Monthly Archives: September 2013

If you think you’re funny find out at the Hollywood Black Film Festival – casting call for all comedians

2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival Gears Up To Present Inaugural Film Diaspora

The Hollywood Black Film Fest comes alives with lots of new features and creative films on tap. This year sign up for the comedian showdown.

This year the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) has integrated a new sidebar, Film Diaspora, into its programming slate. Film Diaspora will showcase independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora. The sidebar will screen Thursday, October 3 from 11am-9pm at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1618 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. The Hollywood Black Film Festival runs October 2-6 in Hollywood, CA.

on the red carpet with HBFF

Stars on the red carpet last the Hollywood Black Film Festival last year. (Courtesy HBFF)

Andrea Meshel, the programmer for this year’s Film Diaspora, is hoping to create an awareness of stories being told by filmmakers outside of the United States. “Film Diaspora is proud to present a vast array of cinematic voices from the African Diaspora.” says Meshel.


More 100 films and more fun at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. (Courtesty HBFF)

The Film Diaspora lineup will showcase 11 films — three features, six shorts, and two documentaries from 8 countries — Nigeria, Haiti, Cameroon, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and South Africa


Flower Girl (Nigeria)
Writer: Jigi Bello, Director: Michelle BelloMalagasy Mankany (Legends of Madagascar) (Madagascar)Writer/Director: Haminiaina RatovarivonyNinah’s Dowry (Cameroon)
Writer/Director: Victor Viyuoh

Midnight Scorpian (Burkina Faso)
Writer/Director: Tony Amara

NHAMO (South Africa)
Writer/Director: Eunice Chiwesha Goldstein
Ogondah (Nigeria)

Writer/Director: Willis Ikedum Sunni Man (New Zealand) Writer/Director: Hamish Mortland

Touch (London)
Writer/Director: Shola Amoo

Unspoken (Nigeria)
Writers: Edith Nwekenta and Ola Laniyan

Adopted ID (Haiti)
Writer: Andrew Togobo Director: Sonia GoddingTogobo Sodiq (London)
Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael


Powerful films of the Hollywood Black Film Industry always attract good media.

To register for the festival and see a full line up of events, visit For press credentials, complete the credential form, under press on, no later than Monday, September 30, 2013.


About Andrea Meshal

Andrea Meshel, a native of Kingston Jamaica, started her career as a film maker in 2008 with a documentary entitled “I Wanna Be President.”


Andrea Meshel recently produced a short film entitled "Descent," she’s currently co-producing a web series entitled "Real Life," and she is in preproduction on two short films -- “Alone” and “Necrophilia.” (courtesy HBFF)

Prior to working in the film industry, Meshel received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Meshel recently produced a short film entitled ”Descent,” she’s currently co-producing a web series entitled “Real Life,” and she is in preproduction on two short films – “Alone” and “Necrophilia.”Meshel has written, directed, produced, as well as acted in numerous film and theatrical productions throughout the country. She is committed to portraying positive images of African people. As an African Caribbean artist Meshel believes it is important to provide exposure to filmmakers from the Diaspora, and she is passionate about and committed to giving these filmmakers a platform through which to showcase their talents and work.

About the Hollywood Black Film Festival

HBFF 2012

Sold out crowd last year at the Hollywood Black Film Festival

Since its inception, 1998, HBFF Has screened nearly 100 films from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, the Bahamas, Central African Republic, Ghana, Burundi, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger, Russia, Brazil, Jordan, Jamaica, Spain, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and the Philippines.

For more information about the Hollywood Black Film Festival,, email:

Jon Barnes and Theresa King headline the Catalina Jazz Club Tues., Oct. 1

Back by popular demand, Jon Barnes and Theresa King headline a big smooth evening of jazz at the famous Catalina Jazz Club, Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now for the October 1, 2013 performance (for Tickets:

Jon Barnes at Catalina Club

Jon Barnes illustrates how much fun he's having on the tour with Arturo Sandoval

 Jon Barnes, who recently played with Kool and the Gang’s former lead Singer Skip Martinand Grammy Award-Winning Arturo Sandoval (Aug. 2-3), at the famous Catalina Jazz Club ( 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90028), is coming back. Barnes returns Oct. 1, 2013 with Jazz Singer Theresa King.

Barnes is at the Monterey Jazz festival on the Central Coast this weekend, which features George Benson and Dave Holland to name a few.

Barnes has also been commissioned to write music for Grammy Award-winning Arturo Sandoval’s Big Band.  All three (Sandoval, Martin and Barnes) recently returned from the daCarbo Jazz Festival in Europe and hit the ground running the following weekend  with a sold out show at Catalina.

three shot of jon barnes and frineds.

Ray Anthony (Center), is at the top of his uniquely American Institution the Big Bands. Also pictured is Jazz Music Master Jon Barnes, who performed with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin last month and at the daCarbo Jazz Festival.

Jon Barnes has been commissioned to write and produce music for Arturo Sandoval and his big band. Sandoval, protégé of the jazz master, Dizzy Gillespie, was a founding member of the Grammy-winning group Irakere, that had an explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music. It caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world.

Arturo Sandoval plays trumpet at Catilina Jazz Club.

Barnes just wrapped up a European tour in Barnbach, Austria at the DaCarbo Jazz Festival with Arturo Sandoval, lead vocalist, Skip Martin of Kool and the Gang. For the rest of the story visit: