2013 Hollywood Black Film Festival Gears Up To Present Inaugural Film Diaspora
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.
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.
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
Writer/Director: Willis Ikedum Sunni Man (New Zealand) Writer/Director: Hamish Mortland
Writer/Director: Shola Amoo
Writers: Edith Nwekenta and Ola Laniyan
Adopted ID (Haiti)
Writer: Andrew Togobo Director: Sonia GoddingTogobo Sodiq (London)
Writer/Director: Adeyemi Michael
To register for the festival and see a full line up of events, visit www.hbff.org. For press credentials, complete the credential form, under press on hbff.org, 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.”
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
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.