Several new works, including films by distinguished filmmaker Charles Burnett (“To Sleep with Anger”) and Academy Award-nominated David Massey (“Island Breeze of Summer”) will be featured next month at the 24th annual Reel Black Men Short Film Festival.
The Hollywood, Calif.-based film fest, which takes place from Aug. 7-22, also includes an entry selected by a 17-year-old rising filmmaker as well as the works of 21 Black male directors from America, Canada and Cameroon, according to the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center.
“I am excited about the selections for the 2021 festival,” said John Forbes, BHERC executive director. “They are truly outstanding. They are great stories that include drama, horror, romantic comedy, documentary and event sci-fi. The content is diverse and tells both historical and contemporary, fictional and non-fictional stories. They are compelling in many cases, including the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
BHERC’s Reel Black Men film festival made its online debut in 2020 amid the pandemic and continues the format for the 2021 festival. The festival, which features short films from emerging and veteran Black filmmakers, will also feature film screenings and panels for directors.
To register for the festival, go to www.bherc.tv. Admission to the festival is $10. For general and festival information, call 310-284-3170 or email John Forbes at John@bherc.org. Interested parties can also go to www.bherc.org.

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