.:: Supporting African-American Film Makers ::. .:: Community Night ::. .:: Achievement Awards ::.


Los Angeles, CA, November 17, 2003 – The BHERC, a non-profit organization, announced the slate of films that will be shown at its 10th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase, which takes place from November 20-23 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. The film festival will showcase over 50 short films, by today’s finest emerging African-American filmmakers, which have been selected from a national pool of submissions.

For the first time, films will be shown in themed blocks. A complete listing of the blocks and corresponding films is below.

We Dare To Dream - Films about unique stories… coming at things a different way.
Hope by Tamika Lamison; Quest to Ref by Benjamin Watkins; Alyson’s Closet by Toby Tyler; Mello’s Kaleidoscope by Monikka Stallworth; Vivian by Aimee Dixon

The Art of Expression - Artistic expressions and experimental stories that are a little off of the beaten path.
Holiday by Jennifer DeCloe; Memorial Street by Andi Chapman; Whispers by Desha Dauchan; AKA Girl by Julie Ann Lucas; Ravishing Raspberry by Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs

Time Passages - Moments of movements in time, including a compilation screening of the late Eugene "Doboy" Williams' films
Move by Julie McKinley; Maple by Kai Soremekun; A Single Rose by Hanelle Culpepper

Digital Dreams - The digital revolution is here. Innovative films shot in the digital format.
Rain by Monice Mitchell; 3 Minutes by Maurice Dwyer and Adetoro Makinde; Let Us Be Tomatoes by Darryl McCain; Grass Is Green by Nikita Adams and Roman James; Next Tuesday by Michael Dennis; Heroes by Derrick Jones

Life, Love and the Pursuit - Films about love, family and relationships of all sorts…
Allergic to Nuts by Rosalyn Coleman Williams; Driving Fish by Rosalyn Coleman Williams; Radimi: Who Stole the Dream? by Katina Parker; Milk and Honey by Niva Dorell; One Flight Stand by Saladin Patterson; The Bus Stop by Ka’Ramuu Kush; Man Made by Erma Elzy-Jones; Five Deep Breaths by Seith Mann; Like a Woman Should by Stacie Hawkins

Fighting Back With Film - Films that speak to inner city concerns.
Whoa by Maurice Dwyer and Adetoro Makinde; 12 Minutes by Raymond Thomas; Rage! by Aaron Woolfolk; Solution by Damani Mangum; Al Jihad by Aminah Abdul-Jabbar; Who Killed America by Mobolaji Olombiwonnu

AIDS on Film - Screening and discussion about AIDS awareness
Proof Positive by Ray Mohammad; Women Like You by Tony Wafford; The Apology by Seith Mann; Boys’ Night Out by Yula Case; The Call by Princess Monique

Documentary Den
A documentary on the life of Beah Richards by Lisa Gay Hamilton

Filmz For Kidz
Last Chair by Leona Whitney Beatty; The Wedding by Isaack Webb; Last Breeze of Summer by David Massey; On Sugar Hill by Eriq La Salle; Blues for Red by Jeniffer Haskins-O’Reggio; Claudia Makes A by Shandra McDonald

“BHERC’s Film Festival has showcased more than 500 films over the past ten years. We have a long history of helping filmmakers connect with the industry, community and one another. BHERC is the home for independent African-American filmmakers and we look forward to continuing to “grow the family” with the talented group of emerging filmmakers that are being showcased this year,” said Ralph Scott, Festival Director.

Film Festival highlights will also include:

  • Gang Violence – BHERC Fights Back with Film, California Science Center, November 20, 7-10PM
    BHERC’s Community Night will address the issue of violence in the community and how filmmakers can help find solutions to the problem. The event will consist of five short films, a discussion with the filmmakers & a dessert reception. Representatives from the entertainment industry, as well as a number of community organizations and elected officials will be in attendance. Community Night is a free event, open to the public, taking place on November 20th at the California Science Center from 7-10PM.
  • Opening Night Reception & Awards Ceremony, November 21, Beverly Hilton Hotel, 7-11PM
  • Short Film Screenings, Raleigh Studios, November 22-23, 10AM-10PM
  • A Great Day In Black Hollywood Awards Ceremony, Raleigh Studios, November 23
    “A Great Day in Black Hollywood” will assemble and recognize living legends from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s at a special ceremony.
  • Panel Discussions & Seminars, Raleigh Studios, November 22-23, 10AM-10PM
    The film festival and marketplace will include two days of informative seminars led by film and TV industry professionals
  • Vendor Fair, Raleigh Studios, November 22-23, 10AM-10PM
    Over 25 Hollywood film and TV organizations will showcase services and resources to help build a better filmmaking community .

Founded in 1996, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. The Center's commitment to the development of future filmmakers - performers, directors, and behind-the-scenes technicians and workers - is realized not only through film festivals but through innovative educational and outreach programs, such as Artistry in Motion, a seminar to introduce middle and high school students to the magical world of animation and The First Weekend Club.

BHERC’s 10th Annual Film Marketplace and Short Film Showcase takes place from November 20-23. The film festival will showcase over 25 short films, by today’s finest emerging African-American filmmakers. The Film Festival will be held at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. Festival Weekend Passes are $100.00. All-Day passes are $25.00. For complete details, visit www.bherc.org or call 323.957.4747.

For interviews, artwork and general inquiries, contact: Tiffany Morrison, Lane Marketing, 4859 W. Slauson Ave, #177, LA, CA 90056, 323.293.5617, 323.298.5433, fax, tiffany@lanemktg.com

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