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Reel Sisters Honors Title VII Director Nicole Franklin at Filmmakers Award Reception

on Oct. 17 at Maysles Documentary Center

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 and recognize the festival’s 2017 award recipients. The Reel Sisters Filmmakers Awards reception will be held at Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Blvd., in Harlem. Tickets: $15. Light refreshments. For tickets/info visit www.reelsisters.com.

Reel Sisters will screen Nicole’s first feature narrative Title VII and host a conversation following the film.

Nicole is a prolific filmmaker whose career spans 25 years in the industry. 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: www.nicolefranklin.com.

Reel Sisters is proud to present ten films with top awards for cinematic excellence. Film lovers can join us in celebrating our honorees and enjoy the films on October 21-22, 2017 at Reel Sisters 20th Anniversary film festival, which will be held at Magic Johnson theater in Harlem and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Brooklyn.

Our list of award-winning films is below. Please check the website for schedule and times.

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Rise Up
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235684362

Director: John Psanthas       Producer: Lili Calfee, Joanne Zielinski, John Psathas, Tayrece Wise, Franshay Lopez, Deja Flanagan, Shawntel Smitherman
11 min. 18 sec., documentary
Rise Up is written, produced, and shot by four African American high-school girls living in Chicago’s public housing. Through a series of interconnected vignettes, the film explores the impact of violence on young women through their own eyes and in their own words.

BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD
HUSH
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235686114

Director: Alex J.Campbell  Producer: Candice Onyeama
HUSH is a short drama set in London that tells the story of an extraordinary day in the life of a British Nigerian family. When their youngest daughter Uche stops talking, her silence reveals uncomfortable truths.

BEST DIRECTOR
The First Stone
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235683542

Director: Kaisan Rei     Producer: Kulaba Kyabanji
16 min., Narrative
Reigh returns home from prison to find her family is torn apart at the seams and it’s up to her to put it back together.

BEST WEB SERIES AWARD
Everything I Did Wrong In My 20s
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235684805

Directors: Lyn Ross, Kim Williams   Producers: Kim Williams, Paul Baker
A 35+ year old woman’s search for happiness as she reflects on the choices she made in her 20’s. Season 3 of a popular web series.

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
TOURMENTS D’AMOUR
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235684035

Director: Caroline Jules  Producer: Ron Dyens
On an island off the coast of Guadeloupe, two sisters, Myriam and Vanessa, have planned to stay for a few days in the family house, where the sweet memory of their grandmother is still vivid. But Vanessa is not aware that a particular guest is expected for lunch and when she catches sight of their father, a cold and quiet man that she didn’t want to see anymore, it is too late to escape the confrontation.

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT AWARDS
/smokd/
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235682873

Director: Tamika Miller   Producers: Tamika Miller, Vitaly Koshman, Sophia Solomon, Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd
Tempers flare when 12 grand jurors deliberate whether to indict, or not indict, a police officer who allegedly kills a man during an arrest.


Charcoal

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235683154

Producer/Director: Francesca Andre
Charcoal is a story about redemption and overcoming pain. This film focuses on two Black women, who have been victims of colorism. Although there are vast distances between each of them, their lives are parallel. They constantly face a barrage of social messages that erode their self-worth and self-esteem.

REEL SISTERS SPIRIT AWARD
That’s Why They Call Us Colored
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235682425

Director: Malika Franklin, Ashton Pina      Producer: Malika Franklin
A distant relative comes to a family reunion and comes to terms with his family history in this delightful short.

BEST ANIMATION AWARD
Black Enuf*
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235685371

Director/ Producer: Carrie Hawks
A queer oddball seeks approval from Black peers despite serious lack of hip-hop credentials and a family that “talks white.” The film interweaves stories from my great-grandmother’s autobiography, interviews of family & friends and my hand-drawn memories.

BEST EXPERIMENTAL AWARD
Proclamation Punctuation
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/235685082

Director: Sewra G Kidane    Producer: Namakula Nasejje Musoke
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, whereas an
exclamation point livens up a sentence.

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