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BHERC Presents 21st Annual ‘Sistas are Doin it for Themselves’ Film Fest
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 18, 2014

Officials at the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), are presenting their 21st Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories Film Festival. Past “Sista” filmmakers have included works of Gina Prince-Bythewood, shown above (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) (photo courtesy of Wiki Commons)

Officials at the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future, of blacks in film and television are presenting their 21st Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories Film Festival. The festival will take place at 6:00 pm on July 26, at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood with a Q & A and reception to follow.

BHERC will be showcasing seven short films which have been written, produced or directed by a variety of up and coming female filmmakers in the African American community.

“BHERC is honored to present these Sistas’ who are daring to challenge the traditional conventions of Hollywood.,” said a spokesperson for the event.

“These Sistas’ aren’t waiting to be recognized; they are writing, creating, filming, directing, editing, acting, promoting and doing it for themselves.”

 Sistas began twenty one years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge the grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community.

Past “Sista” filmmakers have included works of Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), and Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category). Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking. 

For detailed information on featured films contact BHERC at 310.384.3170 or visit online at www.bherc.org. Admission into film festival is $15.00 and lot parking is $5.00. Street parking is available.

 

 

 

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