Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner Proclaims Today 5th Ward TV Series Day
Community Invited to Join in Events with Houston’s Original “5th Ward” TV Series Creators

September 4, 2020 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed today as Greg Carter/5th Ward TV Series Day in Houston.

Houston filmmaker Greg Carter is a native of the city’s historic Fifth Ward community and creator of the “5th Ward” TV series, currently streaming on the Urban Movie Channel platform. Funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston, Greg Carter was able to film 98 percent of his production in Houston using mainly local actors, directors and crew.

“Greg Carter’s work with everyone involved on the project demonstrates what can happen when vision and public/private partners come together,” said Mayor Turner. “This highlights Houston’s creative talent and Friday’s events are well-timed with the new cultural district designations for two of our historic African American communities.”

In celebration of season 2 of the show, the series creators are hosting special events tonight.

Fifth Ward TV Series Group Photo with Mayor Turner

Pictured left to right: Kimberly Hatter, Debbie McNulty, Junie Hoang, Greg Carter, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Dominque Telson, Jalene Mack, Lyn Samuels

On Thursday, Sept. 4,  the Texas Commission on the Arts announced the Fifth Ward Cultural District and the Historic Third Ward Arts District as two of the state’s new officially designated cultural districts. In the Fifth Ward, art is a way of life and by harnessing the power of a rich and amazing African American history in arts and culture, the district’s goal is to support economic and community growth.

5th Ward” creators estimate the economic impact of production to be approximately $1 million in Houston and Texas. Throughout his administration, Mayor Sylvester Turner has championed Houston’s creatives and the local TV/film industry.

City grants are funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with Houston Arts Alliance, the 2020 grants program awarded grants to 142 nonprofits and 72 artists across the City.

SCHEDULED “5th Ward” DAY EVENTS:

7:00 pm, Friday, Sept 4th - Citywide watch party of Episode 1 (S1 Ep. 1) of 5th Ward. UMC has provided free promo code 5THWARD30 for free screening entire Season 1 & 2 of 5th Ward.

8:15 pm, Friday, Sept 4th - 5th Ward native Just Brittany aka "Lexus" will live stream a performance of her song (I’m So Proud of You) prior to the virtual Q&A with cast and crew.

8:30 pm, Friday, Sept 4th - 30 min virtual Q&A for City of Houston viewing audience. Moderated by Entertainment Attorney Jalene Mack with local talent, crew and representatives from the City of Houston.

LIVE STREAM:
When: Sep 4, 2020 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: 5th Ward TV Series Virtual Q&A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/93009600976?pwd=OXNDVU9TUktqUlhqeHJsblRhVW5yZz0ju

Passcode: 618822
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13462487799,,93009600976#,,,,,,0#,,618822# or +12532158782,,93009600976#,,,,,,0#,,618822#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 930 0960 0976
Passcode: 618822

For more information regarding Filmmaker Greg Carter and “5th Ward,” visit: https://5thwardtheseries.com/.

To learn more about the City’s cultural programs visit www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs.

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