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Reel Sisters Film Festival – Oct. 15-16, 2011!

Reel Sisters Screens Films from across the Globe!

The 14th Annual Reel Sisters Film Festival will screen more than 25 films directed, produced or written by women of color from across Brooklyn to Great Britain. “From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Defining Feminism in Film & Media,” the festival’s theme for this year, will present a dynamic conversation defining how women of color are portrayed in the media and their contributions to expanding the definition of feminism in today’s society. The festival will be held from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2011 at Long Island University, Kumble Theater, Brooklyn Campus.

For tickets and the full schedule, please call (718) 488-1624 or 347-534-3304.  

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Reel Sisters, a Brooklyn-based film festival founded by African Voices magazine and LIU, Brooklyn Campus, is dedicated to supporting women of color filmmakers.  The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival is supported, in part, by Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th C.D., the New York City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Brooklyn Arts Council.

Some notable films in the Reel Sisters Festival are:

A free screening of In Our Heads about Our Hair, a film celebrating the history and tradition o Black HAIRitage! The screening will be held on Saturday at 9 pm and followed by a short Q. & A. To RSVP for the screening call: (347) 534-3304 or e-mail:

Harriet Returns
Length: 9 min.       Category: Narrative
Director:  Marquis Smalls    Writer: Tamu Favorite
Producers: Tamu Favorite, Marquis Smalls

Synopsis: Harriet Returns is a short film where Harriet Tubman urgently return to modern times to emancipation to young wanna be rappers who use the “N” word as term of endearment. She believes they have enslaved themselves.

The Future Wags of Great Britain
Length: 23 min.      Category: Narrative
Director:  Destiny Ekaragha     Producer: Elinor Day

Synopsis: Missy and Kim are two very different sisters. Missy is a regular clubber while Kim is a studious high achiever but when times get tough they unite in a plan to gamble their way to success.

The Naked Option
Length: 64 min.      Category: Documentary
Director/Producer: Candace Schermerhorn
Synopsis: The Naked Option reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to make their voices heard. The courageous Emem J. Okon leads them in their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. These women are taking over where men have failed, transforming their “naked power” into 21st century political action.

The Black Cage
Length: 11 min.      Category: Experimental
Director: Crystle Clear Roberson Producers: Dianne Ashford, Latisha Fortune
Synopsis: What would you do if you woke up trapped? Confined behind a locked door in a mysterious metal cage with no recollection of where you are or how you got there?

Truth about Beauty and Blogs
Length: 13 min., 1 sec.       Category: Narrative
Director: Rosalyn Coleman Williams
Producer: Craig T. Williams, Toni Robison-May, Kelechi Ezie

Synopsis: A social media diva is thrown off her game when her boyfriend’s web activities start to interfere with her picture perfect image.

Urban Lullaby
Length: 8 min.     Category: Narrative
Director/Producer:  Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

Synopsis: A stressed-out artist is at the breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood.

Length: 18 min., 7 sec.       Category: Narrative
Director:  Lenny Payan       Writer: Carmen Scott
Producers: Carmen Scott, Lenny Payan

Synopsis: Danielle feels like the littlest person in the room. Her job as the script coordinator for a wildly popular television drama sounds exciting but with a job description of copy, collate, repeat, she doesn’t quite agree. When producers introduce plans to shoot an ill-conceived “urban” episode of the show, Danielle finally feels compelled to use her voice. But will it be big enough?

Little Brother:  The Street
Length:  15min                        Category:  Documentary
Producer/Director/Camera:  Nicole Franklin Co-Producer:  Jasmin Tiggett

Synopsis: Little Brother is a series of films where young African American boys share their relationship with Love.  As a follow up to the debut film, Little Brother:  Things Fall Apart, this second chapter of the series has the camera accompanying young men during their walk home from school on the very active streets of Chicago’s inner city.  Little Brother: The Street is filmed entirely on the iPhone4.

Severed Souls
Length: 25 min., 7 sec.      Category: Documentary
Director/Producer:  Tina Morton

Synopsis: In 1946 amid conflicting evidence, Corrine Sykes a petite, mentally challenged 20 year old ‘Colored’ maid was tried, sentenced, and executed for murder. Severed Souls is a documentary, which chronicles the community memory and the filmmaker’s haunted connection to the case.

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