Monday, February 12, 2024

Highlights from the 12th Annual SCADtvfest

I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend the 12th Annual SCADtvfest, a celebration of television and media that brought together industry professionals, creators, and fans alike in a whirlwind of screenings, panels, and exclusive events. As a devoted fan of television, I look forward to this event every year and it certainly did not disappoint.

One of the highlights of my time at SCADtvfest was the chance to engage with some of my favorite celebrities in intimate settings, gaining insights into their creative processes and the behind-the-scenes magic of the shows they bring to life.

After speaking with the talented individuals who work behind the camera and in front of it, I gained a newfound appreciation for the hard work and artistry that goes into creating the television content we all enjoy. Their passion for storytelling was evident, and their willingness to share their experiences was incredibly valuable.

Here are my favorite show recommendations that were featured at SCADtvFest

1. Sort Of on Max: A refreshing and heartfelt series that explores themes of identity, family, and self-discovery with humor and grace. Interviews below with co-creator/co-showrunner/actor Bilal Baig, actors Amanda Cordner and Gray Powell, and co-creator/co-showrunner Fab Filippo  

2. The Morning Show on Apple TV+: A gripping drama that delves into the cutthroat world of morning television, featuring powerhouse performances from its talented cast. Interview with actress Nicole Beharie.

3. Hightown on Starz: A gritty and intense crime drama that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with its dark twists and complex characters.

4. Genius: MLK/X on National Geographic: An insightful and compelling exploration of the lives and legacies of two influential figures, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, shedding light on their impact on history and society. Interviews with Kelvin Harrison Jr., Aaron Pierre, Weruche Opia, and Jayme Lawson.


5. ChefATL: chefATL is a SCAD docuseries exploring the diversity of Atlanta through its dynamic culinary landscape. The pilot episode features James Beard Award-winning chef Steven Satterfield and sustainability activist, author, designer, and TV personality John Gidding. The production was a collaboration involving more than 100 students across nine SCAD degree programs.

As I reflect on my time at the 12th Annual SCADtvfest, I am filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and meaningful connections I made. It was a celebration of the power of storytelling and the magic of television, reminding me once again of the profound impact that this medium can have on our lives. Until next year, SCADtvfest!

Photo credit: Getty Images for SCAD TVfest

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