KICKING IT OFF IN BEVERLY HILLS
It was a quiet check-in Tuesday at Le Meridien in B.H. and actually not much scheduled until the opening night events, which included a screening (followed by a cast and crew Q&A) of Flip The Script (for more info on Flip, check out Friday's edition of The A-List) and a high-ticket tribute to veteran-photographer-to-Black-stars-everywhere, Bill Jones. The night ended with a party at Level One Supper Club, featuring a performance by R&B singer Madia.
Really most of the films and even panels seem to be clustered around Friday and Saturday but Wednesday's offerings included an interesting documentary on female rappers in Philly entitled Scene and Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip Hop by Moori Holmes, the film's writer, director and producer! Looks at both established and underground artists and their lives. Also, on the plate are short films and today's offerings in the "Black Women In Film" shorts series included Ties that Bind by Angela Gibbs that examines childhood abuse and Wanna Be by Shani Harris Peterson, mostly screening at Fine Arts Theater. And Thursdays screenings seem to promise a little something for everyone--from Milestones of the Civil Rights Movement: Selma March to a "Sex After Dark...Adults Only" shorts series, which includes On The Low. Luther Mace's On The Low (http://torchlightmedia.com/) is a daring short about two African-American high school boys in love. Cast includes Deondray Gossett, Delpano Wills, Tommy Ford, Antoine D'Angelo Lattier, Gene Samuel, Austen Parros. Mace wrote, directed and produced On The Low--and we're sure it'll be the talk of the day at HBFF.