Lyons - Urban Mediamakers
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