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
Magazine AAA Screenwriting
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
HIV/AIDS in young, Black, heterosexual America. Backed by
sobering statistics, the film is based on a true story.
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,
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
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,
other creative works that promise to encourage and
enlighten, while generating dialog about key issues
raising awareness in our community.
The book, “Naked Poetics –
Poetry, Expression and Illustrations”, takes a
thought-provoking look at life through the eyes
sisters, written by Kimberly and her sister, Candice,
co-author. Candid in nature, the book tackles topics
to life through the art of expression. The book
delves in areas some would deem politically incorrect and
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
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.