Pan African Film Festival Features the women of ‘Underground’

PAFF will host a women’s empowerment panel with the female cast and creator of the WGN drama.

Actors DeWanda Wise and Alano Miller

DeWanda Wise and  husband Alano Miller

The women of WGN America’s hit drama “Underground,” will join the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) for its 25-year celebration as part of a special panel series which highlights female trailblazers throughout the entertainment industry. Taking place on Saturday, February 18, the panel will feature “Underground” series co-creator and executive producer Misha Green along with stars from the drama: Aisha Hinds (“True Blood,” Star Trek Into Darkness), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe,” “Scandal”) and DeWanda Wise (“Shots Fired”).

 PAFF showcases hundreds of high-quality new films, fine artists and unique craft persons from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe annually.

“We’re honored to represent the women of ‘Underground’ at PAFF and to be a part of such an important festival highlighting the incredible creative contributions made by women of color all across our industry,” said Misha Green.

WGN America’s “Underground” was recently honored with a number of recognitions including four NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Amirah Vann) and Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series (Anthony Hemingway).   Additionally, the African American Film Critics Association named “Underground” as Best TV Show (Cable/New Media) and the second highest show overall for 2016, and is also honoring Director Anthony Hemmingway with their 2017 Horizon Award.  The series was nominated for a TCA Award for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association and won three Cynopsis TV Awards in the categories of Best New TV Drama, Best Series Writing and Best Showrunner.

 Descriptions of panel session follows:

WGN America’s “Underground” Women’s Empowerment Panel – Saturday, February 18 (8:00PM/Baldwin Hills Cinemark 15 Theater in Los Angeles)

PAFF 25 attendees will join for an exclusive discussion with the incredible women behind WGN America’s epic Underground Railroad thriller, including co-creator and executive producer Misha Green and cast members Aisha Hinds, Jasika Nicole and DeWanda Wise.  Moderated by Mekeisha Madden Toby of Essence.com, the panel will also present a first look at scenes from season two of the critically acclaimed “Underground,” offering a sneak peek at how the epic journey continues. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, season two of “Underground” premieres on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

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