3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival
Planet Rock: Hip Hop Shorts
(in alphabetical order)
Cakes Da Killa: No Homo
USA, 2013, 13 min.
Dir. Ja'Tovia Gary
Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes da Killa is a young, up and coming rapper who also happens to be an out and proud gay man. With provocative lyrics that explore sexuality and gender politics, he's not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might become your new favorite.
USA, 2013, 28 min.
Dir. Alfred Gragg
Venture behind the velvet rope in this chronicle of Jamaica House, 'the studio 54 of hip-hop', one of L.A.'s biggest clubs of the 90s. In this coming of age documentary, we see the four young founders who were friends since boyhood, struggle with new money, new fame, and old demons as the club survives gangs, drugs, and the L.A. Riots. The film also chronicles the experiences of the former promoters and patrons at the club's height and features never-before-seen interviews and footage of Run-DMC, Tupac Shakur, The Roots, Notorious B.I.G., GangStarr, Pharcyde, and members of NWA.
Underexposed: Indie Hip-Hop in Atlanta
USA, 2012, 5 min.
Dir. w. feagins, jr.
Over the past two decades, Atlanta's population has exploded with a tremendous influx of transplants from cities across the nation and around the world, bringing with them their talents, skills, experience and individuality. As a result of its changing population, Atlanta's indie hip-hop scene has become a large, diverse and active cross-section of artists. Yet Atlanta, as with most cities, remains to be defined primarily by its mainstream artists. Underexposed: Indie Hip-Hop in Atlanta sharpens the focus of the image of the music scene in one of America’s most popular southern cities.
Words by Rakim
USA, 2013, 5 min.
Dir. Matt Bieler
Words by Rakim is a re-introduction and aural celebration of one of hip-hop’s most, if not the most, influential MC in history. Inspired by the vinyls that birthed the art form, this film presents two sides of an artist (side A and side B) and the streets and city that he inspired. His two more famous verses have been remixed, but the words will never change.
Yrak de Doble Filo & Darwin de Golpe Seko (Hip Hop Cubano)
Cuba, 2014, 11 min.
Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
World renowned rapper Yrak Saens (one half of the group Doble Filo) a pioneer of Cuban Rap takes to the streets to find the next generation of Cuban Hip Hop. Travel on a journey from Havana to Santiago searching for the next star of Hip Hop Cubano.
Q&A w/Ja’Tovia Gary & Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi*
The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival is made possible in part due to generous support from the Knight Foundation, Lomax Family Foundation, PECO, Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360°, Wyncote Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, Community Council Health Systems, Leeway Foundation, Miller-Worley Foundation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Skai Blue Media, Red Bull, Aqua Energy, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Mazzoni Center, La Colombe, Spodee, Uber, and individual donors; and in partnership with Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, International House, Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live, Center for Africana Studies at UPenn, Okayplayer, Black&Sexy TV, Little Giant Media, i-g Creative, and Reelblack.