Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves Short Film Showcase

Greetings film lovers! BHERC is excited to announce our 28th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It for Themselves Short Film Showcase. This year we are proud to present ten phenomenal films helmed by exceptional female filmmakers.

BHERC spotlights shorts created by female filmmakers of African-American descent (Black Women). This screening and dialogue is an opportunity for emerging African American female Directors 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 film making process.

BHERC looks forward to presenting quality virtual film screenings and content.

Your purchase provides all access pass to view the films on March 27th at 12:00am PST until April 11th at 11:59pm PST.

Be sure to join our live Q&A with the filmmakers on April 11th at 3:00pm PST


Saturday, March 27th @ 12:00am PST -Film Access Begins

Sunday, April 11th @ 3pm PST- Q&A with Filmmakers on Zoom

Sunday, April 11th @ 11:59pm PST– Film Access Ends

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Festival Begins Saturday, March 27th at 12:00am PDT
Festival Ends Sunday, April 11th at 11:59pm PDT
Festival Location Virtucal/Online Streaming at (This Webpage)
Question and Answer Date and Time Sunday, April 11th at 3pm PST
Question and Answer Session Location (Link will appear on this page after ticket purchase.)

28th Annual Sistas Are Doin' It For Themselves Short Film Showcase

Blackbird Fly

Blackbird Fly is a short fantasy piece about Raven Wilkinson, seen through the mind of a young girl named Gabby. This is the first in a series called “Medusa Girls” that features women throughout history, seen as girls that dared to dream!

DirectorJay Winters
WriterJay Winters, Alyson Chavez
ProducerGabriella Mancuso, Kristin Peterson, Mary Chuy, Alyson Chavez
Executive ProducerJospeh Mancuso, Jay Winters, Nicole Winters
Starring Tahkara Gregory, Gabriella Mancuso


It's a pretty normal Saturday in Brooklyn, or what at least is the new normal, six feet away from humanity. But, “we gotta stay safe” so we abide by the rules. Rules are made to be broken even if it leaves you breathless. We meet two strangers whose lives collide simply over coffee. Weston Harrison and Gabrielle Wintry. Their names say it all.

DirectorMelissa Jones
WriterMelissa Jones
ProducerMelissa Jones
Starring Melissa Jones, Menuhin Hart

Compassionate Release

After the death of her husband, Carol is faced with raising her twin daughters alone and navigating the aftermath of tragedy. One daughter sees the world through the eyes of an elitist, while the other sees the world as a defeatist. Their journeys will be as life changing as the death that set them on this unexpected and heartbreaking course.

DirectorLynn Dow
WriterLynn Dow
ProducerLynn Dow, Wendy Tannock
Starring Stephanie Pope, Sasha Boykin, Sable Boykin, Kristina Latour, Jesse Tayeh


While working the night shift in downtown LA, a rookie cop finds himself at a crossroads when he is pressured into making a life altering decision.

DirectorLaurie Gardiner
WriterLaurie Gardiner
ProducerTravis Misenti
Starring Eric Carpenter, FZ Zenter, Radomir Luza, Emma Sleath, Donathan Walters, Jacquelyn Doggette

Head Hunters

Three women Interview to become the next Corporate CFO, a job normally targeted toward the "ole boys' network." Only one is chosen to get the job!

DirectorCherrelle e'Lan
WriterCherrelle e'Lan
ProducerCherrelle e'Lan, Kayden Phoenix
Starring Erica Martinez, Catherine Curtis, Efe', Alexi Pyles, Brad Menyhert


Simone Hoperight, a prominent therapist, is battling depression from the sudden death of her newborn. The daily stress of her occupation, being a wife and not having enough time to grieve, causes Simone to seek comfort in a recreational activity that could cause her to lose it all. Will she regain her focus to seek the necessary help or will she continue to succumb to the comfort the drug provides her?

DirectorTaggert Vinzant
WriterNatashia Bobbitt
ProducerNatashia Bobbitt, Tiffany Bryant
Executive ProducerTerrence Williams
Starring Shana Few, Donte Muse, Monica Crumpler, Christian Fritz, Michelle Cassidy


When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.

DirectorCiani Rey Walker
WriterCiani Rey Walker
ProducerJerry Hu
Executive ProducerSandra Evers-Manly

The Appointment

Short experimental film surrounding the stressors of a doctor appointment during COVID.

DirectorMarlena Neal
WriterMarlena Neal
ProducerMarlena Neal
Starring Marlena Neal


Noor is dying. She receives a visit with a voice that offers her a choice from three proposals that expire at midnight ... With the help of her best friend Oumar who comes to visit her, she gets down to it. It will change their lives forever.

DirectorFatoumata DIALLO
WriterFatoumata DIALLO
Producer7 jours pour 1 film
Starring Fatou Jupiter Touré, Roger Sallah

Twisted Dreams

Gregory Jones, a 28 year old architect, has been dreaming about a woman he has never met. His fianceé, April Lewis, has been understanding, but when Gregory calls out another woman's name in his sleep, April's patience begins to wear thin. But things become more complicated when the mystery woman from his dreams becomes his new client. When dreams and reality collide, sparks fly.

DirectorYvette (Karamell Jones) Walters
WriterYvette (Karamell Jones) Walters, Jamay Carroll
ProducerYvette (Karamell Jones) Walters, Shameka Sawyer
Starring Michael Patton, Kendra Peterson, Jael Brown, Anthony Spencer, Dayna Monique


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