SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MARCH 6, 2014 – The International Black Women’s Film Festival(tm) (“IBWFF”) is accepting film submissions for the 12th International Black Women’s Film Festival –there are no submission fees until August 2, 2014. The IBWFF will celebrate its twelfth year showcasing innovative, independent shorts, features and documentaries by and/or featuring Black women, regardless of country of origin.

Films completed within the past year, specifically, after July 1, 2013, will be prioritized for consideration, though it is not a guarantee for selection.

All genres -except adult/pornography, technical instructional, or music videos–are accepted. The festival will have a concurrent pay-per-view, online festival to accommodate more films.


AUGUST 2, 2014 – Earlybird Deadline | Free
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 – Regular Deadline
* Feature // Narrative feature is 45 to 120+ minutes in length | $20.00
* Short // Short film is no more than 25 minutes and no less than 1 minute. | $10.00
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 – Late Deadline
* Feature // Narrative feature is 45 to 120+ minutes in length | $35.00
* Short // Short film is no more than 25 minutes and no less than 1 minute. | $25.00
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 – Official Selection Announcement


The festival is committed to the environment and has drastically reduced the amount of paper waste associated with the submission process. Uploaded HD digital films are strongly encouraged and the application is strictly online.




Adrienne Anderson
International Black Women’s Film Festival
548 Market Street, #38322 | San Francisco, CA 94104 – USA | +01 415 935 4991


Founded in 2001 and debuting in 2002, the International Black Women’s Film Festival screens media by and/or about Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical, non-pornographic roles. IBWFF combats negative stereotyping of Black women in film, television and media. The International Black Women’s Film Festival explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media, and how Black women are viewed through the moving image while at the same time being rendered voiceless and invisible.


The Negro Soldier and Preminger’s Porgy and Bess Added to the National Film Registry

The Washington Post announced the new list of recently inducted films into the National Film Registry in Washington, D.C.

Otto Preminger’s film version of Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” (starring Dorothy Dandridge and Sidney Poitier) and “The Negro Soldier” were included in a notable list of films.

Other films included “Forrest Gump”, “Bambi” and “The Lost Weekend”.

According to the Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday:

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington personally selects which films will be added to the National Film Registry, working from a list of suggestions from the library’s National Film Preservation Board and the general public. ‘What it’s proven to me, having done it now for a number of years, is the continuing inventiveness and diversity of how moving images and the film industry have flourished in this country,’ Billington said. ‘There’s just terrific variety and richness.’

Kickstarter Campaign: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Filmmaker Terence Nance has filmed a beautiful, creatively dynamic film called “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.” He has (as of today) 22 days left to receive pledges to complete his film and deliver it to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for screening.

Animation, stop-motion, claymation, performance…what more could you ask! Pledge today! (Remember, if he doesn’t make his goal of $7,675, you will not be charged…but that’s not gonna happen, is it?)

Donate by going to:

British actress/writer/director Amma Asante to direct Belle

Shadow and Act reported that British actress/writer/director Amma Asante (“A Way of Life”) is set to direct a film she co-wrote called “Belle.”

“Belle” is the story of a mixed-race girl who is adopted into an aristocratic white family and eventually falls in love with the vicar’s son, an abolitionist.

Budgeted at $10.1 M, the film is set to production for summer 2012.

To date, no one has been named for the lead roles.

Sundance announces 2012 film program

The pinnacle of independent film festivals –the Sundance Film Festival– has released the list of its 2012 films, including shorts, features and documentaries!

Notable selections include:
2 Days in New York / France (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon. 

Red Hook Summer / U.S.A. (Director: Spike Lee, Screenwriters: James McBride, Spike Lee) — A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he’s never seen before. Cast: Clarke Peters, Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, James Ransone, Thomas Jefferson Byrd.

FISHING WITHOUT NETS (Director: Cutter Hodierne, Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey) — A story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.

LUV / U.S.A. (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton.

Middle Of Nowhere / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ava DuVernay) — When her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity. Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, Edwina Findley.

About Face / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders) — An exploration of beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels. Participants including Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall and Christy Turlington weigh in on the fashion industry and how they reassess and redefine their own sense of beauty as their careers progress.

The Words / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal) — The Words is a layered and haunting tale about a celebrated novelist who must learn to live with the consequences of his undeserved success, and the inescapable consequences of stealing another man’s life and work. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde with Zoe Saldana. (*This is the closing night film)

The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

Untitled Paul Simon Project / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.

The Hidden Smile (El somriure amagat) / Spain (Director: Ventura Durall, Screenwriters: Ventura Durall, Miguel Llansó) — Following a 10-year-old kid who arrives at the Ethiopian capital after escaping from his home and his misfortunes to integrate into a street children group, The Hidden Smile constructs a realistic tale on the values that flourish in a society formed by children.

As the Sundance Film Festival draws closer, there are sure to be more stand-outs that will also be featured!

For more information, visit the Sundance Film Festival at

Exclusive Trailer! KINYARWANDA: Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award Winner Hits Theaters


AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, is pleased to announce that it will open its second film, KINYARWANDA, in theaters on Friday, December 2 in eight cities nationwide.

KINYARWANDA will be released in AFFRM’s founding markets: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle. In addition, three new opening week cities have been added: Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Writer/director Alrick Brown’s compelling feature directorial debut garnered the Sundance Film Festival 2011 Audience Award in the World Cinema Drama category this year, and captured the Grand Prize at the lauded Skip City Film Festival in Japan last week.

In KINYARWANDA, a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles with being absent from her family to foster a greater good, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror. The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Brown presents these personal and heartbreaking stories with steadfast compassion.”

AFFRM is a collaborative theatrical distribution entity powered by the nation’s finest black film organizations. The founding organizations are Urbanworld Film Festival with Imagenation in New York, BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, ReelBlack Film Series in Philadelphia and Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle. AFFRM’s inaugural release was the award-winning film, I WILL FOLLOW, which opened March 2011 in more than 20 cities during its seven week run.

IBWFF Call for Film Submissions!

Click to go to web-site/more info: 


Download the Press Release (PDF)

Regular Deadline
March 10, 2012

March 31, 2012

Adrienne Anderson
548 Market St #38322
San Francisco, CA 94104



Lead character prominently features a woman of African descent/African Diaspora in a non-stereotypical role.


Film may feature the experiences, viewpoints, lifestyles, socio-economic position or stories of Black women, but it is not required for eligibility.


Film was directed and/or produced by a Black woman/woman of the African diaspora (this includes women of the following groups/cultures: Adivasi, Aboriginal Australians, Dravidian, Pilipino Negrito / Ati, Seminole, Dalit, African Latino, Arawak, Carib, Garifuna, “Black Indian”, Black African groups/tribes, East Timorese, Solomon Islander/indigenous Pacific Islander, African/indigenous Caribbean, African Brazilian, indigenous Fijian, indigenous Maori, multi/bi-racial, et al.).

More About Requirements

Films should be timely or directly feature issues, specifically, activities, policies, politics, culture, societal or economic that influence the lives of Black women around the world or in a specific geographical area.

Digital shorts, animation and experimental films may present any issue, but filmmakers should be Black women or prominently feature a Black woman character or issue.


All films (digital, animation, etc.) must be transferred onto a DVD for screenings. The IBWFF no longer accepts VHS or BETA tapes!

Online Films for Online Viewing, Only
Online films can be uploaded to a password-protected site; however, if your online film is selected for online viewing, you must upload it to a public web server or your own web server and send a viewing link.

If you’d like your online film to be considered as a “premiere,” then it cannot be available publicly until it is uploaded for an IBWFFviewing link via such services as YouTube, Vimeo, Brightcove, etc.


Stylist to the Stars L’Toska Powell Passes Away

The Chicago-Sun Times reported that Mrs. L’Toska Powell –stylist to the stars– passed away at 97 years old in Chicago, IL.

L’Toska Powell was there to see the beginnings of African Americans in Hollywood.

The Grenada, Mississippi, native’s family migrated to Chicago, Illinois, 1930’s in search of jobs and a better life. While in Chicago, she was inspired and awed by the thriving Black nightlife that was filled with music, dancing, and glamorous stars. 1930’s Chicago was also home to a growing and bustling mob scene with such crime outfits as the legendary figures as Al Capone and Bugs Moran.

Mrs. Powell was able to carve a niche out of the magnificence of Chicago’s Club DeLisa in the Bronzeville district. African American stars often came through her town and she was able to find an opportunity in doing their hair. Then –as now– few salons would be able to adequately style Black hair, let alone want to do it. She apparently did hair so well that she soon began doing the hair of such stars as Lena Horne, Mahalia Jackson and Dinah Washington.

A graduate from Morgan Park High School, Mrs. Powell studied hair styling under Marjorie Joyner, a protege of the famous Madame C.J. Walker, the nation’s first African American millionaire.

Mrs. Powell is also survived by her nieces Pamela Brown and Patricia Cordell, and her cousins Viola Turrett and Opal Nealy.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carter Funeral Chapels, 2100 E. 75th St., with a funeral service at the chapels at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial is at Lincoln Cemetery at 123rd and Kedzie.


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with Jeff Schimmel

Sat Sep 10 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Hyatt At Fisherman’s Wharf
555 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA

This is a TWO DAY Seminar – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm both days, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH. Seating is VERY limited. Register online:

About Jeff Schimmel

Jeff Schimmel became a writer purely by accident, beginning his 25 year career by selling an idea for a Cold War spy thriller to a Hollywood production company while still in law school. After earning his doctorate degree, Jeff wrote two feature films with Rodney Dangerfield, one of which became the full-length Warner Brothers animated movie, Rover Dangerfield. This led to his first TV writing job on the top ten ABC sitcom, Full House.
After writing and producing a series of short films called The Schimmel Papers for Fox TV’s The Sunday Comics, he became a writer on the groundbreaking series In Living Color, then served as a producer on the last NBC special starring the legendary Bob Hope.

Soon after, Jeff sold a World War II film project based on a true life story to Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios, wrote a comedy feature script for Oscar winner Martin Landau’s Pentagon Pictures at MGM/UA, and performed script consulting services on numerous TV and film projects. Over the years, Jeff has also written and/or produced several hour and half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, and has appeared on camera in many of them. More recently, Jeff spent three seasons as Supervising Producer and writer on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and has appeared as a TV comedy guest lecturer at L.A.’s Screenwriting Expo, contributed to the NBC/Pax TV game show Balderdash, and is now involved in the development of several reality TV projects.

In addition, Jeff has worked extensively with radio industry giants Clear Channel, Radio One, and Emmis Communications as creator and Executive Producer of many top rated radio morning shows around the country. 
Since 1985, Jeff has written and produced for TV and film stars such as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Bob Hope, Harold Ramis, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, George Lopez, Robin Williams, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget, Peter Boyle, Damon Wayans, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, David Alan Grier, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tim Meadows, Gene Simmons, Ken Jeong, Keenen Wayans, David Steinberg, John Stamos, Martin Landau, Kevin Pollak, Busta Rhymes, Cheech Marin, Carlos Mencia, and Jeff’s brother, late comedian Robert Schimmel.

SUNDANCE now accepting shorts and features

More Info:

If you’ve always wanted to submit to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, then here’s your chance!

You can join the ranks of previous films that have made a splash at Sundance, such as Precious, Pariah, and others. The quintessential independent film festival is now accepting FEATURE LENGTH and SHORTS for the 2012 season.

Submissions will be accepted through the same service that we (the International Black Women’s Film Festival) will be using, that is,

Submission fees are listed below.


The following are our deadlines and fees for the upcoming year:
Early Submission Deadline

Monday, August 15, 2011 – $35 ENTRY FEE

Monday, August 15, 2011 – $45 ENTRY FEE
Official Submission Deadline

Friday, September 2, 2011 – $50 ENTRY FEE

Friday, September 2, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE
Late Submission Deadline

Friday, September 23, 2011 – $75 ENTRY FEE

Monday, September 26, 2011 – $100 ENTRY FEE

Please note that the above dates are not postmark deadlines– they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office! If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

If you have any technical issues please contact For all other inquiries, you may contact us via e-mail at

Job: Executive Assistant (NBC Universal – Universal City, CA)

More Information and to Apply, Go to: NBC Universal Here’s a better link (you can’t link directly, but you can search for the Job Number below)

Job Number 2431BR
Job Title Executive Assistant
Business Segment Film
Function Marketing
About Us

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

Career Level Entry-Level
City Universal City
U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces California
Country United States

Responsibilities Role Summary:
The Executive Assistant is responsible for managing schedules, coordinating meetings and handling travel arrangements.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages complex schedule and coordinates meetings with internal and external parties utilizing multiple calendars, often balancing very strict demands of high-level filmmakers and studio heads, and anticipating problems and conflicts in advance
  • Coordinates travel schedules and arrangements, collects required travel documentation
  • Prepares and processes P-card and expense reports in accordance with established divisional travel policy guidelines; Ensures the timely processing of expenses utilizing the latest electronic processes for payment to Corporate credit card
  • Maintains proper recordkeeping and filing system for all work
  • Composes and types routine e-mail correspondence
  • Oversees department-wide script distribution and conference room bookings
  • Performs basic administrative tasks, e.g. photocopying and filing
  • Assists other department members as necessary
  • May assist in making arrangements for temporary help, storage, meeting offsites etc.
  • Handles extremely heavy phones, and acts as back up for the marketing team
  • Takes notes during weekly meeting with marketing executives
  • Maintains contact lists and meeting attendee email groups

Qualifications/Requirements Basic Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience supporting a senior level executive
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Excel
  • Knowledge of all basic office equipment required
  • Bachelor’s degree (or a High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of 5 years of executive assistant experience)

Eligibility Requirements:
Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
Must be willing to take drug test and submit to a background investigation
Must be 18 years or older
Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Desired Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Initiative – Demonstrate initiative by confidently self-starting improvements to office procedures, reports and processes and requires minimal supervision
  • Detailed Oriented – Pays attention to multiple details and multiple tasks while minimizing errors
  • Organization – In order to manage multiple tasks effectively, must be organized in approach and execution of work
  • Team Player – Demonstrates ability to work on a team and willingness to give assistance to co-workers in other areas
  • Confidentiality – Must be able to maintain department business with the utmost confidentially
  • Flexibility – Demonstrates experience working in, and a positive attitude toward a rapidly changing business environment

More Information and to Apply, Go to: NBC Universal Here’s a better link (you can’t link directly, but you can search for the Job Number below)

Job: News Business Administrator (The Walt Disney Company, San Francisco, CA)

POSITION: News Business Administrator
DEPARTMENT: News and Finance Departments
LOCATION: KGO-TV/ABC 7, San Francisco, CA.

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES: This position serves as the primary business operations analyst for the News Department. Duties include responsibility for payroll input processing, development of annual budgets and quarterly forecasts, accounts payable processing, and a variety of activities involved in assisting the News Director and Controller in managing the News department finances.



-Generate regular reports analyzing overtime, freelance utilization and T&E variance for budget management

-Budget build with variance explanations

-Update News Staff & Talent Salary Schedules

-News Freelance Headcount roll

-Review/update News headcount presentation support

-Input into ABC Forecast Tool

Forecast (Labor/Staff) — Quarterly

-Forecast build/roll with variance explanation

-Update News staff and talent salary schedules for actual and adjustments as needed

-News FL Headcount roll

-Summary of changes


-Review time sheets every Friday & Monday

-Resolve time sheets issues (OT, union staff penalties, etc)

-Calculate AFTRA Freelance Vacation (May)

-Work with Payroll to track PA Vacation earned and taken

-Communication with staff regarding Union contract pay increases (when needed)

Human Resources

-Union contract administration (payroll related)

-New hire process for freelancers/daily hires: communication, new hire paperwork & orientation

-Supervise 2 staff


-Invoice & P-Card review/tracking and research when needed

-T&E review and management (research when needed)


-Vendor contracts administration

REQUIREMENTS: Degree in Accounting or Business is required, with at least 3-5 years of experience in a medium to large company. Media and news department experience is preferred.

Key competencies:

1) Work well under pressure with tight deadlines and shifting priorities.

2) Must have exceptional interpersonal and verbal skills with strong organizational skills.

3) Strong PC skills with spreadsheets and word processing in a Windows environment.

4) Experience in an SAP environment is a significant plus.

5) Analytical skills: Ability to work with union contracts in order to ensure payroll processing is correct and to assist in making efficient operational decisions for department with over 100 employees.

No relocation available.


Click here to apply online

JOB: Creative Film Services Music Coordinator (Walt Disney Studios – Burbank, CA)

Creative Film Services Music Coordinator

**NOTE: This is a 1-year Project position to be based in Burbank, CA**

Key Responsibilities:

• Assist VP in liaising with WDSHE creative executives / producers regarding deadlines and upcoming projects
• Compile Playlists for VP of songs to be considered for WDSHE marketing.
• Send audio files of approved song ideas to WDSHE vendors
• Assist VP in coordinating original music for WDSHE marketing materials and in sending agreements to composers
• Assist VP in locating appropriate library cues for WDSHE materials and suggest library alternatives to commercial music when necessary
• Assist VP in obtaining original score and songs for all direct to DVD releases for use in WDSHE marketing
• View all WDSHE marketing materials, including trailers, Tv spots, bonus materials and menus
• Obtain cue sheets for all materials
• Confirm all music listed on cue sheets matches music in materials
• Alert supervisor if any music is not from an authorized library or is a commercial copyright
• Enter all cue titles, composer information, publisher and label into FileMaker data base
• Create formal cue sheet for all materials that ship
• Maintain iTunes library of all music cues used in all WDSHE film marketing campaigns
• Provide all clear music to WDSHE vendors for each campaign
• Maintain budgets for all WDSHE marketing campaigns
• Track all library contracts and expiration dates
• Facilitate clearance of all library cues in WDSHE marketing materials


• Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Communications or Related Field
• At least 3 years experience in marketing in Music industry.
• Must have strong organization and multi-tasking skills under tight deadlines.
• Must have strong interpersonal skills to build relationships with internal and external partners.
• Must be proactive and trouble shoot as needed.
• Strong written and oral communication skills and a professional presentation, with the ability to consistently perform above and beyond defined responsibilities to ensure success of projects.
• Must be Mac literate and have strong knowledge of Apple Mail, FileMaker Pro, iTunes
• ProTools knowledge is a plus

Click here to read more and apply (off-site link)

Nominate the International Black Women’s Film Festival for the Black Web Award!

Deadline: July 1, 2011!

First, let me preface: I know this is short notice…but I just found out!

The Black Web Awards is a yearly award for sites focusing on sites about the
African Diaspora, especially in entertainment, health, careers, and blogs.
This year, I’m going to see if my site
–the International Black Women’s Film Festival–
can get nominated…and eventually, WIN! :)

Voting is FREE is the deadline is JULY 1st, 2011.

Please take only a moment to nominate my site in one or all of the following categories:

  • Best Black Movie Site – Indie
  • Best Site for Sistahs
  • Best Actress Site

Thank you and thanks to those who already voted! 😀


Job: CBS News Anchor for KPIX in San Francisco

News Anchor (req ID# 8813BR)

CBS Business Unit CBS Television Stations
Division/Station 1051/KPIX
Station KPIX-TV
Department News
Location California – San Francisco

Job Description

Description of Duties:
Anchor will provide news reports for KPIX-TV news programs. Anchor will participate in the selection of news information for presentation to the viewers. Must be able to gather, assemble and explain information on all stories assigned to you. Occasionally may be assigned to cover stories outside the station – on location. Write clearly and interestingly and use video and graphics to illustrate facts and ideas in the story. Anchor will interview guests appropriate to the stories being presented. Anchor should be up to date with current events. Will also be available to make personal appearances to promote the station. This position is represented by AFTRA.

Required Skills/Experience Requirements:
Must have at least six years of comparable television experience, with a minimum of 3 years as a news anchor, working in local market or network television news. Must have in-depth presentation and oral communication skills. Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of personnel. Must be able to do live reporting in an engaging and effective manner. Familiarity with the Bay Area extremely helpful. College degree required or equivalent experience.

Preferred Skills/Experience

Physical Demands:
Must be able to operate keyboard with accuracy and speed, and have a valid driver’s license in order to drive to reporting locations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Submit resume to:
KPIX/KBCW will no longer accept mailed, faxed or emailed resumes, please use the above link to apply. Must send tape separately.

Send tape to:
KPIX News Department
Attn: Assistant News Director
855 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Hours: As assigned
Work Days: As assigned
Date Posted: June 16, 2011

Job Status Full Time

Join Actress Velina Brown in Kiss the Cook and Farmer, Too! A PBS 13-Part Series

Join San Francisco Mime Troupe actress and director Velina Brown who will host the 13-part PBS pilot series called “Kiss the Cook and the Farmer, Too!” Velina is the host of this for-PBS show, which hightlights sustainable agriculture and eating – from planting the greens, to raising the animals, to choosing the ingredients, to cooking it all just right, then eating!

The show is hosting a fundraiser for the series on Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $150 each. The invitation is below:

Savory Thymes invites you

to a farm-to-table evening to benefit…
Kiss the Cook & The Farmer Too
A Public Television Series About Great Food & Sustainable Agriculture

Saturday, June 4, 2011
7:00 – 10:00 pm

Hillside Gardens, Mill Valley, California

• Local & Seasonal Food and Drink
• Live Music by The Creole Belles
• Sneak Preview of the Series Pilot Organic Roots
• Prizes of goods and services from local farms and sustainable businesses

Ticket Price: $150.00. All ticket purchases are fully tax deductible.
Contact Jan Camp about group tickets without vendor fees.
Tickets by Credit Card
(through Brown Paper Tickets)

Purchase PayPal Tickets on the series
website at:
Tickets by Check to:

Community Works West
1535 Juanita Way
Berkeley, CA 94702

Bossip asks if Essence Magazine is still relevant

To start: Good question.

I personally lost interest in Essence in the late-80’s when I read the article: “Is Kente Cloth Appropriate at Work?” For me (but not for many people) that was a serious turning point for a magazine that empowered Black women readers and inspired those same readers to aspire to something more than what the mainstream press was presenting to us.

I was one of those Essence babies whose mother read Essence Magazine. Their covers featured dark sisters with beautiful short ‘fros, caramel sisters with natural hair, and lighter sisters with blue eyes. Essence Magazine’s relevance was that it was an answer to the daily degradation Black women were being bombarded with all over the world. When the media was silent about Black women who were overwhelmingly victims of rape, abuse, and abduction, it was Essence Magazine that covered the issues. They were there to tell Black women about the growing risk of HIV contraction by Black women. They were also there to cover our sheroes and women who we would never have heard of if it were not for Essence.

Sadly, that focus has been shifted., a premiere Black gossip site that covers Black celebrities, rappers and athletes, recently posted an opinion piece that was sent to one of their editors. The piece was written by a man, namely Raynard Jackson from Washington, D.C.

His opinion piece was well articulated, timely and insightful. Though there are still many supporters of Essence who may disagree with his observations, he does bring up several points that beg for further discussion.

One observation states:

There were unique issues relevant to Black women that other publications were totally ignorant of. Black women could not wear the same makeup that white women could—there are differences in skin type. Black women have unique issues when it comes to styling their hair—there were no mainstream publications that dealt with these differences.

While he gives some background to the history of Essence Magazine, he’s also quite pointed in voicing some of his larger issues with the magazine, for example:

One of the speakers (at the Essence Music Festival) listed under “Empowerment” is “NeNe” Leakes. She is one of the main characters of the reality TV show, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta“…Leakes is a foul mouth, angry, nasty person on the show and from media accounts in real life also…What can they teach women about “empowerment?” Is this really the image of Black women Essence wants to promote?

In times past, Black women used to look forward to reading Essence Magazine for upliftment. That was then, this is now. Black women no longer have the Essence of their mother and grandmother… In Essence, there is no essence!

Whether you agree or disagree, the letter makes some valid arguments. Read the entire letter at

IBWFF Community Partner MUBI Showing Cannes Retrospective Films for FREE Until June 30!

Some of you may remember that the 2010 International Black Women’s Film Festival had wonderful community partners! Our community partners included MUBI (previously known as The Auteurs), a wonderful social network for real cineastes who love film and larger discussions around film. MUBI also has amazing collaborations with outstanding directors and film festivals, and director Martin Scorsese was one of the first directors to see to possibilities of MUBI/The Auteurs!

Well, MUBI has done it again!

Until June 30th, 2011, the first 1,000 views of the films in their Cannes Retrospective will be FREE for viewing –in their entirety! You must be a MUBI member to view any of their films.

Make sure you follow me while you’re there! My lists rock and my lists are some of the only ones that include Black women in film.

Watch over 60 films, including the ones below!

FISH DREAMS // Brazil 2006 111 Min DIR Kirill Mikhanovsky

FISH DREAMS // Brazil 2006 111 Min DIR Kirill Mikhanovsky

ROMA // Mexico 2009 26 Min DIR Elisa Miller

ROMA // Mexico 2009 26 Min DIR Elisa Miller

France 2008 20 Min DIR Hachimiya Ahamada

Ylang Ylang Residence // France 2008 20 Min DIR Hachimiya Ahamada

The End of Poverty?

The End of Poverty? // United States 2008 106 Min DIR Philippe Diaz

Negropolitan // France 2009 18 Min DIR Gary Pierre-Victor

NÉGROPOLITAIN // France 2009 18 Min DIR Gary Pierre-Victor

DEMAIN PEUT-ÊTRE France 2008 11 Min DIR Guilhem Amesland

DEMAIN PEUT-ÊTRE // France 2008 11 Min DIR Guilhem Amesland

ANBAFEY // France 2008 6 Min DIR Dominique Duport

ANBAFEY // France 2008 6 Min DIR Dominique Duport

Producer Candice Afia’s “Patient Zero” Goes Viral

Producer Candice Afia’s film “Patient Zero” is getting rave reviews and was selected as an Official Selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival and is screening as a short at the internationally renowned Cannes Film Festival in France.

This short film is a dramatic thriller where two doctors must decide how to stop a peculiar disease from spreading. How far will these doctors go for the greater good…?

Coming to screen near you!

“A Bronx Tale” and “Sugar Cane Alley” Top Cannes Classics list


Two films with prominent roles by Black women have made the exclusive Cannes Classics –a program introduced in 2004 to re-introduce extraordinary and outstanding films to the international Cannes audience. The films are “A Bronx Tale” and “Sugarcane Alley.”

Sugarcane Alley (1983)

“Sugarcane Alley” (originally titled Rue cases nègres) was written and directed by Martinque-born filmmaker Euzhan Palcy. The film centers around a young boy and his grandmother who live and work on a Martinique sugarcane plantation in the 1930’s. The young boy listens to stories of Africa from the elders and enters an essay contest at

Film still from the film Sugarcane Alley

school where he details what he’s heard. He’s accused of plagiarism and the future of his academic career are threatened. “Sugarcane Alley” went on to win over 17 awards, including the César Award (the French equivalent to Academy Award). Ms. Palcy’s remarkable filmmaking talents were also used for apartheid-era film “A Dry White Season” based on a novel by South African writer André Brink. Ms. Palcy also credits her career growth to her mentor, the renowned French director François Truffaut.

A Bronx Tale (1993)

“A Bronx Tale” was based on a one-man stage show by actor Chazz Palminteri, who also starred in the film as neighborhood gangster Sonny. The original play –and movie– is a coming of age story based on Palminteri’s childhood in the Bronx, including the story of him growing up as an Italian teenager who falls in love with an African American teenage girl in from a neighboring school. The young man must choose between the path his jazz-loving, working class father is hoping for him and the fast money and fast life his other father-figure –the mob boss Sonny– is offering to him.

“A Bronx Tale” was directed by actor Robert Deniro who also stars as the young boy’s father. The young actress who played the main character’s girlfriend, was Taral Hicks who went on to star in “Belly” with rappers Nas and DMX, “The Preacher’s Wife” with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, and the television series “Soul Food,” based on the film with the same name. Main actor Lilo Brancato went on star in other roles, including to hit HBO series “The Sopranos,” but had his career upended when he was involved and convicted in a botched robbery attempt that result in manslaughter.

The full Cannes Classics list is as follows:

  • A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) by Georges Melies (France, 1902, 16′)
  • Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1971, 137′)
  • The Machine to Kill Bad People (La Macchina Ammazzacattivi) by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1952, 80′)
  • A Bronx Tale by Robert De Niro (USA, 1993, 121′).
  • The Conformist (Il Conformista) by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 1970, 118′)
  • Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Négres) by Euzhan Palcy (France, 1983, 106′)
  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child by Jerry Schatzberg (USA, 1970, 105′)
  • The Law of the Border (Hudutlarin Kanunu) by Lufti O. Akad (Turkey, 1966, 74′)
  • No Man’s Land (Niemandsland) by Victor Trivas (Germany, 1931, 81′).
  • The Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du paradis) by Marcel Carné (France, 1945, 190′)
  • Despair by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany, 1978, 115′)
  • The Savage (Le Sauvage) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (France, 1975, 106′)
  • Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d’un été) by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin (France, 1966, 91′)
  • The Assassin (L’Assassino) by Elio Petri (Italy, 1961, 100′)

And the following documentaries:

  • The Look by Angelica Maccarone (Germany / France, 2011, 95′)
  • Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel by Alex Stapleton (USA, 2011, 125′)
  • Belmondo … Itineraire by Vincent Perrot and Jeff Domenech (France, 2011, 86′)
  • Kurosawa’s Way (Kurosawa, la Voie) by Catherine Cadou (France, 2011, 52′)
  • Once Upon a Time … A Clockwork Orange (Il était une fois… Orange mécanique) by Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment (France, 2011, 52′)

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