Sistas are Doin' it for Themselves - Program

Saturday, March 5, 2005
Doors open - 10am - 2pm
Admission - $10.00
Raleigh Studios - 650 Bronson Ave - Los Angeles, California
(Melrose Ave. across from Paramount Studios)
Chaplin Screening Room
RSVP - 323/957-4747 (seating is limited)

download 2005 Sista's Doing It For Themselves program


Andrea Williams - Writer & Director
A Harlem, NYC native, Andrea recently received her MFA in Film directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. During her time at NYU, she has produced and directed four short films, including her thesis film “A spoonful of sugar” which premiered on Showtime Networks and received numerous honors and awards. Andrea has received scholarships from Fox Television, New York Women in Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts and The Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women
A Spoonful of Sugar
Tells the story of Patrice, a Brooklyn teen born with HIV, trying to reconcile her raging hormones with her declining T-cell count. She decides she wants to lose her virginity and sets out on a quest to find a partner. “A Spoonful of Sugar” explores the ways in which Patrice’s quest for sex is really a quest for intimacy and inclusion, and an escape from the regimen of HIV treatments she endures.


Simbiat Hall -/ Writer & Director
Inspired to write and direct since her parents took her to see “The Godfather” at the age of three, Simbi Hall is a writer/director/producer who graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a double major in the Institute of Film & Television and the Dramatic Writing Program.

Long Story Short
“Temple Ross’ has a date and a hair appointment. But when the hair appointment goes awry Temple, escorted by best friends ‘Tonya’ and ‘Lou,’ embarks on a comedic journey to get her hair done. In the end she realizes her life long quest for “perfect hair” was really a journey for self-acceptance.


Yvonne Farrow - Writer & Director
Yvonne began her career in dance at the Duke Ellington High School for the Arts and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York. Ms. Farrow is a professional actress and recently recurred as Diane Dixon on the hit ABC series, Alias and as Vivian on the NBC soap opera, Passions. She has also recurred on Melrose Place, Models Inc. and South Central. On screen, Yvonne wrote, produced, directed and edited three 16mm short films. Movements, an adaptation from the play, was nominated Best Short a! t the 1999 Pan African Film Festival, won Second Place at the Black Filmmaker Hall of Fame and aired on The African American Filmmaker’s Show. In 2003-2004 Yvonne was one of ten in the nation selected for ABC Entertainment Television’s Talent Development Scholarship/Grant Program where she wrote, produced and directed her short film, I’d Rather Be Dancing. Ms. Farrow will appear on the new ABC drama, Gray's Anatomy airing in March.

I’d Rather Be Dancing
I’d Rather Be Dancing is about spiritual and creative re-birth, shedding the old and becoming something new. It is a soul searching look at what keeps us bound in our lives mentally, emotionally or physically and is a heartwarming testament to the human spirit. A paralyzed dance diva (now wife and mother), is confronted by her ex-lover/ dance partner who shows her that the spirit of a dancer doesn'! t die with the use of her legs, forcing her to choose between her family and a creatively fulfilling life from her wheelchair.



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