Want to know what’s on the Black man’s mind? The best way to find out is to spend an evening with the Black Hollywood Education and Research Center (BHERC), when they present Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase this Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. and hosted by Emmy Award winning (HBO “In Treatment” for Outstanding Guest Actor) Glynn Turman.
If not for BHERC’s Short Film Showcase, many of the movies that will be presented this weekend may not be seen by the public in such a forum. An outstanding component of the event is the planned question-and-answer session that takes place following the presentations. Added to that is a reception, always great food I might add, and lots of networking.
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center was formed in 1996 as a nonprofit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop and preserve the history, as well as the future of Blacks in film and television.
BHERC describes The Reel Black Men event screening and dialogue as an opportunity for emerging African American male 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.
And you’re in for a special treat: The Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase will be hosted by a veteran actor whose list of credits is so long it would take this entire article to comment on them. Suffice it to say, Turman brings electricity to any part that he plays.
Here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect:
“Somebody’s Gonna Pay” (14:22 min), directed by Mike Madrid, is a story of obligation, revenge and sacrifice and is as gritty as it sounds.
“The Parallax Parallel” (16 min.), directed by Michael Clark follows a man out to find a special gift for his autistic daughter who during a heavy rainstorm on Christmas Eve, takes refuge in a bar after his car breaks down. The people he meets bring about supernatural consequences.
“J – 12” (20 min.), directed by Perri Pierre, tells the story of a young Haitian immigrant living in New York, who facing eviction, uncertainty, and fearing the worst after the earthquake in Haiti.
“IEP” (14 min.), directed by Jason Gilmore, this is the all-too-familiar story of an 8-year-old African American boy, whose behavioral problems are misdiagnosed and he is placed in special education.
“Snapshot” (22 min.), directed by Kevin Coleman, follows an aspiring photographer who must decide what her life will become as she faces the loss of those she loves caused by the art she loves.
“The Switch” (23:45 min.), directed by Marc M. Doc Williams, a successful businessman makes extreme efforts to get women into bed, but one of his dates catches on to his devious ways and beats him at his own game.
“Salvation Road” (16 min.), directed by Ka’RAMUU Kush shows how business becomes unusual when an unsuspecting hitman senses that he’s been witnessed executing his traitorous mentor by a 9-year-old boy.
The Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase Black Hollywood Education and Research Center will close with a reception and networking event that will take place at Raleigh Studios in the Chaplin Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave.