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Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 7, 2016

A Short Film Festival Moderated by Numa Perrier

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Numa Perrier (file photo)

SISTAS… began twenty-three years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community.   A clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following. Past “Sista filmmakers” have included early works of Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), and Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) just to name a very few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking.

Numa Perrier (Moderator) co-founder and chief content officer, is an actress, artist, writer, and filmmaker. She starred in and wrote for network’s first hit series, “The Couple” which landed a development deal at HBO with Spike Lee attached as Executive Producer. She then went on to create, develop, produce and write for many of the network’s popular programming including “Roomieloverfriends”, “Hello Cupid”, “Yellow”, “Becoming Nia”, “Minute Man”, “Sexless Chef Julian” and “Rider”.   BET Networks have licensed several of these series. Numa is also a Tribeca Film Institute Honoree for her script “Jezebel” which will be her feature film debut. Numa has directed several short films in the dramatic, experimental, and fashion genres. She authors where she writes about what it takes for her personally to be both creative and enterprising. She is a Sista’s Alumni for her first short film Judi.

Meet The Filmmakers

HI, MISS! (12:00 Min.) by Dionne Edwards (Director|Writer) & Georgia Goggin (Producer) Sparks fly between shutter clicks when quarrelling teenage photography students, Kleo and Femi, are told to take each other’s portrait. Open enmity soon turns to tentative flirting and as the camera snaps they discover there’s a thin line between love and hate.

TAMMI MAC’S BAG LADY – VIAGRA (8:00 Min.) by Tammi Mac (Director |Writer) and Executive Producers Tammi Mac and Jackson Brown.   An anthology that tackles the insecurities of bruised souls and focuses on empowering women.

FORGIVING CHRIS BROWN (12:00 Min.) by Marquette Jones (Director|Writer) & Lodric Collins & Tami Jordan (Producers) Forgiving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of Rihanna, Halle and Tina. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun.

DREAM (17:00 Min.) by Nijla Baseema Mu’min (Director|Writer|Producer) A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance and learns painful lessons about love in the process.

WINDOW DRESSING FAIL (5:00 Min.) by Stacey Larkins (Director|Writer) An ambitious woman, masks her African name on her resume in order to obtain a job interview.

ROUBADO (18:00 Min.) by Erica A. Watson (Director|Writer) & Tierney Young (Producer) The story of an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France, suffering from his parents’ recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.

SOKO SONKO (23:00 Min.) by Ekwa Msangi (Director|Writer) & Huriyyah Muhammad & James Kanja (Producers) and Linda Karuru (Co-Producer) Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires of parenting.

THE REUNION (20:00 Min.) by Carmen Elly Wilkerson (Director|Writer|Producer) & Alexander Georges (Co-Producer) A debate between four teenagers the morning after a party where one of them realized she’s been sexually assaulted.

The event will take place Saturday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. at Raleigh Studios located at 650 Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, in the Chaplin Screening Room, (323) 957-4656. Tickets are $20.00, free street parking or lot parking for $7.00.

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