*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents REEL BLACK MEN a Short Film Showcase and Discussion on October 1, 2016 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038 and will screen 8 short films written, directed and/or produced by Black Filmmakers. Screening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Q&A with the directors, writers and cast immediately following. Reel Black Men Film Festival screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American male filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process. Reel Black Men will screen the following films:
1. Showtime by Charles Little II
2. Joy by Solomon Onita Jr.
3. Sistah Did What? by Michael Blackman
4. Injustice by Keith Offutt
5. This Is How I Want To Remember H.E.R. by Kali Baker-Johnson
6. Protect and Serve by Aaron Andrews & Lauren Bogholtz
7. Blackface by Malcolm Baity (Director/Writer)
8. Oops! by Andre Campbell
Additional details about these amazing short films and their filmmakers is included below.
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. Raleigh Studios is the largest independent studio operator in the country, located in the center of Hollywood, and BHERC is pleased to return to this historic studio time and time again. Thank you for supporting our filmmakers with your $20.00 donation. For complete information, please visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170.
REEL BLACK MEN: FILMMAKERS
- SHOWTIME (6:00 Min.) by Charles Little II (Director), Marko Albrecht (Writer/Producer) & Bradley Glenn (Writer)
A designer has a dream to change the gritty streets he came from. After rising to the top of the fashion industry realizing he’s been a pawn all along and plans to expose the truth about the company in dramatic style at an investor’s party.
2. JOY (15:00 Min.) by Solomon Onita Jr (Director/Writer) & Elsie Dortelus & Terrence Jerome Grant (Producers)
A Nigerian woman living in America, struggles to convince her traditionalist husband not to circumcise their ten-year-old daughter.
3. SISTAH DID WHAT? (14:00 Min.) by Michael Blackman (Director/Writer/Producer)
Alex hires a Tarot Card reader to help with family issues but finds herself prying into Linda’s love life.
4. INJUSTICE (12:00 Min.) by Keith Offutt (Director/Writer) & Amanda Chambers (Writer/Producer)
This redemptive narrative spans an emotional spectrum of a mother who mourns the loss of a son at the hand of the system meant to protect him.
5. THIS IS HOW I WANT TO REMEMBER H.E.R. (27:00 Min.) by Kali Baker-Johnson (Director/Writer)& Shannon Losinski (Producer)
A young black boy is given a different kind of education when his cousin from the inner city moves in with his suburban family.
6. PROTECT AND SERVE (8:00 Min.) by Aaron Andrews & Lauren Bogholtz (Directors)
A successful father of a 4-year-old is ready to risk it all to defend himself against the corrupt hand of the police. This controversial and timely documentary explores his journey to uncover the truth behind police brutality, and how to protect and serve the ones he loves from witnessing an injustice.
7. BLACKFACE (8:00 Min.) by Malcolm Baity (Director/Writer) & Yi Tao (Producer)
After arriving late to his minstrel show performance, Paul, a black actor, gets a surprise visit from his estranged father. Though he wants to run, his acting partner Willie convinces him to stay. What happens on stage surprises everyone.
8. OOPS! (4:00 Min.) by Andre Campbell (Director/Writer/Producer)
Drawn to inquisitiveness one night, a wife gets an answer that her husband can’t recover from.