Friday May 10th - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Five Alabama high school students explore the spaces hidden in their state, where African-Americans struggled and pierced the inevitable to build society as we know it today.

Short screening and discussion moderated by Doug McMillon (Walmart, CEO); with Sheldon
Candis, Grace Brown, Zadren Hill, Lisa Hobdy, Joseph Katz, and Julius Shanks II.

Speaker(s):

Alecia (Lisa) Hobdy

Alecia Hobdy, a native of Birmingham, Alabama with roots in Louisiana is a graduating senior at Indian Springs School Class of 2019. Alecia is a former member of The International Thespian Society Junior Troupe. Alecia found her passion in the Indian Springs School Concert Choir as well as the Contemporary Music Ensemble for the past 4 years. Being a natural athlete enabled her to excel in Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading and youth soccer. While serving as an elected student government official she enjoyed participating in debate, mock trial and volunteering at the District Attorney's Office.
Alecia future plans are to further her studies at Tulane University. The first semester of her college career will be at the American University of Paris in Paris, France thru the study abroad program.

Sheldon Candis

Baltimore native Sheldon Candis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Candis created and directed the docu-narrative series ‘I WILL WHAT I WANT’, a cinematic portrait of ballet phenom Misty Copeland for Under Armour. Candis’ documentary THE DWELLING, chronicles the lives of two homeless men living along Tokyo's Sumida Gawa. The film is being distributed by Scion and Giant Robot magazine.

Candis’ feature directorial debut LUV premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. An incredible ensemble cast including Common, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Michael K. Williams and a wonderful 11-year-old breakout talent named Michael Rainey Jr.

Currently, Candis is directing the Everfi and Wondros docu-series DREAMS, chronicling the untold stories of African American history through the narrative storyteller point of view of today’s youth. Produced by Charles Barkley.

Doug McMillon

Doug McMillon is president and chief executive officer of Walmart Inc.

As CEO, Doug leads a strong management team that is working to deliver Walmart’s purpose of saving people money and helping them live a better life. Under his leadership, Walmart is bringing together its stores, digital commerce capabilities and supply chain in new ways to make every day easier for customers. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites and apps.

Alecia (Lisa) Hobdy

Alecia Hobdy, a native of Birmingham, Alabama with roots in Louisiana is a graduating senior at Indian Springs School Class of 2019. Alecia is a former member of The International Thespian Society Junior Troupe. Alecia found her passion in the Indian Springs School Concert Choir as well as the Contemporary Music Ensemble for the past 4 years. Being a natural athlete enabled her to excel in Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading and youth soccer. While serving as an elected student government official she enjoyed participating in debate, mock trial and volunteering at the District Attorney's Office.
Alecia future plans are to further her studies at Tulane University. The first semester of her college career will be at the American University of Paris in Paris, France thru the study abroad program.

Joseph Katz

Joseph is a freshman at Indian Springs School in Birmingham, AL who loves reading, movies, eating good food, sailing, and hanging out with his friends. While taking the elective African American Voices this fall Joseph was given the opportunity to audition for the Wondros production of DREAMS. He was chosen to be in the cast and spent several action-packed days learning, filming across the state of Alabama, and having a blast with cast mates (despite the uncharacteristically freezing temperature). He would like to thank all those involved for the opportunity to be a part of DREAMS and this film festival.

Julius N. Shanks II

Julius Shanks is 16 years old and currently studying theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts Birmingham, AL. He has been featured in several plays including Steel Magic's stage performance of August Wilson's Fences and preceding that Radium Girls. He is looking forward to broadening his this background for opportunities in Film, Television and Radio.