*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) hosts the 19th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase November 9-11, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

On Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:30pm at our Opening Night Reception we will honor Black Photographers from our community for their contributions and excellence in their profession.  This celebration will be held at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

On Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. our Youth Diversity Film Festival will showcase the talents of young aspiring filmmakers at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

On Saturday, November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. each evening, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will feature the artistry of emerging African American Filmmakers by screening short films at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.  Screenings will include blocks of short films with an extensive Q&A with directors, cast and crew immediately following.  Our 19th Annual African American Film marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will close with our Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m.  For a complete screening schedule, visit our website.

Prices: Open Night Festivities: $25.00; Block of Films: $10.00; All Day Pass: $25.00; Closing Night Reception: $25.00; and Weekend Pass (includes Open Night, All Day Pass for films and Closing Night Reception): $100.00.

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.



  1. 1st & 4 Ever (17:00 Min.) by Samein Priester (Producer / Writer / Director)

This 17 minute short documentary film “1st&4Ever” looks at fatherhood in the lives of men in Harlem and the impact that the lack of fathers have on a generation of men who have been left disappointed, bewildered, and heartbroken by this experience. 

  1. 18! (28:00 Min.) by Nicole Butler (Producer/writer) and Ben Lee Foster (Director)

 This film focuses on some challenges that teens and parents face in life. There is a generational gap that brings misunderstanding between both parent and teen.

 3.            Are You Looking (14:00 Min.) by B.J. Rouse (Producer/Director) Filex Martiz (Producer) and Gwendolyn Womack ( Writer)

 A group of college students discover an ancient Aztec mirror and open a door way to hell.  They must fight to survive as the world of reflections become deadly

4.            Ashes (8:00 Min.) by Rich Juden (Producer) and Fernandel Almoror (Writer/Director)

“Ashes” is a dramatic thriller about a desperate young man’s decision to kidnap his pregnant girlfriend to stop her abortion. 

5.            Barbasol (20:00 Min.) by Ralph K. Scott (Director) and Kiara C. Jones (Writer / Producer)

 A love story of cross-generational bonding; husband/wife, father/son, mother/child, grandparent & child…a man desires a bond with his father before he slips deeper into dementia, wherein he determines his attention should be redirected toward his own son.

6.            Black Roses (16:00 Min.) by Jonathon Sisco (Producer) and Jamal Hall (Writer/ Director)

 A story about two people struggling with their inner emotions after the loss of a mother and the guilt of a choice and how it changed her life forever.

7.            Close Call (7:00 Min.) by Reuben Johnson (Director/Writer/Producer) and Nikki Michelle, Jacquelyn Johnson (Producers)

 This is a film where temptation tries to get the best of you. Matthew a well-established guy, finds the love of his life, asks for her hand in marriage, and lust rears its ugly head when the sister tries to make a play.

 8.            Crossing (18:00 Min.) by Gina Atwater (Director) and Veronica Nickel (Producer)

 In 1960s Georgia, a black teenage boy defies the rules of segregation and his conservative father when he walks through the front door of his white employer’s home.

9.            Deception (12:00 Min.) by Christopher T. Hodge (Producer/Writer/Director)

 Deception takes on the life of a woman willing to do anything to make herself happy. As she stumbles through lies and loves, she sets in motion something she never would see coming. After all, secrets can’t hide forever.

10.         Docket 32357 (14:00 Min.) by Eljon Wardally (Writer), Randy Wilkins (Director) and Jessica K. Brown (Producer)

 “Docket 32357” examines the need to overcome loneliness even from the most unexpected of places and how we feel once that opportunity is squandered.

11.         Father’s Day (25:00 Min.) by Dave Coleman (Director), Squeaky Moore (Producer) and Ashley Shante (Writer/Producer)

The story of a woman is forced to confront her mother about her absent father who walked out on them as a child, when she is challenged by her Psychology Professor to write her final paper on her relationship with her father.

12.         Girl(s) (9:00 Min.) by Jason Lyle Garrett (Director)

Brandi’s mother drives her home from an obviously tragic, but unclear, event.  Unfolding in reverse chronological order, the events leading up to this drive home reveal the loss of Brandi’s unborn baby and the subtle racist treatment they receive from the different women in the doctor’s office.

13.         Going Forward in Reverse (5:00 Min.) by Marie-Francoise Theodore (Producer / Writer / Director)

Two estranged sisters struggle to overcome their differences on the day their feisty Haitian mother, who suffers from progressive Alzheimer’s disease, is due to go into a nursing home.

14.         …identity crisisChapter 4: Sign Abuse (16 Min.) by Larvell Hood (Producer / Writer / Director)

 A young man seeks advice from his best friend on how to win back his girlfriend.

 15.         Jackie (17:00 Min.) by Tamika R. Guishard (Director) and Marquette Jones (Producer)

 A friendly dinner takes a wrong turn in Jackie. The story of an Ivy Leaguer and her birth-mother who find out that their similarities are disturbingly strong and first impressions can never be undone.

16.         In Defense of Another (9:00 Min.) by Brian Carter (Director), Monica McDaniel (Writer/Producer) and Raquel Rosser (Producer)

 In a matter of minutes Jocelyn and Dorian’s lives change…for the better…and the worse.

17.         Lock & Key (10:00 Min.) by Dana Verde (Director/Writer)

A locksmith unlocks the door of a young neighbor and discovers that the young man is the key to solving his painful past.

18.         Mahogany Blues (19:00 Min.) by Tymeka Coney (Producer/Writer/Director)

A beautiful African American woman faces a life of hurt and pain.  Suddenly, her best friend is killed by her boyfriend.  With the small amount of hope that she left, she and her remaining friends form a singing group called Mahogany to rid them of their blues.

19.         Missing Pieces (5:00 Min.) by John Harris (Director)

 A documentary about fatherhood and why it is important to take an active role and build healthy relationships with their children and to put an end to this vicious cycle that plaques a generation of families.

20.         Most Wanted (14:30 Min.) by Dallas King (Director/Writer/Producer)

Set in the near future, a very popular drug called Hype is causing world governments to debate with the public about its legalization.  Destined to stop the controversial drug, congress initiates the Most Wanted Act, which build’s the FBI’s teleport system to “jump” agents across space to target Hype distributors.

21.         Mr. Right (24:00 Min.)  by William Bright (Director/Producer) and George Pamiton, Jr. (Writer/Producer)

A romantic drama about a woman fearful of being hurt again decides to resume dating in hopes of finding her “Mr. Right” despite her domineering mother’s advice and cynicism.

22.         Mulatto Saga (7:00 Min.) by Juliette Fairley (Writer/Director)  and Directed by Spike Lee’s assistant director Michael Pinckney

 Based on the stage play directed by Charles Burnett, Mullato Saga follows the imploding engagement of a woman to her racially insensitive white fiancé.

23.         Mulatto’s Dilemma (8:00 Min.) by Juliette Fairley (Writer/Director)

Mulatto’s Dilemma is based on the stage play directed by Charles Burnett. The film is about an adult bi-racial who vacillates between her Caucasian ex-boyfriend and her African American fiancé as a result of external circumstances that include her colonialist French mother.

24.         Not Like The Commercials (11:00 Min.) by Wyatt Cagle (Producer/Director), Kenneth Dupuis (Producer) and Gordon S. Williams (Producer/Writer)

A couple of “best friends” and “best enemies” are forced to examine themselves and their relationship when they face the possibilities of a major life changing events.  They quickly realize life is “Not Like The Commercials.”

25.         Oakland B Mine (25:00 Min.) by Mateen Kemet (Producer/Director)

 A weary traveler arrives in Oakland and see the woman of his dreams, who then siren-like takes him on a flirtatious cat and mouse game throughout the city, showing us all the highlights of Oakland’s diverse people, topography, architecture and culture.  Originally commissioned as a public art work for the Oakland International Airport.

26.         Osi (20:00 Min.) by Kevin Coleman (Director/Producer) Renondo Minor (Writer) and Derrick Phillips (Producer)

 A young man tries to escape the pressures of street living with his druggie white girlfriend by walking away from senseless black on black violence.

27.         Pillow Talk (8:00 Min.) by Satie Gossett, Jr. (Director/Writer/Producer) and Vincent Cho (Executive Producer)

“Pillow Talk” is an irreverent comedy short.  In the twilight of a man’s life he has reached out to an ex-girlfriend to reconnect and return something that once belonged to her mother, but she learns that his motives are not about altruism, but redemption.

28.         Reply Or Delete (13:00 Min.) by Reggie Gaskins (Writer/Director)

 After 3 years of engagement, Skye is bored in her relationship with her very loving fiancé who is an intern at a local hospital.  Feeling like she’s wasting away at the tender age of 29 and unhappy with the long engagement, Skye realizes she needs to tell Manny how she feels. 

29.         Saudade (6:00 Min.) by Evita Castine (Director)

30.         Sex With The Jones (13:00 Min.) by Angel Kou (Director)

 How far would you go to rekindle the flames of marriage? Shaun and Renee Jones are faced with that exact question in this hilarious relationship comedy that finds this newlywed couple in some outrageous scenarios all in the name of love

 31.         She Said She Loved Me (7:00 Min.) by Ali Jackson (Director)

32.         The Average American (26:00 Min.) by Kimberly Allen (Director)

An impeached president and his family moves in with his secret service agent after being ousted from the White House and slowly learns what it means to become an Average American.

33.         The Bar Exam (26:00 Min.) by Reuben Johnson (Writer/Director), Nikki Michelle and
Curtis Simmons (Producer)

Infidelity and betrayal comes into the life of attorney, Brandon Laws, he finds out his wife is trying to live with her personal trainer.

34.         The Bohemian (18:00 Min.) by Nzinga Kodalie Kemp (Writer/Director) and Brandy Palmer (Producer)

The Bohemian chronicles the adventures of Rococo Boheme, a street performer who “emotes” for a living on the Venice Boardwalk.  A hilarious exploration of all things silly in the search for self-identity.

35.         The Debt (23:00 Min.) by Reggie Gaskins (Writer/Director) and Fabiola Calixte (Producer)

An angry ex-wife blackmails her ex-husband into committing illegal crimes for her where she is paid a lot of money as she feels he owes her for ruining her life. 

36.         The Bluest Note (15:00 Min.)

37.         The Donut Shop (27:00 Min.) by Theo Ogunyode (Executive Producer, Lead Actor, Writer)

Supreme Donuts is in trouble and unfortunately, the bank isn’t impressed with organic donuts.  Therefore, Roy risks everything on a totally new concept – wholesome wheat chocolate-glazed donuts with a definite kick and before long, his buzz-inducing recipe is a huge hit, and Roy’s troubles are just beginning.

38.         The Lift (15:00 Min.) by Lyndon J. Barrois (Director/Writer/Producer), Romell Foster-Owens and Janine Sherman Barrois

This the story of a young man stuck on the road in the late 1920s desperate to get home to Chicago, the woman who comes along and takes him, their ensuing  journey, and the shocking revelation of his true identity.

39.         The Rescue (18:00 Min.) by Renee McClellan (Writer/Director/Producer)

Recovering alcoholic Juan Mendez has lost his wife in a car accident. His 8 year-old daughter, Rosie, is confined to a wheelchair, and his hope is fading fast. He struggles to reclaim his life and find resolution to his addiction. He meets an unlikely hero in a tiny “Rescue” dog who reminds him that LOVE is just a rescue away

40.         They Call Me Sir (18:00 Min.) by P.R. Hawkins (Director/Producer) and Andrea F. Williams (Producer)

 A frank and honest discussion with five women who live their lives aggressively.

41.         V-Day  (16: 00 Min.) by Ashford J. Thomas (Director/Writer), Hari Williams and Logan Alexander (Producers)

It’s Valentine’s Day, Chuck and Travis the epitome of the “Odd Couple” finds themselves in dealing with the holiday in totally different ways.

42.         W8 (16:00 Min.) by Dion Sapp (Writer/Producer)

When notorious street hustler Dee (Michael K. Williams) takes his protégé Jay (Dion Sapp) on a tour of the streets, they are forced into a complex question of morality when a young mother Tana (Nancy Mitchell) enters the equation.

43.         Wednesday’s Blues (9:00 Min.) by April Mabry (Producer) and Nikki Love (Writer/Director)

Wednesday is having a horrible day! Faced with eviction from a perverted slumlord and the realization that she is struggling to provide for her children, she is forced to make some life changing decisions.  

44.         White Sugar in a Black Pot (18:00 Min.) by Rachel I. Johnson (Director)

When a sudden opportunity arises for Denise and her husband to buy a house, the strength of her marriage is put to the test, and she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life.

45.         Zero (18:00 Min.) by Kimberly Townes (Writer/Director) and Melissa Nemcek/ Monica Mallet/Amrahu Ibraheem (Producers)

An introverted teen is forced to defend herself when bullies threaten to spill the beans about her crush on the math teacher.


For complete information visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170.



Lynne Conner
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