creative production environments, expertly negotiating and structuring
mutually advantageous deals for optimal completion. A.D. Hopson and *Mawu
Photography + Media *are dedicated to working with unsurpassed
Behind the Lenses
Ali D .Hopson has currently been in the production & film industry for over several years. Born in Boston and Texas raised, Hopson uses her variety of talents and business connections locally and internationally to procure creative and stunning music videos, films, documentaries, and theater shows. Originally concentrating on her passion for photography, Hopson extended her skills reach into the realms of feature films and television working on crew in locations and other production departments. Now operating as MAWU Photography Media, Ali strives to create beautiful enduring imagery in films, but does not shy away from investigating the powerful and potentially disturbing elements often inherent in creative stories and media.
Cut & Deliver was founded by Ali Hopson in 2014. Hopson has been a contributor to the Austin art scene since 2004 and continues to work closely with local and international talents to expand resources for artists and film makers. Cut & Deliver has teamed up with international and US directors and organizations to expand the connections needed for resources in the film industry
Social Movement that provides suicide prevention and mental health awareness through art and advocacy to people of color and low socio-economic communities.
Whatsinthemirror? is a non-profit organization and social movement that provides suicide prevention and mental health awareness through art and advocacy to people of color and low socio-economic communities.
The organization was created in Austin, Texas by Founder and Executive Director Tarik Daniels in October, 2015. “I saw a need to merge my two passions together with my background in non-profit organization and being a performing artist and writer. I truly believe that mental health is a topic and idea that has this stigma that needs to be removed. We need to enlightened our communities about the alarming numbers of suicide rates and educate on mental health and suicide prevention. It’s time to begin the conversation and do the work. Spreading love and kindness is key. We are the prevention” Whatsinthemirror? canvasses and advocates in target neighborhoods throughout East Austin.
It has participated in Million Man March Rally at Givens Park, Juneteenth Health Fair. First Saturdays at The George Washington Carver Museum, Sundays in the Park at Givens Park, Suicide Prevention Workshop at THE Q AUSTIN, and countless other events to promote awareness.
CCBFF exists to provide burgeoning filmmakers from across the world an opportunity to showcase their work in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers – Austin, Texas. CCBFF is dedicated to films written, directed or produced by Black filmmakers and films with Black actors in principle roles. This year we are expanding this further to include filmmakers of other races whose films contain content about Black characters, subject matter, and issues relating to the Black community. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin, and in Texas.
In 2005, the Urban Music Fest was created in response to the African American Quality of Life Initiative to create an experience in Austin, TX that lovers of R&B, Jazz, neo-soul, and gospel could enjoy. Founded by Donnie Little and Homer Hill, Urban Life Group was formed to organize the first festival to be held at the Town Lake Auditorium. April 8th, 2006, the first and only R&B festival in Austin kicked off concurrent to the Texas Relays. Urban Music Fest and the Texas Relays is Austin’s largest African American tourist weekend each year with over 60,000 visitors. Urban Music Fest derives from an Afrocentric perspective. We program R&B music and its subgenres such as Jazz, Blues, and Hip Hop. Every lineup showcases local, regional and national artists. From Chaka Khan to Johnny Gill to Dru Hill, the Urban Music Fest has not missed the mark on highlighting true R&B artists. Each year UMF has a variety of food vendors, retailers, and service organizations. With over 9,000 attendees, we attract a diverse population of festival patrons in a family-friendly environment.