*Hollywood, CA – Producer/Director Fay Hauser-Price will host The BHERC/Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s 18th Annual Sista’s Doin’ It For Themselves on Saturday, March 26, 2011, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038 at 6:00 p.m.
Fay will introduce the filmmakers, directors, producers and artists involved in the creative process for the following short films Engagement by Gianni-Amber North; Redeemer by Erma Elzy; Taharuki (Suspense) by Ekwa Msangi-Omari; For Colored Girls by Lori Webster; Breaking News by KMarie Walters; Sule And The Case of the Tiny Sparks by Shawneé and Shanelle Gibbs; Morning Due by Barbara E. Allen; and If I Leap by Jackie J. Stone.
The films range from 6 to 20 minutes and the themes tackle loss, hardship, grief, love, motherhood and its trials and tribulations as well as revelation of lessons learned; reflecting the times we are living in. There will be a Q&A after the screenings and a reception to follow.
The Host, Fay Hauser-Price, has worked in many artistic genres. Her short films Where There’s Smoke… and 5150 (Best Experimental Short in the VSM Festival and a nod as the Best Short USA in the Swansea Bay in the England Festival), both aired on BET’s Lens on Talent. In television, Fay directed Emerging Artist Showcase (PBS).
Before joining the Directors Guild of America, she was a Producer/Writer on over 25 reality/documentary TV shows including the 2-hour international project Paris In Search of A Dream and the 26 episode international jazz show Red, Hot and Cool. She recently produced the 30-minute 26-episode cabler Living With Soul (Vision Award nod).
Fay is currently producing, in preparation for directing, her 1st feature film The Pregnant Detective, a mystery dramady loaded with action; in partnership with Hot Flash Films.
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the BHERC 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.
Purchase your tickets at the door for only $10; please RSVP 310-284-3170, as this event sells out every year. For further information visit the website www.BHERC.org.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
MORNING DUE by Barbara E. Allen (13:48)
A story about a young mother who loses her husband after having a new born child.
Barbara E. Allen, in 2005 Barbara produced the three time Emmy Award winning documentary, Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender hosted by actor, Harry Lennix, and featuring then Senator Barack Obama. She also executive produced and edited the 2006 Emmy nominated documentary, Standing on Common Ground: My Spring Break in New Orleans. In 2007 she wrote, produced and directed the film short, Morning Due which screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Corner, the Chicago International Film Festival and won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2008 Langston Hughes Film Festival.
SULE AND THE CASE OF THE TINY SPARKS by Shawneé and Shanelle Gibbs (11:19)
When a young girl named Yaa needs to know how to persuade her friends to help the new boy in the village with his laundry, she seeks guidance from a 10 year-old proverb detective named Sule who takes her on a journey where she learns that Great Fires Erupt Tiny Sparks
Shawnee’ and Shawnelle Gibbs are award-winning filmmakers with an affinity for imaginative projects. They are the creators of the animated shorts, Ravishing Raspberry, Adopted By Aliens, and Old Ladies Driving, which have screened and received awards at film festivals throughout the U.S. The pair are members of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Women in Animation, and The Organization of Black Screenwriters. The Gibbs Sisters have a diverse collection of credits in film and TV. Their individual credits include producing for Bravo’s Emmy & Peabody Award-winning series’, Top Chef and Project Runway, and production on Disney’s Emmy Award-winning Wizards of Waverly Place. The pair were recently honored as part of American Cinematheque’s Focus on Female Directors and are recipients of the USC Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship.
REEDEMER by ERMA ELZY (17:47)
Eddie “Silk” Jacks has it all – money, a burgeoning career and the love of his biggest fan, his Grandmother. But, after a fateful night, Silk learns some hard lessons and the meaning of unconditional love in an attempt to redeem himself.
Erma Elzy is a multi-talented television, stage and short feature director. As a member of the Directors Guild of America, her credits include television shows, for the Disney and CW (formerly UPN and WB). A respected member of the film festival circuit, Elzy garnered worldwide attention for direction of two multiple, award-winning short features: the drama “Room 302” and the futuristic comedy “Man Made”.
TAHARUKI (Suspense) by EKWA MSANGI-OMARI (WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) (12:00)
Set against the backdrop of the start of the devastating post-election violence that took place in Kenya in 2007/2008 and has left tens of thousands of Kenyans homeless, traumatized or dead, Taharuki (Suspense) is the fictional account of a man and woman from opposing ethnic tribes who’re working for an underground liberation movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when some-thing goes wrong, and they’re forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Time is running out, lives are at stake, and every second counts. What they choose could change the course of history…
Ekwa Msangi-Omari (Writer/Director/Producer) has directed for some of the biggest TV shows in East Africa including The Agency (MNET) a 13-part TV series which she created, show-ran, and directed; the hit show Block-D (KBC), and most recently co-created critically ac-claimed Higher Learning (NTV) along with several short films. She’s written for TV and film, and produced several shorts. Weakness, a short film she recently produced, has screened worldwide, including New York, Durban and Brazil and was nominated for a 2010 Kalasha Award and a 2011 AMAA-Award.
BREAKING NEWS by KMarie Walters (14:27)
The peace and quiet Kendra Davis covets, eludes her today. Her rambunctious children: nine-year-old, CJ; six-year-old, Melissa; and four-year-old, James won’t let up. Everything from an occasional sibling disagreement or innocent melodic song weighs heavy on her psyche. Kendra reaches her breaking point, while her husband Christian is at work. What happens next will be tomorrow’s top story.
KMarie Walters is a 2002 graduate of Tennessee State University. Since receiving her Masters from California State University, Northridge in 2005 she has written, directed and produced a string of independent films.
FOR COLORED GIRLS by Lori Webster (6:00)
A young woman seeking to redefine herself on her own terms grapples with embracing the natural texture of her hair versus conforming to more conventional modes of beauty. Scarred by a lifetime of stringent processing, she must reexamine her definition of beauty in ultimately defining it on her own terms.
Lori Webster is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Afro-American Studies. Her industry experience spans everything from development to production to post production for an array of top companies, including Warner Brothers, NBC, ABC, USA Network, Disney Channel, MTV, BET, and TV One. Independently, Lori has written, directed, and produced several projects, ranging from promos, commercials, short films, and documentaries. In 2008 she was selected as a television fellow for the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, better known as the Cosby Fellowship. In her community she has blazed trails, having co-founded a dynamic young adult Creative Media Ministry at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. She also served as Editor and Production Coordinator for their Media Services Department. She is currently enrolled in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts where she is pursuing an MFA Film & Television Production.
IF I LEAP by Jackie J. Stone (19:51)
A young catholic sister is dealing with her desire for something she has never experienced — erotic love. When the nephew of the Mother Superior seeks refuge at the convent after deserting the army refusing to serve a third tour of duty in Operation Iraq Freedom, the two engage in an intimate relationship that will change the course of her life.
J.J Stone began her career in the arts in creative writing and theater, but soon gravitated quickly to the visual medium of film. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has directed three films: a documentary, Anniversary; an award-winning short, The Dying Color and If I Leap, music videos; and several spec commercials. Jackie has won numerous honors and awards for her short films including: the Vague, Warner Brother’s and Kodak Production Awards, grants from New York State Council of the Arts Grant and the Jerome Foundation. Her scripts have also garnered attention and awards including: semi-finalist for the Showtime Visions from Ground Zero Fund for “Kite”, a Jerome Foundation award winner, and she has been a finalist for both the Sundance Screenwriting Institute for “The Last Suicide” and the Nickelodeon Screenwriting for a television spec script. She was an AICP finalist for her spec commercial work. Jackie is currently in development on several projects.