Los Angeles, CA ? While movements like #OscarsSoWhite and #TimesUp have shed light on Hollywood’s issues with race and gender, no one is talking about its issue with the media … black media specifically.
For years Black media has been marginalized and/ or taken for granted by studios, publicists and even talent. Be it being placed on the end of red carpets, not being invited to cover film and TV press days, or simply being told no because their audience is predominately African American. Over the years, it has become a rampant problem.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, will host six veteran media professionals?including Netflix ?Queer Eye? star Karamo Brown, Hip Hollywood senior producer Jasmine Simpkins, syndicated air personality Tanya Hart, Electronic Urban Report (EURweb) founder Lee Bailey, L.A. Focus Newspaper publisher Lisa Collins and James Ward, Manager of Communications for the Oprah Winfrey Network?in a panel addressing the challenging issue as part of its Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The panel will take place at Raleigh Studios on Saturday from 1-2:30pm. Continue reading →
(HOLLYWOOD, CA ? April 17, 2018) ? The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BADWEST) presents its exciting and always anticipated 12th annual ?DAY OF BLACK DOCS? on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute (AFI) Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available in the AFI parking lot. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis and tickets for the all-day event are $20.00. Advance ticket purchase is recommended at www.dayofblackdocs.org.
Two award winning feature-length documentaries and two shorts will be screened: 2018 Pan African Film Festival Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner, ?SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME,? and ?MAYNARD? both directed by Sam Pollard (editor of many Spike Lee films) and the film shorts ?EVIDENCE OF THE EVIDENCE? by Alex Johnston and ?BIG CITY BLUES? by St Clair Bourne. Continue reading →
(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd?Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase with a Gala Celebration ?A Great Day in Black Hollywood,? Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.?? This popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.
?The 2017 class of honorees are:Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, “The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement;” Lillian Benson, Film Editor, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the “President?s Award” and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, “Community Service Award.”
?BHERC is pleased to award Lillian Benson with the “BHERC Lifetime Achievement Award” for her groundbreaking film work, longevity and continued contributions to the film industry.?
Lillian Benson?(Editor) is a native of New York. Her body of work as a television, video and feature film editor spans almost thirty years.? Ms. Benson is the first African-American female editor selected to be a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors, where she serves as a member on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.? Continue reading →