WILLIE D. BURTON is an American production sound mixer. His career has spanned five decades and has included films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Burton has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Sound or Best Achievement in Sound Mixing a total of seven times, winning twice; he has been nominated for two BAFTA Film Awards for Best Sound, winning once; and he was nominated for one Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing for his work on Roots. He makes his directorial debut with the short film, “Voices,” a film that speaks to him because of his early childhood growing up poor in Alabama where he saw racism firsthand.


CLARENCE NERO, hailed as a “promising young writer,” by the late Dr. Maya Angelou, grew up in New Orleans notorious Desire Projects. He later attended and graduated from Howard University and obtained his MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. Seven years ago, after his brother was murdered in New Orleans, he started the Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference, a literary festival used to empower and inspire young people to write and to pursue higher education. In 2016, Professor Nero helped his students to self-publish a book called “Voices from the Bayou” that he adapted to the stage with LSU Theater Department and then wrote the screenplay that led to making of the short film “Voices” that is both timely and urgent given the current climate in America around racism, the covid Pandemic and mental health.


JAMES J. CARTER ESQ. is an accomplished attorney, educator, statesman and author. He is the Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm Trials and Mass Torts and has dedicated his life to uplifting others. Operating regularly as lead trial counsel when there are millions of dollars on the line, law firms throughout the United States hire Mr. Carter to try cases with their teams. Mr. Carter is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, all Louisiana United States District Courts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice Board of Governors, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The National Black Lawyers Top 100 and Mass Tort Top 25 Trial Lawyers.


DOREZ DOUGLAS is an author, poet and producer in Los Angeles, CA.  For the past three decades, Douglas has produced a number of plays, short projects, videos, and an Amazon independent film called “Beverly Hood”.  Douglas co-executive produced a cable show called, “Eye On Entertainment” and a critically acclaimed animated ABC-TV special, “Jirimpimbira: An African Folktale”, that received rave reviews in Animation magazine and won a Parents Choice Award.  In 1997, Douglas created the Entertainment Industry Training Program (EITP) as part of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles. Douglas has written three eBooks on the entertainment industry.  To find out more, go to


NICOLE PORCHE is an actress, producer, casting director, acting coach, voice over instructor, and entrepreneur who has graced the small and big screen. She has over 25 years of entertainment industry accolades in both the music and film industries. She has worked in artist promotions and brand development and has credits as a singer-songwriter. Porche is the co-founder of DreamHustle Entertainment Group. As an actress, she has appeared on several national networks including Lifetime, Spike TV and the Food Network. Porche is also co-creator of Commanders Wealth Productions and writes, produces, directs and performs for many of the projects. She can also be seen in national union commercials and on the big screen in the films, “I Got the Hookup 2” by Master P and “Paperboy” directed by Lee Daniels.


TRINESE BRUMFIELD is an accomplished professional offering 20 years of success in the entertainment industry with experience in areas of talent management, film productions, branding, location scouting, and television & film casting. She is the co-founder of DreamHustle Entertainment Group and the co-creator of Commanders Wealth Productions where she writes and produces scripted and non-scripted projects. Her innate ability to successfully execute projects, meet deadlines and facilitate the physical aspects of production while overseeing day-to-day management of the cast and crew warranted the opportunity to be an Associate Producer, Casting Director, Location Manager & 2nd AD for the short film, “Voices”.

Special thanks to Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, ReCast, BRCC Foundation and Baton Rouge Community College