Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival Returns this Weekend in New York

Shadow and Act By Jasmin | Shadow and Act October 13, 2011 at 8:30AM

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series returns to New York this weekend with 25 films directed, produced or written by women of color from Brooklyn to Great Britain.
0

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series returns to New York this weekend with 25 films directed, produced or written by women of color from Brooklyn to Great Britain.

Held from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2011 at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, Reel Sisters concludes with an awards ceremony and reception. Honored this year will be Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Pearl Bowser, pioneering filmmaker, scholar and author.

After the jump, see a lineup of noted films from the event, including a short produced by yours truly.

Urban Lullaby
8 min., Narrative
Director/Producer: Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez
Synopsis: A stressed-out artist is at the breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood.


Little Brother: The Street
15min., Documentary
Producer/Director: Nicole Franklin Producer: Jasmin Tiggett
Little Brother is a series of films in which young African American boys share their relationship with Love. As a follow up to the debut film, Little Brother: Things Fall Apart, this second chapter has the camera accompanying young men during their walk home from school on the very active streets of Chicago's inner city.

How do you tell somebody that you're HIV+?
13:10 min., Documentary
Director/Producer: Hima B.
The film follows a day in the life of Haneefa, a young African American woman who struggles to disclose her HIV status to her ex-boyfriend.


Harriet Returns
9 min., Narrative
Director: Marquis Smalls Writer: Tamu Favorite
Synopsis: Harriet Returns is a short film in which Harriet Tubman urgently returns to modern times to emancipate two young wanna-be rappers who use the "N" word as a term of endearment. She believes they have enslaved themselves.


Production
18 min., Narrative, Director: Lenny Payan Writer: Carmen Scott
Producers: Carmen Scott, Lenny Payan
Synopsis: Danielle feels like the littlest person in the room. Her job as the script coordinator for a wildly popular television drama sounds exciting, but with a job description of "copy, collate, repeat," she doesn't quite agree. When producers introduce plans to shoot an ill-conceived "urban" episode of the show, Danielle finally feels compelled to use her voice.


Truth about Beauty and Blogs
13 min., 1 sec., Narrative
Director: Rosalyn Coleman Williams
Producer: Craig T. Williams, Toni Robison-May, Kelechi Ezie
Synopsis: A social media diva is thrown off her game when her boyfriend's web activities start to interfere with her picture-perfect image.


The Naked Option
64 min., Documentary
Director/Producer: Candace Schermerhorn
Synopsis: The Naked Option reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices heard. The film documents their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate.

For additional details and tickets, visit www.reelsisters.org.

This article is related to: Film Festival, Event


Shadow & ActNewsletter