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BHERC Presents 26th Annual ‘Sistas Are Doin’ it for Themselves’ Film Fest April 27 in Hollywood

Anna Marie Horsford
Anna Marie Horsford

*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s proudly announces its 26th Annual “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase, which takes place Saturday, April 27th 2019 at Raleigh Studios in the Chaplain Theatre at  5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038.

Starting at 7:00 pm, nine short films will be screened that are all written, directed and produced by emerging Black Female Independent Filmmakers. 

Highlighting the evening will be a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Emmy Nominated Actress  Anna Marie Horsford (The Bold & The Beautiful, The Shield, A Madea Christmas & many more).

Among the many characters that Ms. Horsford has placed, three of the most memorable are Thelma Frye (Amen), Dee Baxter (The Wayans Brothers), and Mrs. Jones (Friday).  Anna made an indelible mark in the daytime CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, where she received two Emmy nominations for her portrayal as Vivienne Avant for “Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series” in the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards.

Tickets for the “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase are available now. For adults its $25 and $10 for youth ages 8-18.  Please RSVP (310)284-3170.  Street parking is available and parking is also available on the lot for $10.

2019 Line Up for “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” Short Film Showcase:


IT ALL STARTED WHEN…Middle passage. Slave ship. Orishas. Mermaids. The Water Will Carry Us Home tells the story of stolen Africans who are thrown off a slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon falling into the sea, the unimaginable happens when mermaids save their spirits. 

Gabrielle Tesfaye: Director

  1. THE LOCKDOWN CLUB (28:00 min.)

A gripping tale of six different high school students who are stuck inside a classroom with their teacher while their school is on a lockdown due to an active shooter. Will they make it out alive? Or kill each other first?

Valerie Alleyne Udeozor: Director/Writer

Valerie Alleyne Udeozor, Rebecca Alleyne & Delores Alleyne: Executive Producers

  1. HOME SWEET HOME (9 min.)

When two Thugs try to rob a homeless woman, they get the surprise of their lives

Romell Foster-Owens: Director

Koji Steven Sakai: Writer

Romell Foster-Owens, Toy Lei & Sandra Evers-Manly: Producers

Sandra Evers-Manly, Suzanne Lezotte & Andrei Zinca: Executive Producers

  1. THE COUNTER 1960 (18:00 min.)

 While waiting for his friends to arrive and discuss the string of police killings of unarmed black youth, Joseph slips, and in a miraculous occurrence of time travel, finds himself and his friends back in 1960 where they are seated at a ‘whites only’ lunch counter.  The past is about to inform the present.

Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd: Director/Writer – Ashley Jackson: Writer/Producer

Kimberly Ogletree: Producer – Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd: Executive Producer

  1. THE PECK SITUATION (15:00 Min.)

 This lyrical tale told without dialogue explores the life of a married couple in a funk, most evident in the passionless PECK exchanged every morning. Searching for answers, the wife takes an excursion to Venice beach where the real demons holding her marriage hostage are exposed.

Carmen Elly Wilkerson: Director/Writer/Producer

Sandra Evers-Manly: Executive Producer – Maahra Hill, Payton Skelton & Diane Musselman: Producers


  1. YOUNG & NAÏVE (5 min.)

 While contemplating why all her beautiful and successful friends are single, Robin uncovers one of the biggest secrets in the world…Child Sexual Abuse.  The eloquent words of Robin’s journey to face her past begin a tidal wave of healing hearts at Poet’s Jazz House….just somewhere to go in the midst of searching your soul.

 Tuesday Conner: Director/Writer

Tuesday Conner, Phil Tyler, Lynne Conner & Rodney Conner: Executive Producers

Sam Morris, Eliza Roberts, Malcolm Synigal, Sr. & Nina Womack: Producers


  1. ARE WE GOOD PARENT? (9:00 min.)

 When Lauren and Bill’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents.

Bola Ogun: Director – Hailey Chavez: Writer – Tatiana Olsak & Bola Ogun: Producers

  1. GAME OF CHANCE (12:00 min.)

When a mother learns that her 14-year-old son has been mistakenly taken hostage by the local drug lord for a crime he didn’t commit, she takes a weapon she swore she would never pick up again and goes to get her son.  What she doesn’t know is that thirty federal agents sit across the street waiting for the culmination of a seven year sting.  Deborah M. Pratt:  Director – Victoria Fredrick:  Producer

  1. FRENCH FRIES (15:00 min.)

French Fries explores a young, hip African-American foodie couple’s fight to resolve communication problems in a modern marriage of six years, four months and three and a half days.

Janine Sherman Barrois: Director/Writer – Khaliah Neal: Producer

Amy Emmerich, Shannon & Stone Roberts: Executive Producers

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LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as VP of Business Development & Special Projects at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film. LaRita has an undergrad degree from LMU in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University Worldwide.




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