Euzhan Palcy is an award-winning filmmaking pioneer, an international activist and humanitarian, and the founder and CEO of Jump and Fly, Inc. Among her many firsts, she is the first Black woman to direct a film produced by a major motion picture studio and the first female director to win a César Award, the French equivalent of the Oscars®. She has the distinction of being the only woman who has directed Marlon Brando (MGM’s a Dry White Season). Ms. Palcy is best-known for her trailblazing classics Sugar Cane Alley, A Dry White Season and Disney’s Ruby Bridges. She continues to share her talent and passion as a filmmaker and mentor with a new international generation.
Marva Griffiths Herman
Marva Griffiths Herman has been working in the Hollywood community for over 20 years. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she is the founder and CEO of the Caribbean Heritage Organization, Inc. (CHO) and Caribbean Heritage Magazine. CHO produces the acclaimed official Los Angeles Caribbean-American Heritage Month gala, the Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & Excellence and the CaribbeanLens International Film & Art Festival, Where Hollywood Celebrates the Caribbean™. In addition to serving as executive director of the CHO, she is the West Coast Representative for Institute of Caribbean Studies, the architects of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.