The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will host the 30th Anniversary of Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase and Virtual Film Festival on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed at BHERC.TV from May 22-31.
The opening celebration and reception will be held on May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for seniors and students.
The Panels and Short Film Showcase will take place on May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Short Film Showcase concludes on May 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
Day passes are available for $40 for adults and $30 for seniors and students. Also, a three-day pass for admission to all events costs $180 for adults and $130 for seniors and students. Admission to the virtual festival is $20.
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“SISTAS…” began 30 years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge and highlight outstanding Black women directors and Black and diverse emerging talent. What began as a small screening and discussion has become one of the most recognized, inspirational, and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community in the country. It is a clear-cut concept: a showcase and festival of short films directed by some of the nation’s top emerging directors and filmmakers, with a dialogue following.
“Now more than ever the Black female storytelling perspective is needed, in filmmaking; we cannot deny their power, voice, and talent. We are so proud of we see, both, on the professional and emerging front. Moreover, the community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories. This is an opportunity, and a platform to do just that,” said BHERC President Sandra Evers-Manly.
Some of the past “Sista” filmmakers and participants include Gina Prince-Bythewood (“ The Woman King”, “Love & Basketball”), Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”, “Eve’s Bayou”), Lena Waite (“The Chi”), Millicent Shelton (“Black-ish”), Ava Duvernay (“Selma”, “When They See Us”), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (“Mudbound”). Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awe-inspiring stories of how these “Sistas” did it for themselves.
For more information or tickets, visit www.bherc.org or call (310) 284-3170.