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BHERC Celebrates the 25th Annual ‘Sistas Are Doin’ it forThemselves’ Film Fest

Film and Television “Sista Power Panels” — led by top Black filmmakers and professionals — highlight the 25th celebration, examining the impact of Black Women in Film & Television.

*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announces the 25th annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves film festival, celebrating the works of Black Women in Film and Television.

This signature event takes place Saturday, March 10, 2018, at both the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016 and Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038, at 7:00 p.m. created by emerging African American Female Filmmakers.

Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: “Sista Power, A Celebration of Black Women in Film and Television” continues to bring to the public outstanding shorts created by female filmmakers of African-American decent. This 25th year adds an upfront and intimate chance for the audience to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process with the addition of the daytime “Power Panels” and networking from a woman’s view.

This is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for more than two decades.  “Now more than ever the Black female perspective is needed in filmmaking and we cannot deny their power.  Moreover, the community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories.  This is an opportunity, and a platform to do just that.” states founder Sandra Evers-Manly.

SISTAS…” began twenty-five years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community.   It is a clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following.  For this 25th year celebration, BHERC has added the extended Power Panel sessions in the morning with the film festival screening in the evening.

John Forbes of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center poses with participants of the 2017 Sistas Doin It For Themselves Film Fest. Tickets are still available for this year’s event March 10th 2018. More info at

Past “Sista filmmakers and participants” have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound) just to name a very few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking. Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awe-inspiring stories of how these Sistas did it for themselves.

Opening Celebration includes Continental breakfast and the 
Sista Power Panels and begin and 8:30am at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016. The Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Festival begins at 7:00pm at Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038. 

Admission: Opening Celebration (includes Breakfast & Power Panels)  $25.00 General Admission $15.00 Seniors/StudentsSistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival   $20.00 General Admission  $15.00 Seniors/StudentsAll-Day Pass (Includes All Events)   $45.00 General Admission $25.00 Seniors/Students

Purchase tickets online at Street parking is available at the Nate Holden and on the lot at Raleigh for $7.  For further information, please call 310-284-3170 or visit the website

Supporting sponsors include the Museum of African American Art and the Brotherhood Crusade.  For more information contact the following:
John Forbes, Festival Information – 310.284.3170  Email: [email protected];
Paulara Hawkins, Panel Information – 323.807.4187  Email: [email protected];   
Lynne Conner, Media –  818.749.9695 Email: 
[email protected].
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About the Host BHERC – 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.  Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. SOCIAL INFO:
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