BHERC’s 28th Annual African American Film Market and SE Manly Shorts Showcase Return

*(Hollywood, California) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) President, Sandra J. Evers-Manly, is pleased to announce the 28th annual SE Manly African American Film Market and Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSFS) which will take place over two weekends. ends, August 19e – 21st and August 26e – 28e2022.

Presenting both in person and virtually for the first time since 2019, the festival includes 108 films, premieres and other special events and tributes.

Festival events take place at various locations: Cinemark 18 & XD Theater, 6081 Center Drive, Suite 201, Los Angeles, CA 90045; The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016 (Opening Night) and for a superior virtual experience, festival films and portions will also be available on the BHERC streaming service www.BHERC.TV.

Please note: COVID-19 protocols will be observed for all in-person events. Click here for tickets.

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Sandra E. Manly speaking at the 22nd Annual Event
Sandra E. Manly speaking at the 22nd Annual Event

Special Event Highlights: The BHERC AAFM SEMSFS begins the festival with its famous opening ceremony, “A Beautiful Day in Black Hollywood” Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m. (PDT), at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles. CALIFORNIA. This age-old occasion honors groundbreaking talent, entertainment industry icons, community leaders and organizations that are making a difference in both Hollywood and the community. Additionally, this event showcases the Class of 2022 Filmmakers and their films and offers an “official” welcome and insight into festival activities from Sandra J. Evers-Manly, President and Founder, and John Forbes, Executive Director, BHERC and Curator. of the 2022 BHERC AAFM SEMSFS. Click here for tickets.

Other highlights include the first of two CERB “short shorts”a new BHERC brand series, Saturday August 20 at 7:00 p.m. (PDT), and a special block of films and panels focusing on mental health, Saturday August 27e at 8:00 a.m. (Continental breakfast included and registration required) Program 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PDT). Click here for tickets.

BHERC Community Evening

BHERC is pleased to present the dynamic documentary, “Marian Anderson: The whole world in her hands” realized by Rita Coburn at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday August 21st.

Marianne Anderson
Marianne Anderson

The special panel and premieres include: A screenwriting session for young people led by esteemed filmmaker Larry Ulrich, Sunday August 28 of 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.. The premiere of three new films, financed or partially financed by, “Movies with a Purpose” an initiative of BHERC President and Founder, Sandra Evers-Manly, which includes: Alcee H. Walker with his latest documentary film “School”, which follows the course of Four families across the country adjust their lives to a new normal as the pandemic closes schools at 2020.

School
School

  • talented filmmaker Brandon Murray makes its debut “The Last Slave Hut”, who explores St. Augustine known for its rich history and now even discovers After.
  • Returning Dynamic Filmmaker Phyllis Toben Bancroft raw, “…With salt”Natalie and ambitious student on an impromptu date that takes an unexpected turn. Silence is easier, but at what cost?

Movie Highlights: Selected from over 1,500 entries, the 2022 festival films offer a variety of perspectives and narratives. They represent genres and topics that include social justice, historical events, mental health, romance, drama, faith, science fiction, horror, fantasy, documentaries, animation, l action and comedy. Some of the films and filmmakers include:

The special Shorty Short – New BHERC brand films make their debut by young emerging filmmakers: “Grow Down” by Robert McCune; Writer/directorJerricho, a young high school graduate tries to make his way to adulthood but finds that growing up has never been so difficult. Click here for tickets.

In “Virtual Wedding” by Quentin Cameron; DirectorKraig and his wife Lisa take us through a hilarious marriage that is 100% dependent on having a decent internet provider.

Growing up
Growing up

Special presentation of the film – BHERC is proud to announce that actor/director Ken Sagoeswill once again join the festival by screening his important new historical film “The secret weapon: Yesterday IS Today” A group of brilliant teenagers challenge both their parents and the status quo, forever changing the segregated atmosphere of the 1960s.

Other film festival entries to look out for include – “Son of Saba”, Gino R. Payne: director/screenwriterIn 950 BC, the relationship between the Queen of Sheba and her son is strained, learning a life-changing secret from his father hidden by the Queen all her life.

Son of Sheeba
Son of Sheeba

“Strong Box”, Hassan El-Amin: director, screenwriter/producerRandall, apartment broke, in debt, but gold treasure discovered in an old safe. Can all this be his with the granting of a small request?

The strong box
The strong box

Festival passes are available online at www.bherc.org. $300.00 for a full festival pass, $75.00 for a day pass, and $25.00 for a movie block. Discounts for seniors and students are available. All films can be viewed virtually for $30.00 at www.BHERC.tv. Log on to www.bherc.org for the full schedule.

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