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)

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Kim Green-Williams- Director
Following her successful directorial debut of Sweet Potato Ride at the Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Kim Greene has penned a number of feature scripts for the film industry M'Lady, Golddiggaz, How To Marry a Black Man, The Underground,Honey-Charmed Life & Soda Girls. Greene is now focusing her talents on writing feature scripts to direct and produce. She is an amateur photographer and has studied under acting/directing instructor Barry Primus at the American Film Institute.

Cheray O’Neal - Producer & Writer
Cheray has written and directed 6 short film documentaries dealing with youth and their complicated and beautiful worlds. She is a poet, singer, filmmaker, writer, actress and teacher. As an actress she has played Latasha Harlins at The Public Theatre, starred in “aftermath” HBO pick of the week, “girltalk” which was featured at Sista’s are doin’it for themselves, and winner of Souldance, as well as a host of commercials. Love Letter is Kim and Cheray’s second collaboration. This film is dedicated to all The STAHR! Program girls.

Love Letter
Love Letter is a poetic tale of a young woman, who is welcoming her boyfriend home after a small stint in jail. Eighteen-year-old Iana is part of a youth group that talks about issues young women face. Today’s topic is about relationships and HIV. The discussion triggers recent memories of her boyfriend Angelo’s homecoming. Love Letter is a bittersweet romantic film that hopes to encourage all young women to stand strong through the rejection of love and the miracles of life. Executive producers for love letter are Jenna Delgado and O.A.P.P. (office of aids and public policy)


Tracy Taylor - Writer & Director
Tracy Taylor, a Chicago native, began her career as a stage actress. Currently, she stars in Walking On Sunshine where she plays Jenna, a woman who believes her monogamy will keep her safe from HIV/AIDS, until she finds out her boyfriend is HIV positive. Taylor’s movie, which depicts two sisters who put themselves at risk for HIV/AIDS, has also been nominated for an NAACP Image award in the category of “Outstanding Television Movie, Miniser! ies, or Dramatic Special.” The film, which is currently airing on BET is also an official selection for the 2005 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Last year, Taylor won the 1st annual Rap-It-Up/BASS film competition which provided the funding to produce the film. As a result, Tracy has signed on to act as coordinator for this year’s competition. Taylor graduated from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Journalism and a minor in theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she continues to write and perform. She is working on getting her next film produced.

Walking on Sunshine
Focusing on the consistently growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community, Walking on Sunshine is the story of two sisters at the center of this crisis. Told through the eyes of Jenna Wheeler, Walking On Sunshine takes us from the early years of the AIDS epidemic to the present day, showing how fear, lack of media exposure and miseducation about the disease has led African American women to be the fastest growing number of new AIDS cases. "When Ignorance and Denial Meet, When Love takes precedence over Life, you end up Walking On Sunshine."

JJ Goldberger - Writer & Director
JJ is a recent graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Before attending AFI JJ attended Sarah Lawrence College where she studied dance and choreography, JJ spent 12 years in New York City. In 2001 JJ was accepted into AFI's producing program and spent her two graduate years producing eight short films. As a second year thesis student, JJ developed a script that won American Film Institute's MARTIN RITT AWARD - a $10,000 cash production grant given to her thesis script (SHOOTER) which exemplified many of Martin Ritt's ideas about social justice. JJ was also a 2003 Women in Film Scholarship recipient. Most recently JJ's independent short film - STONE MANSION was one of the 2004 Showtime Network's BLACK FILMMAKERS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE WINNERS.
Stone Mansion
Stone Mansion tells the story of Mable and Dr. Marcus Stone. They have a choice to make. Either to run for their lives or stay and protect their beautiful home from a white mob hell-bent on destroying them in the pre-dawn of the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma race riot.


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