Panel: Women In Film

Panel: Women In Film

  • Location:305 Ten Eyck Street Brooklyn, NY 11206
  • Venue:Chemistry Creative
  • Length:01:30 pm – 02:30 pm

The Bushwick Film Festival is a female-founded organization that loves to highlight the contributions that women in the film industry make, in an industry lacking in gender diversity. Our Women In Film Panel highlights women’s stories and features leading women in the industry.


Caroline Waterlow (Oscar Winner, ‘O.J.: Made in America)

Diarra Kilpatrick (‘American KOKO’ produced by ABC & Viola Davis)

Kuye Youngblood (Head of Development & Production at BRIC TV)



CAROLINE WATERLOW is an award-winning documentary film producer based in New York City. Most recently, she is the producer of OJ: Made in America, an ESPN Films documentary directed by Ezra Edelman and winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and has been recognized by multiple organizations such as IFP, Film Independent, the International Documentary Association, the National Board of Review, the Producers Guild, the Columbia School of Journalism, the American Film Institute, and was recently awarded a Peabody.


DIARRA KILPATRICK is an actress and writer. A native Detroiter, she studied drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts. Diarra is the creator and star of the Viola Davis produced digital series, American KoKo, and the original Amazon pilot, The Climb, which will be out in November. Other acting TV/Film credits include: Mike and Molly, Southland, Private Practice, Major Crimes and Lila and Eve opposite Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Diarra also stars in the feature film, Salton Sea, written and directed by Veena Sud, creator of AMC’s The Killing. Diarra has also garnered multiple awards for her work on stage including the LA Weekly and NAACP Theater awards for Best Leading Actress in a play. She’s also received to two Ovation Award nods. Additional writing credits include NBC’s Mysteries of Laura and TBS’s The Last O.G., and Showtimes’ I’m Dying Up Here.


KUYE YOUNGBLOOD is a savvy media professional with over 15 years of experience launching successful television networks and program series. In that time I have been an effective liaison between executive decision makers and general staff resulting in taking ideas from vision to reality.




Kweighbaye Kotee 

KWEIGHBAYE KOTEE is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer and TV host. Over the past 10 years she has developed creative ways to use the power of media, culture and arts to bridge communities. In 2007, she founded The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF). The Festival celebrates independent film, provides chances for diverse filmmakers to exhibit their work and creates spaces where audiences can gather and enjoy independent cinema. A decade later, BFF is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic and economic growth, as well as its integrative programming. In 2015, Kotee founded Media Culture & Communications Group (MCCG). MCCG works in tandem with companies and rapidly changing neighborhoods to help open lines of communication and create opportunities that support artistic sustainability and preserve long-standing cultural landscapes in various ways. Dedicated to her community and the arts, she is the Executive Director of two Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations and is a Bushwick Community Board member serving on the Arts & Culture and Land Use Committees.

Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. Kotee attended public school in Newark, NJ where she was awarded a scholarship from the Wight Foundation to attend Blair Academy. She moved on to receive her B.S in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Currently Kweighbaye lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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