2016 McDonald’s Video Competition

McDonald’s USA and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) teamed up this year for the second annual McDonald’s “My Community” Video Competition. Rising filmmakers from across the nation were challenged to create 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, 2016.

Tyshun Wardlaw – WINNER

wardlaw-bio-inline-v2Tyshun Wardlaw is the CEO of Wardlaw Productions, a start-up multimedia production company located in Milwaukee, WI. Wardlaw is the director and executive producer of her first feature-length documentary, “Growing Up Milwaukee,” because behind every statistic is a story. The film will document the stories of three inner city youth growing up in Milwaukee who struggle with the daily dilemma of growing up black and avoiding becoming just another statistic.

Wardlaw is also engaged with building communities through video partnerships, with a goal of empowering youth and communities to tell their own stories through the lens.


Marshalle Montgomery - Finalist

montgomery-bio-inline-v2Marshalle Montgomery is a producer/director raised in Inkster, MI. Since 2006, Montgomery has produced six independent feature films and has written and directed three short films. Her passion for indie movies inspired her to co-found the Trinity International Film Festival in Detroit. Through the festival, Montgomery works in collaboration with other filmmakers to host film screenings, workshops, and networking events with industry professionals.

Currently, she is the host for “The Indie Studio” show, which airs live on Urban Nation Radio. The show features interviews with indie filmmakers and screens their movies on the Internet. In 2013, she was one of the recipients of the 25 most Influential Women in Detroit Awards. Montgomery works purposefully to contribute to the growth of the film community in metro Detroit.

Travis Dent - Finalist

dent-bio-inline-v2Travis Dent grew up in Lincolnton, GA, a small town outside of Augusta.  His love of the creative arts led him to Savannah State University where he earned a B.A. in Mass Communications.

He has 15 years of television experience in various markets across the country.

In 2007, he attended an American Black Film Festival (ABFF) workshop conducted by John Singleton, which inspired him to pursue his love of filmmaking. In 2009, Dent won the Allstate Insurance “BE REEL” competition hosted by ABFF.

Travis has written and directed several short films and anticipates directing his first feature length film.