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Indie Filmmaker Kimberly D. Conner, A Rising Star Of Many Talents

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Illinois — Kimberly D. Conner should not be labeled a Black female filmmaker. The graduate of Eastern Illinois University happens to be an accomplished, singular, filmmaker in every sense of the definition.

She's earning respect for her current body of work and is on a high-frequency, meteoric rise because of it. The world of motion pictures has a new product it can place a high value on in regard to Conner.

Conner is nowhere near the celluloid operations of Hollywood or New York, either. However, from her cinematographic laboratory in the Midwest, she wrote, directed, and co-produced an eyebrow-raising flick with well-known quality stars that is putting Tinsel Town and the Big Apple on notice.

Conner is currently on a screening tour with her independent film, "Before 'I Do,'" in places such as Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, New York City, and St. Lucia in the Caribbean Island. Before 'I Do' is described in the spirit of a "drama-with-a-hint-of-comedy" genre.

The film stars Jensen Atwood, Omar Gooding, Andrea Kelly, Harold Dennis, Thea Camara, Joel King, Lamar Barnes, Danielle Ward, Kathleen Turner, Michelle Ivy, and Michael Pittman. The movie was shot in Springfield, Ill., the state's capital.

The script for Before 'I Do' was a semi-finalist in Creative Screenwriting Magazine's "AAA Screenwriting Competition," placing in the Top 100, with more than 1,500 entries. Conner, a Champaign, Ill., alum from Champaign Central High School has many talents to note.

She also has many tales to tell how she started her production company, Predestined Arts & Entertainment, though it must also be said and admired that Conner is a two-time survivor of breast cancer.


(Photo, film poster, and trailer courtesy of Predestined Arts & Entertainment)

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