*Once more the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is planning a grand celebration and this year is even more special because it’s the 25th Anniversary of the African American Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Festival.
The highlight of the kick off gala on Friday, October 25th at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is a coveted awards ceremony honoring industry icons in media, community activism and television & film. Tickets to the gala and film festival are available at BHERC.org.
Pat Prescott is a Veteran Broadcasting Radio Personality and an expert broadcaster who is currently the voice of the Hollywood Bowl. Ms. Prescott is very active in the community and has received numerous awards and citations for her contributions. She was the recipient of Radio and Records’ Smooth Jazz Personality of the Year Award for six consecutive years Currently, she can be heard every weekday morning as solo host of the Wave’s morning show. She also hosts sports podcast on Radio.com called “This Lady Loves Sports” and is an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College.
Harry E. Johnson, Jr., President and CEO of The Memorial Foundation promotes awareness of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and its tenets of Democracy, Justice, Hope and Love. Under the leadership of Mr. Johnson, the MLK Memorial Foundation met the challenge of The President of the United States and U. S. Congress and erected the memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. raising $127 million to complete the memorial. Additionally, he has served as National President of the prestigious Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated from 2001 – 2004; the same fraternity to which Dr. Martin Luther King belonged.
Oz Scott, an award-winning television, theatrical and motion picture director is a seasoned entertainment industry veteran and highly sought-after director whose career started as the the original director of the widely acclaimed “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. Other notable work throughout the past decade include “Boston Public”, “CSI”, “CSI NY”, “The Unit”, ABC’s award-winning series “The Practice” and Wonderland’ NBC’s “American Dream”; CBS’s “The Guardian”, “JAG”, and “American Gothic” and FOX’s “Ally McBeal” among many other. Also, he served as a supervising producer on “The District”. Currently, he serves as Executive Producer on the CW’s network, “Black Lightning.” Recognized for his contributions to the community, Oz has received an NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk Award, and s on the Directors Guild of America’s Board of Directors.
Neema Barnette is a prominent, innovative and prolific director, writer and producer, whose body of work defies the narrow stereotypes of African Americans usually depicted in entertainment. Neema went from Harlem to Hollywood and soon after made history by becoming the first African American women to ever direct a sitcom, “What’s Happening Now.”. At twenty-one, In 2016 Ms. Barnette was chosen by Ava Du Vernay and Oprah Winfrey to be producing director of a new series “Queen Sugar.” She serves on the DGA African American Steering Committee and the AFI Independent Film
Charles Floyd Johnson a Three-time EMMY award-winner and seven-time nominee is the first African American to produce a primetime Drama series, CBS Television, “NCIS.” Mr. Johnson’s diverse career as a television producer, actor, and activist has garnished several credits, which include being an Executive Producer on such programs as “JAG”, First Monday, “Magnum P.I.”, He is very proud of his work with George Lucas on the World War II feature film “Red Tails”, which was awarded Best Feature Film of 2012 by the NAACP Image Awards.
As one of the first film festivals to screen diverse short films more than two decades ago, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase continues to showcase the artistry of emerging African American and diverse Filmmakers by hosting this annual festival “This year’s festival is filled with a tremendous amount of diverse points of views,” said Evers-Manly. “We celebrate our class of 2019 filmmakers for their hard work and determination. In addition, we are elated to premiere 5 new films funded under our Films With Purpose venture philanthropy initiative as a pre festival offering!” For a full line up of films and activities, go to: www.bherc.org