McDonald’s USA and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) teamed up again for the second annual McDonald’s “My Community” Video Competition. Rising filmmakers from across the nation were tasked with creating one 90-second film demonstrating the diverse communities they represent. Three finalists were selected to attend the much-anticipated 20th anniversary of ABFF in Miami, June 15-19. Renowned film director, Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man; Best Man Holiday; Barbershop: The Next Cut) served as a mentor and equipped the ambitious filmmakers with priceless industry advice and guidance.
The winner of this year’s competition was Tyshun Wardlaw of Milwaukee, Wis. for her submission, “Be the Seed.” Wardlaw is CEO of Wardlaw Productions, a start-up multimedia production company. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Business, Wardlaw relocated back to the Midwest and then earned a Master’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She has 10 years of broadcasting and television experience and is the director and executive producer of her first feature-length documentary, “Growing Up Milwaukee,” which is currently in pre-production.
Check out winner Tyshun Wardlaw’s video “Be the Seed” below. Also be sure to watch the August 4 premiere of ABFF Independent on ASPiRE TV, where Wardlaw and McDonald’s video competition will be highlighted. Check your local listings.