Filmmaker Panel Featured at BHERC Sistas’ Short Film Fest – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel


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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center wraps up the 29and Annual “The sisters do it for themselves“Short Film Festival” with the third and final “Meet the Filmmakers’ Panel” on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST, on BHERC.TV. The event is virtual and free to the public.

Founded by Sandra J. Evers-Manly, Academy Member and Producer, BHERC’s “Sisters” invites women filmmakers to submit their works to be selected in what is traditionally a mix of contemporary and traditional films. All films can be viewed by registering online at

The 2022 festival was an extraordinary event with two exceptional opportunities to meet 20 filmmakers over the past week. Online participants rated the experience as insightful, inspiring, and marveling at the resilience of both new and seasoned Sista filmmakers.

The festival is highlighted with the opportunity to meet the filmmakers. The following participants are featured: Allie Morgan, director/screenwriter; Desne Wharton, Kierra Usher, producers (Sisters): The story of two sisters who accept their sexuality in different ways and who go out together.

Amanda Scurlock, Director; Dan Birman and USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, producers (The story of hood food) Food From the Hood was a student-run company started by Crenshaw High School students in the aftermath of the 1992 LA Uprising (aka the LA Riots). Their products were vegetables they grew and salad dressing. Track students who have used the skills they learned to persevere in school, in their careers, and in everyday adult life.

Ariel Finks, director/screenwriter (Two souls) Rose, a novelist, is writing a book about her undying love for her husband. Unfortunately, while she is writing the book, he dies. She tries to keep writing, but she can’t cope with the loss of her soul mate.

Kiki Stevenson, director; Mercy Kamau, writer, and Tabbz Kongoine, producer (date on the roof) Two lonely souls meet on a rooftop on Valentine’s Day.

Makenna Tuttle, director/screenwriter (The forbidden fruit) Mary and David grew up in a Christian family. Will this next conversation change their relationship forever?

Maytreecia Anniece Harriell, director/screenwriter; Keyanna Dixon, producer (Mistake) The Fault follows a woman who contracts HIV and must decide whether to tell her loved ones. How will people react to the stigmatized disease? How would you?

Sihle Hlophe, director/screenwriter; Don Edkins, Tiny Mungwee, writers; Berenice Hahn, Pule Moswane, producers (Lindela under lockdown) David, a Congolese national from South Africa for 17 years, is being held at Lindela Repatriation Center during Level 5 of the nationwide lockdown. He gets his hands on an illegal cell phone that leaks from his brother while he exposes Lindela’s human rights abuses and limited COVID-19 prevention. Frustrated, David and a group of other deportees stage a protest march, but David is unprepared for the repercussions.

Shequeta L. Smith, director/screenwriter; Mingzhu Ye, producer (D***k control) Rich and promiscuous jet-set rapper Richard Tye “Trigga” Simmons has a one-night stand with a beautiful groupie who happens to be a witch. When Tye disrespects her, she places a “penis curse” that the cock blocks him until he learns to respect women.

Sherry Brown, director/screenwriter; Sherry Brown, Phederic Semaj, Samir Ali and Shun Lee writers (He is late) You never know why someone is late – until you know

Tasha Biltmore, director/screenwriter; Cassandra Relynn, producer (The Conversation Series) By raising awareness of domestic violence through a true story, we see how abuse can affect more than the victim.

“SIST…” began over twenty-nine years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to recognize the excellent talent among African American filmmakers. She is now one of the most recognized sources of inspiration for the black film community, consistently promoting and supporting the work of African American women in film for nearly three decades.

Former “Sista filmmakers and participants” include Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Gunshots, old guard), Kasi lemons (Eve’s Bayou), Dianne Houston (first black woman nominated for an Oscar / short film category), and Oscar nominee Dee Rees (muddy).

BHERC is committed to providing low-cost access to the Festival. Tickets are $10 for a full festival pass. The price is the same for all age levels.

The Festival turns Sunday, April 10, 11:59 p.m. PST. Login to for a full list of upcoming festivals, film news and additional information.


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