Student Assemblies: BIGG

ReadingFilmFEST, in partnership with Reading High School, and Alvernia University College Towne is proud to host a special student assembly featuring two trailblazing inventors, James Howard and David Vonner as guest speakers.

James Howard is the Producer of the film Black Inventors Got Game (BIGG), and the founder and executive director of the Black Inventor of Hall of Fame. James Howard has 19 patents and has designed more than 400 products in his 40-year career, including toys for Crayola and Johnson & Johnson. In addition, James Howard is a college professor, design historian, entrepreneur, industrial designer, inventor, and restauranteur. Howard brings over 25 years of experience as a design professor and has authored a course on Design Thinking and Design History that explores the impact of design on society. 

David Vonner has designed some of our favorite toys, action figures, and collectibles. From the rock band KISS to your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, the Superstars of the WWE, and the highly popular collector action figure line Marvel Legends. The Legends figure War Machine bears Vonner’s likeness, as does the 3 3/4″ War Machine in the Iron Man 2 Comic Book series. In addition, David has designed and developed products for notable companies such as Spencer Gifts, Marvel, Spinmaster, Hasbro, and Mattel, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in sales revenue. 

Guest Speaker: James Howard and David Vonner 

Moderated by: Rodney Ridley and Wynton Butler 

Private Event: Alvernia University and Reading High School Students:   

Limited Seating, Must Register  Get BIGG STUDENT PASS


Public screening of the film, Black Inventors Got Game, and Q&A with James Howard and David Vonner

Saturday, October 29,  1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Alvernia College Towne

Black Inventors Got Game (BIGG) is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of six African inventors and their groundbreaking contributions to the toy and game industry. African Americans have created many toys and products marketed by major toy manufacturers over the years, yet they are relatively unknown to the general public.

Tickets $10: 

Sponsored by: Alvernia O’Pake Institute and Reading High School



Oct 28 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am


Alvernia - College Town Campus
4th and Penn St., Reading, PA 19601


Reading FilmFEST