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15th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase to honor black directors of photography
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) hosts the 15th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase October 23-27, in Hollywood, California.
Thursday, October 23, at the “Festival Kick-Off”, BHERC will honor Black Directors of Photography as a part of its Great Day in Black Hollywood at Paramount Pictures. This historic gathering of Black Directors of Photography will honor the likes of pioneering Director of Photography, Joe Wilcots, whose work includes Roots, Bill Cosby: Himself and Matlock to name a few
The Friday, October 24, Opening Night Reception will honor Regina Jones, Founder and Publisher of Soul Magazine (Lifetime Achievement Award): Actor and Humanitarian, William Allen Young (President’s Award): Veteran Producer, Charles Floyd Johnson (Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement): Community Activist and Watts Coffee House Owner, Desiree Edwards (Community Service Award): Acclaimed Animator, Lyndon Barrois (Award of Excellence) and Corporate Executive, Gloria Pualani (Corporate Partner Award).
On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday October 26, this year’s festival will feature more than forty short films and documentaries from around the country, including the West Coast premiere of “Larry the Actor” a profound documentary that showcases the ups and downs of a Black actor in Hollywood. Seminars and panels featuring distinguished industry professionals will also be offered.
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, 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. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.
For complete information visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170.
Governor Signs off on Half Cent Tax Increase
CNS—Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill last week clearing the way for a proposed half-cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County to fund public transportation projects. Assembly Bill 2321 provides an exemption to the cap on the county sales tax, which is already at 8.25 percent in most parts of Los Angeles County—one of the highest in the state, and near its legal limit. The passage of the bill was the last hurdle on the road to the Nov. 4 General Election for Measure R, a half-cent transportation sales tax measure that needs a two-thirds vote to be approved.
Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority estimated that the sales tax could raise $40 billion for transportation projects over the next 30 years.
“We’re obviously pleased, and now it’s up to voters,” said Marc Littman, Metro spokesman.
Opponents of the measure, including three of the five county supervisors, have criticized the proposed spending plan for the money as unfair for some regions of the county. Supervisor Michael Antonovich has said that the measure disproportionately directs funds from all over the county to the city of Los Angeles. Proponents, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said that the money is needed for projects that will help solve the gridlock that grips the county. The majority of Metro’s funding, more than $1 billion annually, comes from two other voter-approved, half-cent sales taxes.