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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sistas Are Doin' It For Themselves...

Yes, the term is pretty antiquated, and a bit corny, but the sentiments and goals are in the right place. For those of you in the Los Angeles area, you would do well to check it out a bit:

Sistas Are Doin' It For Themselves -- Film Screening & Discussion Program This Weekend

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will present Sistas Are Doin' It For Themselves, a short film showcase and dialog with up and coming African American female filmmakers. The event takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2:00pm with a discussion and reception to follow the film screenings at the Raleigh Studios - Chaplin Screening Room in Los Angeles, CA. Actress Vanessa Williams ("Soul Food") will moderate the discussion.

The films screening are:

"Yesterday's Today" (15 Min.)

Falena Hand - Writer / DirectorKendra, an intelligent 8th grader calls on her best friend, Rashad to help her with her science project. The following day, Kendra comes home to find saddening news, that Rashad had been killed.

"A Fat Girl's Guide to Yoga" (12 Min.)

Tajamika Paxton - Co-Writer / Co-Director Gregory M. T. Colleton - Co-Writer / Co-Director Oversized and with a knack for wise cracks, Wendy turns to yoga to lose weight. "Ties that Bind" (24 Min.)Angela E. Gibbs - Writer / Director The film looks at how child abuse plagues the adult, threatening their happiness until they are willing to cut "The Ties That Bind."

"Apt. A" (10 Min.)

Michelle S. Baxter - DirectorNkechi Okoro - Writer Chronicles the lives of three sisters immediately following the 9/11 attacks as they await word about their missing father.

"Spin" (30 Min.)

Tamika Lamison - Director Camille Tucker, Keta Brown & Sheilah Brooks - Co-Writers Once one of L.A.'s top publicists is a woman who could spin any story to the benefit of her clients and to the detriment of her enemies. Her whole world changed the day she met JAMES.

"Beyond the Pretty Door" (18 Min.)

Bobby Boermans - Director Renee McClellan - Writer Khadija A. Brockington - Producer Reese Turner and her siblings had to endure the misery and late night tirades of their manic depressant mother.

"Pariah" (28 Min.)

Dee Rees - Writer/Director A Bronx lesbian teenager juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from friends and family, but pressure from home, school, and within corrodes the line between her dual personas with explosive consequences.

"Drawing Angel" (19 Min.)

Rosalyn Coleman Williams - Director Craig T. Williams - Writer Lonely and new to the city, Samantha meets Levi, a nine-year-old boy displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

For more info on Sistahs are Doin' It For Themselves, or call: (310) 284-3179.

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