#Team88 was out and about this past weekend taking in all the goodies at the 2nd annual Hip Hop Film Festival! Throughout film festivals in the world, this one focuses on filmmakers and movie fans who not only grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop but have a love for it as well .
The festival took place in the black mecca – Harlem USA at the National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Arts.
The festival’s opening film Swagger is a touching documentary about eleven children with fascinating personalities growing up in one of the poorest housing estates in France.
Master cypher #BossChicks :Women Who Create Narratives – focused on powerful women in the film/media industry dedicated to changing the narrative in such a male dominated field. Featuring director Azuree Lyman, CEO of The National Black Theatre Sade Lythcott & journalist Crystal Berger, these ladies spoke on having to stay on the cutting edge, knowing your worth, and understanding that in order to build we as women must build together.
One movie in particular ‘See You Yesterday’ was one of #Team88’s fav. In the short (which is on it’s way to become a featured film) two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas – determined to outwit fate and role-play as God – build make-shift time machines to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer. A sci-fi short dealing with the realism of today’s social injustices is a thumbs up for us.
Everyone knows after the party it’s the… after party! To sum up the night’s events “Art After Dark” showcased some dope artwork by upcoming artiste. Artist Alim Smith debuted his new series of paintings. The series juxtaposes the themes from the blockbuster movie GET OUT with the real life issues surrounding gentrification. He also took popular memes of black culture and constructed them into his own work. The interactive art exhibit also featured it’s own score to highlight the experience of the showcase.
Thank you CR Capers and all involved in making this festival. This gave everyone here at Established in 88 the motivation needed to take our love for film to the next level.
Hmmm… maybe we’ll have a movie shown at #HHFF someday.
WE ROCK, WE DON’T STOP!