Sistas are Doin' it for Themselves - Program

Saturday, March 25, 2006
Doors open - 7pm
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

Triple Minority – 15 Min.
A gay black woman named Clair Collins, wants to reconcile her relationship with her religious parents without compromising her identity. She is ostracized from her family, her church, and her neighborhood. She finds love with Rebecca Laws who helps Clair find the strength to face her parents.

Amber Sharp – Writer / Director
Amber Sharp, attended Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in English and African American Studies. It was during college that she discovered her love for filmmaking. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, California, for graduate school at the University of Southern California in Film/Television. At USC, Sharp completed her thesis film, Triple Minority, about a gay, black, woman who wants to reconcile her relationship with her religious parents. Currently, Sharp is writing a feature film.


Stranded – 7 Min.
Based on a fable from Cameroon. Mali is young, African, beautiful and stranded in Berlin. A quirky romantic comedy about obstacles, opportunity, and cross-gender and cross cultural communication.

Abiola Abrams – Director / Co-Writer
Abiola’s controversial storytelling always gives people something to talk about. Her artistic films – ranging from edgy 'chick flicks' to docs investigate the themes of gender, race and empowerment.
She was one of 4 filmmakers selected from 3600 to direct a short film with an international cast & crew in Germany. She was a Top-250 Finalist for Miramax's Project Greenlight, a filmmaker's competition with over 50,000 entries. Her work as an actor has screened on HBO, IFC, network TV, at Sundance and in a film winning a British Academy Award. She has also been directed by Spike Lee in several commercials. Abiola has a BFA from Sarah Lawrence and an MFA from Vermont College.


Inspired By – 26 Min.
Rachel is an egocentric songstress while her man Haydel is an academic enthusiast. Not only did they have to deal with their contrasting personalities, but also as two broke young folks working hard to achieve their dreams, they had a lot of insecurity. However, their tumultuous
Love affair provides the inspiration for their triumphant success.

Layla Mashavu – Writer / Director
Layla came to the indie filmmaking scene with her first film, “Through Thick and Thin”. The short film was her thesis film project from California State University, Northridge. Mashavu received an award for excellence from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding professional promise based on the film. Mashavu was the producer and program director of Black and Brown Shorts, A short film showcase that celebrated and encouraged independent cinema. Mashavu is currently the Creative Executive for Ramcity Productions where she develops and produces the company¹s current projects.



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