THE HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS SEVENTH SEASON IN-PERSON AT THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA AND IN THE METAVERSE
The Festival, Which Offers a Platform for Diverse Stories Rooted in Hip-Hop Culture, Will Take Place at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema And The Festival’s Custom-Built Metaverse
NEW YORK, April 11, 2022 — The Harlem Film House’s 7th annual Hip Hop Film Festival offers film screenings, live block parties, rap battles, master classes known as Master Cyphers, and more. The festival takes place August 11th through August 20th, with in-person events at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown Brooklyn, live events on 247films.tv, and in the Harlem Film House VR Metaverse (2D & VR).
This year’s prestigious G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) WARRINGTON HUDLIN, one half of the famous Hudlin Brothers, who are responsible for the biggest movies from and for the culture including HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG and BE-BE’s KIDS.
For the first time since 2019, the festival will hold it’s normal four days of in person screenings with the festival’s top sponsor Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. 100 filmmakers from around the world will present stories from the culture across genres including women-led stories, biopics, social horror stories, and more. “Alamo Drafthouse is known for showing the largest variety of films and diverse genres than any other cinema every year in support of both emerging and established filmmakers.”, says Shelli Taylor, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. “We are honored to continue this tradition with CR Capers and the Hip Hop Film Festival.”
The 2022 festival also gives a peek into the future of immersive content, featuring the first META based TV show BECOMING THE MOETTES, filmed entirely in Harlem Film House’s Metaverse, written and directed by CR Capers, Founder and CEO of the Harlem Film House and Hip Hop Film Festival. “I truly believe in the power of immersive content,”remarks CR Capers. “It allows the audience to experience narratives in a new way. I am very excited to share what we have been working on, and to show the industry what a little imagination can produce in the MetaVerse”.
The Harlem MetaVerse is a fully immersive virtual reality world that allows festival goers to attend events in 2D and VR. Each attendee can create their own avatar, hop on the subway in the virtual Harlem neighborhood, and explore various locations in the Harlem MetaVerse, including an immersive movie theater, a full out convention center, TAYO Art Gallery, and more. Festival goers can attend film screenings, live block parties, rap battles, and Master Cyphers in a truly immersive experience.
Through its sponsors and partnerships, the Hip Hop Film Festival awards prizes that help festival winners finance and distribute content. This year’s Best Festival and other category winners are up for prizes that include acquisition and licensing meetings. The winner of the ACT UP! Screenwriter’s competition will receive an all-inclusive trip 3-week trip to the Nostos Screenwriting Retreat in Tuscany, Italy and direct entry into Final Draft’s BIG Break competition.
The festival’s unique pitch competition, THE BOSS PITCH also returns, with the top women in Hollywood investing their green-light power into the best narratives. Joining the Boss Pitch this year are executives from BET+, kweliTV, Big Fish Entertainment, Starz, Crystal Ship, Catscape TV and more.
For more information and to get festival passes, visit hiphopfilmfestival.org.
About the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC
Out of over 5,000 festivals in the world, the Hip-Hop Film Festival is the only festival to focus on writers, directors and producers who grew up in the global culture of Hip Hop. This season the festival hosts over 200 directors, producers and screenwriters from the United States, France, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the UK, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, Kenya, India, Japan, Portugal, Argentina and more. The Hip Hop Film Festival features every genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, action, romance, etc.) of story from filmmakers who live across the world. It is also the only film festival that shares the profits from the festival with the filmmakers selected to participate.
About Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House, a 501(c)(3) corporation, produces film and music festivals, operates year-round workshops, theater productions and live events, while also offering business consulting to filmmakers and content creators in underserved communities around the world. The Harlem Film House creates an economic ecosystem by providing filmmakers services and resources to ensure longevity in careers in film, theater and related entrepreneurial pursuits. For more information, visit harlemfilmhouse.org.