Barry Ward hosts DEFF FilmWise Chat on Satire

Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2 PM EST

This interactive panel of seasoned creatives will reveal why and how writers and actors use satire to critique social conditions, systems of power, and hypocrisy in human behavior by engaging audiences through humor, irony, and exaggeration. View live at Down East Flick Fest FB Page at but register to join us live on Zoom at

Barry Ward HeadshotBarry Ward, Facilitator

Barry Ward is a screenwriter from Elizabeth City, NC. Barry is the winner of 2022 April/May Edition of the Jury Award for Best Comedy Short Script for “A Gift From God.” The same script is currently a finalist in the Lake Travis Film Festival. Barry also placed 5th in the 2011 L.A. Short Comedy Script Contest for “The Fake Thug.” Barry is a 2003 graduate of East Carolina University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting at Queen’s University in Charlotte. Barry is a member of the Raleigh-based comedy troupe Patchwork that performs improv comedy, as well as writing and performing comedy sketches. Barry currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

 Brandon HammondBrandon Hammond

Brandon is an actor/writer/director, and creator with almost three decades of experience in the entertainment industry. After national commercial spots with McDonald’s, Apple Jacks, Chevrolet, and Pringles, Hammond became a fixture on the big and small screen. Hammond’s television and film credits include Menace II Society, The Fan, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Waiting to Exhale, Tales from the Hood, Space Jam, Mars Attacks!, and the Showtime made-for-tv film Our America, to name a few. Brandon’s acting talents were put on notice by tv and film critics alike when he starred in the CBS half-hour sitcom The Gregory Hines Show(TGHS) and Twentieth Century Fox’s release of the feature film Soul Food. Hammond won the NAACP Image Award for Most Outstanding Youth Performer for his portrayal of the film’s narrator “Ahmad Sims,” and was named The Best Child Performer of 1997 by TV Guide. During his career, Brandon has also received nominations for three (3) Young Artist Awards and two (2) YoungStar Awards.

Jenesis Scott

Jenesis Scott

Jenesis is a writer, director, producer, and founder of the independent media company The Mastery House, which aims to provide mental and emotional wellness through the arts. The Mastery House also produces projects for up-and-coming creatives. Her guidance has helped young writers publish books and rising filmmakers showcase in film festivals and win coveted awards. In 2013, Jenesis stage-managed the play Rough Magic which opened in Scotland at the Edinburg Fringe Festival to rave international reviews, even being featured in the New York Times. In 2017, Jenesis produced the film Ibrahim which premiered at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and was later featured in several other festivals, including The Black Star Film Festival. In 2020, she was one of the winners of the John Singleton Script Competition, winning $20,000 in film funding. She ended 2020 consulting on HBO’s Storm Over Brooklyn. In 2022, Jenesis co-wrote and co-directed the all-star film Amaru, which premiered at the 30th Annual Pan-African Film Festival. Jenesis Scott continues her dedication to bringing stories of the everyday person to the public consciousness. She keeps her pulse on the community to ensure the under-served always have a voice.

Deven Ladson

Devin Ladson

Deven is an avid horror and comedy lover and is writing his first feature script, “Slaughterhouse.” In addition, he is obsessed with shows like Search Party, Hacks, and Insecure, which are the focal points of his comedic brain. You can catch him developing one of his many script ideas in his off time or watching a scary movie before bed. Deven is always open and willing to collaborate, so don’t hesitate to reach out.