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22nd Annual Reel Black Men Film Festival Debuts 8 Titles at PDC

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BHERC Hosts 22nd Annual Reel Black Men Film Festival

WEST HOLLYWOOD (LA Sentinel) — The 22nd Annual Reel Black Men film festival debuted eight films by emerging African American filmmakers telling real stories about real life issues.

The event showcased films ranging from a variety of engaging topics and perspectives discussing domestic abuse, social stereotypes, immigration, mental health, aging, Black history and trauma. Hosted by the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, Sandra Evers-Manley and special guest host, award-winning actor, writer and director, Ted Lange.

The twenty-two year running event was held this year inside the luxurious SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center, a dazzling 294-seat-facility in West Hollywood. The room was filled with a jubilant audience eager to see and share stories about themselves and other Black experiences. Filmmakers took a variety of complex issues and found compelling ways to tell stories that could make you laugh out loud or break down into tears.

The festival aims to “showcase emerging Black male filmmakers as directors in particular,” says Evers-Manly. “I used to ask […]

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WeHo HRSS Presents ‘Tsirk (Circus)’ Film Screening & Panel – Feb 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.

This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.

Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.

Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.

Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.


For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Lily Tomlin to Receive Hand & Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre in April

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HOLLYWOOD — Iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony on Friday, April 17 at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival.

Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight time Emmy and two time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage.

“Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

“Not long ago, Tomlin told The New York Times, ‘I wanted people to see the characters as human beings. And see themselves in them, too.’  The humanity she finds in the women she plays has enabled her to transition, seemingly with ease, from groundbreaking work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In to four Emmy nominations for Grace and Frankie, where she co-stars alongside another seminal artist, Jane Fonda.

There’s a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and on the big screen.

Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is The Late Show, or 9 to 5, or Nashville…wait, I’m not done. Or All of Me, Flirting with Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, or A Prairie Home Companion, you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood’s signature classic movie house.”

This marks the tenth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.

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Jennifer Hudson In Character For Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’

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MANHATTAN (TMZ) — What you want? Baby, Jennifer Hudson ‘s got it … especially if you’re looking for someone to nail the role of Aretha Franklin !!!

Jennifer and Forest Whitaker were filming the upcoming biopic — aptly titled “Respect” — Friday in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Props to the wardrobe and hair department too … ’cause Jennifer’s got the Queen of Soul down pat.

Forest is playing the role of Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin, a Baptist minister and civil rights activist also known as the man with the “Million-Dollar Voice.” As you know … Jennifer was reportedly hand-picked for this role by Aretha before she died in 2018. Seeing the Oscar winner on set … we gotta say, Franklin couldn’t have chosen better.

We’ve already seen Jennifer as a young Aretha, kissing her onscreen husband, Marlon Wayans,in November … and now we’ve got another look.

Bottom line … Jennifer ain’t gonna do you wrong when “Respect” hits theaters this summer.

Check out this Aretha Franklin Photo Gallery

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