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Tanya Kersey – Hollywood Black Film Festival June 3rd – 8th, 2008

Posted by TSUE on April 21, 2008

Hollywood Black Film Festival

Hollywood Black Film Festival, Inc.

8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2057 | Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Phone: 310-407-3596 | Fax: 310-943-2326 | Web: http://www.hbff.org

Tanya Kersey





(April 7, 2008 – Beverly Hills, CA) – The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has announced the initial line-up of official selections for the 9th annual competitive festival for Black filmmakers, to be held June 3rd  – 8th , 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA.  The slate includes 51 shorts, 11 student films, 2 animated films and 2 music videos. The roster of narrative and documentary features will be announced on April 14th.

HPFF, dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual, six-day celebration of Black cinema, serving as a forum to showcase the talents of Black filmmakers and enhance appreciation for Black filmmaking. The festival has become a focal point for Hollywood’s African-American creative community, attracting producers, executives, screenwriters, film and television personalities, aspiring artists and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world.

20 YEARS, written & directed by Kevin Gordon

A BABY WAY, written & directed by Courtney Franklin

A COLD DISH, written & directed by Eddie Smith

AKIRA’S HIP-HOP SHOP, written by Joe Doughrity

AN INCIDENT IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, written & directed by Karen Hayes

B.A.M., written by Neil Lewis, directed by Laron Austin

BENJAMIN, written & directed by Traci Nickerson

BLOOK OVER A BROKEN PAWN, written & directed by Chadwick Boseman

BURUNDI FILM CENTER: 5 SHORT FILMS, executive produced by Christopher Redmond

CHOICES, written by Maurice Hines, directed by Michael David Ricks

CLASSIFIED, written & directed by Sherman Payne

COMMUNITY ALERT, written by Alvaro Visers, directed by Richard Islas

COONS, written & directed by Chris Cloyd

CURTAIN CALL, written & directed by Hezekiah Lewis

DISTRACTIONS, written by Kevin Craig West, directed by Michalina Almindo

DON’T GO, written & directed by D. Kevin Epps

DRAWING ANGEL, written by Craig Williams, directed by Rosalyn Coleman Williams

FELIZ CUMPLENOS, written by Roger Payano, directed by Frank Jackson

FIVE MAN CONFESSION, written & directed by Jeffrey Williams

HOMELESS DESTINY, written by Kathryn J. Taylor, directed by Trey Haley

HYPOTHETICALLY, written & directed by Jeffrey Snell

JAMERICAN, written & directed by Sharena Downey

KeANTHONY: A HUSTLAZ STORY, written by Marshall Dean, directed by John Tucker

LIFE IS…, written & directed by Tommie Tyhefe Bayliss

LIFTED, written & directed by Randall Dottin

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, written & directed by Kamali Minter

MAN II MAN, written & directed by Eddie Smith

MENTAL BLOCK, directed by Karen Palmer

MISTA NICE GUY, written by Stacy Pyles & Carol Shine, directed by Stacy Pyles

ONE WORD, written& directed by Shalako Gordon

PROMISES KEPT, written & directed by Jason Camp

RABIA, written & directed by Muhammad Ali Hasan

RAIN: A LOVE STORY, written by Anthony Brooks, directed by Elizabeth Shivers & Anthony Brooks

SIRI OKO OFU, written by Heather Murphy & Ebbe Bassy, directed by Heather Murphy

SNITH, written by Eric Richardson Hagans & Richard Johnson, directed by Eric Richardson Hagans

SPENT, written by Angela Perkins, directed by Boris Schaarschmidt

SUICIDE BOYZ, written & directed by Anthony Martin

TAXI FOR THE COMEDIEN, written & directed by Matt Blaize

TEARS ON A LETTER, written by Billy Shell, directed by Billy Shell & Patrica Marret

THE BUZZARD, written & directed by Troy Ransome

THE CLUB, written by Ilunga Adell, directed by Ian Foxx

THE CURRY CLUB, written & directed Rita Osei

THE DON OF VIRGIL JUNIOR HIGH, written & directed Deon Dayman

THE DOLL, written & directed by Dante James

THE QUICKIE, written & directed by Cosmos Kiindarius

TOOLE’S SUBSTITUTE, written & directed by Arvel Chappell III

VILE, written & directed by J. David Shanks

VISTA VIEW, written & director Kofi Oliver

WHAT A DIFFERNECE A DAY MAKES, directed by Guensly Delva

WHISTLE LESSON, written & directed by Nikki Young

WOMAN’S WORK, written & directed by Chad Benton

A FATHER’S PROMISE, written & directed by Bradley Nesbitt

BIRTH, written & directed by Arvell Campbell III

CRENSHAW NIGHTS, written Peter Gelles, directed by Greg Navarro

HOPE, written & directed by Atiya Whellings

HUG, written & directed by Khary Jones

KEYS, written & directed by Christopher Babers

LUNCH MONEY, written by Deneen Reynolds, directed by Elvira Carrizal

MAMA ‘N EM, written & directed Omawale Akintunda

MY TURTLE’S NAME IS DUDLEY, co-directed by Johnny Gill & Patrick Jean-Joseph

SISTHAS IN THE NAME OF LOVE, written & directed by Kena Tangi Dorsey

URBAN GENESIS, written & directed by Larry Bryant

OBARA & THE MERCHANGS, written by Michelle Bodden, directed by Manauvskar Kublall

PORN EDITOR, written by Brian Shackelford, directed by Yehudi Mercardo

GIVE IT TO ME, directed by Tim Mosley (Timberland)

REVOLUTION, written by Trevor Parkam, directed by Aled Ordu

Founded in 1998 by Executive Director, Tanya Kersey, HBFF’s mission is to foster and develop the vision of independent filmmakers by bringing their projects to the attention of the filmmaking industry, media and mainstream audiences through a public exhibition and competition program. Since its inception, HBFF has attracted over 40,000 attendees and screened a total of 596 independent films from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, hosting 203 world premieres. The festival’s adjunct Infotainment Conference features over 20 panels and workshops and more than 100 speakers, covering a broad range of entertainment industry topics.
Additionally, HBFF has created the HBFF Cinema Lounge and HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit, complementary platforms to showcase and develop filmmaker projects. The HBFF Cinema Lounge is a casual, monthly networking event, screening 4 to 5 short films which are followed by a discussion panel and Q&A between audience and filmmakers. The annual HBFF Film Finance & Distribution Summit boasts a senior roster of seasoned industry professionals offering their insights on a broad range of film finance and distribution topics.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival’s mission and goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bring them to the attention of the industry, press and the public.   
Visit http://www.HBFF.org for festival updates.  



Cecy Galvan  
HBFF Publicity

Bleu Entertainment PR  
(310) 558-1696

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