Biography of Kimberly Conner

Capital City Courier, Inc.
Kimberly Conner
Staff Writer

An honors graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Kimberly D. Conner is a self-published author, screenwriter and
independent filmmaker. She has placed as a finalist in several screen writing competitions including the Hollywood Black
Film Festival Screenplay Competition, the Urban Media Makers Short Film Competition, the University of Southern
California - Guy A. Hanks and Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Program, and semi-finalist in Creative Screenwriting
Magazine AAA Screenwriting Competition.

Her debut film, which she wrote, directed, and produced, “This Life Ain’t Pretty” premiered December 1st, 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 in the Top 5 Short Films of the Year in 2009.

Her next film will debut in 2012, a feature, titled, “Jump In”.

Troy Alexander returns to her roots, armed with an airtight plan, to pass the bar exam and start her own practice if it’s the
last thing she does. But, her love of law takes a backseat to Jordan, her six year old son. Law provides an escape from
realities that include a marriage turned sour, a distant relationship with Dililah, the mother that provides for her financially,
but far-gone, emotionally. The Alexander family is complete again, but not perfect, not by a long shot.

Family ties are pushed to the limits. Astounding revelations unfold, affecting the Alexander family in different ways, when
the unthinkable happens. Tarin questions whether, “soul mate”, Eric, will ever take the plunge. Camryn abandons the
façade when she meets an eligible bachelor. “Jump In” is a romantic comedy-drama about taking risks in life and love,
forgiveness, and destiny.

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 aimed at entertaining through books, films, art,
photography, and other creative works that promise to encourage and enlighten, while generating dialog about key issues
and raising awareness in our community.

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 delectable Male Calendar, honoring breast
cancer survivors and raising awareness about the disease. The calendar featured an array of Brothers from the Midwest,
a portion of the proceeds were donated breast cancer research. Kim is a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness,
a two-time breast cancer survivor and volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

Kim is a staff writer with Capital City Courier Newspaper, an urban newspaper that focuses on issues relative to the
African-American reader. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.

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