The Hip Hop Film Festival produced by Harlem Film House is finally wrapping up. The month-long event is celebrating its final week with star-studded events, film screenings, and cyphers. Among the exciting events is the “We Run This” Master Cypher on Monday, (Aug. 30), which REVOLT CEO Detavio Samuels will participate in at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT.
Moreover, on Sept. 2 there will be a showing of Big Fifty; a BET film directed by television personality, radio DJ, and film director Russ Parr that tells the real-life redemptive story of Delrhonda “Big Fifty” Hood. The screening will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn, New York. As for the movie, it stars Remy Ma, Durrell “Tank” Burbs, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Debbi Morgan, Mike Merrill, Vena Excell and Michael Anthony.
On its final day, Sept. 3, the festival will close out with an awards ceremony hosted in the Harlem Film House Metaverse. During this event, prizes for “Best of the Fest” will be given in categories including Best Feature.
Festival founder and CEO of Harlem Film House CR Capers said in a press release that “the addition of Big Fifty and [Detavio] Samuels to our festival offers attendees even more content and insight about the future of cinema and streaming.” She also stated that “sharing diverse voices from within the culture is so important. Not enough organizations, film festivals or media platforms are doing this at the right level. The Hip Hop Film Festival is a step toward filling that gap.”
The Hip Hop Film Festival is unique in its focus on writers and directors who are influenced by Hip Hop culture and who bring those influences to their art. The event is also big on its effort to share profits with the creators that showcase their work. This year’s fest attracted over 200 producers, directors and screenwriters from more than 15 countries to showcase their films in all genres.
Harlem Film House, the organization that produces the festival, is a nonprofit organization that provides “filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theatre and related entrepreneurial pursuits,” especially to those in underserved communities through workshops and consulting.
This year, the festival was held in Queen Latifah’s name, as she was dubbed the 2021 G.O.A.T.