An honors graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Kimberly D. Conner is a self-published author, screenwriter and independent filmmaker. She has placed as finalist in several screen writing competitions including the Hollywood Black Film Festival Storyteller Competition, the Urban Media Makers Short Film Competition, and the University of Southern California – Guy A. Hanks and Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Program. She was a semi-finalist in the Creative Screenwriting Magazine AAA Screenwriting Competition.
Kimberly launched Predestined Arts & Entertainment in 2005, a company that cultivates artistic endeavors, a creative voice for people of color. The company develops independent projects and other creative works that promise to encourage and enlighten, while generating dialog about key issues and raising awareness in our community, through the arts.
The book, “Naked Poetics – Poetry, Expression and Illustrations”, takes a thought-provoking look at life through the eyes of two sisters, written by Kimberly and her sister, Candice, co-author. Candid in nature, the book tackles topics relative to life through the art of expression. The book delves in areas some would deem politically incorrect and controversial, yet stimulating and entertaining.
In 2007, Predestined Arts & Entertainment produced Real Brothers Wear Pink, a Male Calendar honoring breast cancer survivors, in an effort to raise awareness about the disease. The calendar featured an array of Brothers from the Midwest. A portion of the proceeds were donated breast cancer.
Her debut film, which she wrote, directed, and produced, “This Life Ain’t Pretty” premiered December 1st, 2009, on World AIDS Day, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The socially conscious short film challenges the stereotypical beliefs associated with HIV/AIDS in young, Black, heterosexual America. Backed by sobering statistics, the film is based on a true story. The film was named Top 5 Best Short Film of the Year in 2009.
Kimberly’s next film, a feature titled, “Jump In”, will be released in 2013. Troy returns to her roots armed with an air tight plan to pass the Bar exam. The Alexander family is complete again, but not perfect, not by a long shot. Blindsided by the unthinkable, family ties are pushed to the limits and astounding revelations unfold. “Jump In” is a romantic comedy-drama about taking risks in life and love, forgiveness, and destiny.
Pre-production will begin in 2014 on a feature film titled, “Before ‘I Do’”.
Kim is a two-time breast cancer survivor, an advocate and spokesperson. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society. Kim is a staff writer with Capital City Courier Newspaper. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.