Wednesday│September 27, 2017 │6:30 PM

@ Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn
Located on Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.


Reel Sisters Film Festival in association with Kumble Theater present Black Women’s Joy: How Do You Play?

Reel Sisters in association with Kumble Theater will kick off the festival’s 20th Anniversary season with “Black Women’s Joy: How Do You Play?”  Join us for a preview of Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s Little Sallie Walker, a documentary that tells the story of Black women who hold on to childhood play to survive in America. What is play? How has this jubilant ritual given generations of Black girls pleasure, refuge and power? Enjoy an evening of fun and sharing stories as we journey into childhood to reclaim our freedom to experience joy. Special guests from the film and community will join in. For information call: 212-865-2982 or 718-488-1624 Free! Donations Welcomed!

About the filmmaker

Marta Effinger-Crichlow (Producer/Director/Writer) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses film, theatre and literature as she focuses upon black women and girls and freedom and place. She is the author of Staging Migrations toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones (University Press of Colorado).

Tuesday│October 3, 2017 │7 PM

647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY


BRIC Stoop Series: Reel Films by Reel Sisters
A Conversation on Race, Justice & Politics in Film presented by African Voices

African Voices presents an exciting evening of short films produced, directed and written by women of color! In honor of Reel Sisters 20th Anniversary, we will show five powerful shorts by women directors that range from fashion and inspirational slices of life stories to the poignant story of a couple grieving over their son’s untimely murder by a cop and a jury weighing whether to convict cops in a police brutality case.

Join us for the screening of Proclamation Punctuation directed by Sewra G. Kidane; Love, New York directed by Dionna McMillian; See Me Now directed by Sharon Lewis; The Creed Directed by Stacey Muhammad with producers Marc Lamont Hill, Michael A. Pinckney and Wendell Jordan; and /smokd/ directed by Tamika Miller.

Kim Singleton, a member of Reel Sisters Advisory Board and host of Consider It Blacklit, will moderate a conversation on Race, Justice and Politics with filmmakers including Michael A. Pinckney (The Bad Boys of R&B & Precious) and more.

Proclamation Punctuation
Director Sewra G Kidane
Producer Namakula Nasejje Musoke
Length: 4 min., 35 sec.    Category: Narrative

“Proclamation Punctuation” is an enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives. Periods are so period, where as an exclamation point livens up a sentence.


Love, New York
Producer/Director/Writer: Dionna McMillian
Length: 9:46            Category: Narrative

Carmen is on her way to an important audition, when she mistakenly picks up the wrong cup of coffee at her favorite cafe, which leaves her fighting more than just her nerves in the audition room.

See Me Now
Director: Sharon Lewis
Producers: Dharini Woollcombe, Linda A. Palmieri
Length: 7 min. 36 sec.             Category: Narrative

Ambrosia is in deep danger of becoming extinct from her own life. The demands of being an end of life nurse, a single mom of a self absorbed daughter, and caring for her judgmental father; have left Ambrosia a husk of her former self.  Will a chance encounter with an enchanting elderly former prima ballerina offer the opportunity for Ambrosia to awaken from the drudgery of her life? Will she embrace this moment or continue to fade away in her lonely life?


The Creed
Length: 16 min., 48 sec.
Director/Writer: Stacey Muhammad     Producers: Marc Lamont Hill, Michael A. Pinckney and Wendell Jordan

A grieving couple struggles to cope with the murder of their son while contemplating taking justice into their own hands. The murder of Brandon Lee, a 15-year-old African American student, by Vincent Pagliaro, a white cop, intensifies racial tension between a community who feels terrorized by police and a department committed to protecting it’s own.

Producer/Director: Tamika Miller
Producers: Vitaly Koshman, Sophia Solomon, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd
Length: 15 min., 1 sec.

Tempers flare when twelve grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who allegedly kills a man during an arrest.

Saturday│October 7, 2017 │6:30 PM

Click Here for Reel Sisters Awards Ceremony

@Billie Holiday Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday│October 17, 2017 │6:30 PM

Reel Sisters Filmmakers Award Tribute to Nicole Franklin

343 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd.

TICKETS: $15. Seating limit, please reserve tickets in advance.


Photo by Francesca Andre

On Tues., Oct. 17 at 6:30 pm, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will present our first Reel Sisters Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran film producer/director Nicole Franklin for her outstanding contributions to cinema. Nicole is a prolific filmmaker whose career spans 25 years in the industry. As a Reel Sisters alumna, it is a great honor to celebrate Nicole’s work during the festival’s 20th Anniversary milestone. The tribute will take place at Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd., in Harlem. Tickets: $15. Light refreshments.

Reel Sisters will screen Nicole’s first feature narrative Title VII and host a conversation following the film. The event is a part of Reel Sisters Filmmakers Awards and will recognize our 2017 award recipients.

Reel Sisters Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Nicole Franklin is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer and an Assistant Professor of Television Production at Hofstra University. She has recently made her narrative feature directorial debut with TITLE VII, a film on the rarely discussed subject of same-race discrimination. Her other directing credits include The Double Dutch Divas!, Journeys In Black: the Jamie Foxx Biography, Black Enterprise Business Report, and corporate videos. Educational films executive produced by her company EPIPHANY Inc. and directed by Nicole include Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown and the 10-chapter series Little Brother, both titles distributed by Third World Newsreel and currently airing on kweliTV. For information on Nicole visit:

Friday│October 20, 2017 │7 PM- 12 Midnight

2296 Frederick Douglass (Across from Magic Johnson Theater)


On Fri., Oct. 20, 7 pm, Reel Sisters will officially kick off our 20th Anniversary festival with an evening of networking, dancing and fun at the ALOFT Hotel in Harlem! We will start the celebration with film industry professionals sharing information on opportunities beyond the film festival circuit. A live DJ will jam from 8 pm-12 midnight. The event is free. Happy hour will last until 8 pm with drinks half-priced.

Please RSVP in advance. Further details on special guests will be announced shortly.