Press Release



HBFF Fifth Anniversary Presentation Set to Showcase the Works of 72 Filmmakers from Around the World, Including 39 Short Films, 11 Documentaries, 7 Features, 7 Student Productions, 3 World Cinema Shorts and 5 Animation Projects

Competition Categories include 38 World Premieres, 13 West Coast Premieres, 6 Los Angeles Premieres and 4 U.S. Premieres

(February 6, 2003 - Los Angeles, CA) - Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) 5th Anniversary celebrates the artistic expression of 73 filmmakers during the 2003 presentation taking place in Hollywood, California March 25 - 30. HBFF has established itself as the premiere Black Film Festival showcasing the works of both established and up-and-coming filmmakers of color. This year's presentation will be hosted at the newly renovated and world-renowned Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel located in the heart of Hollywood, California.

Since its inception in 1999, the festival has experienced continuous growth and noted industry participation. 2003 screenings will include 39 shorts, 11 documentaries, 8 student films, 7 feature films, 5 animation projects and 3 world cinema shorts in the competitive categories. Tanya Kersey-Henley, HBFF Founder and Executive Director and Programming Director, Jacqueline Blaylock made the announcement.

"Over the past five years we have experienced consistent growth in the number of competition submissions, as well as unparallel support from the Hollywood community," said Kersey-Henley. "HBFF has evolved into one of the premier venues and events showcasing the works of talented Black filmmakers and serves as one of the best forums for introducing these works and professionals to Hollywood decision-makers."

Films screening in the competitive categories represent 38 World Premieres, 13 West Coast Premieres, 6 Los Angeles Premieres and 4 U.S. Premieres. "HBFF 2003 rings in our fifth year of hosting this competition that to date has received noted accolades and high marks from industry professionals and the media at large," said Blaylock. "In just five short years we have introduced the public to more than 300 film and video projects showcasing the some of the most spectacular images and stories created by filmmakers of color."

Guests in attendance can expect the gain a wealth of knowledge and information from the potpourri of screenings, panels, seminars, and workshops set this year.

Films selected as finalists in the HBFF Features Competition include:

BIG AIN'T BAD, written and produced by Ray Culpepper, BOY, written, directed and produced by Tristan S. Gittens, JESSE'S CLOSET, produced by Marc Pouhe, MATCHUPS, written and directed by Donahue Tuitt, MIND GAMES, produced by Monica Cooper, NEVER GET OUTTA THE BOAT, produced by Grace Loh, and THE RIGHT QUESTION, written, directed and produced by Benjamin David.

The HBFF Short Film Competition includes:

A FIGHT FOR GLORY, written and produced by Tim Gautier, A TIGHT SPOT, by Raymond Muhammad, ABOVE & BENEATH, written, directed and produced by Rene Alberta, ANGUISH, produced by Eric Richardson, BECAUSE MY STAND-UP IS NOT ENOUGH!, written, directed and produced by David A. Arnold, BLACK NOISE, written and directed by Michael A. Pinkney, BLIND DATE, written, directed and,

Short Film category cont.

produced by Sarah Michelle Brown, BLUE MOON, written, directed and produced by Xavier Greete
DESTINY, written, directed and produced by Laurie Lambert, DRIVING FISH, written and directed by Rosalyn Coleman-Williams, EYE CONTACT, written, directed and co-produced by Conrad Montgomery, FATHER'S DAY, written, directed and produced by Marcel Dorsey, IFE, directed by Cecil Carter, JUDGEMENT, directed and produced by Leroy Edwards, LUCKY DEVIL, written and directed by Trevor A. Baldwin, MOVE, written and directed by Antonia March, PICTURE THIS, produced by Abe Brown, PREYING ON THE HUNTER, written, directed and produced by Andrea J. Smith, RAIN, written and directed by Monice Mitchell, RENDEZVOUS, written, directed and produced by Alphonzo J. Wesson, III, SAYING GRACE, written and directed by Maaza Mengiste, SCRATCHES , written, directed and produced by Iris Huey, SIGMUND THE SEE MONSTER, written, directed and produced by Van Elder, SILAS LYNCH, directed by Gregg Daniel, SNAPSHOTS: A LOVE STORY, written and directed by Cliff Gober, STATUS, written, directed and produced by Andrew Burroughs, STRIKE!, written, directed and produced by Sheron Johnson, THE BEST GIRL, written and directed by Kim Kuhteubl, THE BOY WHO CRIED EVIL, written, directed and produced by David Daniels, THE CORPORATE NEGRO, by Andre Brooks, THE ELEVENTH HOUR, written, directed and produced by David Daniels, THE JHERI-CURL: A MESSY COVER UP, written, directed and produced by Phaylen Jay Abdullah, THE MAKING OF BRICK CITY, written, directed and co-produced by Hadjii, THE TRIAL, directed by Anita M. Call, THE WEDDING DRESS, written and directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper, THIS IS NOT A CHAIR, written and directed by Oliver Tull, WHAT WOULDN'T JESUS DO, written, directed and produced by Rod J. Emelle, WHEN THE TRUTH HURTS, written and directed by Fernandel Almonor, and WHISPERS, written, directed and produced by Desha Dauchan.

Documentary program finalists are:

A CRIME OPERA, directed by Arthur Byrd, ALIENS AMONG US, directed by Maxine Gordon, BEATS BY THE BAY, written, directed and produced by Bobby Mardis, DIARY OF AALIYAH, by Mindy Lyons, KEEPIN' IT REAL, produced and directed by Cheryl R. Matlock, LIVING IN THE SPIRIT, directed and produced by Bill Duke, NUBIA AND THE MYSTERIES OF KUSH, written, directed and produced by Judity McCray, OCOEE: LEGACY OF THE ELECTION DAY MASSACRE, co-directed and co-produced by Bianca M. White, PARTNERS OF THE HEART, co-written, directed and produced by Andrea Kalin, THE JOURNEY OF LESRA MARTIN, by John Sirabella, and THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson.

The HBFF Student Film Finalists include:

DESTINY'S CHILD, produced by Lawrence G. Watkins, Jr., FAMILY REUNION, written, directed and produced by Yake Smith, HOPE, written and directed by Tamika Lamison, IN THE GAME, produced and directed by Leigh Dana Jackson, MY BROTHER'S KEEPER, written and directed by Leigh Richert, THE NAPPY HAIR CHRONICLES, produced and directed by Brandi E. Miller, and 'TIL DEATH, written and directed by Tracee Morrison.

The HBFF World Cinema Shorts include:

BLACK TALK, produced by Kylie Du Fresne, DANCE FLOOR, by Sarah Rutcliffe, and THICKER THAN WATER, written and directed by Moses Kibuuka.

The HBFF Animation Category includes:

CHOCOLATE THUNDER, written and directed by Jeremy Love, CHRISTOPHER CHANGES HIS NAME, by John Sirabella, CHRISTOPHER, PLEASE CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM, by John Sirabella, SEE THE TRUTH, directed by Jerold Howard, and YOU GOT ME, by Christopher Cathcart.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival is a non-profit organization. The festival's mission and goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bring them to the attention of the industry, press and the public.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival is supported by a prestigious group of leading industry professionals who serve on the festival's Advisory Board. They are: Tina Andrews, Paris Barclay, Bill Duke, Roy Campanella II, Carl Craig, Suzanne De Passe, Antwone Quenton Fisher, Roy Forchion, Peter Gathings Bunch, Paul and Tammy Garnes, Kevin Hooks, Nedra Jenkins, Esq., Stan Lathan, Franklin Lett, Sandra Lord, Bobby Mardis, Darrell D. Miller, Esq., Denise Nicholas, Cleveland O'Neal, Esq., Tim Reid, Harrison Reiner, Matty Rich, Art Sims, George Tillman, Robert Townsend, Gary A. Watson, Esq., Kyle Bowser, Cecil Fielder, Willie Geary, Evander Holyfield, Alvin James, Marlon Jackson, Art Sims and Preston A. Whitmore II.

2003 Sponsors include Upscale Magazine, Showtime Network, 20th Century Fox, Barnholtz Entertainment,, The Wave Newspapers, LA Independent Newspapers, LA Weekly, and

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