Ava DuVernay to Direct DC’s Superhero Epic ‘New Gods’

Ava DuVernay is stepping into the superhero universe.The filmmaker has come on board to direct “New Gods” at Warner Bros. as part of the studio’s DC Extended Universe. “New Gods,” based on the DC Comics series of the same name, is aimed at creating a new universe of properties for the studio. Created and designed by Jack Kirby, the comic was first released in 1971.The movie marks the second major superhero tentpole directed by a woman, following another DC property: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

DuVernay directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” becoming the first woman of color in Hollywood to helm a live-action film with a production budget of $100 million. The time-travel fantasy has grossed $42.2 million in its first six days in North America.

The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips. New Genesis is an idyllic planet ruled by the Highfather, while Apokolips is a dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. New Genesis and Apokolips call themselves gods, living outside of normal time and space in a realm known as the Fourth World.

DuVernay tweeted last year that Big Barda, who is one of the New Gods, was her favorite superhero character of all time.

Half a dozen “New Gods” series have been published following the original. The most recent, “The New 52,” was issued in 2011.

DuVernay also directed the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th” and the civil-rights drama “Selma.” She is the creator and executive producer of the OWN series “Queen Sugar.”

“New Gods” would be a major addition to the DC Extended Universe, which Warner Bros. launched in 2013 to take advantage of the massive DC library and compete with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. The DCEU launched with 2013’s “Man of Steel,” followed by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Justice League,” which was the lowest grosser of the five titles, with $657.9 million worldwide.

“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa, is the next title in the DC Extended Universe, set for release on Dec. 21. The studio is also moving ahead with a “Wonder Woman” sequel with Gal Gadot and director Jenkins returning. The pic hits theaters on Nov. 1, 2019.

In the wake of the box office under-performance of “Justice League,” Warner Bros. is re-organizing the DC film operations by promoting Walter Hamada to president of DC-based film production in an effort to exert more quality control over its big-screen efforts. Toby Emmerich, who was promoted in 2016 to president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., worked with Hamada at New Line, which he ran before moving over to the main studio.

Emmerich was promoted early this year to the post of chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group with oversight of worldwide theatrical production, marketing and distribution.

DuVernay is repped by CAA, and attorneys Gordon Bobb and Nina Shaw.

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/ava-duvernay-superhero-movie-new-gods-dc-1202725043/

 

Cheryl Boone Issacs To Anchor 25th Celebration Of Black Women In Film And Television Event
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 8, 2018
   

 

Cheryl Boone Issacs

William Allen Young

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announced recently that the immediate past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will anchor the Opening Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival by participating in an intimate “Conversation with Cheryl Boone Issacs” at the Sista Power Panels Saturday, March 10, at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016 and Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. The conversation and following Q and A will be moderated by Emmy-nominated actor/writer William Allen Young (Code Black).

Boone Issacs is a noted marketing and public relations professional elected in 2013 the 35th President of AMPAS and more significantly the first African American and only the third female in its history to head the organization that produces the annual OSCARS. Boone recently ended her 25 years of leadership service to AMPAS the last 4 as President. She will continue her work in the company she started CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has worked on publicity for films that have included Best Picture winners The King’s Speech and The Artist. A hallmark of her tenure has been the Academy initiative called A2020, which focuses on improving representation of diversity — age, gender, race, national origin, point-of-view industry practices and hiring in Hollywood.

In addition to Ms. Boone Issacs, two additional Sista Power Panels include Powerful Black women as follows: Finding Our Voice: The New Leadership in Entertainment with panelist, Marissa Jo Cerar (Shots Fired), Producer/Writer; Lillian Benson, ACE Film Editor (Chicago Med); Rio Cyrus, Managing Partner, Essence Global; Nkechi Okoro, Writer/Producer (Bones), (Rosewood), (The Resident); Dee Harris-Lawrence, Writer/Producer, (Shots Fired), (Chicago PD) and The Marvelous Women in Our Universe (An All Marvel Shows Panel) Felicia D. Henderson, Co-Executive Producer (Punisher) Netflix; and Terilyn Shropshire, ACE Film Editor, (Cloak and Dagger); Dewanda Wise, Actress/Producer (Shots Fired); (Underground), (Captain America); Camille Friend, Hair Department Black Panther)

The BHERC Sistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves: “Sista Power, A Celebration of Black Women in Film and Television”, continues to bring to the public outstanding shorts created by female filmmakers of African-American decent. This 25th year adds an upfront and intimate chance for the audience to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process with the addition of the daytime “Power Panels” and networking from a woman’s view. This is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for more than two decades. “Now more than ever the Black female perspective is needed in filmmaking and we cannot deny their power. Moreover, the community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories. This is an opportunity, and a platform to do just that,” states founder Sandra Evers-Manly.

“SISTAS…” began twenty-five years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion, became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community. It is a clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following. For this 25th year celebration, BHERC has added the extended Power Panel sessions in the morning with the film festival screening in the evening.

Past “Sista filmmakers and participants” have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound) just to name a few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking. Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awe-inspiring stories of how these Sistas did it for themselves.

The Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Festival will take place at Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. Admission:

Opening Celebration (includes Breakfast & Power Panels) $25.00 Gen Adm | $15.00 SEN/STU
Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival $20.00 Gen Adm | $10.00 SEN/STU
All-Day Pass (Includes All Events) $45.00 Gen Adm | $25.00 SEN/STU

Purchase tickets online at www.bherc.org. Street parking is available at the Nate Holden and on the lot at Raleigh for $7. For further information, please call 310-284-3170 or visit the website www.BHERC.org.

Cheryl Boone Issacs To Anchor 25th Celebration Of Black Women In Film And Television Event

 

 

GAME CHANGERS: SANDRA EVERS-MANLY

CATEGORIES // LA FocusWEDNESDAY, 07 MARCH 2018

Game Changers: Sandra Evers-Manly

As a small child Sandra Evers-Manly loved to watch television and movies like any kid does, but unlike most other kids she was struck by some of what she saw —or rather, who she didn’t see. In all of her beloved programing Sandra didn’t see anyone who looked like her, anyone with coco skin and thick curly hair—anyone black. This affected so much that she wrote a poem about her feelings to express her self:

Why is it Mama,

That there’s no one on TV

that looks like me?

Why is it Mama,

that they know it’s one
I really see?

Is it that they don’t want

to see me?…

      “I would always ask my mother, ‘Why don’t you see us on TV?  My mother finally said, ‘Change it.’ And Ever-Manly—who hails from a family legacy of change and whose cousin was slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers—set out to do just that.

“While a lot of people came to Hollywood to be actors and actresses, I really came to try to bring about change for more of our images in front of and behind the scenes,” Evers-Manly states.

In 1991, Evers-Manly —a top executive at a Fortune 500 company—founded the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) and in the more than two decades since, the nonprofit public benefit group has been dedicated to advocating, educating, researching, developing, and preserving the history and future of blacks in film and TV while also supporting the early work of student filmmakers that have gone on to become blockbuster directors like Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees) and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

“When I see the Gina’s and Ryan’s of the world as well as the number of individuals who are working in the industry, of whom started out with internships that the BHERC advocated for—you know you are doing the right thing. I just think, there’s definitely a higher power that has guided myself, as well as the team of folks at BHERC who make everything happen.”

So far, the organization has provided more than $4 million in scholarships as well as helping supply film equipment. Ironically, it was with their very first project that BHERC helped their first student to make film history.

“There was a student at the American Film Institute,” Evers-Manly recalls. “His name was David Massey, and David came to me and said, ‘I need some help. I’m trying to raise funds to complete my thesis project and I don’t have a support system’, like others who have family members or connections in the industry.

“So we worked with David and raised about $40,000 to complete his project. I allowed him to use my home and got a lot of family and friends to become involved with the project. As a result he submitted his film to the Academy. That project, Last Breeze of Summer, was nominated, making him the first African-American to be nominated in the short films category.

“It was during that time that time that I said, ‘Okay, There is a calling. There is a need for this because we have to make sure our students and independent filmmakers have a forum.’ That’s how BHERC started.”

Along with supporting young artists and professionals in the industry monetarily, BHERC hosts four annual film festivals that spotlight the work of black filmmakers. Their longest running showcase, “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival” is gearing up for it’s 25th annual celebration of black women filmmakers this March as a part of Woman’s History Month. The event, which has gained a reputation for being one of the most inspiring events in the black entertainment community, features shorts films and documentaries from emerging black women writers and directors, as well as a panel discussion following the screening.

“We actually started “Sistas Doin’ it For Themselves” before we actually started the organization,” notes Evers-Manly. “We felt there was a need to begin to provide a forum for black women filmmakers to tell their stories. Twenty-five years ago black women were just not as visible as they should be so we decided to give them a platform to show off their incredible art in their own way. While we’ve seen breakthroughs today, there is still much more work to be done.”

Past “Sista” filmmakers and participants have included Gina Prince- Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (the first black female to be nominated for and Academy Award in the Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound) to name a few.

The film festivals— which she sees as filling a need—allow BHERC to share with the world what she knows is the bedrock of success: the talent of black artists.

“I think for black filmmakers, talent still most important,” Evers-Manly states. “We want to challenge filmmakers. We are willing to give you funding but we want stories that are going to help educate, uplift or empower our viewers.”

For Sandra Evers-Manly, what still matters most is the stories that are being told.

“We’ve got to find ways to allow people express themselves through the arts, and film in my opinion is one of the most powerful mediums of art there is. The goal is to make sure that black artists are in an industry that is welcoming…an industry that they don’t have to fight to tell their stories, and honestly, I don’t think we are there yet. We need organizations to keep fighting because we need to make sure we have the diversity, the depth of our images, and our stories told. There’s still a lot more work to do out there.”

For more information on the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, visit bherc.org

http://www.lafocusnewspaper.com/item/game-changers-sandra-evers-manly

 

cheryl boone isaacs

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announced that Cheryl Boone Issacs, the immediate past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will anchor the Opening Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival.

She will participate in an intimate “Conversation with Cheryl Boone Issacs” at the Sista Power Panels Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016.The conversation and following Q and A will be moderated by Emmy-nominated actor/writer William Allen Young (Code Black).

Boone Issacs is a noted marketing and public relations professional elected in 2013 the 35th President of AMPAS and more significantly the first African American and only the third female in its history to head the organization that produces the annual OSCARS. Boone recently ended her 25 years of leadership service to AMPAS the last 4 as President. She will continue her work in the company she started CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has worked on publicity for films that have included Best Picture winners The King’s Speech and The Artist. A hallmark of her tenure has been the Academy initiative called A2020, which focuses on improving representation of diversity — age, gender, race, national origin, point-of-view industry practices and hiring in Hollywood.

In addition to Ms. Boone Issacs, two additional Sista Power Panels include Powerful Black women as follows: Finding Our Voice: The New Leadership in Entertainment with panelist:
Marissa Jo Cerar (Shots Fired), Producer/Writer; Lillian Benson, ACE Film Editor (Chicago Med); Rio Cyrus, Managing Partner, Essence Global; Nkechi Okoro, Writer/Producer (Bones), (Rosewood), (The Resident); Dee Harris-Lawrence, Writer/Producer, (Shots Fired), (Chicago PD)

And

The Marvelous Women in Our Universe
Felicia D. Henderson, Co-Executive Producer (Punisher) Netflix; and Terilyn Shropshire, ACE Film Editor, (Cloak and Dagger); Dewanda Wise, Actress/Producer (Shots Fired); (Underground); Camille Friend, Hair Department Black Panther)

The BHERC Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: “Sista Power, A Celebration of Black Women in Film and Television”, continues to bring to the public outstanding shorts created by female filmmakers of African-American decent. This 25th year adds an upfront and intimate chance for the audience to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process with the addition of the daytime “Power Panels” and networking from a woman’s view. This is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for more than two decades. “Now more than ever the Black female perspective is needed in filmmaking and we cannot deny their power. Moreover, the community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories. This is an opportunity, and a platform to do just that.” states founder Sandra Evers-Manly.

“SISTAS…” began twenty-five years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community. It is a clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following. For this 25th year celebration, BHERC has added the extended Power Panel sessions in the morning with the film festival screening in the evening.

Past “Sista filmmakers and participants” have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound) just to name a very few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking. Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awe-inspiring stories of how these Sistas did it for themselves. The 2018 class of films and filmmakers are:

2018 Selected Films and Filmmakers are:
Hey Little Black Girl 13:00 Min., Lyntoria Newton: Director/Producer; Girls Like Me: A Self/Love Story 7:00 Min., Aisha Raison: Director/Writer/Producer; Tokenism 5:00 Min.,Jabree Webber: Director/Writer, Rudy Salas: Producer,; Lindon Passing 12:00 Min., Keena Ferguson: Director/Writer/Producer/Executive Producer, Marcus DuPree: Producer, Kenneth and Theressa Ferguson: Executive Producer; Harlem Blues 6:00 Min., Nicole L. Thompson: Director/Writer, Gabriel Bradley: Producer; Help Wanted 6:00 Min., Kennikki Jones-Jones: Director/Writer/Producer; Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks 11:00 Min., Shawneé Gibbs: Director, Shawnelle Gibbs: Director and Rene Rawls: Producer; The Colored Girls’ Restroom 9:00 Min., Savannah Treena: Director/Writer/Producer .

The Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Festival begins at 7:00pm at Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. Admission:

Opening Celebration (includes Breakfast & Power Panels)
$25.00 Gen Adm | $15.00 SEN/STU
Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival
$20.00 Gen Adm | $10.00 SEN/STU
All-Day Pass (Includes All Events)
$45.00 Gen Adm | $25.00 SEN/STU

Purchase tickets online at www.bherc.org. Street parking is available at the Nate Holden and on the lot at Raleigh for $7. For further information, please call 310-284-3170 or visit the website www.BHERC.org.

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About the Host BHERC – Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. 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. FESTIVAL CONTACT: John Forbes – 310.284.3170 Email: John@firstweekendclub.org

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The Impact of Black Women in TV & Women explored March 10th Register NOW

Film and Television “Sista Power Panels” — led by top Black filmmakers and professionals — highlight the 25th celebration, examining the impact of Black Women in Film & Television.

*(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announces the 25th annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves film festival, celebrating the works of Black Women in Film and Television.

This signature event takes place Saturday, March 10, 2018, at both the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016 and Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038, at 7:00 p.m. created by emerging African American Female Filmmakers.

The BHERC Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: “Sista Power, A Celebration of Black Women in Film and Television” continues to bring to the public outstanding shorts created by female filmmakers of African-American decent. This 25th year adds an upfront and intimate chance for the audience to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process with the addition of the daytime “Power Panels” and networking from a woman’s view.

This is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for more than two decades.  “Now more than ever the Black female perspective is needed in filmmaking and we cannot deny their power.  Moreover, the community needs to know and support our “Sister Sheroes” as they tell our stories.  This is an opportunity, and a platform to do just that.” states founder Sandra Evers-Manly.

SISTAS…” began twenty-five years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to acknowledge that there is grand talent amongst African American women filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion became one of the most recognized inspirational and emulated events of the Black filmmaking community.   It is a clear-cut concept; a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the nation’s top filmmakers with a dialog following.  For this 25th year celebration, BHERC has added the extended Power Panel sessions in the morning with the film festival screening in the evening.

John Forbes of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center poses with participants of the 2017 Sistas Doin It For Themselves Film Fest. Tickets are still available for this year’s event March 10th 2018. More info at BHERC.org

Past “Sista filmmakers and participants” have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first Black Female to be nominated for an Academy Award / Short Film category) and the Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound) just to name a very few. Many of these filmmakers have received high honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in filmmaking. Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awe-inspiring stories of how these Sistas did it for themselves.

Opening Celebration includes Continental breakfast and the Sista Power Panels and begin and 8:30am at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90016. The Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Festival begins at 7:00pm at Raleigh Studios, Chaplain Theater 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA  90038.

Admission: Opening Celebration (includes Breakfast & Power Panels)  $25.00 General Admission $15.00 Seniors/StudentsSistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Film Festival   $20.00 General Admission  $15.00 Seniors/StudentsAll-Day Pass (Includes All Events)   $45.00 General Admission $25.00 Seniors/Students

Purchase tickets online at www.bherc.org. Street parking is available at the Nate Holden and on the lot at Raleigh for $7.  For further information, please call 310-284-3170 or visit the website www.BHERC.org.

Supporting sponsors include the Museum of African American Art and the Brotherhood Crusade.  For more information contact the following:

John Forbes, Festival Information – 310.284.3170  Email: John@firstweekendclub.org;
Paulara Hawkins, Panel Information – 323.807.4187  Email: greaterlaterproductions@gmail.com; 
Lynne Conner, Media –  818.749.9695 Email: media@bherc.org.
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About the Host BHERC – Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television.  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. SOCIAL INFO:
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BHERC HOSTS LA YOUTH AND ISSUES A CALL-TO-ACTION IN SUPPORT OF BIG SCREEN RELEASES BLACK PANTHER AND A WRINKLE IN TIME
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 1, 2018
   

 

A small group of the 400 plus sponsored by BHERC across the country gather for opening Weekend of Black Panther (Courtesy Photo)

BHERC issues call-to-action for members of the African American community — organizations and individuals — to host youth and underserved in their city to view both milestone films by Black directors.

 The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announced its full and continued support of the big screen releases Black Panther (Marvel Studios), that opened February 16, 2018 nationwide and A Wrinkle in Time (Disney), opening March 9, 2018 nationwide. In addition, BHERC declared its full and continuing support and has issued a call-to-action to all—but the African American community in particular—to join them in hosting the youth and underserved in their surrounding community at screenings opening weekend and beyond, making certain that these important films are seen by all. BHERC has hosted LA youth and chaperones Hands for Hope and the Brotherhood Crusade for the screening of Black Panther and will do so for a Wrinkle in Time as well.

This effort is rooted in the acknowledgment of the many film accomplishments of African Americans that have steadily accumulated from the outstanding and films from the historical drama Selma, the American Drama Fences to the recent critically acclaimed World War II era drama MudBound.  It calls for overwhelming support and unbridled celebration of the milestones set by these two films both with unprecedented budgets over 100 million dollars.

In Black Panther writer/director Ryan Coogler brings to the screen a super-hero action figure played by Chadwick Boseman, with the confidence, finesse, intellect and physical ability reminiscent of the early characters from the Blaxploitation era that gave birth to our recent Black superheroes who often played sidekicks or support to the main characters.  This character portrays a leader, a hero born from legacy and royal birthright and not from impoverished dire circumstance. Though Black Panther first debuted during the Civil Rights era of the sixties, this modernized character has electrified an on-screen ensemble of talented African Americans as evidenced by the record presales of tickets and box office sale across the country.

With the film A Wrinkle in Time, Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay (Selma) becomes the first African American woman to direct a major motion picture with a budget over 100 million dollars.  Here she uses the opportunity to deliver to the big screen her vision of this timeless science fantasy classic novel written by American writer Madeleine L’Engle, first published in 1962. Diversity is brought to the screen with the selection of the cast featuring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and newcomer Storm Reid.  “It is so important that we support the work this new work from Ava DuVernay.  As a female director, her vision on the big screen represents diversity in a way we have never seen before.  It is an important film from an important novel, for such a time as this.” States founder Sandra Evers Manly.”

The BHERC Call-To-Action campaign celebrates these two cinematic endeavors and recognizes a responsibility to get audiences out to view, discuss and endorse these two films.  The call seeks to send a clear message that audiences want more of the quality and diversity of storytelling and that filmmakers of color deserve the opportunity to bring large budget stories of all genres to the screen.

Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television both in front and behind the camera.  For more than 25 years BHERC — through its signature film festivals the Youth Diversity Film ShowcaseReel MenSistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves and the African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Film Showcase Film Festivals — has played a leading role in celebrating the artistry of African American filmmakers to bring storytelling with diverse topics, techniques and broad themes, multi-layered with humor, drama and reality annually to the public.

BHERC is also noted for the establishment of its “First Weekend Club,” a free loyalty program that encourages audiences to get out and see BHERC recommended movies the first “opening” weekend.  The public can sign up at www.bherc.org.  Movie goers looking for recommended films can find a listing on the BHERC site as well.

BHERC HOSTS LA YOUTH AND ISSUES A CALL-TO-ACTION IN SUPPORT OF BIG SCREEN RELEASES BLACK PANTHER AND A WRINKLE IN TIME  

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