African American Film Marketplace - Film Showcase
Let's Talk about SEX! An intimate screening and dialog

BHERC is going to push the envelope with this look at the BEAUTY of black sexuality. images of sex in the black community have been viewed in very negative terms. Images such as prostitution, rape, teenage pregnancy, homosexuality, bi-sexuality, men on the "Down Low", extra-marital affairs and AIDS. This showcase will make an attempt to dispell all of the negative stereotypes as it relates to Black Sexuality.

This screening will be followed by a discussion on black sexuality and its affect withClinical Psychologist & Relationship expert Dr. Chrystal Evans. Films will include documentaries and narratives on female sexuality, homosexuality, sexual fantasies and much, much more.

- FILM SHOWCASE LISTINGS -
Magaly Colimon- "Yes Madame!"
Sandye Wilson- "notsoprivate"
Patrick Ian-Polk - "Noah's Ark"
Jason VaVeen- "The Adventures of Aaron Willows in Cyberspace"

- FILMMAKERS & FILMS -

Magaly Colimon - Writer/Director
This woman loves to tell a story. Her passion for acting was sparked in sixth grade, when she performed in a school production of “The Mikado.” This eventually led her to pursue a Master’s in Acting at Yale. Her writing bug inspired her to write poetry as a child. It progressed into playwriting when she was a schoolteacher. Upon discovering there weren’t enough plays addressing issues that her students could identify with, she wrote them. Now, she writes plays and screenplays that she identifies with. Her playwriting credits include her one-woman show Straight Talk Against the Grain that she has performed in Chicago, New York, and New Haven. Next stop – Los Angeles.

"Yes Madame!"
In a world where money equals power, Madeline, a maid with a wild past, is trying to redefine the rules. She’s torn between her history and her yearning for a more traditional future. Plus, Madeline struggles to ward off the attempts of a lecherous ex- and an eccentric employer to weaken her resolve.
“Yes, Madame!” explores the themes of service and power – who we chose to serve and the price we may pay for that choice.

Sandye Wilson - Writer/Director
Grew up on New York City’s Lower East Side . She studied acting as a child at The Henry Street Settlement and Harlem School of the Arts . She went on to study writing and acting at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
Wilson has collaborated with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, writing the text for Lessons, a full length dance project featured at The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the Whitney Museum in New York City and the American Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado. She co-founded Urban Griots, a performance group, Gap Tooth Girlfriends: The Third Act which published an anthology by the same name.
Her filmmaking debut, “so many things to consider” was selected for the 1996 34th New york Film Festival, the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, the second Johannesburg Biennale Festival and HBO’s short film competition at the Acapulco Black Film Festival in 1998.
“So many things to consider” received two awards from the National Black Programming Consortium; the New Emerging Artist and The Community Choice Award.


"notsoprivate"
The idea for the film came out of a desire to tell some of our African-American intimate stories. How have our sexual experiences help to shape our lives? What is black intimacy? What does it look like… feel like, taste like… and how do we begin a dialogue about it? notsoprivate is a multimedia documentary Shot on digital video and 16mm. Through animation, supplementary footage, and commentary from Gail Wyatt, Ph.D., the nation’s leading expert on black female sexuality, director/writer Sandye Wilson and a variety of African-American women speak openly about Sex, Love, Objectification, Molestation, Desires, and The First Time.

Patrick Ian-Polk - Writer/Director
PATRIK-IAN POLK a Mississippi native, attended Brandeis University in Massachusetts and graduate film school at the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, where he wrote and directed a number of short films. After a brief stint as a producer's assistant on Amblin Entertainment's television series, "SeaQuest,DSV," Polk was immediately hired as a development executive at MTV's then-new Paramount-based feature film division, MTV Films. Polk actively participated in the development of such productions as the hugely successful "Beavis and Butthead Do America" and the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated high school dark comedy "Election." Next, Polk served as Vice President of production and development at Tracey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds' Edmonds Entertainment/e2 filmworks. During his tenure there, Polk worked on the films, "Soul Food,” "Hav Plenty," and “Light It Up.” Polk made his feature film directorial debut with "Punks," an independent feature that he also wrote and produced. Polk is currently writing an original television movie for Lifetime Network and developing a feature adaptation of James Earl Hardy's novel, “The Day Eazy E Died.” This November he will direct his next feature film, the comedy-drama LADIES NIGHT for producer Lee Daniels (“Monster's Ball,” “The Woodsman,” “Shadowboxer”). LADIES NIGHT will star Beyonce, Eve, Mo'Nique, Missy Elliott, Macy Gray and Alicia Keys and will be filmed in Philadelphia.


"Noah's Ark "
Noah, Alex, Ricky and Chance are four friends living the gay life in Los Angeles. Noah (Darryl Stephens) is a struggling screenwriter embarking on a new love affair with newly out and much more successful screenwriter, Wade (Jensen Atwood). HIV/AIDS counselor Alex (Rodney Chester) always keep it real with his clients but struggles to do the same with his anesthesiologist boyfriend, Trey (Gregory Keith). Ricky (Christian Vincent) owns a trendy and hip clothing store on Melrose and is the playboy of the group, while college professor Chance (Doug Spearman) has recently married and adopted his partner Eddie’s (Jonathan Julian) three year old daughter after a whirlwind courtship. Throw in Chance’s amorous teaching assistant, Bryan (Johnny Smith), Ricky’s hot, new store clerk, Dwayne (Dwayne Chattam) and flamboyantly fabulous fashion designer Romeo (Dwen Curry) and you’ve got a recipe for delicious drama, side-splitting comedy and shocking sexuality.

Jason VaVeen - Director/Writer
Jason was born in the Bay Area and later moved to Inglewood Ca. to attend high school and college. He is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills where he studied TV Production and Theater Tech. After college Jason worked as a Production Assistant on several Hollywood films and with only three years of grunt work under his belt, he started to become bitter and jaded -- until he was rescued by the digital revolution! Armed with an arsenal of high tech equipment, he and his boys went on to build the republic that is PSTOLA. The director of the camp, Jason wears multiple hats, including writer, producer, editor (grip, craft services, transportation…etc).


"The Adventures of Aaron Willows in Cyberspace"


Online dating has finally hit and Aaron Willows is going to take full advantage. He wants to find a woman to bring home to mother, one that also has a freaky side. What would Mama say about THIS?


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