Kimberly D. Conner
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 screenwriting 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.
Kimberly launched Predestined Arts & Entertainment in 2005, a creative voice for people of color, focusing on films by women. The company produces books, films, art, photography, and other creative works, generating dialog about key issues and raising awareness in the community.
In 2006, she self-published the book, “Naked Poetics – Poetry, Expression and Illustrations”, a thought-provoking look at life through the eyes of two sisters, written by Kimberly and her sister, Candice. 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, available at Barnes and Noble online.
In 2007, Predestined Arts & Entertainment produced Real Brothers Wear Pink, a Male Calendar, honoring breast cancer survivors with a focus on raising awareness about the disease. The calendar featured an array of young men from the Midwest. The company donated a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Kimberly’s 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 in the Top 5 Best Short Films of the Year.
Her feature film, “Jump In” The Movie, premiered in 2013, and is currently available in 832 stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Best Buy, Amazon, Vudu, and Flixster. “Jump In” is a drama about a single mother that returns to her hometown to finish law school and start her own practice, when she is blindsided by the unthinkable, pushing family ties to the limit.
In 2016, Kimberly released the film, Before ‘I Do’, a story of two Firefighters. The film is an Official Selection in the 2016 Roxbury International Film Festival, and will premiere in Boston, MA. The film is based on an award-winning script.
Kimberly is a spokesperson for breast cancer awareness, a two-time breast cancer survivor and volunteer with the American Cancer Society.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.