Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center to Present Faith-Based Inspirational Film Festival

On Saturday, October 12, at Los Angeles Center Studios in California, and in conjunction with its anniversary, the nonprofit Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will present its inaugural Faith-based Inspirational Film Festival.

The 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. event at Los Angeles Center Studios in California will feature “Emanuel,” the story of a white supremacists’ murder of nine African Americans at bible study. There will also be a screening of “Amazing Grace,” the documentary of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. A question and answer session with several prominent local pastors will follow each screening.

Past Lifetime Achievement Honoree Lillian Benson, First Black Female Film Editor in Hollywood with Famed Actor Glynn Thurman at BHERC’s A Great Day In Black Hollywood

Past Lifetime Achievement Honoree Lillian Benson, First Black Female Film Editor in Hollywood with Famed Actor Glynn Thurman at BHERC’s A Great Day In Black Hollywood

“This is also our 25th year for our main film festival which provides a forum for emerging African American filmmakers,” stated Sandra Evers-Manly, who founded BHERC.

“It is critical for black filmmakers to share their talent,” Evers-Manly states.  “We must create avenues that allow people to express themselves through the arts. In my opinion, film is one of the most powerful mediums of art there is. The goal is to make sure that black artists are in an industry that is welcoming; an inclusive industry where they don’t have to fight to tell their stories. We have seen some breakthrough but still have a long way go.”

The 25th annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase festival will open with the Los Angeles Premiere of Five films funded by Films With a Purpose (FWAP) a BHERC initiative. The Festival will take place Wednesday October 23 – Sunday, October 27, 2019 held at Cinemark 18 Theatres at The Promenade @ Howard Hughes LA Complex in Los Angeles, California and The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.  The Festival will present a combination of over 90 documentaries and short films, over 50 filmmakers and concludes with a Q&A after each film block. The community-at-large is invited to celebrate the artistry of this year’s filmmakers whose projects cover diverse topics, stories, techniques and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama, and reality.

Lillian Benson with BHERC’s Festival Director John Forbes

Lillian Benson with BHERC’s Festival Director John Forbes

The Opening Night Reception and Award Gala are set to be held at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles to honor the behind-the-scenes professionals who have made laudable contributions to Black Hollywood and the community on Friday, October 25. Hosted by award-winning and veteran Actor/Director William Allen Young the 2019 class of honorees are:

  • Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement: Charles Floyd Johnson, Executive Producer CBS Television Series, “NCIS,” three-time Emmy award winner and first African-American to produce a Primetime Drama Series;
  • President’s Award: Neema Barnette, Writer\Director\Producer, First African American Woman to direct a primetime sitcom and receive a major studio deal;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Oz Scott, Director\Producer and Executive Producer “Black Lightning”;
  • Paul Robeson Legacy Award: Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President and CEO, The Memorial Foundation (Builders of the King Memorial)
  • Community Service Award: Pat Prescott, Morning Show Host, 94.7 The Wave

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Source: Black Press USA