The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will be presenting the 23rd Annual “Sistas Are Doing It For Themselves” film festival on Saturday, April 16 at 6:00pm at the Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, California which will include screenings of short films all created by African American women from diverse backgrounds.

This screening and dialog series is an opportunity for emerging African American female filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision through film screenings, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process.

Black & Sexy co-founder, actress, artist, writer, and filmmaker Numa Perrier will be moderating the panel.

If you are interested in submitting a film, please fill out the submissions form that can be found HERE, and you can also purchase tickets to this film festival HERE.

Past filmmakers who were apart of this festival have included early works of prominent female filmmakers such as Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), and Dianne Houston (Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story).


The 2016 Festival Program and List of Films/Filmmakers are Listed Below:

HI, MISS! (12:00 Min.) by Dionne Edwards (Director|Writer) & Georgia Goggin (Producer)  Sparks fly between shutter clicks when quarrelling teenage photography students, Kleo and Femi, are told to take each other’s portrait. Open enmity soon turns to tentative flirting and as the camera snaps they discover there’s a thin line between love and hate.

TAMMI MAC’S BAG LADY – VIAGRA (8:00 Min.) by Tammi Mac (Director |Writer) and Executive Producers Tammi Mac and Jackson Brown.   An anthology that tackles the insecurities of bruised souls and focuses on empowering women.

FORGIVING CHRIS BROWN (12:00 Min.) by Marquette Jones (Director|Writer) & Lodric Collins & Tami Jordan (Producers)  For­giving Chris Brown is a dark comedy short that follows the follies of Rihanna, Halle and Tina. These stylish girlfriends hope to heal their battered hearts the old-fashioned way – Revenge. The emotional baggage they carry ties them together and makes for some unorthodox fun.

DREAM (17:00 Min.) by Nijla Baseema Mu’min (Director|Writer| Producer) A 12-year-old girl strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance and learns painful lessons about love in the process.

WINDOW DRESSING FAIL (5:00 Min.) by Stacey Larkins (Director|Writer)  An ambitious woman, masks her African name on her resume in order to obtain a job interview.

ROUBADO (18:00 Min.) by Erica A. Watson (Director|Writer) & Tierney Young (Producer)  The story of an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France, suffering from his parents’ recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.

SOKO SONKO (23:00 Min.) by Ekwa Msangi (Director|Writer) & Huriyyah Muhammad & James Kanja (Producers) and Linda Karuru (Co-Producer)  Soko Sonko is a hilarious, fish‐out of‐water roller‐coaster of a journey, about a well‐intended dad who braves the fires of parenting.

THE REUNION (20:00 Min.) by Carmen Elly Wilkerson (Director| Writer|Producer) & Alexander Georges (Co-Producer) A debate between four teenagers the morning after a party where one of them realized she’s been sexually assaulted.


The BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future, of blacks in the film and television industries.  They strive to highlight the important roles that blacks have played, and continue to play, in film and television.

The organization was founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly to remove the veil of invisibility that shrouds African Americans and other diverse groups from the main stage, and to spotlight diversity and the stellar contributions of black film and television artists who brought dignity and professionalism to even the most menial of roles.

Sistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves Film Festival

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038