ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZER

Ann-Allison Clanton born and raised in Providence Rhode Island is Marketing and Public Relations with Toby Arch Communications. Her passion for Films began as a Child as she watched the filming of the Steven Spielberg film Jaws as it was being filmed off the coastal waters of Martha’s Vineyard. Her love for documentary films developed in working with Traces of the Trade Documentary Filmmaker Katrina Browne in organizing screenings of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. A panelists at the Newport Film Festival during screening of Traces of the Trade, Ann organized screenings and discussions about the Film throughout Rhode Island and on Martha’s Vineyard. Ann-Allison has garnered extensive media coverage, produced marketing materials, coordinated special events, and a host of other communications activities for New England based individuals small businesses and Non-Profit organizations in regional and national publications including the Providence Journal, JET Magazine and the Washington Times Newspaper. Ann-Allison has interviewed a diverse group of national figures from former UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, Andrew Young to National Center for Policy Analysis CEO and Former Florida Congressman Allan West to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Ringmaster Jonathon Lee Iverson and most recently recording artist and Broadway actress Deborah Cox touring in the title role in the Bodyguard. A charter member of the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists, Ann established the Does Race Really Matter in Media? Forum hosted annually with Brown University Department of Africana Studies at the Rites and Reason Theater. She has served on several board and active within the community including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Rhode Island Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.