Culture Spotlight Featuring Ronald Dillard Jr.
Ronald Dillard is the founder of Ron Winston Entertainment. As well as, written, produced, directed, and performed in multiple theatrical productions, short and feature films. Ronald also had the honor to produce other writers and director's films. Ronald had unveil several of his latest projects; A Monster, The Color In Your Eyes and When We Prey On Them.
Tell us about your experience at the Hip Hop Film Festival? For me, the Hip Hop Film Festival has been life-changing! My films has been selected at a few festivals but none of them are doing what the Hip Hop Film Festival is doing. This festival is allow filmmakers to be seen by agents, executives, networks, studios and to connect with people who experts in the film industry, or just breaking into the business. The access to information and opportunities is one that I am grateful for and plan to pay forward when the chance comes.
Why are stories from the culture important? I think the stores from the culture are important, because it provides a distinct perspective to those who are unfamiliar, while educating others that may judge without a full understanding of the culture. At the same time, our stories can entertain as well.
What projects are you working on now? I have three TV shows: Two one-hour dramas and a half-hour "dramedy" that I will start pitching soon. I am currently co-writing and co-executive producing a new web series called, “AFAR,” a supernatural thriller. I will be directed and starring in the fall of 2023. Lastly, I have two feature films, “Decisions” and “MFK,” currently in development.
Why do you think the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival are important? Both organizations are giving opportunities to be seen, heard, distributed to people who may have fallen through the cracks and would not have gotten their work viewed on a major level. It’s also important because they are sacrifices for us, so we need to keep in mind to sacrifice for others, when it's our time to help someone in need.