*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to announce that award-winning writer-director-producer, Antwone Fisher of the Fox Searchlight classic film, Antwone Fisher—also the directorial debut for Oscar-winner, Denzel Washington— will share his industry insight and professional pro tips with attendees at one of the President’s Choice Salons at the 24th Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase held April 28 – 29, 2018 at Raleigh Studios 5300 Melrose Blvd. Hollywood, California.
A Conversation with Antwone Fisher: A Writer’s Point of View—will be an one-on-one format conducted by Ann Simmons, a global development writer/editor for the Los Angeles Times. Simmons has also been a Neiman Journalism Fellow at Harvard and was part of the team of reporters whose coverage of wildfires in Southern California won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2004.
Fisher has the unique position of having his own personal story initiate his current tenure as one of the Hollywood’s most high-profile writers hired by major studios, because his first film, Antwone Fisher, launched his career. The film revealed his compelling struggle to navigate having been born in prison, raised in the foster care system and overcoming anger issues in the Navy (that he joined after aging out of foster care). Not only was the film directed by Washington, but starred him, along with award-winning actor, Derek Luke (as Antwone), and future Oscar-winner, Viola Davis. The film garnered numerous nominations and awards, including Fisher receiving the NAACP Image Award and the renowned Humanitas Prize. In addition, Antwone received The Screenwriter of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners and was listed in Variety’s “Fifty People to Watch.” Eventually, Fisher would follow in Washington’s footsteps and sit in the director’s chair with his own directorial debut, the award-winning short film, My Summer Friend. He also directed, produced and wrote the 2013 documentary, This Life of Mine, The Leon T. Garr Story.
Fisher is also a New York Times best-selling author. His first book, Finding Fish: a Memoir, was a New York Times and National Bestseller. His second book—a collection of poetry—Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? was also a national best seller. His third book, A Boy Should Know How To Tie A Tie And Other Lessons For Succeeding In Life, won the NAACP Image Award for Best Literary Work—Instructional.
Fisher’s salon takes place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 28th at Raleigh Studios. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors with an ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.bherc.org. Other panels over the two-day festival include The OTT Digital Streaming: Getting Your Content Seen; Marginalized: Black Media & Marketing in Hollywood; Music Matters: The Role of Music in Film & TV: Director’s on Directing; How to Write a Script (a FREE Workshop) and How To Make an Independent Short Film. Industry Salons (limited to 50 attendees each) include: Location Management with Kokayi Ampah; A Conversation with Antwone Fisher: A Writers Point of View and Costume Design with Rita McGee.
The Festival begins Friday April 27th with the opening gala celebration, “A Great Day in Black Hollywood”—hosted by William Allen Young of the CBS hit, Code Black—at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, honoring diverse leading and legendary professionals,, as well as the filmmakers selected for the 2018 S.E. Manly Film Showcase (“SEMSFS”), one of the top short film festivals in the industry. The SEMSFS takes place at the Raleigh Studios on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2018. 86 films are screened on both days from 10 am until 10 pm. The BHERC Youth Diversity Short Film Festival screens 23 shorts, featuring 50 plus young aspiring filmmakers of tomorrow from 6 arts organizations and High schools, joined by 150 of their peers Saturday morning, 9 am to Noon. This portion of the Festival is Free to the Public.
Sunday Morning, Films With A Purpose hosts the LA Premier of 21 and Done. The untold story of youth aging out of the foster care system. This special event features a post-screening Q&A session with the filmmakers followed by a brunch. Closing the Festivities on Sunday night includes the classic Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m. The costs include: Opening Night Festivities $55 (at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016); a pass for a block of films is only $15 for students with ID and $20 for the general public; All Day Pass is $50; the 21 and Done premiere is $25; Closing Night Reception is $25 (Soul Food & Film); and the Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) is $150.
The festival closes with festivities on Sunday night, which includes the classic Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m. The costs include: Opening Night Festivities $55 (at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016); a pass for a block of films is only $15 for students with ID and $20 for the general public; All Day Pass is $50; the 21 and Done premiere is $25; Closing Night Reception is $25 (Soul Food & Film); and the Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) is $150.
To purchase tickets and for the complete schedule, please visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170. To attend the Film Festival consider riding LA Metro – GO METRO: Take the Metro Local Line 10/48 to Melrose Ave. & Van Ness. Raleigh Studios is right across the bus stop on Melrose Avenue. Plan your trip on metro.net or call 323.GO. METRO (323.466.3876).
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. Celebrate the artistry by supporting filmmakers, with diverse topics, stories, techniques and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama and reality.
About the 24th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase
One of the first Film Festivals to screen short films, each day, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase features the artistry of emerging African American Filmmakers by screening blocks of the 86 plus short films selected from 1000 entries from across the world. A moderated Q&A with directors, cast and crew immediately following the last film in the block provides the viewers insight and a chance to engage in the dialogue. A special feature of the festival is the opportunity to view films from our youth — the filmmakers of tomorrow — with a FREE two-hour designated block Saturday morning. One of the best opportunities in Los Angeles to view outstanding films from many voices on diverse and poignant topics today.
The Films – April 28 & April 29, 2018 from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase screens blocks of short films that include a Q&A with directors, cast and crew immediately following. The films run the gamut and include topics on Social Justice, look deeper into social justice issues that will inspire, challenge and entertain; Uncommon Women, compelling women-centered narratives, with female protagonists designed to appeal to a female and male audience; Loving, diverse films about the many types and issues of love and relationships of all kind; Documentary, a “slice of life” set to real-life storytelling based on the real world, real people; Comedy, light hearted and written to amuse and heal the soul through laughter and Drama, intrigue, suspense and complicated characters presented in varied stories that portray realistic characters in conflict.
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