Picture Lock: State of Diversity in Cinema Panel

Picture Lock is hosting another thought-provoking discussion on Diversity in Cinema in collaboration with George Washington University Mount Vernon Events and Special Services. This exclusive, FREE event will take place at the Blackbox Theater on the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University.

Our expert panelists in film and television will examine the state of diversity in cinema along the lines of ethnicity and gender through an open discussion with our studio audience. What is the state of diversity in cinema? Does diversity on the big screen matter? These questions and more will be discussed.

This event will be a live-to-tape studio audience discussion followed by an opportunity to meet and greet.  

*RSVP is mandatory as seating is limited*

RSVP here through: Eventbrite 

Featured Panelists:

Professor Russell Williams: 2x Academy Award Winner & Professor at American University

Kimberly Skyrme: Casting Director of Kimberly Skyrme Casting

Christian Oh: Executive Director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Via Buksbazen: Award Winning Producer and Screenwriter


Metro: From the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (nearest metro station) there is a shuttle that runs in front of Funger Hall on G street between 22nd and 23rd street. The shuttle bus runs every 5 minutes from Foggy Bottom Campus directly to Mount Vernon Campus. 

Car: There is available parking in the on-campus parking garage for a fee.

For more information on directions and transportation: http://www.gwu.edu/mount-vernon-campus-directions-parking



Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.