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Conversations & Cocktails - Featuring Yolonda Ross!


Please join Upstate Women in Film and Television for our signature event: Conversations & Cocktails, featuring special guest, Yolonda Ross.

Ross is an Actress/Writer/Director/Producer and a two-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee as well as a Gotham Award winner for her feature film debut as a leading actress in HBO’s Stranger Inside and John Sayles’s Go For Sisters. Ross, a native of Omaha, Nebraska is recognized from her wide range of work including: the Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez film Lila & Eve, Angela Bassett’s Whitney, and Denzel Washington’s Antwone Fisher Story.

In Television, she’s worked on 24, Law and Order, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s, The Unit, in which Mr. Mamet wrote the part for her himself. The two teamed up again on HBO’s Phil SpectorRoss has recurred as “Claudia” on How To Get Away With Murder, portrayed the memorable “Ms. Green”, in the Baz Luhrmann/ Netflix series, The Get Down, and played a documentary filmmaker in HBO’s Treme which inspired her to step behind the camera for her directorial debut, Breaking Night, which aired on VH1 Classics.

Yolonda is also a member of New York’s famed Labyrinth Theater Company. Her projects include, BULL opposite Rob Morgan, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and filming Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed Lena Waithe Showtime drama, The Chi, where Yolonda is cast regular, “Jada Washington”. She will be making her feature film directorial debut with her romantic drama, Scenes From Our Marriage, which was chosen for Film Independent’s 2018 Fast Track Lab and the Cannes Marche’ du Film Producers Workshop. 

The Conversation will be led by UPWIFT Vice President and renowned location scout Jillian Fisher. Conversations & Cocktails is part of a series created by UPWIFT as part of its mission to promote and advocate for women in the entertainment industry.

Where: BSP, 323 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401
When: Saturday, July 20th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE for UPWIFT Members*
$10 General Admission
$5 Students

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