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Highlights on the Annual African American Film Marketplace

16th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase



The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is pleased to produce their 16th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase December 18 - 20, 2009 at the Nate Holden Performing Art Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA  90016.  The Opening night Ceremony will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 groundbreaking film Imitation of Life.

On December 19th and 20th, BHERC will feature more than fifty short films and documentaries from around the country as well as host entertainment seminars and panels featuring distinguished industry professionals, including the Art Imitates Life Forums including working with New Technology, Spotlight on Young Filmmakers, Film Distribution, Intimate Discussions with Acting Coaches, Stage vs. Film Acting, Creating a Reel with Green Screen, Working during the recession, Creating your own Properties and Solutions in Hollywood, Finding An Agent, and Fighting Back with Film. 

Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.  John Forbes heads the First Weekend Club that hosts free film screenings and encourages audiences to support films the first weekend.   There will be a $5.00 donation to attend the Festival each day.

For complete information visit or call (310) 284-3170.




December 18, 2009 - Opening Ceremony


Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 film Imitation of Life


7:30 p.m. screening with reception to follow



December 19, 2009


10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Fighting Back with Film


Fight Back With Film segment:  "Dilemma," "Roots of Destruction," "Peace Process," and "Locks" are the featured films.


Screening of short films with a focus of gang life with a discussion to follow with activists and organizations from the LA community.


2:30-6:00 p.m.: Short Film Screenings


 2:30-4:30 p.m.: New Technology Panel 


Discussion of new ways to have films viewed and marketed through the internet, social networking and webisodes.


5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Intimate Discussion with Black Talent Agents


December 20, 2009


10:00 - 12:00 p.m.: Spotlight on Young Filmmakers


12:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Short Film Screenings


1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.: Art Imitates Life Forum ~ Discussion with Acting Coaches and Creating your Reel with a Green Screen


3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Film Distribution (how to make money on straight to video filming)



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WHO:             Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center presents the 16th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase


WHAT:           Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 groundbreaking film "Imitation of Life"; screenings of Short Film written, directed or starring people of color and guest panels with intimate discussions by entertainment industry professionals


WHEN:           Opening Ceremony Friday, December 18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.


                        African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase on Saturday & Sunday, December 19th & 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.


WHERE:        Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (east of La Brea Avenue)


COST:            Opening Night is invitation only.  Film Festival & Panels is a $5.00 donation.


CONTACT:    310-284-3170; visit the website at; email:



Art imitates Life Forums includes:


  • New Technology (new platforms including cell phones, webisodes, social networks)
  • Spotlight on Young Filmmakers
  • Film Distribution (Going Straight to Video)
  • Intimate Discussions with Acting Coaches (Methods of getting an agent, and what to do and not to do, Stage vs. Film Acting, bringing you to the character)
  • Creating your own Properties and Solutions in Hollywood (Working during the recession, from TV to stage, how actors keep it moving, perfecting your craft at all times, work begets work)
  • Finding An Agent
  • Casting (Branding Your Image in Hollywood, What is Image?)
  • Fighting Back with Film (films focused on gang intervention)
  • Green Screen - creating a reel or webisode




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