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  • Sacramento, CA
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I'm an SFF Filmmaker
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About me - current project:
=WEBSITE FOR VOICES FOR FREEDOM - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy -- DVD sales, bio, schedule, more.

=Also see my #2 CFF site under CherylSusheelBibbs with a longer bio and more videos:
Laurels, awards and other accomplishments:
See photos and trailer on the Hyers Sisters' Voice for Freedom film here.
6 film festival awards: Berkeley, Houston, Honolulu, Sacramento, Hollywood documentary wins and A Telly Award.

=See Susheel's video work:

A QUICK LOOK: Education Highlights and Key Awards
Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance/Opera
Apprenticeships at the Santa Fe Opera; diplomas at the Mozarteum in Austria
26 years as a touring opera and concert singer and actress
Touring Artist (singer-actress) -- Rosters of the California Arts Council, Missouri Arts Council, The Network to Freedom Program of the National Parks Service, much more

= 7 feature film awards and PBS distributed documentary feature MEET MARY PLEASANT. Screened at Cannes
=National EMMY as WGBH Executive Producer.
2 (CPB) Best Program awards
& Management Training Grant in Radio and TV, Producer-Executive Producer, WGBH-TV and Radio, Boston - 2 CPB

Independent Filmmaker/touring actress
Former long-term Lecturer, UC, Berkeley
President, Daya Kay Communications, Inc.
Director, M.E.P. Productions/Publications
Scriptwriter for documentary films

-2018 - PBS KVIE Arts Showcase Profile 2018
-2017 - Good Day Sacramento Hyers film profile 2017
- 5 best documentary Awards for Voices for Freedom - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy (Festival version).
- Broadcast of this Voices for Freedom (short version) on PBS nationally to 2020
- Marquis Who's Who - Lifetime Achievement Award

-2016 It'l African-American Artsong Alliance's screening and Willis Patterson Award for excellence in research for my film An Unsung Muse, Classical Song of Black Composers

-Two CPB "Best Program" Awards
-A National Emmy Award as Executive Producer of ZOOM, a national TV Series at WGBH-TV, Boston,
-The Highest Commendation for my work on Pleasant and Black classical song by the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco
Inclusion in the National Park Service Network to Freedom Program (Grant received from this national grant and program roster)

MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of Civil Rights in CA) Gold Kahuna Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, Honolulu International Film Festival

In 2008-09
=Screening of Meet Mary Pleasant at Cannes Film Festival
=Broadcasts on PBS and in Canada -- MEET MARY PLEASANT (60 min)
Finalist in the Hollywood Black Film Festival
=Best Director of a Documentary -- New York International Independent Film Festival in New York 08
Cinema screening at the Cannes Film Festival (Marche du Film), 08
=Northern California Silver Telly Award for LEGACIES OF MARY ELLEN PLEASANT -- film short on the Viewfinder Series, KVIE-TV, Sacramento

In 2007
Best Documentary Short --Berkeley Int'l Film Festival
Best Feature Historical Documentary -- New York International Independent Film Festival in Hollywood
My home region is:
Capital Region

About VOICES FOR FREEDOM - The Hyers Sisters' Legacy

Please plan to come to Voices for Freedom – the Hyers Sisters’ Legacy, at the Sacramento Film Festival April 25 at 7 pm on the Delta King, Sacramento. This documentary is now on PBS nationally and the festival version has won awards. See the trailer and DVD at

   The Hyers’ story is colorful and important because it reveals hidden history and sheds light upon many of the social attitudes that persist today. Anna and Emma Hyers were operatic prodigies who used their art to fight against the profiling and ridicule of their people from 1876-1894. The first African-American women to tour successfully across the Land in concert opera, they  are also credited with commissioning and touring the first American musicals.  

   The year 1876 ushered in a period of widespread oppression for workers and terror for African Americans, and in 1877, when federal troops were withdrawn from the South, lynching and night riding increased as black-face minstrel shows mocked black people across the Land.  The attitudes that they produced later fostered social restrictions, such as  “separate but equal.” 

   Despite the perilous times, The Hyers Sisters, as products of the Sacramento/San Francisco’s civil-rights community, stood up for the dignity of their people -- They left concert opera and instead used their popularity to bring  black leading players before their concert audiences for the first time; they produced characters who were like real people rather than caricatures within sympathetic and entertaining musical stories. These "stories" changed minds and hearts and became the first American musicals. They integrated casting in American Music Theater for the first time and were the first to tour under top management.   The musical troupes that followed copied many of the Hyers' innovations, so US Music Theater and human rights owe them a debt of thanks. VOICES FOR FREEDOM tells this story for the first time.

Here's a recent appearance on Good Day Sacramento when the film was first broadcast:

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In-depth site url and Film News

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

Dear Friends. 

Here are the detailed urls for my films and career. Somehow I have two  CFF sites.  

=The new Hyers film, which is in the Sacramento It'l Film Festival is detailed here: 

=Below is the link to my second CFF site, which has a more a detailed bio and more videos:  …


Correct Site url and Film News

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 2:17pm 0 Comments

Dear Friends. 

Here is the correct url for my films. Please use this one.  Somehow I have two sites:

A lot is happening.

=Both films --Voices for Freedom and MEET MARY PLEASANT are on PBS nationally, and in Sacramento Voices for Freedom will broadcast Nov. 15 at 7, Nov 17…


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