Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is gearing up to present over 40 films by female filmmakers of color.  This year’s festival will take place October 22-23, 2016 at LIU’s Brooklyn campus.

Founded by African Voices magazine in 1997, Reel Sisters Film festival has screened more than 500 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian and Native American descent. It is one of the first festivals to stimulate an international dialogue on improving the status of female directors, producers and screenwriters and has become a major launching pad for women directors to gain international exposure and recognition. The festival not only showcases films, but hosts panels and workshops.

This year, the film festival will kick off on Friday, Oct. 14 @ 6:30 pm, in Harlem with an awards ceremony.  The Hattie McDaniel Award will be presented to media pioneer Cathy Hughes, and the Trailblazer Award to Naturi Naughton (Power).  Kim Coles will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies, and perform an excerpt from her one-woman show.

This year’s festival explores a wide range of topics from a film about a sex worker who reclaims her real identity in Brazil (Amenze: In Between Worlds); to an inspiring documentary revolving around the story of civil rights activists who built a Black owned town in the 1970s (Soul City).  Loretta Devine will star in Chapter & Verse (produced by Cheryl Hill and directed by Jamal Joseph) which tells the story of a reformed gang leader who returns home to Harlem after spending eight years in prison.

In addition to the awards ceremony and films Reel Sisters will also host a conversation on October 22 with industry professionals who are producing their own film and media content titled “Women Owned Production Panels.”  Guests of the panel will include Tracey Baker-Simmons, CEO of HWY58MEDIA; Rochelle Brown, Executive Producer/Principal of Powerhouse Productions; and Barbara Bullard, founder of B-Bullard, LLC.  On Sunday, October 23 Reel Sisters will host #FilmAFeatureIn8Days: Microbudget Filmmaking with Nicole Franklin, the director of TITLE VII.  Franklin will share the essentials of producing and directing an affordable feature film heading into distribution. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For the complete festival schedule and tickets, please click HERE

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