Let’s all go the movies, let’s all go the movies…
Today begins Atlanta’s famed A3C music, arts, and films festival. We are proud and honored to be media partners this year and we will be hosting our own Ladies First: Women In Hip-Hop panel along with very esteemed women
But in addition to that, we very much looking forward to seeing some of the amazing films that will be screening throughout the weekend.
Flip the page to check out some of the ones we are most excited about seeing. The place and time are listed as well, hope to see some of you there!
Images via A3C/Danny Clinch
Wednesday October 8th 1:00 PM @ #FilmRM (Artist Center)
This is a story is about the American Dream in the age of the school-to-prison pipeline—the nation-wide phenomenon in which high school dropout rates coincide with mass incarceration of urban youth.
The city of Holyoke transformed from the paper capital of the world to arson capital of the United States. The story follows Iesha Ramos, a college student born and raised in Holyoke who returns to her city every day to mentor students in her afterschool program, the Teen Resource Project. Paper City started from interviews with these students, who must navigate through booming drug economies, struggling school systems, gang warfare, and unprecedented rates of mass incarceration. In response, a community of teachers, law officers, filmmakers, activists and politicians created Paper City for students to realize their own dreams outside the school-to-prison pipeline.
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, Paper City is both a film and an educational project that aims to continue the legacy of King by bringing a civil rights perspective to modern day America.
Is the voice of the youth the only relevant voice in hip-hop? With hip-hop recently celebrating it’s 40th birthday is it time to rethink that unwritten rule? Can artists in their 30s and 40s remain relevant in an industry that primarily caters to the younger generation? Some of the most popular hip-hop artists (Jay-Z, Kanye) are now husbands and fathers and acts from the 80s & 90s such as Nas, Public Enemy and De La Soul are still touring and even releasing new material. Now may be the time to look at the maturing of hip-hop music and what it means to the artists and the fans, both the new and those who grew up with the genre.
Time is Illmatic
Friday October 10th 3:00 PM @ #FilmRM (Artist Center)
Time Is Illmatic is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Twenty years after its release, Illmatic has become a hip-hop benchmark that encapsulates the socio-political outlook, enduring spirit, and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.
The Hip Hop Fellow
Friday October 10th 5:00 PM @ #FilmRM (Artist Center)
The Hip-Hop Fellow is a feature length documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University.
FEATURED INTERVIEWEES INCLUDE: DR. HENRY LOUIS GATES, KENDRICK LAMAR, YOUNG GURU, DR. MARK ANTHONY NEAL, PHONTE, DR. MARCYLIENA MORGAN, ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD, AB-SOUL, RAPPER BIG POOH & DJ PREMIER.
Saturday October 11th 1:00 PM @ #FilmRM (Artist Center)
In the documentary we learned how the ‘Souls Of Mischief’ were able to make groundbreaking moves in the music industry in terms of how artists deal with labels, having strong support systems, as well as letting things grow organically musically & within their own personal friendships. Many of the obstacles & self discovery the group went through is no different that what many artists continue to go through today especially when it comes to rap groups.