*(Los Angeles, CA) The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s (BHERC) 23rd Annual SISTAS ARE DOIN’ IT FOR THEMSELVES, a screening and dialog of African American Women Filmmakers, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Raleigh Studios located at 650 Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, California, in the Chaplin Screening Room, (323) 957-4656; Moderated by BHERC Alum and Black & Sexy TV Co-Founder, Numa Perrier presenting the Screening of 8 Shorts by Up and Coming Black Female Filmmakers. Tickets are $20.00, free street parking or lot parking for $7.00.
SISTAS… began twenty-three years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community. A clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following. Past “Sista filmmakers” have included early works of Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), and Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) just to name a very few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking.
Numa Perrier (Moderator) Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer www.blackandsexy.tv Numa is an actress, artist, writer, filmmaker and Co-Founder of Black&Sexy TV. She starred in and wrote for the first hit series for the network The Couple which landed a development deal at HBO with Spike Lee attached as Executive Producer. She then went on to create, develop, produce and write for many of the networks popular programming including Roomieloverfriends, Hello Cupid, Yellow, Becoming Nia, Minute Man, Sexless Chef Julian and Rider, and Buy Black for 30. BET Networks have licensed several of these series. Numa is also a Tribeca Film Institute Honoree for her script Jezebel which will be her feature film debut. Numa has directed several short films in the dramatic, experimental, and fashion genres. She authorswww.houseofnuma.com where she writes about what it takes for her personally to be both creative and enterprising. She is a Sista’s Alumni for her first short film Judi. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @missnuma and you can sign up for free and binge all the shows you want at www.blackandsexy.tv
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
HI, MISS! (12:00 Min.) by Dionne Edwards (Director|Writer) & Georgia Goggin (Producer) Sparks fly between shutter clicks when quarrelling teenage photography students, Kleo and Femi, are told to take each other’s portrait. Open enmity soon turns to tentative flirting and as the camera snaps they discover there’s a thin line between love and hate.
TAMMI MAC’S BAG LADY – VIAGRA (8:00 Min.) by Tammi Mac (Director |Writer) and Executive Producers Tammi Mac and Jackson Brown. An anthology that tackles the insecurities of bruised souls and focuses on empowering women.
FORGIVING CHRIS BROWN (12:00 Min.) by Marquette Jones (Director|Writer) & Lodric Collins & Tami Jordan (Producers) Forgiving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of Rihanna, Halle and Tina. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun.
DREAM (17:00 Min.) by Nijla Baseema Mu’min (Director|Writer|Producer) A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance and learns painful lessons about love in the process.
WINDOW DRESSING FAIL (5:00 Min.) by Stacey Larkins (Director|Writer) An ambitious woman, masks her African name on her resume in order to obtain a job interview.
ROUBADO (18:00 Min.) by Erica A. Watson (Director|Writer) & Tierney Young (Producer) The story of an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France, suffering from his parents’ recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.
SOKO SONKO (23:00 Min.) by Ekwa Msangi (Director|Writer) & Huriyyah Muhammad & James Kanja (Producers) and Linda Karuru (Co-Producer) Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires of parenting.
THE REUNION (20:00 Min.) by Carmen Elly Wilkerson (Director|Writer|Producer) & Alexander Georges (Co-Producer) A debate between four teenagers the morning after a party where one of them realized she’s been sexually assaulted.
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center was formed in 1996 as a non-profit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop and preserve the history, as well as the future of Blacks in film and television. BHERC produces, organizes and funds diverse cultural art, film and theater projects in order to capitalize on our rich foundation established in Hollywood. We not only promote more African Americans as artists, but have begun a “New Era” in the documentation of African American images.
For event information, contact Program Director John Forbes at 323.957.4656. Media Contact: Lynne Conner 818.749.9695 www.bherc.org