BHERC will host a screening of Men Without Jobs on Thursday, june 19, 9:30pM at laemmle sunset 5 and Tuesday, June 22, at 5:00pm at the Directors Guild of America.

Anchored by the nuanced performances of journalist Bonz Malone and Ishmael Butler — formerly of the hip-hop group Digable Planets — this feature debut from writer/director Mad Matthewz is a sly rebuke to the rampant consumerism and misplaced priorities of contemporary urban culture. Best friends and roommates, Ish and Oz are a pair of boho layabouts who would rather just talk about their band than actually do anything to make their musical dreams come true. Despite a vow to avoid that dreaded nine-to-five, the two eventually realize there’s more to life than just watching TV all day.

   Sat., June 19, 9:30pm, Laemmle Sunset 5
   Tue., June 22, 5:00pm, Directors Guild of America

Cinema Soul at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival’s programming boasts a diverse selection of work by and about Black people. The Black films screening as part of our new program, Cinema Soul, represent a truly global spirit and celebrate a long and rich Black history.

Cinema Soul Highlights:

Spook Who Sat By The Door
  Q&A Session with Sam Greenlee, screenwriter, and author of the book on which the film   was based.

Synopsis ::..
“You represent the best of your race,” flatters a CIA recruiter to a roomful of talented black applicants, momentarily redeeming a reputation for discriminatory hiring. Still, after an obstacle course of judo, demolitions, and scuba training, not to mention hidden camera surveillance, only Dan Freeman — “Uncle Tom” to his rivals — is deemed worthy enough to hire. His first assignment for the Agency? The new, top-secret Reproduction Center Section, a.k.a. the photocopy machine. Following years of patronizing drudgery, the bitter, fiercely empowered agent quits, heads for Chicago to re-connect with his old friends, and stokes them to a gun-laden revolution. Originally released over 30 years ago and rarely seen since then due to government suppression, Spook is an underground classic not just of blaxploitation cinema but of political cinema as well. Ivan Dixon’s venomous blaxploitation-style commentary is as subversive and, regrettably, as topical as ever.
   Thu., June 24, 7:30pm, DGA 1

Woman Thou Art Loosed -
Starring Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, and Debbi Morgan

..:: Synopsis ::..
Starting with its attention-grabbing opening — where a young woman fires gunshots into a crowd at a religious revival with unseen results — and moving on to a tale not only of rape, addiction, and poverty, but also of survival, belief, and redemption — Woman Thou Art Loosed never plays it safe. Anchored by a ferociously committed performance by Kimberly Elise, as well as a charismatic and soulful turn as himself by Bishop T.D. Jakes (on whose book the film is based), Woman is a hard-charging look at the struggles faced by many today, that never pulls punches but also never gives up hope.
   Sun., June 20, 4:30pm, DGA 1

click for full feature synopsis and Cinema Soul program schedule

June 18th- 2004

A Rap Session With Hollywood's Top Executives Of Color
Fri., Jun. 18, 4:30pm, DGA 1

IFP/Los Angeles’ Project:Involve presents a panel discussion featuring top studio executives of color. The panel explores the role of the executive, the challenges of working within the system, and the impact such executives have on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry.

Moderated by:
Stephanie Allain, Producer and former Senior VP, Columbia Pictures

Confirmed panelists:
 Adriene Bowles, Executive VP Marketing/Publicity, Focus Features
Devon Franklin, Creative Executive, MGM
Peter Kang, VP of Production, 20th Century Fox
Susan Lewis, VP of Development, MTV/Paramount
Zola Mashariki, Director of Production, Fox Searchlight
Vanessa Morrison, Senior VP of Production, 20th Century Fox


Diversity Expo
Fri., Jun. 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, DGA Atrium

Hosted by IFP/LA’s Diversity Committee and actor Richard T. Jones (Twisted, Phone Booth, The Wood).

The IFP/LA Diversity Expo is and opportunity for filmmakers of color to meet with key film and entertainment organizations and network!

•  Meet industry professionals and representatives from over 40 film organizations
•  Live DJ, complimentary cocktails, and food!
•  Diversity Expo is free and open to the public
•  Last year over 400 people attended the Diversity Expo
•  Student filmmakers, recent arrivals to the city, and all filmmakers looking to expand     their network are encouraged to attend!
•  Find out how IFP/LA can help you as a filmmaker as well


For more information and a complete line-up of films, visit

To purchase tickets and passes, call 1-866-FilmFest or visit Tickets on Sale Now! Tickets to screenings are $10 unless otherwise noted. BHERC members receive a $1.00 discount on screenings before 6:00pm.

Theatre Information:
•  Directors Guild of America: 7920 Sunset Blvd.
•  Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre: 8000 Sunset Blvd.
•  Laemmle Playhouse 7: 673 E. Colorado Blvd.

Parking Information:
Public parking is available at the Directors Guild of America (7920 Sunset Blvd., at Hayworth) and at 8000 Sunset/ Laemmle Sunset 5.

Additional Festival parking is available at St. Ambrose Church, (1281 N. Fairfax Avenue, at Fountain). Parking at the church is $5 per vehicle. There are some time restrictions at this location, so please read the posted signs.

A free festival shuttle is available between the St. Ambrose Church lot and the Directors Guild from 10 a.m.-12 Midnight, June 18-25.